April 22, 2004
Hawaii Ocean Safety Team
Membership Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at Honolulu Community College Marine Training Center, and had 35 attendees.
Andy Nash gave a short overview on NOAA Weather Service and followed up on the
situation that HOST had brought to their attention regarding getting weather
information during a major weather incident.
The Weather Service would like to know what more they can do to help us.
We will be asking them to give a more through presentation at our next
membership meeting in June.
Sailors: Robin introduced the issue
that Rick Shema had brought to the HOST Advisory Board on safety at sea for
those transiting the Pacific through Hawaii.
A sub committee has been formed and the Chair is Susan Harper.
This committee will develop an education program to help ocean sailors be
safer at sea. They will identify resources available, how do we get access to
those resources and also include experienced sailors in the committee.
Susan will check next week with those interested on a meeting day and
time. Anyone interested in participating on the subcommittee is encouraged to
call Susan Harper at 864-3515.
March 20, Captain Hank Howlett and crewman Clayton Espanto were fishing on their
23’ fishing boat “Margo” off Punaluu when they heard a radio call for help
on VHF channel 16. The call was too
soft to be heard by the Coast Guard so the men turned around in the very rough
seas and traced their path back to where 10 people were stranded outside the
reef in kayaks. The people were tired and in need of help. At the risk of their
own life and property, the captain and crew rescued the individuals and took
them to safety at Heeia-Kea Pier. HOST recognized their heroic efforts and
presented the two with citations for their efforts, which undoubtedly saved
lives. The Capt. thanked the Coast
Guard and the City Fire Dept. for their efforts and emphatically urged all
boaters to carry and monitor VHF channel 16. He said that there are 10 kayakers
that are happy he did that day.
Zone Update: Lt. Patty Kutch
notified the HOST membership that a notice of rule making has been submitted and
should be published in the Federal Register soon to modify existing Hawaii
security zones. The
changes proposed are substantial. There will be a public comment period of 60
days and comments will need to be in writing. When the notice comes out in the
Federal Register, HOST will call a special meeting to help facilitate public
response to a question, enforcement and penalties will be on a case-by-case
Security: Lt. Doug Crabbe discussed
domestic vessel security. The
number of domestic vessels is expected to double in the next 20 years.
There are 361 public ports in the US and they are open and exposed.
operators should have already submitted their security plans. The security plan details the vulnerability of the vessel and
what the operator is doing about it.
vs. MARSEC: Level 1=All the colors
are represented except orange and red; Level 2=Orange; Level 3=Red.
Security level dictates how the vessel security plan is to be implemented.
The deadline for implementation of the plans is July 1, 2004.
Our domestic vessels are responsive to the effort. There is a MTSA help
desk and web site for updates on plans.
Brown: Discussed the port security
plans. There are 3,500 domestic
facilities and almost everyone has turned in a plan.
The cost is $1.5 billion initially with a total of $7.0 billion over 10
years. An engineering firm in
Kansas is reviewing the plans. Ten
plans have been approved so far.
industry worked with the Coast Guard to develop the Area Maritime Security Plan,
required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act. Discussion followed on the
Central Pacific Area Maritime Security Committee.
The key points are that the Captain of the Port has the authority to have
Area Maritime Security (AMS) committees. The
Executive Committee serves as the governing board and there are standing
committees such as crisis management, port navigation, risk assessment, exercise
plans, plan development and review.
current Executive Committee has Capt. Skuby as Chair, Brad Rimell as Vice Chair
and Robin Bond as an At Large Member, among others. The current status is that the EC has appointed the initial
general membership individuals and they will prioritize the organization of
three of the standing committees.
needs to be a subcommittee established for American Samoa.
They are looking for port security grants. Contact for the standing committees is firstname.lastname@example.org.
on the SOP’s: Three HOST SOPs are
being updated; Commercial VHF, Explosive Handling, and Foreign Crew Billeting.
Annual Harbor Safety Conference Report:
Bond gave s short presentation on the 6th Annual Harbor Safety
Harbor Safety Committee (HSC) Chairs Meeting:
There is a continued shift to security as well as safety. The national website’s future is uncertain; Robin is
working with the developer of the website.
There is a need for $3 million and the Committee may ask the Coast
Guard for assistance. Next
year’s conference is in Los Angles/Long Beach and Robin is on the
Committee to develop the agenda.
and Commercial Interests: There
is a “Steer Clear” pamphlet that has been developed to help educate recreational boaters on how
their actions affect large commercial vessels.
There needs to be more involvement of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Harbor pilots are providing rides of access to arriving ships. There were no questions of concerns regarding
establishment of USCG Security Zones. There
was a suggestion of linking boater violations to State drivers licenses.
on Terrorism: The Harbor
Safety/Security Committees provide a forum for educating the public.
There is a VHS tape “On Guard” available to educate the public
and we can show it next meeting.
Safety/Security Committees Role on Harbor Safety and Security: The
Committees provide balance, consistency and cooperation.
The Committees represent all the maritime related groups. Training and education of all is very important. The
other Harbor Safety Committees assisted and or proposed the scope of the
proposed Security Zones.
Federal Role in Maritime Transportation:
NOAA covers navigation, surveys and weather.
There is the “Coast Pilot” on the web and although not in Hawaii,
the “Shipmate” hand-held units are being used is some ports.
Organization and Management: Harbor
Safety/Security Committees are funded in many ways some have state funding,
others have membership dues and some like HOST have as needs arise industry
assistance. Committees have a
heavy reliance on sub-committees to accomplish their work.
It was decided that more visibility in the media is needed in Hawaii.
Thomas Gilmour, Assistant Commandant: His
discussion focused on the HSC, which provides safety, security and
protection of the environment. He
also explained that the HSC provides the Capt. of the port (COTP) a vehicle
to work with the maritime community. HSC
facilitates interaction and partnership between industry, governments and
the US Coast Guard.
Admiral Thad Allen, Chief of Staff: His
discussion focused on the highest priority is safety, security and awareness
through: Leadership to see
more, further and sooner; innovation through ship tracking, US Coast Guard
reorganization and new technology; and cooperation through partnerships, net
working and education.
To Order: With
no further new business Robin Bond adjourned the meeting.