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Hawaii Ocean Safety Team Advisory Board Meeting

September 14, 2006


Robin Bond                                                                Ken Kujala                            

John Regan                                                               Rich Demuth

Kimo Corstorphine                                                   Randy Swindell

Brad Rimell                                                                Bill Mossman

Chris Woolaway                                                        Arlen Walsten

Troy Brown                                                                 Kim Beasley

 

Introductions

 

Robin asked people to introduce themselves as we have a new attendee.   Ken Kujala is the Director of Marine Operations with the Super Ferry introduced himself.    He and Joe Almony will be switch hitting on attendance.                                                               

AGENDA ITEM #1    Call to Order

 

Robin called the meeting to order.   A quorum was present.

 

AGENDA ITEM #2      Approval of the Minutes of last meeting.

 

A quorum is present.    Robin asked if there were any changes to the draft Minutes.    Hearing none Robin asked for a motion.    The Minutes were approved by consensus.

 

AGENDA ITEM #3    Treasurer’s Report

 

Chris Woolaway reported that we currently have $1,935.10.   There were no expenditures or income activities this month.

 

AGENDA ITEM #4    Next Membership Meeting Topics

 

           Multiple Ships Mooring SOP Update.    Kim felt that the subcommittee discussing the Multiple Ships at Lahaina and Kailua Kona may be able to present an update.    We will have to work on this between now and the next Board Meeting.

 

           It may be possible to speak with Gary Messmer to present a quick reminder about the new drug rules requiring testing.    We have talked about this but a quick reminder that these rules are now in effect may be in order.

           We could check to see if the Final Report on the grounding of the M/V Casitas.    If it is complete this may be a good topic.

 

           We really haven’t come to a point of progress on Harbor Congestion.   This was a topic that we had spoken with the legislature about.    We don’t know the status of the State Legislatures resolution to State Harbors.    Maybe we need to speak with Scott Cunningham to ask the status of that mandate.

 

           We could have a brief presentation on “Get The Drift and Bag It”.

 

           It may be that we can ask Bill Anonsen to give us a Legislative Preview for the upcoming Legislative Session.    Maybe we could ask what Harbor Plan is currently being worked on and how HOST could be involved.

 

AGENDA ITEM #5    Pending HOST Safety Issues


            •           Safety at Sea Seminar  -  This committee is currently on hold pending repopulation of the committee.

 

           SOP 7-98 Multiple Cruise Ships visiting Offshore Port Anchorages - Kim reported that we will hopefully be holding a subcommittee meeting on this SOP revision in two weeks time.    That product will be brought to this committee for consideration.

 

           SOP 10-98 (Draft) Vessel Dispersion Plan  -   The USCG has completed a draft and Robin has sent it out by e-mail.    Please take a look at it.   The HOST role is prior to every Hurricane Season we will be holding an informational session to bring awareness to the Maritime Community that “the season is upon us”.   It seems as though further discussion on the details of the plan as well some of the Hawaii specifics and capabilities may be warranted.   Let’s speak with our constituencies and approach CMDR Moore with our discussion points.

 

           Tug Assist SOP for the neighbor islands.    There is a meeting today to talk about new State rules.    Those rules are at the Attorney Generals office for review.    At this time we can’t discuss it any further.

 

           Shore Entry Safety Subcommittee  -  Robin will report on this initiative later.

 

AGENDA ITEM #6    Old Business

 

           The parking situation at the Hawaii Yacht Club has a partial solution but we are still trying to work out a better solution.   Currently we are waiting for a response from DLNR on our proposal to have HOST specific parking passes.

 

AGENDA ITEM #7  New Business

 

           On Sunday, the eighth of October, there will be the first Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival.   This will have about 45 booths.   This will be held at Pier 38, the Home of the New Honolulu Fishing Village .  There will be demonstrations throughout the day, fun, food, and “hands on” workshops.   Parking will be right next to Nimitz and adjacent to the event.   Time is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm .   HOST could have a booth if we are interested at no cost.   We will consider this.

 

           “Get the Drift and Bag It”    We are getting ready to conduct our annual program but it is highlighting some of the Statewide pollution issues.   Puako on the big island is running into a huge sanitation problem.     Kayak companies are being given permits and allowed to enter there but there are no bathroom facilities.   DOBOR has responded recognizing the need to conduct a major clean up and try to get some type of facilities.   This is a problem that is cropping up in other areas as well.    Chris is bringing this question to HOST on behalf of big island “clean up” volunteers for “Get the Drift and Bag It”.   Recreational boaters are concerned about health issues.  DOBOR is saying this is an enforcement issue for DOCARE.   Currently HOST is not being asked to do anything.   But we have been asked to help if local initiatives don’t work.

 

AGENDA ITEM #8   USCG Concerns

 

           No USCG personnel were present.

 

AGENDA ITEM #9    -   State of Hawaii Concerns  ( DOT Harbors and DLNR)

 

           No State representatives were present.

 

AGENDA ITEM #10  -  Coast Guard Auxiliary Issues

 

           John Regan reported that the Auxiliary had no issues at this time, but asked everyone to go to the new Kevin Costner movie on USCG Rescue people.    “The Guardian” is the name of it.

 

AGENDA ITEM #11  -  Announcements:

 

           “Get the Drift and Bag It”  looks like it will be a strong effort.   We anticipate about 70 people.    The Clean Islands Council and P&R Water taxi will be providing boats for Keehi Lagoon.    Architects Hawaii has made this one of the major civic efforts of 2006 and a planning to try to clean up the entire length of “slipper islands”.

 

Robin asked if there were any further comments.   Hearing none he adjourned the meeting.

 

NEXT MEETINGS

 

Executive Board Meeting:

 

            October 12th,   3:00 pm ,   Hawaii Yacht Club located in

            the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor .

 

General Membership Meeting:

 

  October 19th, 2:00 pm ,  Honolulu Community College Maritime Training Center .