June - July 1999
Norton Lilly Hawaii Inc./Kerr Norton Marine announced the promotion
of Anne V. Stevens to marine manager. She joined the company
in 1996 after a 12-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. A graduate of
Springfield College and Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, Stevens
is active in Honolulu’s maritime community, including the Hawaii Operational
Safety Team (HOST), Hawaii Maritime Center’s job fair and the Aloha
Boat Days celebrations where she crews on the Abner T. Longley fireboat.
Capt. Gilbert J. Kanazawa assumes command of the USCG Marine
Safety Office in Honolulu on June 10, relieving Capt. Frank Whipple
who has been assigned chief of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Division
in Alameda, Calif. Kanazawa is a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Coast
Guard Academy. His tours of duty included assignments in Hawaii from
1983 to 1989. Most recently he was the Coast Guard’s advisor to the
Panama Canal Commission.
William Chung, vice president for personnel and industrial relations
at Hawaiian Tug & Barge and Young Brothers Ltd., also has
assumed duties as vice president of maritime operations. He has been
with the company for nearly nine years and takes over the maritime operations
responsibilities of Bruce Mitchell who resigned to pursue personal career
American Hawaii Cruises announced the promotions of Randy Burns
to vice president of marine operations and Bill Anonsen to vice
president of maritime affairs and training. Both joined the company
in 1994. Burns was formerly director of engineering. Anonsen, formerly
director of marine operations, will work with the state government and
others in the marine industry for port improvements and other company
interests and also will head the company’s personnel training programs.
Chevron Products Company in Hawaii named Brant Fish and Albert
Chee Jr. to the positions of marketing manager and public affairs
Hawaii cruise ship construction gets federal backing
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd)
announced a loan guarantee of more than $1 billion to support the construction
of two new cruise ships for American Classic Voyages subsidiary American
The company signed a contract in March with Litton Industries’ Ingalls
Shipbuilding to build two 1,900-passenger vessels to operate exclusively
in the Hawaiian Islands. It is the largest project ever financed by
MarAd, and is the largest commercial shipbuilding project approved since
enactment of President Clinton’s National Shipbuilding Initiative six
years ago. The first ship is scheduled to go into Hawaiian service in
The loan guarantee is provided under Title XI of the Merchant Marine
Act which enables businesses to secure loans in the private sector with
repayment guaranteed by the federal government.
The two vessels will be the first large cruise ships to be built in
the United States in 50 years. According to MarAd, this shipbuilding
project will result in the creation of more than 2,000 new jobs and
will help maintain a shipbuilding workforce available to meet defense
needs when necessary.
Precious coral, bottomfish regs recommended
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will convene
in Honolulu June 15-18 to consider recommendations regarding the harvest
of precious corals and the addition of more than two dozen species to
the list of bottomfish managed by the council.
Newly discovered gold coral beds in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
are not yet being harvested, but harvesting restrictions are being recommended
for Brooks Bank and French Frigate Shoals to avoid negative impact on
the habitat of endangered monk seals that forage in those areas. Establishment
of a minimum size for black corals also is being recommended.
Among its other business, the council also will review a proposal to
add a variety of trevallies, groupers, emperors and snappers to the
bottomfish species managed by the agency.
Lucky to live in America
A recent story in Fairplay Shipping News reported plans by the United
Arab Emirates to impose the death penalty on tanker masters found guilty
A proposed amendment to an existing UAE law could allow tanker masters
to be executed if found guilty of willfully polluting the region’s coastal
waters. The proposal is receiving increased support among the
region’s maritime community.
The UAE coastline suffers chronic oil pollution from releases from small
tankers and barges involved in the huge illegal traffic of oil from
Iraq, the report said, and fines don’t work. It is not yet known whether
the law could also be used against masters found guilty of gross negligence.
New Star at Honolulu Harbor
Since re-locating the Star of Honolulu cruise operations to Pier 8
at Aloha Tower Marketplace in March, Paradise Cruise Ltd. President
Ron Howard says indicators show the vessel’s current annual revenue
of $22 million could increase by as much as $500,000 a year.
Howard says the number of walk-up passengers has increased, there are
more promotional opportunities with the marketplace and Hawaii Maritime
Center, and the location is more attractive. Recent familiarization
tours for meeting and incentive planners indicate the company could
expect more group business in the coming years.
The 232-foot Star of Honolulu is the largest cruise ship of its kind
in the Islands with a passenger capacity of 1,500 passengers. It offers
daily sunset dinner cruises and an Oahu coastal cruise to Pearl Harbor
and the Arizona Memorial. All of the vessel’s products and services
have been re-designed with such improvements as customized china and
table settings, new décor and a new “Spirit of Aloha” Hawaiian show.
“Lights out” for temporary maritime commission
The temporary Maritime Authority Commission, appointed by Governor
Ben Cayetano last September, quietly sailed into the sunset with the
close of the 1999 legislative session in April.
Legislation to extend the one-year term of the 15-member commission
reportedly “fell through the cracks” as House Finance Chair Dwight Takamine
and other lawmakers dealt with the last-minute rush to wrap up the session
After getting off to a late start last year, the group did not have
enough time to complete its mandate to submit a report and recommendations
to the legislature by December 20. Commission appointments, were more
than two months late, and the first meeting was not called until October
23. Regular meetings began in late November, less than a month before
the report was due.
Efforts failed to pass legislation that would extend the report deadline
to December 20, 1999, and extend the commission until the end of the
“I feel the issue is not dead, though the official extension was not
given by Representative Takamine,” said Clint Taylor of Sea-Land Services,
one of two maritime sector representatives on the commission. Taylor
said Department of Transportation Director Kazu Hayashida indicated
he would like to have a meeting of the commission to come up with a
DOT representatives could not be reached to find out when such a meeting
might take place.
Taylor feels one of the prime reasons for a maritime authority is to
expedite construction of new harbor infrastructure, particularly more
cruise ship facilities. He said the commission came very close to agreeing
on recommendations and legislation to address the state’s maritime needs.
Bill Mustard, lobbyist for BOATS/HI Inc., an ocean industry trade association,
said he expects maritime industry members to get together over the summer
to draft legislation. “Look for a coalition of companies organizing
to establish some sort of harbor development authority,” he said.
The following casualty information is provided by the USCG Marine Safety
3/27/99 PACIFIC OCEAN.
The fishing vessel Seabird sunk in waters southeast of Johnson Atoll
six days after flooding was detected in the fish hold.
The crew attempted to dewater the vessel with the installed electrical
bilge pumps. However, pumping was slowed by floating debris. The
captain called for help and two hours later, a Coast Guard C-130 dropped
two pumps. Within five hours, the fishing vessels Seahawk, Kilauea,
Glory, and Victoria arrived on scene to provide equipment and assistance.
The dewatering went well for several hours until the portable pumps
ran out of gas. On the evening of March 21st, the crew deployed
a liferaft and abandoned ship after the dewatering efforts stopped.
As the crew waited onboard the Seahawk for salvage assistance to arrive,
the vessel continued to take on water. On March 26th, salvage
assistance arrived too late to save the vessel. The Seabird sank
early the next morning.
3/30/99 MAALAEA, MAUI.
The tug American Islander was transitting off the coast of Maui with
barge 82 and BLT in tow, waiting to commence dredging in Maalaea Harbor,
when the captain discovered that the workboat BLT was missing.
Debris from the BLT was discovered in the vicinity, however, no one
saw the vessel sink. The cause of the sinking is unknown.
4/10/99 ANAPALAU POINT, KAUAI.
The fishing vessel Van Loi ran aground on the northeast side of Kauai
near Anapalau Point. The master refloated the vessel and motored back
out to sea approximately 3 nautical miles. Upon inspection of
the below deck spaces, the crew discovered uncontrollable flooding in
the main fish hold and engine room. The vessel’s engine failed
after water reached a level above the top of the engine. A Coast
Guard helicopter hoisted 2 pumps to the vessel and a Coast Guard 24-foot
rigid hull inflatable (RHI) deployed another pump to the vessel.
A Coast Guardsman transferred to the vessel and conducted dewatering
operations for several hours. During this time, the Van Loi slowly
drifted towards shore. The vessel’s crew and the Coast Guardsman
were evacuated just prior to the vessel running aground a second time,
approximately 600 yards off the coast of Kapaa, Kauai. Surf action set
the vessel well on the reef. By April 13, the vessel had broken
into 3 sections from the pounding surf action.