Another Early Morning…

…more ships.

Bravery Ace:

Bravery Ace

Tira Lani:

Tira Lani



Research vessel Hakuho Maru arriving:

Hakuho Maru

Approaching Pier 9:

Hakuho Maru approaching pier

Captain Ed Enos was the pilot on board:

Captain Enos

Senior lineman, Joseph Delsi, removing the heaving line from one of the ship’s mooring lines:

Joseph Delsi

Hakuho Maru crew setting up the gangway netting:

setting up gangway netting

Securing rat guards at the bow:

Hakuho Maru rat guards

Just another day at Honolulu Harbor!

Various Things

Here is the weekly ship-spotting report…ha!

I arrived at the harbor earlier than normal to catch the departure of Gulf Rastaq. Cup of coffee in hand, I went to Pier 9 to wait for the ship to go by.

The pier was peaceful and the water calm. Soul healing. Time for some quiet reflection.

Wild Thing is still there:

Wild Thing

She’s been moved to the end of the pier, which seems much more sensible than smack dab in the middle.

Kaiyu Maru flying the Blue Peter:

Kaiyu Maru Blue Peter

The Matson gantry cranes and reflections:

Matson cranes

Gulf Rastaq:

Gulf Rastaq


Gulf Rastaq detail

Is it just me or are the bow and stern areas nicely painted, but not the area in between? Weird.

On to FOC.

There always seems to be something new and strange.

A sign and an old raft have appeared on the pier:

sign and raft

The walk around the ship produced another handful of bird gifts (seeds), a bone fragment, and two small egg shells:

bone fragment

egg shell

Hard to see (phone camera), but there was a small school of omilu hanging around on the port side:

omilu school

Aside from the routine tasks, I spent a bit of time in the area of the tween deck located above the pump room.

Part of a Lunkenheimer valve just beneath the deckhead:

Lunkenheimer valve

Here is a link to an article that gives some history of the company: Connecting past and future, art and commerce

There is always something new to discover/learn. That is the one of the reasons I love spending time on the ship.

I didn’t feel very productive, so I decided to go home.

I spotted some squid on the Kulamanu side of the pier:


While I was attempting to get a decent photo of them (not successful), Captain Ed Enos happened to walk by. We had an interesting chat regarding FOC and the waterfront as a whole.

It’s weird how one event leads to another sometimes.

At Aloha Tower

I had some time to kill, so I went up to the 10th floor observation deck of Aloha Tower…a lonely sentinel in the midst of a maze of construction barricades.

What looks like a nice jacuzzi for two on A:

jacuzzi on A

(Nice job varnish job on the rail.)

Light Maui with some work being done at the stern:


There goes Honolulu:

Honolulu and sad pier

How long before that decaying corner of the pier falls in?

Back at ground level…the target of the day, Satsumaseiun Maru, along with Honolulu and Maui:

Satsumaseiun Maru Honolulu

Wild Thing (no pic) is still tied up right at the middle of Pier 9. A bit awkward.

Approaching the pier, the crew at their stations:

approaching pier

Getting a fender ready:

getting a fender ready

Love the traditional hitching.

Ready with a heaving line:

heaving line

Captain Anzai (no, I don’t know him, I just read his name tag) and pilot, Captain Tom Collins:

Captain Anzai and Captain Collins

Nice smile!

Captain Collins

Job done!

Captain Collins Honolulu

Passing by Robert C. Seamans, saw this fish tail at the end of the bowsprit:

fish tail

Of Tankers…

Some months ago, I learned that Carolina Salguero, Founder and Director of PortSide NewYork, was going to be in Honolulu. I admire the work she has done related to the historic tanker, Mary A. Whalen, so I was looking forward to meeting her.

The day finally arrived (yesterday). It was a pleasure to get to know her beyond Facebook and to talk (quite frankly) about the challenges our respective ships face.

I am very grateful to Captain Tom Heberle of the Hawaii Pilots Association for giving the green light to a tour of Honolulu Harbor for Carolina. Paul volunteered to be tour guide and did an absolutely fab job.

More views of A:

closeup of A

A on A

(For some strange reason, I didn’t take very many photos…this post will be wordier than usual.)

Golden Bear rat guards:

Golden Bear rat guards

There were a lot of interesting comments from Carolina on the differences between our harbors.

Mahalo to Friends of Falls of Clyde’s president, Bruce McEwan, for a nice dinner. I think there was food for thought provided as well.

The coup for me, was arranging for us to spend the night aboard the ship. Another friend of mine had wanted to do the same thing a couple of years ago, but the idea had been squashed. (Sorry, Matt! Next time.) I was still a bit worried that word would get out and we’d be forced to call it off.

I was also worried that some weird person(s) would be hanging about the pier. Happily, it turned out to be a quiet, uneventful night.

I slept in the bunk in the cabin that I use as my office. It was perfect for someone my size. I can’t see how it could be comfortable for a tall/large person. I guess when you’re tired after standing watch in rough weather, any bunk will do.

There are large “B-52″ roaches on board. I saw them scuttling about on the deck, but fortunately, they left me alone. I hope.

As usual, the ship was warm and humid. There was no need for a blanket at all, even with both portholes open. In fact, I found myself wishing I had a small fan.

The only thing that bothered me was the steady “plop” of water into buckets when it started to rain before dawn. The sound woke me up and it was hard to fall asleep again.

All in all a great experience. I’d definitely like to do it again.

Lovely Sunday

Sunday was one of those perfect days. Sunny, but not too hot.

nice day at the harbor

I went to the harbor to do some ship spotting. Yes, it’s become a ritual.

Ocean Charger:

Ocean Charger

Mumbai bow:

Mumbai bow

And rat guard:

Mumbai rat guard

Mikioi all pau with Maunalei:

Mikioi Maunalei

Bikes aloft on Kwai, ready to leave on cargo run:

bikes aloft

Asuka II heading out:

pilot ladder

“Hello up there!”

hello up there Asuka II

A returning:

A returning to harbor

Thanks to Captains Stenback and Collins, and to Paul.

Sometimes Things Work Out

We don’t get to see too many Maersk ships, so I wanted to go to the harbor to have a look at Maersk Michigan.

It seemed as though the universe was conspiring against me. The camera on my fancy phone started acting strange, so that needed to be taken care of at the Apple Store at Ala Moana. It looked like I was going to miss getting photos of the ship arriving because of this. My appointment was for 1650 and the ship was scheduled for 1730. After the tech problem with the phone was solved, I quickly made my way to the harbor only to find…no ship. Eh? Wah!

While I was talking to a friend on the phone, Mikioi and Pi‘ilani along with the pilot boat headed out. A glimmer of hope!

I sat on a bollard and enjoyed the evening.

As the sun set behind the Wai‘anae range, Maersk Michigan appeared offshore (she came over from Pearl Harbor). Yay!

Maersk Michigan

Ran into Rick Wilson, who stopped by to take photos as well.

Curious red streak. Crepuscular ray?

red streak

Robert C. Seamans:

RC Seamans

Honolulu going to pick up the pilot:


Activity at the pier:

Maersk Michigan at the pier


A number of years ago, when I was a member of the local pipe band, my first official solo gig was to play the pipes during a memorial service.

What does this have to do with a maritime blog, you ask?

The service was held on board a tug. At sea.

I didn’t get to savor the experience of being on a tug for the first time, as I was doing my best to play while fighting my nerves, trying to keep my balance after we left the relatively calm waters of the harbor, and hoping that I wouldn’t get seasick.


As noted in my previous post, the four-masted barque Kaiwo Maru arrived off the south shore of O‘ahu on Sunday afternoon. Having looked at the ship schedule, I knew she was supposed to shift from the offshore anchorage to Pier 10 in Honolulu Harbor on Monday morning.

Normally, I would have asked permission to ride along with the pilot on board the pilot boat for the job. This time I decided to see if I would be allowed to go out on a tug instead. As you probably guessed by now, the answer was “yes.” :D

Kaiwo Maru approaching the harbor channel:

Kaiwo Maru

Kaiwo Maru stern

While I was happy (but also slightly sad at the same time) to see Kaiwo Maru, I was excited to be on board Mikioi.

view from Mikioi

Pi‘ilani also on the job:


Captain Steve Baker, who was the pilot, along with one of the ship’s officers:

Captain Baker

The crew (cadets) along the rail at the bow:

Kaiwo Maru crew shaka

Chafing gear:

Kaiwo Maru chafing gear

Line passed from Pi‘ilani to Kaiwo Maru:

line passed

Photo, courtesy of Rick Wilson, of Pi‘ilani and Mikioi helping to maneuver the ship into position under the direction of Captain Baker:

©Rick Wilson used by permission

Captain Kevin Lokits at work in Mikioi’s wheelhouse:

wheelhouse view

Backing the ship toward Pier 10:

to Pier 10

Pilot boat Honolulu, waiting:


Kaiwo Maru at Pier 10. Job done, time to go:

Kaiwo Maru at Pier 10


I really enjoyed my time on board Mikioi! I always like watching the tugs at work. It was great to see things up close.

A big mahalo to Rick Wilson and Michael MacDonald of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers for the opportunity. A special mahalo to Captain Kevin Lokits and Emory Carrick for being gracious hosts.

Another Humid Saturday

Another hot, uncomfortable day.

I arrived at the pier to find that the sign on the gate that had been threatening to fall, finally did (it was on my to-do list). Before I fixed it, I did my routine tasks on the ship.

My gate sign reattachment solution was similar to that of the gangway platform sign. Easy peasy!

Sign hanging upside down on the gate. One end of the line spliced:

sign fix me

Splicing the other end:

spliced on

The small, pre-punched holes in the corners of this type of sign are woefully inadequate and fail after a short while.

More holes punched in the sign.


Sign stitched on to the line:

sign up

Although I was sweating like I had just run a race (did I mention it was hot), it was quite relaxing to work on a simple project.

Now, if only someone would fix the gate…

(Hey, I can’t do it all!)

Unusual to see a US Army ship in the harbor. Here’s the USAV LTG William B. Bunker (LSV-4):

USAV LTG William B. Bunker

A better photo of the Robert C. Seamans than the one from last week:

Robert C Seamans

Parasail. Obviously.


(Note: Not an endorsement of this particular company.)

Maui offshore, headed to the harbor:

Maui offshore

good lighting + calm conditions = good shot

A photo by Rick Wilson of the pilot boat Honolulu passing along the starboard sides of tug Mikioi and Maui:

photo ©Rick Wilson used by permission

(Yes, I was on board.)

Tug of the day…Chinook, alongside Haleakala, ready to leave:

Chinook Haleakala

PSI’s large dry dock is empty:

PSI large dry dock

Akatsuki Maru

Akatsuki Maru

Among the interesting and enjoyable moments of Friday’s pau hana gathering were the ship-related discussions and stories.

A while back, I went on an evening excursion with a friend to Snug Harbor. We passed by a large catamaran. She was unusual, but I didn’t really think a lot about it at the time. As I learned on Friday, she has an interesting history. She is Kaimalino, a SWATH ship that was built in the 1970s by the US Navy.

Kaimalino at Snug Harbor:


Wonder if there are any plans for her?

Thanks to Captain Baker and Paul!

ETA: Symi finally left!