meeting was held at Honolulu Community College Marine Training Center, and had
Bond called the meeting to order. Due
to some technical difficulties Capt. Terry Rice spoke on Ballast water
Rules will be out this month having a Ballast Water Plan.
The main thrust of the initial requirements was focused on record
keeping requirements that are now in place.
The new rules requiring a ballast water plan with record keeping
requirements included provides for penalties up to $27,500. a day for
are also new ballast water standards related to Invasive Species in the
development stage. Also in the
development stage is Senate Bill 2490 which is to address bilge water and gray
water inside 12 miles. Be
sure to watch this legislation and be ready to comply.
Tom Sullivan USCG
Commander Gary Messmer
stands for Automatic Identification System.
It works within a VTS or Vessel Traffic Scheme port area.
It was originally used to be for navigational purposes for ships over a
certain size. With the new
emphasis on Homeland Security we now find this implemented for security reasons.
It is included in MTSA and is required for smaller vessels than before in
port areas with a VTS receiver (Not
will it affect? Go
to the USCG website for more information. This
is an International Regulation under ISPS.
Right now it is strictly an international regulation, however, with MTSA
the rules are beginning to change.
(Vessel Traffic Scheme) areas will also require an AIS system.
Until the VTS is in place
it is not a requirement.
Hazelhurst asked whether the IMO has reconsidered this because this would be
good information for terrorists.
If the good guys can find out where all the ships are, so can the bad
guys. The USCG personnel
responded that they have not heard of any reconsideration initiatives to date
but they have heard people express similar concerns and this may be an issue in
can be integrated with your GPS and Radar.
Current prototypes appear to have ranges beyond line of sight.
The future may include satellite coverage for greater (unlimited) range.
We are also looking at encrypted signals in the future.
This is just one tool in the toolbox and it definitely has its pros and
Venegas of Kems Kewalo mentioned that the current cost is about $5,700.
This may go down as production to meet demand increases.
Zones have been in place for almost 3 years.
There have been concerns raised as to the confusion these create for the
average boater. The USCG
has initiate new proposed rules to try and address these expressed concerns.
Currently there is a Notice of Proposed Rule Making open for comment
before the docket. This
is a renewed opportunity to comment on these Security Zones and the
USCG’s effort to revisit this issue.
This is your opportunity to provide input to the Federal Register.
The comment period ends on July 19th.
The USCG has been trying to get the word out but as yet they have
received no comments.
are two Security Zone categories being proposed.
Those Zones that are continually set up and those that will be activated
at higher MARSEC levels.
new proposed rule will soon be published in the local Notice To Mariners.
permission to transit in a Security Zone contact the USCG on Marine VHF Channel
16 or call the
introduced Linden Joesting with the Dept. of Transportations, Harbors Division
by pointing out that the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulations
are about to take effect on July 1st and this will have a number of
impacts that will effect commercial harbor users across the State.
Season is from June 1st through November 30th.
In May the National Weather Service publishes its Hurricane Season
Forecast. This year they
are projecting 4 to 5 tropical cyclones.
Typically this would include one Hurricane, two Tropical Storms and one
or two Tropical Depressions.
these storms have traveled to the south of
The National Weather Service, Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) will issue a Hurricane Watch when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 36 hours. Preliminary precautions should be taken. A Hurricane Warning will be issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24 hours. Civil Defense will sound the public warning sirens as appropriate prior to the arrival of gale force winds (40 miles per hour). The Hurricane Warning will be announced over local radio and television stations. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately.
a vessel owner there are activities you can do prior to a storm, during a storm
and after a storm. Mooring
plans are very important. If
you are off-island who will take care of your preparedness activities?
Civil Defense has prepared a Hawaii Boaters Hurricane Safety Manual that
is available to the public. It
includes a complete hurricane preparedness plan.
This can be obtained by calling State Civil Defense at 733-4300 or by
dropping by the office at
are some things that will be changing in the near future on the national and
they broadcast information forecasts for 8 zones in
of the reason for these changes is to facilitate the new graphic forecast
format. Instead of
telling the forecast in words (which will continue)
forecasts will be represented graphically.
Other vendors such as the Weather Channel will be subscribers to this
service and be able to use them within their own presentation formats.
These graphic displays will be available over the web.
resolution of the zones will enable more detailed forecasts with greater
relevance to specific areas. In
August Marine Forecast Matrices will be produced in a grid presentation format
presenting wind and weather buoy information.
will be produced in written form and going from 2 to 15 zones will greatly
lengthen this written product but it also provides greater resolution.
One of the things the Weather Service is looking for in the way of feed
back from end users is the usefulness of the longer format.
the criterion being used is very complex.
The Weather Service is looking for feedback on whether the current Small
Craft Advisory system seems
consistent in its application or is there confusion or a need for change in the
criteria? Some mariners
have asked, “Why is there a Small Craft Warning when the weather in Kona is
perfectly fine?”. Some of
the confusion will be resolved with greater resolution in the forecasts.
Fishermen and sailboats rely heavily on the Small Craft Advisory for go
– no go decisions. After
July 15 when the changes are to begin, please
watch to see if these are working for you and if you have any feedback or
concerns please contact the Weather Service.
6 Transmitters broadcast the same program.
Beginning July 15 the coverage on the big island (2 transmitters) will
receive an independent transmission from the NWS office.
It is a small step but this will provide more big island specific
forecast product for the big island.
are some plans for more independent programs.
We may be able to produce a specific
Weather Radio is about to become an all hazards communication system by virtue
of a new Memorandum of Agreement with the Dept. of Homeland
may be good news because money may be available.
the National Weather Service Honolulu if you have questions or comments:
or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site www.weather.gov
has agreed to chair a HOST Committee to look at what can be done to help
mariners properly and safely prepare for long distances cruises.
This committee has had two meetings so far.
They are currently doing research on the current programs that are
available. It does
appear that there is not as great a training effort for long distance cruises
when compared to small boat activities.
It has been almost 10 years since the last Safety At Sea Seminar and this
may be something that can be done. Chris
Woolaway of UH Sea Grant is looking for possible funding for this undertaking.
anyone is interested in helping the next meeting will be held on
July 28th, at
at the Kaneohe Yacht Club.
Please feel free to attend.
asked whether anyone had any announcements or questions.
He reminded everyone that many of the topics that we discussed today came
from comments from the HOST constituencies.
Please feel free to send in
e-mails or give Robin a call.
announced that the Executive Board has re-elected the same Officers for another
term. They are Robin Bond, Chairman,
Brad Rimell, Vice-Chairman, Chris Woolaway, Treasurer, and Kim Beasley,
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no further announcements Robin adjourned the meeting.