meeting was held at the Honolulu Community College Maritime Training Center and
had 39 attendees.
Bond called the meeting to order.
Department of Health has recently established regulations regarding the
discoloration of harbor water. This
can be caused by anything including fresh water.
We would like to set up a working committee to look into this issue
and perhaps develop an informational package to take to the DOH and seek further
clarification of this policy.
anyone is interested in being on the subcommittee please let Bill know.
Industry Day and Safety at Sea Subcommittee
reported that the USCG has successfully held a Maritime Industry Day conference.
With the help of the Propeller Club we put together a half day event.
This is the first one held in three years. It is expected that this will
again become an annual event.
also gave an update on the Safety at Sea Subcommittee.
company has been formed to introduce ferry service to
comparisons for a family of 5 to visit the neighbor islands for three days and
rent a car is about $1,200 dollars.
To do the same via the ferry would cost about half that much.
business plan is if they can get 7% of the travel market they will break even.
The ferry is essentially a hybrid catamaran.
This embodies the most capabilities and combination of advantages
including speed, cargo load and amenities.
These vessels are currently operating in some very rough water around the
world and they have a proven performance record.
the airlines are carrying about 24,000 to 25,000 passengers per day.
They plan to cut the inter-island travel price in an effort to increase
travel. Many in
estimate that they will create as many as 350 direct jobs and perhaps three
times that number in indirect jobs. They
have been working this project since 2001.
They are currently building their first ferry in
number of questions were asked on topics from whale collision avoidance tactics,
ticket cost structures, loading and off loading schemes and routes.
Craft Warning Criteria
Olson, Director of Operations, National Weather Service
to the small craft advisory criteria are being considered by the National
Weather Service. This
presentation is an outreach effort by NWS to solicit HOST input to this process.
November 15, 2004 the Small Craft Warning criteria will be made uniform at 25 to
33 knots and seas greater than 10 feet.
was made that they may want to consider lowering the wind generated short wind
wave height of 10 feet. That
may be too high for a 12 foot whaler. It
may not be possible to have standard criteria that is equally applicable to all
types and sizes of vessels.
addition they have gone from 2 zones to 13 zones in an effort to give greater
resolution to the weather reports.
Hopefully end users will go to the web and look at the coastal weather
forecast for more detailed information.
change is moving from the current cautionary headlines for harbor surges and
high surf are headlined in coastal water forecast.
The proposal is to change this to a Marine Weather Statement for
we still use “small craft should exercise caution” in CWF?
If this is removed from that vehicle they would no longer have a method
for getting this information to end users such as the barge companies.
After November 15 this information will only be on the website and the
NOAA Marine weather radio. This
may be very limiting to some end users.
We will have this primarily only available on the internet.
Are you going to be changing the high surf criteria.
There are no plans to do this at this time.
They would like to start issuing surf information for the neighbor
islands but they currently don’t have the expertise to do this.
graphic forecasts that we have told you about at earlier meetings is now on-line
at www.weather.gov or www.prh.noaa.gov.
These graphics are interactive. You
can place your curser over a zone and it will give all the information you need
from winds to swells. The
website graphic view is near real time and State wide view.
In the past we were putting out text product.
This is graphically based but at the press of a button the text comes up.
THE DRIFT AND BAG IT
year the “Get the Drift and Bag” campaign was held on
year there was an effort to not only increase the areas cleaned but also to
involve HOST. Charlie
Perez of P & R Water Taxi volunteered the water taxi “Hapa”
In thanks for their terrific support in cleaning up the Keehi Lagoon area
HOST presented a Public Service Commendation P&R Water Taxi.
addition, Keahi Birch of
Matson, operating in conjunction with Greg McCartney of A&B,
picked up over eight tons of rubbish from the Keehi Lagoon boat launch
area. In thanks
for their help HOST will also be presenting them with a Public Service
asked if the State or the USCG had any announcements.
Hearing none, the meeting was adjourned.