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August - September 1999

Port Authorities Conference August 15-19

SS Independence sets sail for the Indy 1000

Profile: American Marine Services Group

Oahu’s Commuter Ferry Project Idling

Offshore aquaculture project launched

Regulatory News

Casualties

GPS rollover August 21

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Soundings “Aloha Boat Days”, Making Memories  by Rene Mansho




 

Port Authorities Conference August 15-19

Hawaii expects to host 150 to 200 delegates at the 86th annual conference of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities, according to Tom Fujikawa, administrator of the Harbors Division of the state Department of Transportation and current PCAPA president. The conference, hosted by the DOT, will be held August 15-19 at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki.

The association is made up of members from the United States, Canada and Mexico, but anyone interested may attend. Invitations were sent to Hawaii businesses as well as to representatives of ports in the Asia-Pacific basin and Central and South America.

Fujikawa, who was elected president of the PCAPA last fall for a one-year term, said he hopes members of the local maritime industry will attend since the conference offers many opportunities to network with others in the industry.

Session topics include the Cruise Industry, 21st Century Maritime Trends, Alien Species Control, Port Security, Ports Forum, Port Financing and Partnering. John Graykowski, a deputy with the federal Maritime Administration (MARAD) is the keynote speaker at the opening day luncheon.
The registration fee for the entire conference is $600 and includes breakfasts, luncheons, receptions, luau dinner and conference materials. A $225 per day rate is also available. For registration information, call the University of Hawaii Conference Center at (808) 956-8204.

 

 

 

 

 


SS Independence sets sail for the INDY 1000

On August 14, American Hawaii Cruises’ SS Independence will set sail from Honolulu Harbor, her bow draped with a giant lei. A helicopter will drop flowers on deck and fireworks will light the sky as the grand lady is escorted from the harbor by HFD fireboat Moku Ahi, shooting off its water cannons to help commemorate the “Indy’s” 1000th cruise around the Hawaiian Islands.|

On board, passengers will be treated to commemorative gifts, special events and dinners. At each neighbor island call, special arrival and departure activities are planned.

The only remaining U.S. flag ocean liner in service, the 50-year-old Independence arrived in Hawaii in 1980, taking her first tour of the islands on June 16. Since then, with the exception of time in drydock, she has been circumnavigating this Pacific archipelago weekly.

American Hawaii Cruises estimates that in 1998 its one-ship operation had a direct economic impact of nearly $70 million. The figure includes salaries, passenger tours and transfers, provisions, taxes, licenses, dock fees and repairs as well as about $28 million in passenger off-ship expenditures, hotels and meals. The company spends millions more on direct mail, advertising and public relations efforts to promote its cruises and generate awareness of Hawaii as a vacation destination, says Tom Carman, American Hawaii Cruises’ executive vice president.

The Independence shared the inter-island cruise route with her sister ship, the SS Constitution, until she was taken out of service in 1995. The ship was sold for scrap two years later, but sunk in the Pacific Ocean en route to India.

Bethlehem-built

When the Independence and Constitution were launched in 1950, they were the largest passenger ships produced in the United States in more than a decade. Built for American Export Lines by Bethlehem Steel Company, they were proclaimed “the fastest, safest and most comfortable liners ever to fly the American flag.”

They were designed for the company’s New York-Mediterranean service, accommodating 1,003 passengers and a crew of 577. However, they were arranged in such a way that in the event of a national emergency they could be quickly converted into troop transports, capable of carrying 5,000 men and their equipment. With a top speed of 26 knots, the ships could outrun all but a few of the world’s swiftest merchantmen at the time, and exceed the peak known speed of the fastest existing submarines, according to Bethlehem Steel’s early promotional material.

More than $50 million was spent in planning, building, furnishing and equipping the two ships.

New liners on the horizon

American Hawaii’s parent company, American Classic Voyages Co., expects to spend $880 million on two new luxury liners for its Hawaii service. In March of this year, the company signed a contract with Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss., to build the country’s largest ever cruise ships, and the first large U.S. cruise ships in more than 40 years.

The first of these 840-foot-long, 1,900-passenger liners is scheduled to go into Hawaii service in early 2003.

To build a market for this increased capacity, American Hawaii will lease or charter a foreign passenger ship and re-flag it for U.S. service as early as the summer of 2000. The vessel may be used in coastwise trade in the Hawaiian Islands for up to two years after the second of American Hawaii’s new ships are delivered.

The shipbuilding contract and re-flag, known as “Project America,” are all part of the U.S.-Flag Cruise Ship Pilot Project Statute passed by Congress in 1997 to help revitalize the U.S.-flag cruise ship fleet.

 

 

 

 


Oahu’s commuter ferry project idling

by Mele Pochereva

The state Department of Transportation and Pacific Marine were hoping to launch their intra-island commuter ferry demonstration project in time to participate in the DOT’s “Beat the School Jam” promotion in mid-August. Delays in contract negotiations between Pacific Marine and DOT have pushed back the planned August 16 launch date.

The year-long $4 million project, aims to assess the economic viability of a ferry system to help alleviate commuter traffic to and from downtown Honolulu.

At a July presentation to the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Maritime Committee, Eric Schiff, vice president of Pacific Marine’s Navatek Ships, emphasized that the demonstration project is really a transportation “study” that will identify parking needs, shuttle bus systems, fare structures, pierside and onboard amenities and other factors that could affect ridership and long-term economic viability.

Schiff said the project also calls for the study of off-peak commercial activities that could bring in enough revenues to help offset the cost of the commuter service. But, he said, subsidy rates nationally for commuter ferry operations typically run between 73 and 78 percent. He expects a Hawaii service would eventually be subsidized by the federal and/or state government.
A 140-passenger Foilcat 2900, built in Norway by Westamarin, will be used in the demonstration project.  The vessel reaches a service speed of 35 to 45 knots and is the first and only certified high-speed craft in the United States.

Pacific Marine plans to run the ferry between Kalaeloa/Barbers Point Harbor and Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 9 for the first three months of the project. A Barbers Point-Kewalo Basin route also will be tested. Pending approval from the Navy, a Pearl Harbor-Honolulu route may be added.
The proposed operating schedule includes two round-trips in the mornings, departing Barbers Point at 5:30 and 7:30, and two afternoon runs with departures from Pier 9 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. In sea trials during the last few months, the commute time between Barbers Point and Honolulu Harbor ranged from 46 to 49 minutes, from cast-off to tie-up. A shuttle bus at each end of the ferry route will pick up and drop off passengers at major city bus stops in Kapolei and downtown.

 

 

 

 

 

American Marine Services Group: From Kewalo Basin to the Pacific Basin

by Mele Pochereva
From its beginnings in 1973 as American Divers, a small commercial diving business operating out of offices in the old McWayne Marine building at Kewalo Basin, American Marine Services Group has grown into a significant force in the Pacific Basin, with regional offices in Honolulu, Los Angeles and Anchorage.

American Marine Services Group marks its 25th anniversary with the unveiling of a new name and corporate structure that will launch the group of companies into the next century.

The new corporate name of “American Marine Corporation” reflects the consolidation of three operating groups – American Divers, Inc., American Workboats, Inc. and North Pacific Construction, Inc. – into a single company focusing on the business of commercial diving, vessel operations, and marine contracting. This new entity makes up the marine operations of the larger American Marine Services Group of companies that includes Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO) and American Deepwater Engineering, Ltd.

“Our group has developed into a significant coastwise and offshore marine services provider with annual revenues of $25 million,” says Scott Vuillemot, one of American Divers’ three co-founders, along with Robert Shahnazarian and the late Pat Wolter.

The real history of the company begins in 1976, when American Divers moved from its Kewalo location to 20 Sand Island Road, explains Vuillemot. “Bob Shahnazarian and I lived in the attic above our offices. Bob had the ‘Diamond Head suite’ and I had the ‘Ewa suite.’ Bob focused on the workboat side of operations and I concentrated on commercial diving and marine construction. Pat was the president and senior partner.”

In the 1970s there was considerable marine construction work in the Islands, including the installation of offshore moorings for Chevron at Barbers Point and ocean outfall installation projects for the state. Then, in 1979, Vuillemot and Shahnazarian followed federal pipeline work to Puerto Rico, staying there for four years and forming a new sister company to American Divers: American Workboats. Wolter stayed in Honolulu to oversee the Hawaii operations.

As work in Puerto Rico dried up, the company looked to the West Coast as the next viable market for its services, opening a regional office in Los Angeles in 1982. Three years later, Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO) was formed, complementing its sister companies with emergency marine oil spill response and related environmental services.

Then, in the spring of ’87, Pat Wolter was killed in a tragic accident during a salvage project off the Big Island. Vuillemot returned to Hawaii to take the helm of the Hawaii operations as president of American Divers. Shahnazarian remained in charge of the Los Angeles office as president of American Workboats.

Expanding business horizons

In the last 12 years, the two principals have continued to steer the company towards new opportunities. A third regional office was opened in Alaska in 1993, the same year that North Pacific Construction was formed to provide an expanded construction capability for the group. Then, in 1997, American Deepwater Engineering was formed. This newest venture is a departure from American Marine Services’ other operations.

“American Deepwater Engineering is a startup effort to develop manned submersibles that will offer the Pacific Basin a state-of-the-art deepwater capability,” says Vuillemot. “Our intent is to offer a capability for working at depths previously unachievable at commercially viable costs.”
The company intends to explore the feasibility of ocean resource development as well as provide services for work at depths up to 2000 feet. American Deepwater Engineering presently holds a contract with the U.S. Navy for the inspection of deepwater submarine range systems and plans to begin operations in late 1999.

Robert Shahnazarian and Scott Vuillemot have assumed new roles that will guide American Marine Services Group as it expands its reach in Alaska, the West Coast and the Pacific. Shahnazarian, formerly president of American Workboats, has taken on the positions of chairman and chief executive officer. Vuillemot, formerly president of American Divers, North Pacific Construction and PENCO, is now president and chief operating officer. Clifford Dart was named chief financial officer.

They are at the helm of a diversified, multi-million-dollar group of companies that, in the last decade alone, has grown from 25 to more than 200 employees (including 100 in Hawaii) and has increased its revenues ten-fold.

“A major part of our growth philosophy is to plan and control the various facets of the business, from the administration to personnel and equipment,” Vuillemot explains. “Things along the road don’t always work out the way a plan is originally conceived, but perseverance and good business practice go a long way towards reaching your goals.”

Meet the fleet of companies:

American Marine Corporation
Three operating groups have been consolidated into this new corporate entity, headed by Neil Williams, vice president and Pacific Regions manager.

The Diving Division specializes in all types of commercial diving to 300 feet of depth. Marine construction, oilfield services and salvage are the group’s specialties. Among its Hawaii clients, the company has provided diving inspection and maintenance service for Chevron’s sea berth at Barbers Point since 1983.

The Vessel Services Division provides offshore towing and coastal construction support with a fleet of 16 tugs and crewboats, ranging up to 3000 horsepower. The group has homeport operations in Honolulu and Los Angeles. One of its most significant projects was the Valdez oil spill in 1989.

The Construction Division has undertaken projects throughout the Pacific Basin, specializing in work requiring large diving, vessel or environmental components. Current projects include construction of a new seawall at Johnston Island for the Navy, a large wreck removal in American Samoa for the U.S. Coast Guard, and construction of the new marina at Ko Olina.

Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO)
Under the leadership of Rusty Nall, vice president and Pacific Regions manager, PENCO provides emergency response and cleanup of oil spill related incidents. It is the primary responder for the U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii and has the contract with the state of Hawaii for emergency response for hazardous materials. PENCO has been in operation in Alaska for the past six years, performing spill cleanup and environmental services throughout the state, most recently at Dutch Harbor for the grounded ship Kurashima.

American Deepwater Engineering Ltd.
Formed in 1997, this startup company is working towards the development of a deepwater capability to be under way in late 1999. State-of-the-art manned submersibles, under construction in Vancouver, Canada, will be able to work at depths up to 2000 feet.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offshore aquaculture project launched

With an eye on the oceans’ dwindling supply of fish, scientists at the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College Program and the Oceanic Institute have begun a research project in marine aquaculture that offers an opportunity to expand these resources.

This past summer, SeaStation 3000, a 50-by-80 foot bi-conical sea cage, was moored in waters approximately two miles off Ewa Beach at a depth of 100 feet. Made of a steel core with a steel frame supporting a lightweight mesh netting, the cage is fully submerged and not visible from the surface. Nor is it in the way of boats or ships.

The research project will stock over 70,000 moi (Pacific threadfin or Polydactylus sexfilis) in Hawaii’s first experiment in open-ocean mariculture. They are fed commercial fish pellets twice a day through a pipe. Divers scrub the cage daily to ensure that water continues to flow through the mesh.

After four months in the cage, the fish will begin to be harvested as they reach a market size of about a pound. They will be used to help develop new markets for Hawaii’s aquaculture industry in cooperation with local seafood distributors.

Funded by the National Sea Grant College Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the SeaStation project will help develop offshore aquaculture technologies for use in the United States and the Pacific.

“The potential of aquaculture in open-ocean environments has attracted considerable interest throughout the world and raises the intriguing possibility of fully utilizing the ocean’s resources,” said Dr. Charles Helsley, Hawaii Sea Grant director. “Our research project will identify issues related to open-ocean aquaculture in island regions of the tropical Pacific. Hawaii is an ideal place for this research because of the presence of several desirable fish species, clean seawater, warm temperatures and good scientific infrastructure.”

 

 

 

 


Regulatory News

Y2K reporting requirements

Owners of vessels and marine facilities were required to submit completed questionnaires by August 1 to report their respective Year 2000 preparedness. The U.S. Coast Guard established the temporary interim rule to help Captains of the Port and Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection to identify potential Y2K malfunctions of equipment and systems and to take appropriate measures to promote port safety and environmental protection.

Those subject to the reporting requirement include documented and undocumented vessels in the United States; foreign flag vessels operating in U.S. waters between August 1, 1999 and March 31, 2000; and marine facilities as defined in 33 CFR 160.309. Certain recreational and public vessels, uninspected commercial fishing vessels and uninspected barges are among those not required to submit questionnaires.

Further information about the temporary rule is available online at the Coast Guard website www.uscg.mil (see Y2K concerns). Or contact Chief Warrant Officer Brian Plante at MSO Honolulu 522-8264, ext. 154.

Licensing policy alert

Effective July 12, 1999, Coast Guard MSO Honolulu will complete a review of the National Driver Register (NDR) before issuing a license or merchant mariner’s document for all original or reissued credentials with a new expiration date. The procedure takes 3-5 business days to process.
Credentials may be issued before the NDR is reviewed if each of the following conditions is met:

• Mariner’s employment may be jeopardized due to circumstances beyond applicant’s control;

• Applicant provides a written statement from the employer attesting that the position being employed for is non-safety sensitive (e.g. waiters or entertainers); and

• Applicant provides a written statement that he/she does not have any previous driving convictions.

Further information is available by calling the Coast Guard Regional Examination Center in Honolulu at 522-8264, ext. 193 or 146.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casualties

5/13/99 WAIKIKI, OAHU.
The submarines Atlantis VII and Atlantis XIV collided while operating off the coast of Waikiki. As Atlantis XIV waited on the surface to correct a communication problem, Atlantis VII entered the same dive zone and attempted to resurface.  The hand rails on the deck of the Atlantis VII struck the skids on the Atlantis XIV.  No  persons were injured. The hand rails on the Atlantis VII were damaged. There was no damage to Atlantis XIV.

5/28/99 KALAELOA/BARBERS POINT HARBOR, OAHU.
The barge Punapau, towed by the tug Powhatan, allided with daymarker number 4 as it entered the Kalaeloa/Barbers Point Harbor channel. While shortening tow, the master lost control of the barge which drifted to the southeast and struck the daymarker. The Punapau suffered minor, superficial damage. Daymarker number 4 was pushed to the side separating one of the support posts from the center post and offsetting the center post.  No persons were injured.

6/9/99  MAUNALUA BAY, OAHU.
A diver on the MV Musashi was injured in a diving accident after jumping off the stern of the vessel to prepare for his dive. After resurfacing, the diver realized that the vessel was drifting towards him when his dive tank bumped the dive step on the vessel’s stern.  Sensing that he was too close to the vessel, the diver turned around and tried to kick away from the vessel. He was struck by the propeller and injured his leg. The diver was recovered immediately, and transferred to an ambulance waiting on shore.


 

 

 

 

GPS rollover August 21

The maritime industry and others who rely on the Global Positioning System will face an important date change at midnight on August 21:  the GPS End of Week Rollover.

The phenomenon occurs every 19.6 years and originates from the date the GPS satellite system was launched, at midnight, January 5/6, 1980. At that time the system was programmed for 1,024 weeks of operation before it would need to be reset. August 21 is the date that week 1,023 rolls over to week 0 again.

While the GPS satellites and military receivers are unaffected by the rollover, civilian GPS users may encounter problems with their individual units. Similar to the millenium bug, the EOW rollover could mean that some units, particularly older ones, will read “0000" as an invalid date. Stored waypoints could be lost; calendar and date readings as well as navigational positions could be inaccurate.

The best way to find out if a specific model is likely to be affected is to call the manufacturer, suggests the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is the government liaison to the civilian sector for GPS-related issues and has posted a website with GPS rollover information and a comprehensive listing of GPS manufacturers and how to contact them: http://www.navcen.uscg.mil/gps/geninfo/
y2k/default.htm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Calendar

13-14
Transportation of Hazardous Material Training Course. Two-day course offered by National Cargo Bureau, Inc. 8 am - 4 pm. Location TBA. Fee. Contact: NCB (808)836-7799.

16
Monthly Hawaii Operational Safety Team (HOST) meeting. 1-4 pm. Club 14 on CG Base Sand Island. Contact: Lt. Mark Willis (808)522-8264, ext. 159.

21
“Geological processes that shape the coastline” presentation by Sea Grant specialist Robert Mullane, hosted by Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Natl. Marine Sanctuary. 7 p.m. Sanctuary visitor center, Kihei. Contact: (808)879-2818 or toll-free 800-831-4888.

To have your meeting or event listed, please send information to the editor at least four weeks prior to publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salutes

McCabe Hamilton & Renny President Tim Guard is the new president-elect of the international General Stevedoring Council. Guard was elected at the GSC’s annual meeting, hosted earlier this year by the Dubai Ports Authority of the United Arab Emirates and attended by representatives of 40 stevedoring companies. In May 2000 Guard will be installed as the first ever Hawaii president of the prestigious worldwide trade association that was founded in 1970.

Valerie L. Harmon, a scientist specializing in aquaculture, recently joined the Kona Bay Oyster and Shrimp Company as hatchery manager. Harmon previously was the hatchery manager for the Gloucester Point Hatchery at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Victorialei “Nohea” Nakaahiki, RP, a paralegal with Carlsmith Ball’s maritime/admiralty law section, was one of 10 paralegals across the nation to be recognized as “specialty stars” in a recent issue of Legal Assistant Today. Nakaahiki has been a litigation paralegal for 11 years, and has been in maritime law for the past six years.

Denver Webb and Tom Parsons have joined Marisco, Ltd. as production superintendent/project manager and estimator, respectively. Previously Webb was the maintenance superintendent with Young Brothers. Parsons worked for American Management Systems for the past 14 years. Citing “a unique personal opportunity,” Rob Quartel resigned as president of the Jones Act Reform Coalition, effective July 5. Quartel joined the coalition shortly after its inception in 1995 and previously served as a member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.

John C. Couch, the former chairman, president and CEO of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., will retire from the company effective September 30. He joined the company in 1976 as an engineer with A&B subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, and later became president of Matson. Couch became president and CEO of A&B in 1992, and chairman in 1995. During the past year, Couch has been on leave of absence for medical reasons. 

 

 

 

 

 

News Briefs

Voyager Submarines “plants” artificial reef
The 200-foot Sea Tiger is the newest addition to a growing “fleet” of artificial reefs off Waikiki. On June 24, after weeks of preparation, Voyager Submarines had the former fishing vessel sunk in 110 feet of water, about a mile off the shores of Waikiki. In time, the sunken ship will become a new haven for marine life, enhancing the diving experience for Voyager passengers.

The Sea Tiger Artificial Reef marks the beginning efforts of Voyager Submarines’ Lopaka Reef Foundation, a non-profit organization formed to protect and re-establish natural coral reefs. Hurricane Iwa in 1982, combined with overfishing in the area, left the waters off Waikiki almost completely devoid of life.

Competitor Atlantis Submarines began building a similar reef off Waikiki 10 years ago. Among its components are a fishing vessel, Navy oiler and the remains of two airplanes.

Hawaii fish landings rank 5th in value
Hawaii continues to hold a spot on the top 10 list of U.S. ports with the greatest dollar value of fish landings. Though the volume of Hawaii’s commercial catch doesn’t compare with other major ports around the country, the value of the state’s 1998 landings was $49 million, according to a recent report by the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Topping the list with both the highest volume and greatest dollar value of fish landings in the country is the Alaskan port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska, whose commercial catch of 597.1 pounds was valued at $110 million. New Bedford, Mass. was second with landings valued at $93.5 million; the Kodiak, Alaska catch value was third at $78.7 million; and Brownsville-Port Isabel, Texas was fourth with a value of  $64.2 million.

Atlantis to introduce mini-subs
Atlantis Adventures plans to add two three-person SEAmobile™ submarines next January to its Hawaii fleet of five passenger submarines. More may be added later as market demand increases.
The “mini-subs” are the first of their type in the world and seat two passengers side-by-side in their own private “bubble,” with the submarine captain in another cockpit. They offer 360-degree views and are very maneuverable. Guests will be able to access a joystick for underwater maneuvering while the captain maintains override capability at all times.

The subs are rated for a maximum depth of 150 feet, with speeds up to two knots. Tours will last about 30 minutes.

Seafarers’ Handbook published
The Seaman’s Church Institute (SCI) of New York and New Jersey recently published The Seafarers’ Handbook, the first comprehensive handbook for mariners worldwide. The publication will be given to seafarers visited by SCI’s chaplains in the United States and in 25 international ports. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundings

“Aloha Boat Days” Making Memories
by Councilmember Rene Mansho

In the interest of supporting our local economy, the Honolulu City Council formed the “Aloha Boat Days Committee” in December 1998 to promote the maritime and passenger ship industry.

Since January 24, 1999, every cruise ship arriving at Honolulu Harbor receives the traditional “Boat Day” greeting:  an escort to the pier by fireboats Moku Ahi and Abner T. Longley, a helicopter shower of tropical flowers, streamers, Hawaiian music and hula, plumeria leis for passengers upon disembarkation, and a special presentation to the captain of the ship from City officials.

Subsequently, we added traditional “Aloha Oe” festivities for departing ships. Thirty minutes prior to departure, passengers are entertained, Offshore Helicopters drops a shower of tropical flowers, and the fireboat escorts the ship out to sea while the crowd on the pier sings “Aloha Oe.” What a sight at night!

In addition, every Saturday  night at 9 p.m. at Pier 10, after the departure of the SS Independence, a gift certificate for dinner for four on the Independence is given away to a lucky participant on the pier. The excitement of the visitors is awesome, and the enthusiasm of the crowd on the pier is wonderfully nostalgic of Hawaii’s true aloha spirit. A “must see and feel!”

During these difficult economic times, this successful, public-private partnership is a welcome addition to strengthening our tourist industry. The state Department of Transportation-Harbors Division, the city Department of Parks and Recreation, Honolulu City Council, Honolulu Fire Department, Office of Culture and Arts, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Oahu Visitors Bureau, and U.S. Customs, together with the voluntary efforts of private-sector partners like Aloha Tower Marketplace, American Hawaii Cruises, McCabe Hamilton & Renny, Hawaii Stevedores, Aala Shipping Service and Marisco, have brought to reality this shared vision of “making memories.”

Return visits and increased retail sales are but a few of the benefits of a positive cruise experience.

    Future plans include:
    “Hawaii Boat Days 2000,” promoting all of our “ports of aloha” with coordinated efforts on Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii
    “Baywatch” filming of Aloha Boat Days
    Hawaii pavilion at the March 2000 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention in Miami
    Promotion of “Made in Hawaii” products on cruise ships
    Increased job training opportunities for the growing maritime industry
    Establishment of a Pacific Emergency Response training center
    Hawaii Tourism Authority partnership with Aloha Boat Days
    Development of new cruise ship facilities statewide

The Aloha Boat Days committee would like more participants in the program, whether to entertain or to join the crowd on the pier in welcoming passengers. Please call Rene Mansho at 753-2220 to offer your kokua. Mahalo and me ke aloha pumehana!

Honolulu City Councilmember Rene Mansho heads the community relations efforts of the Aloha Boat Days committee.

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