Cargo sails on the high seas after all

Tropical Storm Ana could disrupt Hawaii shipping

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A landlubber might reach for the Dramamine in a Young Brothers tug this weekend, but the inter-island barge service is mostly back to normal service.

With the Coast Guard now hoping to keep all Hawaii ports open while Ana passes to the south, Young Brothers now intends to perform its usual barge runs this weekend with only a few route diversions.

The Thursday barge sailing for Kahului arrived Friday morning. By 3:30 p.m. its cargo had been picked up at the port. The barge sailed for Honolulu shortly after. A similar turnaround occurred at Nawiliwili on Kauai and that barge was to return to Honolulu on Saturday.

A Molokai barge sailing which at one point was expected to be canceled will now sail for Kaunakakai on Sunday as usual.

The usual Friday sailing for Hilo left early, on Thursday, to take a longer route to the north of Maui to circumvent the more roiling seas, and was to arrive Hilo on Sunday morning as planned. Cargo will be available Monday morning.

With the Coast Guard no longer planning to close to the port of Kawaihae on the west side of the Big Island, the barge that would ordinarily have left Thursday was to sail Friday evening, sailing north of Maui to avoid the storm, arriving Kawaihae on Sunday.

As for future sailings, cargo deliveries to the Young Brothers yard in Honolulu Saturday – the gate will be open from 8 a.m. until noon – will be limited to straightload containers – no small shipments, known as LCL, or less-than-container-load.

Matson reported Friday afternoon that its containership Mokihana was now expected to sail from Sand Island on time at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, returning to the West Coast.

The westbound ship Maui, encountering a little bit of storm seas, was expected to arrive at Sand Island at 9 p.m. Saturday, one hour later than usual.

The westbound ship Manukai was expected on time Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Horizon Lines and Pasha Hawaii Transport expected their westbound ships to arrive at the usual times next week.

Aloha Air Cargo reports no disruption to its own flexible schedule, which includes few flights Friday night or Saturday night but a heavy schedule of flights Sunday night into Monday morning.

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