THE YOUNG BROTHERS 2020 BARGE MISHAP, WITH 21 CONTAINERS GOING OVERBOARD, was probably caused by "the company not providing the barge team with an initial barge load plan, as well as inadequate procedures for monitoring stack weights, which led to undetected reverse stratification of container stacks that subjected the stacks’ securing arrangements to increased forces while in transit at sea," according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB studied the collapse of container stacks onboard the barge Ho'omaka Hou towed by the Hoku Loa on June 22, 2020, and today its report came before the state Public Utilities Commission, which regulates and authorizes shipping by Young Brothers.
Eight of the containers were found floating at sea north of Pepe'ekeo. Thirteen containers are still
missing. The barge arrived at Hilo Port with containers lopsided on its deck.
The Coast Guard and Young Bros. also submitted their own findings. Young Bros. said, it "stands by its existing barge loading practices that have had a near flawless incident record over the course of its rich 120-year history. In particular, the current block stowage technique currently implemented by YB is recognized as the least labor-intensive barge stowage method and allows
|Young Brothers defended its operations procedures before the|
Public Utilities Commission today. Photo from Young Brothers
"Any changes or modifications to this technique will likely require, among other things, (1) further studies and/or discussions with key stakeholders including those currently participating in the Senate Resolution No. 125 Water Carrier Working Group (“SR 125 Water Carrier Working Group”), as such changes or modifications will need the necessary approvals and support from many of these stakeholders; and (2) additional coordination, training and labor between the various departments including terminal operations, health, safety, quality and environment, and human resources. In the meantime, YB will seek opportunities to continuously improve and operate the safe, efficient, and fast, frequent, affordable, and reliable interisland water carrier cargo service upon which our customers and community depend on a weekly basis."
TRAVELERS FROM SOUTH KOREA'S ICHEON AIRPORT AND TRAVELERS ON PHILIPPINE AIRLINES will be able to come to Hawai'i with negative Covid-19 tests from one of the state's Trusted Testing Partners, starting July 15. They join travelers from Japan, Taiwan and French Polynesia.
Dexter C. Lee, senior vice president and chief strategy and planning officer of Philippine Airlines, said, “We welcome the recognition of the Hawaiian authorities of Philippine Airlines as a Trusted Testing Partner. This is a great convenience for our passengers traveling to Honolulu, who need not undergo the 10-day quarantine upon arrival if they secure negative RT-PCR tests from our PAL testing partners in the Philippines."
|A brass collectible, celebrating Korean|
Airlines first flights to and from Hawai'i in 1972.
The hospital statement noted that "More than 99 percent of recent COVID deaths in the U.S. involved unvaccinated people. Hilo Medical Center currently has four patients hospitalized for COVID, unvaccinated."
|Chad Shibuya and Hilo Medical Center report that the four Covid inpatients |
at Hilo Medical Center are unvaccinated, and that very sick patients coming
in for treatment are between 30 and 50 years of age, all unvaccinated.
Photo from Hilo Medical Center
Shibuya noted that this week, the CDC announced the delta variant became the predominant COVID strain in the US. The Hawai'i state Department of Health predicts the same will occur here in the near future. "The delta variant is considered more transmissible and causes more severe illness than other current variants. All vaccines available in the US are considered very effective against all current variants. With the excellent effectiveness and widespread availability of current vaccines, COVID is now a largely preventable illness for those who choose vaccination," said Shibuya.
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GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic