by Darren Pai
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Back in April, Young Brothers said it wanted to stop taking small shipments of goods between islands.
"It was very clear there would be a tremendous hardship if they were to leave the less than container load business," said Gov. Linda Lingle.
Young Brothers said it's seen cargo shipments between islands increase steadily during the last five years. The company said it was losing money accepting shipments taking up less than one shipping container.
"The congestion that we had back five years ago compared to now it's just been very difficult for us to continue operations," said Glenn Hong, Young Brothers president.
Now Young Brothers will have more room to operate at Honolulu Harbor and other harbors across Hawaii. The state government offered to give it more space.
"The bottom line here was not whether it was $2 million or $3 million but to continue this service for the people of the neighbor islands in particular and Honolulu as well," Lingle said.
In exchange, the company agreed to continue taking smaller shipments for at least the next three years.
"We are committed to staying with this for several more years and then we need to take a look at where the cargo growth goes," Hong said.
Young Brothers said it understands small businesses depend on small shipments.