October 14, 2004 Advisory Board


Kim Beasley                                                              LCDR Rick Raksnis

Jeff Brennan                                                              John Regan

Bob Heidrich                                                             Chris Woolaway

Tom Heberle                                                              Susan Harper

Bill Mossman                                                             Mike Nelson

Hector Venegas                                                        Rich Davison

Brad Rimell                                                                Captain Tim Skuby

John Thielst                                                                Ray Tougas

Ed Underwood                                                          Bill Anonsen

Robin Bond                                                                Robin Bond Jr.

AGENDA ITEM #1    Call to Order

            Robin called the meeting to order.   Currently one short of a quorum.

AGENDA ITEM #2      Approval of the Minutes of last meeting.

            After a brief discussion the Minutes were approved by consensus.

AGENDA ITEM #3    Treasurer’s Report

Chris Woolaway reported that we currently have $1,634.35.

AGENDA ITEM #4    Next Membership Meeting Topics

•           A short presentation on the new proposed Ferry System  –  Terry White

•           NOAA Weather Small Craft Advisory Criteria discussion  –  Alan Olsen

•           Safety at Sea   A presentation by Susan Harper

They have two projects in mind.   One is a sort of traveling “road shows”.   This is being organized by Rick Shema.    These “Safety At Sea” seminars will last about half a day.    They are also thinking of having a booth at the Ko’olina Boat Show.    They are also looking to create a brochure to help advertise these shows.    This brochure would be Hawaii specific.    They are also still gathering statistics for presentation during the seminars.   Suzy Richie with DLNR is the persons to contact for State DLNR safety statistics.  They have also decided on a name for the subcommittee.   It is being called the Offshore Boating Safety Committee.   

•           LCDR Rick Raksnis volunteered to give a report on the Maritime Industry Day.  

•           Chris Woolaway volunteered to give a preliminary introduction to the upcoming Get the Drift and Bag It effort.    She could recap the success of last year.

AGENDA ITEM #5    HOST Christmas Party

The HOST Christmas Party is scheduled for December 9, 2004 .   We have made arrangements to hold it at the Hawaii Yacht Club again.   We will follow the same format as last year.    Robin asked for permission to spend about $500.   We would be seeking donations of money and possibly door prizes.    Spending money for the Christmas party was approved.

AGENDA ITEM #6    Honolulu Harbor Hull Cleaning Incident

Ray Tougas of Pacific Divers described a recent incident where he was given a warning to stop hull cleaning activities in the harbor.   He was cleaning algae off the hull of the Norwegian Wind.   A man who refused to identify himself called the Health Department.  Ray was directed to stop all activities and was given a citation for polluting State waters.   The only alternative to cleaning hulls in the harbor is to clean them offshore which is much riskier.  Perhaps HOST could look into this issue?   This may also be a possible topic for presentation at a future meeting.

AGENDA ITEM #7    Pending HOST Safety Issues

            •           SOP 6-98 Commercial VHF Comms.   Hector

Hector reports that he is still awaiting the return of information on radio use.   This effort is to update the directory on typical radio frequency users.

•           Kawaihae Harbor Tug and Barge Safety  –  Robin

Nothing new on this.   Barry Fukunaga has taken over for Lynden Joesting.    Now that someone is in this position we may be able to see some movement on this issue.

•           PR Education Committee  –  Julia Morgan is on the mainland so we have no report on this.

•           SOP 9-98 Use of Seafarer’s Hall for tempo shelter  –   Terry Rice

            Terry has nothing new to report on this effort at this time.

•           Canoes in Honolulu Harbor Channel  –  Update

            We kind-of missed the season.   However, Mike Tongg is planning to go back to the clubs to arrange an outing.   The month of May will probably be the best time for this due to their schedules.   It was suggested that it may be beneficial if an SOP could be agreed upon regarding traffic control for large vessels as they approach each other.    This may enhance predictability and therefore safety.   Brad pointed out that this may be a problem for towing vessels, however, it may be worth getting a group together to meet with the Aloha Tower and the companies that may be affected.   This may be a good time because there are some changes occurring in the State Harbors Division.

AGENDA ITEM #8    USCG Concerns  –  Captain Tim Skuby

            The Captain had no new issues to discuss at this time.

AGENDA ITEM #9    State of Hawaii Concerns

Ed Underwood with the State DLNR reported that American Marine was beginning to drive a pile for the channel day mark.   They are having a problem so this is will probably mean a delay.

Another problem that they are trying to fix is the Friday night conflicts between canoes and the sailboat races.

He also reported that there is a renewed push to privatize the small boat harbors.    This may be a process that could take anywhere from 4 to 6 years.    This is the most significant push to date.    

The question was asked as to the current status of the pier replacement in the Ala Wai Harbor .    The money has been in the bank for sometime but the Finance Department has frozen the money because Operational funds are not allowed for Capital projects.     This money will have to be divided up for other projects and new funding will have to be found.    This project is currently on hold.

AGENDA  ITEM #10   USCG Auxiliary Issues

John Regan asked how the “Get the Drift and Bag It” campaign worked.    He was thinking that this may be a good project for the Auxiliary.  Chris Woolaway pointed out that this was a very successful year.    This is always on the third Saturday in September.    Any help would be greatly appreciated

AGENDA ITEM #11    Announcements

•           Over 50 tons of derelict fishing nets have arrived at Snug Harbor .   This represents half the annual program of cleaning up the Northwest Hawaiian Islands .    NOAA Fisheries and Living Marine Resources are funding this effort.   This is in partnership with the USCG.   They will be going back out in about nine days.   Rene Mansho has been a big help on this.   Robin asked Chris to report on this when she mentions get the Drift and Bag It.  Last year they picked up about 120 tons.   This net is cut up by Hawaii Metals Recycling and burned at H-Power.

Robin asked if there were any further comments.   Hearing none he adjourned the meeting.


General Membership Meeting:

            October 21st,   2:00 pm ,   Honolulu Community College Marine Education and Training Center

Executive Board Meeting:

            November 18th,   3:00 pm ,   Hawaii Yacht Club located in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor .

Executive Board Meeting:

December 9th,    4:00 pm ,  prior to the Christmas party.  Hawaii Yacht Club located in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.

Christmas Party:

This will be the General Membership Meeting for December.   It will be held at the Hawaii Yacht Club located in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor .   It will begin at 5:00 pm .    Please Join Us!

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