January 11, 2007

Robin Bond                                                    Capt. Vincent Atkins

CDR Kathleen Moore                                   LTJG Quincey Adams

Jeff Conners                                                  Kimo Corstorphine

Randy Swindell                                              John Thielst

Bob Heidrich                                                 John Regan

Brad Rimell                                                    Chris Woolaway

Warren B. Ditch Jr.                                       Paula Carroll

Michael Jones                                               Michael MacDonald

Skippy Sweet                                                Bill Anonsen

Rich Demuth

AGENDA I T EM #1    Call to Order & Introductions

            Robin called the meeting to order at 3:01    a quorum was not initially present.

Russell Rippetoe (Labor) is stepping down as an Advisory Board member and Warren B. Ditch Jr. will be serving. Robin stated that Russell has done a very good job representing the Union .

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

Approval of meeting minutes was postponed.

AGENDA ITEM #3    Treasurer’s Report

Chris reported that HOS T has $2,989.77 in the checking account.  T here has been a deposit from Hawaii Pilots for $500 for the Christmas party and $799.65 from the Combined Federal Campaign.  T wo checks have been written for the Christmas party:  $500 for food and $50 for the use of the Club.  So far HOS T has taken in a total of $1,104.67 funds from the Combined Federal Campaign.

AGENDA I T EM #4    Next Membership Meeting Topics-February 15, 2007

•           Use of 121.5 and 243 MHz EPIRBS – Clarification by the USCG.

•           Super Ferry – T erry O’Halloran

•           NOAA IDEA Center Presentation

•           Whale Strikes – Update by the Whale Sanctuary

•           DO T 2030 Plan update

•           DLNR Update of funding and projects

•           Update on Midway and Niihau incidents and final report of the Casitas incident – CDR Kathy Moore

•           Update on Maritime Industry Day – USCG

AGENDA ITEM #5    Pending HOST Safety Issues

•           Safety at Sea Seminar – T emporally deferred

•           SOP 7-98 Multiple Cruise Ships visiting Offshore Port Anchorages – Deferred

•           T ug Assistance -Tom/ T roy – State still reviewing proposed rules

•           Shore Entry Safety Subcommittee – Robin has nothing new to report.

•           Harbor Congestion – T he Subcommittee has not met yet.  Brad will get in touch with T om to get the Subcommittee moving.  Brad reported that he has talked to Scott Cunningham.

•           SOP 1-97 Vessel Maintenance & Repair at Anchor-USCG Kathy needs a list of interest in participating in forming the Subcommittee.  Brian Johnson will chair the subcommittee.

AGENDA ITEM #6    Old Business

•           Parking situation at the Hawaii Yacht Club DOBOR meeting on Jan.17th in the T apa Ballroom from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Michael assured HOST that something will be done to ease the parking situation at the Ala Wai.

•           HSC conference – May 9 -11 in Chicago – Robin said that there is a Conference planning call every other week.  Both Robin and possibly Brad will be going.

•           Maritime Industry Day – January 18, 2007 – Have an update at the General meeting.  Kathy will send out the agenda.

AGENDA I T EM #7 New Business

•           EPIRBS – There is confusion over the information going to the public regarding the discontinuance of the 121.5 and 243 MHz units.  For the next two years the systems will be responded to by the Coast Guard is advising people to replace the old units with new ones. There is a transition to a more reliable system.  T he question came up as to:  Are any retailers still selling the old EPIRB? We need to check with KEMS.  People need to understand the two year transition period. This will be discussed at next February membership meeting.

•           Super Ferry -The question came up about training and compliance to regulations –   Capt. Atkins said that they are in compliance with Coast Guard regulations. The CG is not going to require additional training otherwise required for prudent mariners.  Super Ferry is providing in-house simulation training. There will be additional Watch on the bridge to prevent whale strikes. There are questions about delivery and manning. The CG will be working with them to see how it will operate here.

AGENDA I T EM #8   USCG Concerns

•           Capt. Atkins has been very busy with his new position and stated that he will try to attend more HOST meetings as he is committed to make our ports as safe and secure as possible.

•           On the harbor congestion issue, the CG is a full partner and will be happy to meet with DOBOR to help with safety for boaters.

•           T he CG is still looking at some of the security issues for the Super Ferry.

•           T here are still unresolved issues regarding 1)  “harbors of safe refuge” for the Neighbor Island  ports 2) safety of small commercial vessels, i.e. Na Pali & seasonality 3) the number of deaths of tourists 4) physical issues included in maritime concerns 5) the # of deaths, “slips, trips and falls” – are there human factors that can help?

•           Capt. Atkins sees the CG as an active player for all ports.

•           Mike Jones asked:  How do we plan for recreational use of harbors with finite limit to carrying capacity? This will be a future topic to discuss.

AGENDA I T EM #9    –   State of Hawaii Concerns ( DO T Harbors and DLNR)

•           Mike Jones, Asst. Oahu District Manager from DLNR, DOBOR wanted to discuss the SOP 7-98 (Multiple Cruise Vessels).   He wanted to emphasize that any product on this needs to go to DLNR so that T raining of harbor personnel is part of the solution.  DOBOR is looking at legislation to require liability insurance for all boats in Hawaii .  T he $25,000 to $70,000 cost per grounding is being shouldered at this time by DOBOR.  Liability insurance depends on vessel size which averages about $200 per year.

•           T he fee increase for boaters has been signed by the Governor. There are about 17 major issues identified by the State and they are looking for CIP funds.

•           Robin offered HOS T to bounce ideas off of – the February General Meeting will a good time to present boating needs for input.

•           Add DOBOR Update to February Meeting.

AGENDA I T EM #10 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Issues – 

•           John Regan reported about kayaker registration on Maui .

AGENDA I T EM #11 – Announcements:

•           US Navy “Currents” Magazine article on HOS T on the recycling presentation

•           Matson just received a “Green” award.     

•           Army Corps of Engineers is looking into the deepening and widening of Barber’s Point.

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


Advisory Board Meeting: February 8, 2007 ,   3:00 pm ,   Hawaii Yacht Club located in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor .

General Membership Meeting:  February 15, 2007 , 2:00 pm ,   Honolulu Community College Marine Education T raining Center located just over the bridge off Sand Island Road .