HOST Advisory Board Meeting
July 13, 2006
Kim Beasley CMDR Kathy Moore
Bob Heidrich John Regan
Susan Jacquelin Robin Bond
George Butler Brad Rimell
Chris Woolaway Rich Demuth
LT Quincey Adams
Robin asked people to introduce themselves as we have a new attendee. CMDR Kathy Moore of the USCG will be taking over from LCDR Rick Raksnis.
AGENDA ITEM #1 Call to Order
Robin called the meeting to order. As a quorum was not present.
AGENDA ITEM #2 Approval of the Minutes of last meeting. The minutes were reviewed on an informational basis.
AGENDA ITEM #3 Treasurer’s Report
Robin Bond reported that we currently have $2,106.26. Chris Woolaway is currently away on business.
AGENDA ITEM #4 Next Membership Meeting Topics
• Hurricane Season is upon us. The Dispersion Plan references an Annual Hurricane briefing to be held at annually to help prepare the Port for hurricanes. Kim asked whether there would be any value in having a panel discussion on hurricane plans and preparedness. This panel discussion could serve as the HOST annual effort. Topics could include the new Dispersion Plan. Communication and Notification Issues as well as Company Preparedness initiatives aimed at maintaining critical services. Another possible topic could be Yachting and/or small boat preparedness.
• US Army Ordinance Disposal Program. This is a presentation on what their current plans are for dealing with the WWII disposed ordinance off of Nanakuli. The Army has sent HOST a copy of the Army’s Ordinance Disposal Plan. This is really a brochure and poster program of what the public should do if they find any ordinance. Robin has linked this on our HOST Website. He has also distributed this information to the Dive Clubs. Most of their people are located on the mainland so the 24th of August probably will be too soon for them to be ready.
• An update on the Super Ferry may have value. This could be postponed to the next General Meeting.
AGENDA ITEM #5 Pending HOST Safety Issues
• Safety at Sea Seminar – Rick Shema has gone back to the mainland because of family issues. Susan Jacquelin is moving back to the mainland. Rick Raksnis has transferred to the mainland. Currently we may not be able to maintain our momentum on this program. There are other venues that cover this information. The USCG Auxiliary has a very good program but it is not as locally oriented as the HOST initiative. A pamphlet has been prepared in draft form with input from Kalani Smith. We need to follow up on the pamphlet language. Perhaps this “local” pamphlet could be distributed by the USCG Auxiliary as a way of continuing this effort.
• SOP 7-98 Multiple Cruise Ships visiting Offshore Port Anchorages – Kim reported on the Brief that he has distributed to the members of the Subcommittee. Essentially our research phase is complete and talking points have been identified. We are currently waiting for feedback from Subcommittee Members. We will be holding a Subcommittee meeting before the next General Membership meeting.
• SOP 10-98 (Draft) Vessel Dispersion Plan – The USCG has completed a draft and Robin has sent it out by e-mail. Please take a look at it. The HOST role is prior to every Hurricane Season we will be holding an informational session to bring awareness to the Maritime Community that “the season is upon us”.
• Tug Assist SOP for the neighbor islands. Nothing new on this at this time.
• Shore Entry Safety Subcommittee – Robin has not been able to move forward on this as yet. Some monuments have been placed by the Ocean Safety Water Safety Division. The HOST effort will be an educational effort in conjunction with this Ocean Safety Division effort. He will try to get going on this.
AGENDA ITEM #6 Old Business
• Bill Anonsen’s Legislative Recap is on the HOST website.
• The parking situation at the Hawaii Yacht Club has a partial solution but we are still trying to work out a better solution.
• NOAA has just completed a derelict net removal effort focused on the windward side of the island. They collected about 20 tons of nets. There have been reports of several vessels getting tangled in floating nets. One vessels had about $100,000 damage.
AGENDA ITEM #7 New Business
• Brad Rimell brought up a possible topic regarding Honolulu Harbor traffic control. During a meeting with his vessel Captains several safety issues were raised regarding the ability of the traffic controllers in Aloha tower giving permission for vessel transfers when this may not be able to safely make this transfers. Questions of whether the Harbor controllers can even see what is going on in the Harbor now that they have been moved due to security issues. Robin suggested that he raise this issue more formally, for example, send Robin a letter raising his concerns. Then HOST could create a subcommittee. Brad volunteered to Chair this subcommittee.
• “Get the Drift and Bag It” will be held on the 16th of September. There will be a focus on “Slipper” Island just outside of the Keehi Small Boat Harbor . Organizations like the Clean Islands Council and P&R Water Taxi have helped in the passed.
• Robin recalled a HOST meeting of several years ago when he asked whether anyone would be interested in representing the Yacht Clubs. Susan Jacquelin volunteered. Over the years she has been a wonderful contributor to HOST on behalf of the yachting community, the USCG Auxiliary, The Safety at Sea initiative, really the entire maritime community. In recalling her many efforts and contributions he presented to Susan the Doug Van Award. This is a award presented to individuals in recognition of their significant contributions to the HOST mission. It is not presented on any scheduled basis, rather only when extraordinary contributions deserve special recognition. Susan’s unfailing effort on behalf of the entire Maritime Community certainly deserves not only this recognition, but the thanks and gratitude of the entire HOST constituency. Thanks Susan and Aloha on your move to the mainland.
AGENDA ITEM #8 USCG Concerns
• CMDR Kathy Moore reported that the USCG had no concerns at this time.
AGENDA ITEM #9 – State of Hawaii Concerns ( DOT Harbors and DLNR)
• No representatives were in attendance.
AGENDA ITEM #10 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Issues
• John Regan reported that the Auxiliary had no issues at this time.
AGENDA ITEM #11 – Announcements:
There were no announcements at this time.
Robin asked if there were any further comments. Hearing none he adjourned the meeting.
Executive Board Meeting:
August 10th, 3:00 pm , Hawaii Yacht Club located in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor .
General Membership Meeting:
August 24th, 2:00 pm , Honolulu Community College Maritime Training Center .