GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Bond, opened the meeting and introduced the Agenda. The meeting was held at the Honolulu
Community College Maritime Training Center and had 33 attendees.
members include Kim Beasley, Troy Brown, Brad Rimell, Hall Silva of DLNR Lahaina
and Jeff Connors. Kim
Beasley acted as facilitator.
panel discussed the various impacts to shipping transportation due to increased
harbor use and limited infrastructure.
The format of the discussion was such that an assigned panel member would
discuss briefly the various operational impacts from the point of view of their
special knowledge. Then
other panel members and the general HOST membership would provide further
- Kim Beasley
discussed the growing demand for neighbor island fuel deliveries.
Growing demand is coming from a general increase in economic growth and
population and is directly associated to an increase in demand for fuels for
more cars and more electricity.
In addition there is greater demand for Jet-A fuel for the neighbor
islands due to “jumbo” jet arrivals at neighbor island airports from the
from the other panel members and the general membership included discussion
related to scheduling issues and security zone conflicts caused by cruise ship
visits. These Security
Zone conflicts seem to have been resolved by the Coast Guard clarifying that the
Security Zones around cruise ships are not exclusion zones but rather
was also pointed out that bulk liquid deliveries are limited to specific piers
- Troy Brown
we see three types of cruise ships operating in
comments included a discussion on the fact that there are conflicts on arrival
and departure times caused by the nature of cruise ship activities.
They like to arrive in the early morning and stay in port all day,
leaving at sunset. This
ties up pier space during the daylight hours when most other activities also
coordination could help the arrival and departure conflicts.
- Terry White
White was not available to discuss the new Super Ferry but Kim pointed out that
it looks as though the Super Ferry will receive government approval.
This will require infrastructure improvements that may tax limited harbor
space. It will also mean
greater pressure on harbor use and pier access for loading and off-loading
and Recreational Conflicts.
- Canoes in Kahului and
elsewhere. Troy Brown/Jeff
comments focused on the need for education and
better communications capability.
“Day Cruise” Commercial Activities -
discussed the growing problem of DLNR small boat harbor conflicts as well as the
expansion of “Day Cruise” small commercial activities with large commercial
Allen on the
has many of the same problems. At
this harbor DLNR small boat harbor vessels, including sailboats and pleasure
craft, are anchored within the commercial turning basin.
On windy days there is potential for commercial vessels to contact these
recreational vessels and cause damage.
comments regarding HOST’s involvement in trying to help resolve the Kawaihae
conflicts were made. The
answer here is the clear need to complete the improvements to the DLNR small
to smaller diversified ports -
Conner of NCL discussed the efforts by cruise ship operators to diversify their
operations to some of the smaller ports.
This is the rational behind going to ports such as Lahaina and Kailua
Kona. There are several
problems with this. One
is the fact that communities have resisted expansion to some of the areas
proposed. Everyone is familiar
with the results of the suggestion that a cruise ship stop at
important consideration is that locations such as Lahaina and Kailua Kona
don’t have pier space adequate to berth a cruise ship.
This means that the passengers must be shuttled to and from the ships
causing congestion and conflicts with other activities including swimming and
day charter vessels, recreational vessels and “day cruise” small commercial
activities. Two cruise ships
anchored off of Lahaina or Kailua Kona, both trying to reload 1,000 passengers
while going through “security” can cause a big disruption at the piers.
Due to these types of concerns and considerations, the cruise ships tend
to evolve to the commercial harbors and pier spaces.
Beasley, the panel facilitator, guided the panel to a discussion of the
realities of harbor limitations in
panel concluded that relief for harbor congestion by means of improved harbor
facilities will not happen soon, and that every means of operating more
efficiently must be explored to help the harbors meet their mission.
focus of the panel discussion turned to possible operational improvements that
may help improve harbor efficiency.
great deal of discussion focused on the need for an improved commercial harbor
scheduling process. Everything
from a reevaluation on the sign-up prioritization policy to improved
communications protocols between operational parties and harbor masters.
It was generally felt that pier reservation policy was inordinately
favorable to cruise ships, but a change in policy here would take time and
in communications protocols were
felt to be reasonably doable in the short term and would be an opportunity to
make good improvements with a minimum of effort.
Such changes as having more harbor control
in the manner of
addition, solid support for a centralized state-wide scheduling system
was apparent. Many
companies such as Hawaii Pilots and NCL are already tracking scheduling on a
state-wide basis. Current
procedure has companies contacting the various ports to schedule port calls
was generally felt by the group the efficiencies in communication and
coordination would be realized if all parties contacted one centralized control
point. It was also felt
that this could be accomplished redirecting manpower currently employed at
multiple locations to a centralized location on
up on the possibility of improved harbor controls, Kim Beasley introduced Mr.
Hal Silva of the DLNR from
efforts of Mr. Silva met with favorable response from the panel members and
general membership alike. It
was also pointed out that HOST has produced a training video for tender vessel
operators. This approach could also
be expanded to include training on harbor controls if this should be realized at
both Lahaina and Kailua Kona.
summarizing the panel discussion it was clear that harbor congestion is getting
worse. This is caused by a
combination of increased use and limited infrastructure.
In the absence of improved facilities anything we can do to improve
efficiency should be explored and as soon as possible.
Anonsen and Rene Mansho suggested that we look for opportunities to let the
Legislature know of the product of this discussion.
on USCG Maritime Security Zones -
LTJG Quincey Adams
Quincey Adams reported that as of this time no comments have been made to the
docket on the proposed changes to the Maritime Security Zones.
She outline the changes proposed which include subdividing the Keehi
Lagoon Zone in three zones for greater delineation of controlled areas, and a
change to the cruise ship control zone to a 100 yard area around the transiting
invited people interested to make comments to the docket.
Richard Rice, DLNR
Rice, State DLNR DOBOR Administrator passed out a “Budget Facts”
for more information check “AHI Alliance for Harbor Improvement”:
seems to be little public interest in the fee rate legislation.
The 10% GET bill was not favored by the legislature that didn’t like
it. The Bill clarifying Ala Wai
Leasing is not going anywhere. An
important message to legislators is that 80% of them have a harbor in their
Approval of the revisions to SOP 9-98 - Temporary Shelter for Foreign Vessel Crews - Robin
reported that the update on the SOP 9-98 was complete.
Essentially any reference to the use of the International Seafarer’s
Union Hall was removed, and new contact numbers for the agencies involved in
such a situation were updated. He
asked for approval of the changes by the General Membership.
Hearing no discussion or objections the update was approved by consensus.
asked if the State or the USCG had any announcements.
Hearing none, the meeting was adjourned.