Bond is traveling to the Harbor Safety Conference.
Brad Rimell will facilitate the meeting.
There were approximately 35 people in attendance.
ITEM #1 Call to Order
called the meeting to order.
LT Jason Brianas, Chief Engineer –
Navy Ship Environmental Controls
Brianas showed the engineering plant layout and gave a general description of
the USS Paul Hamilton layout and design.
ship has two Solid Waste Shredders. One
for plastic and one for metal. They
also have two Compress Melt Units (CMU).
This is used to heat and compress plastic mixture into dense product for
long term storage. These
machines have a 30:1 compression ratio which smashes the plastic into storage
“pancake” shaped dense plastic waste stream units.
In addition they have two Large Pulpers which shred and compact paper
Waste Collection/Transfer System (OWS)
system receives, processes and disposes of oily waste.
It is made up of two separate systems.
One system is the collection system.
The other is the oily waste transfer system.
wastewater goes to storage and then to the oily water separator.
This contains a number of Coalescence Interceptor plates that separate
the oil from the water. They
can then pump the separated waste streams to segregated storage.
Redundant sensors monitor the process.
and Waste Water System.
have about 40 toilets onboard and about 280 crew members.
They have a Vacuum, Collection, Holding, and Transfer System
(VCHT) This essentially
controls the grey and black water streams in three modes.
Import – transfer – and holding.
and Aluminum Containers are recycled back in port.
The revenues from this activity are donated to the recreational fund as
an incentive to encourage recycling.
are looking to improve the CMUs by reducing parts to make it more reliable.
It will be pneumatic instead of electric.
Also will be self-cleaning.
addition, they are looking at improved technologies for hull cleaning which
serves not only to maintain ships speed but also to keep microorganisms under
control by filtering out the debris cleaned off the bottoms.
more information on Navy environmental efforts please feel free to look us up on
the web at <http://navyseic.dt.navy.mil/>
ITEM #3 Jeff Wolters
- Co-Manager of the Whale
Sanctuary - Humpback Whale Season Update 2005 - 2006
opened by complimenting HOST and offering brochures on his subject.
Wildlife Basics - The Hawaii Humpback Whale Sanctuary was established to protect
humpback whales and their habitat in
- Peak season for whales is January through March.
They tend to congregate in the shallower waters of 100 meters or less.
In terms of collisions calves are an issue.
Calves surface more often and are smaller.
A collision with an adult male could be a bad deal for the boat.
Adults can be as long as 40 feet and can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs.
year they have had seven confirmed collisions.
Six of these were self-reported.
avoid collisions they recommend placing a look-out especially during peak
season. There is a 100 yard
approach rule. If you find
yourself within 100 yards they recommend that you go into neutral and use sound
seamanship to determine the safest way to avoid a collision.
Safe for the whales and safe for the mariners.
you do happen to be in a whale collision, please report it so that they can
follow up on the incident and learn as much as possible.
Contact the NOAA Hotline phone number 1-888-256-9840.
- This season we have had at least 5 confirmed entanglements.
They have teams trained to untangle whales and this year they had 2
successful un-entanglements. If
you see an entangled whale and can report it to the NOAA Hotline number that
would be great. If you can
give them a GPS position or, even better yet, track the whale from a distance
until the response team can show up on scene,
This would be a great help.
It is the general public that typically reports entanglements.
Viewing Guidelines - Please stay at least 100 yards away from whales and 50
yards away from other mammals such as dolphins and Monk seals.
Please don’t encroach on breeding activities or whales with calves.
Be aware of peak season and the concentrations of up to six thousand
whales in the south
Findings of facts.
The Pilot Station is not located
on the Navigational Charts. Several
days prior to the visit the ship’s Master received an e-mail identifying the
location of the Pilot Station.
Ship did not stop at the Pilot Station but proceeded to head into the harbor at
about 6 knots.
Because the ship is not supposed to enter the harbor at night, the pilot
saw no need to hurry out to the vessel prior to daylight.
The ship entered at twilight.
When the pilot first saw the vessel it was proceeding across the channel
and apparently heading into danger. He
radioed the vessel to warn the ship’s Master.
The Master replied “that he would be careful”.
The Pilot arrived at Barber’s
The Pilot warned the Master by radio that he should alter course to
starboard, towards deeper water and out to sea, because the ship was in danger
of going aground.
The Master of the Flattery ordered a 10-degree course change to port.
The ship then steadied on a course of 065 degrees at a speed of six
the Mamo was alongside the M/V Cape Flattery
and the Pilot stepped aboard.
Upon entering the bridge, at
by the ships log, the Master
asked the Pilot “what is happening with my boat?”.
The Pilot responded by ordering, “full astern Captain, you’re
The master of the Flattery was
negligent in not stopping to pick up
The Master failed to act on the radio messages sent by the Pilot.
The lack of vessel traffic control facilities at Barbers Point Harbor,
limits the abilities of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation - Harbors
Division, the responsible State agency, to track the arrivals and departures of
vessels in that area.
Radio communication in the vicinity of Barbers Point may not be adequate
for the frequency and type of vessel traffic in the port.
The tug Mamo was not lighted in accordance with rule 29 of the Navigation
Pacific Basin Shipping Ltd. should consider changing its policy of having
the Third Officer leave the bridge to escort a Pilot during arrivals to port and
thereby ensure an adequate forward watch is set on the bridge during the special
Pilots Association had been trying to place a Pilot Boat at the
For a copy of the report you can go to http://www.uscg.mil/ccs/cit/cim/foia/foia.htm.
Facts can be reported now but the Findings are not finished yet.
The Facts are as follows:
M/V Casitas was a 145 ft. 270 GT multi-service vessel.
The vessel was contracted by NOAA to conduct clean up of marine debris
There were 6 crew and 17 NOAA workers aboard.
The Master, 1st Mate, 2nd Mate, and Chief Engineer
all had the proper licenses.
The vessel was carrying approximately 32,000 gallons of diesel fuel.
this time the findings are still under review by USCG headquarters.
ITEM #5 Heavy Weather
& Tsunami Plan -
LCDR Todd Offutt
case histories of Hurricane Iniki and Iwa have taught us how important it is to
be prepared. Especially
Iniki which changed course dramatically in the last six hours just prior to
landfall. People went to
bed thinking one thing and were awakened at
in the morning to an entirely different
is important that we realize that a plan that looks to be implemented over a
period of days wasn’t really ready for a storm that changed so dramatically in
the short hours just prior to landfall.
Take the hurricane warning
81% of the people on
Conventional communications is the
first to go.
Have a business continuity plan.
of the other Plans that Sector Honolulu is working on include the
Fire Fighting and Salvage Plan
the now completed Area Plan for Oil Spill Response
HOST SOP 10-98
USCG is currently working with HOST on updating the 10-98 SOP developed by HOST.
They are working to incorporate the HOST SOP into the Heavy Weather Plan.
This work is not yet complete. If
you would like to review the current plan go the USCG web site at the USCG
District 14 Website.
and Health Conference
Governors Ninth Annual
Navy Earth Day Fair
2006 Navy Earth Day Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21st
& 22nd at The Mall at
Rimell thanked everyone for coming and asked for any suggestions for future
no further comments he adjourned the meeting.
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