Things were looking really scary for a while with hurricanes Madeline and Lester headed for Hawai‘i. Fortunately, Madeline turned to the south and Lester to the north of the islands. Whew!

Due to the hurricane threat, there was no harbor traffic in the morning, but things picked up in the afternoon after it became clear Lester was moving away from O‘ahu.

Kinei Maru No. 83 arriving at Pier 9:

Kinei Maru No

Crew handling mooring lines at the bow:

mooring lines

Tug Hawaii and barge Capella with Pi‘ilani assisting:

Hawaii and Piilani with barge

Tanker Ross Sea heading to the offshore anchorage:

Ross Sea

Ross Sea bow

Ross Sea draft marks:

Ross Sea draft marks

View from offshore:

view from offshore

Back in the harbor with another tanker, St. Joseph:

St Joseph Mikioi

Mikioi at the bow:

Mikioi St Joseph


Piilani St Joseph

St. Joseph tying up at Pier 51:

St Joseph at pier

Salishan with Matson barge Mauna Loa:

Salishan with Mauna Loa

Job done. Mikioi headed back.

Mikioi job done

Mahalo to Captains Enos, Hopkins, and Demuth. Special thanks to Paul.


San Francisco Ship Spotting – Morning

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco for a few days for work.

On Thursday, I was supposed to meet my co-worker at 1000 at the Exploratorium. Waking up super early, I was able to squeeze in a bit of ship spotting to start off the day.

First stop was the old Matson Building on Market Street.

Matson Building

Nautical motif:

Matson Building detail

I walked over to the Ferry Building and boarded the ferry to Alameda.

I had noted (via the MarineTraffic app) that Lihue would be arriving and I was hoping to see her at the Matson terminal.

As the ferry pulled away from the pier, I could see Lihue approaching the Bay Bridge.

tug waiting for Lihue

Talk about good timing! (Yeah, I’m a nut. I hope no one saw the mad grin on my face.)

Looking back at the city:

San Francisco from ferry

Royal Melbourne pushing tank barge Bernie Briere:

tank barge Bernie Briere Royal Melbourne

Oakland gantry cranes:

Oakland gantry cranes

Passing Kauai at the Matson terminal:

find the seagull Kauai


It was great to finally see HMB-1, now owned by Bay Ship, at Alameda:

HMB-1 at Bay Ship

Sigh. What could have been…

Schnitzer Steel facility:

Schnitzer Steel yard

More old friends, Matsonia and Moku Pahu:

Matsonia Moku Pahu

Commuters on board, it was time to head back to San Francisco.

Here’s Lihue!


She had some problems related to her engines back in Honolulu, which delayed her departure. Glad she made it to the Bay Area safely.

(She’s currently back in Honolulu. 🙂 )

Sandra Hugh (same class as Pi‘ilani?) assisting:

Sandra Hugh

Goodbye Oakland:

returning to San Francisco

I saw a dolphin and tried to get a photo, but it didn’t turn out (can only see the top of its dorsal fin).

Passing under the Bay Bridge:

Bay Bridge

Back on land, a view of the Ferry Building:

Ferry Building

At anchor:

at anchor

Pilot boat San Francisco heading out:

pilot boat San Francisco

Posing seagull:


More to come…

On Board Pi‘ilani – Kaiwo Maru Job

This past week was a busy one, but much better than the last.

I had a lot of fun on Tuesday! The Japanese training ship Kaiwo Maru moved from the offshore anchorage to Pier 11. I had a good view of all the action from the Foss tug, Pi‘ilani.

Before leaving the pier, I asked if I could have a look at the engine room. Pretty cool!

One of the engines:

one of Pi'ilani's engines

Another photo of Ile de Sein, as we headed out:

Ile de Sein by Aloha Tower

One couldn’t have asked for a nicer day!

Approaching the anchorage:

Kaiwo Maru offshore anchorage

Pilot boat Honolulu, heading back to the harbor after taking the pilot, Captain Ed Enos, out to the ship:


What a lovely sight!

Kaiwo Maru offshore

Raising the anchor:

Kaiwo Maru raising anchor

Heading to the harbor:

Kaiwo Maru with Diamond Head

like a post card

headed toward the harbor

Kaiwo Maru stern

Emory Carrick heaving a line up to the Kaiwo Maru crew:

throwing line

Some of the Ile de Sein crew having a look at the ship:

watching from Ile de Sein

Mikioi, the other tug assisting the ship:


I’ve always been interested in what people come up with in the way of chafing gear.

I was pleased to see a design similar to a couple I made for Falls of Clyde:

chafing gear

An old work in progress photo of one of my projects:

chafing gear in progress

(I really miss doing this sort of stuff. 😦 )

Adjusting mooring lines and putting chafing gear in place:

adjusting lines and chafing gear

Wrapping the line around the bitts:

line around the bitts

Not the best photo, but it shows a mooring line stopper in use:

mooring line stopper

Finally, putting rat guards on the lines:

Kaiwo Maru rat guard

A big mahalo to Michael MacDonald, Rick Wilson, and Whit Olson of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers! Special thanks to Captain Kamaile Kahoekapu and Emory Carrick.

Brilliant Friday Morning

Beautiful weather and a sailing ship. What a splendid way to end the week!

I was given the okay to tag along on board Foss’ tug Mamo for the arrival of Nippon Maru. 😀

Mamo at the pier:

Mamo at the pier

Mikiala II, the other tug scheduled to assist Nippon Maru:

Mikiala II

Pilot boat Kawika heading back into the harbor:


Looking back at JRS Canis at Pier 1:

JRS Canis

Nord Optimiser at anchor offshore:

Nord Optimiser at anchorage

Mamo approaching Nippon Maru:

approaching Nippon Maru

Cadets at the rail:

Nippon Maru cadets at rail

Crew member by starboard light:

Nippon Maru crew

Bow wave:

bow wave

Back in the harbor, a welcoming party on the pier:

welcoming party

Other harbor sights on the way to Kapalama Basin (to turn the ship).

Matson work boat in a hurry:

Matson work boat

B. Sky with a few truckloads of supplies on the pier:

B. Sky and supplies

A new view of Mokihana:


Horizon Spirit:

Horizon Spirit

Mahalo to Michael MacDonald and Rick Wilson of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers! A special mahalo to Captain Larry Lamarca and Chris Vincent.

For a Change…

…a post without Matson ships!

After a quiet Sunday morning doing mundane household stuff, it was off to the harbor to do some ship spotting (what else is new).

The schedule indicated that a ship called Moneyball was arriving after noon. Curious name. It sounded like some mega-yacht, but a Google search revealed it was a cargo vessel.

Hokulani passed by while I was waiting:


A plume of smoke in the distance indicated that the Makakilo brush fire was still going:

brush fire still going

Moneyball with Pi‘ilani and Mikioi:


I was fortunate to be invited (unplanned) to go out on the pilot boat. 😀

Tanker Polar Resolution at the offshore anchorage:

Polar Resolution

It’s always something to see these big gals up close!

Back to the harbor and more of Moneyball at Pier 11 with Pi‘ilani:

Piilani and Moneyball stern

Her old name Pacific Tramp is still quite visible on her hull.

Kawika and Pauwela at Pier 19:

Kawika and Pauwela

Sand Island bridge:

Sand Island bridge

Moving Pauwela on to the trailer:

Pauwela on to trailer

Recently, I’ve been posting quite a bit about Horizon Lines ships. For whatever reason, their schedule has been more photo friendly.

Horizon Enterprise was arriving just around sunset.

Heading out on board Kawika:

heading out on Kawika

A different view of Polar Resolution:

Polar Resolution sunset

Horizon Enterprise with Diamond Head in the background:

Horizon Enterprise Diamond Head

Horizon Enterprise

Heading in, passing by H buoy (with boobies):

H buoy with boobies

Back in the harbor:

Horizon Enterprise in harbor

At the pier:

Horizon Enterprise at pier

Moneyball on the way back to Pier 19:

Moneyball at night

Thanks to Captains Dorflinger, Brown, and Baker. Special thanks to Paul for a great day!

In my previous post, I forgot to mention that it was great to see that the fairy tern chick in the breadfruit tree by FOC has fledged. Good luck little one!

View from the Heights

Another perspective post. Just took a photo from my street of Jag Lalit offshore.

Jag Lalit offshore

See Holiday Ship Spotting for the view from the water.

ETA: Another photo of Jag Lalit anchoring (again). The small yellow speck at the right is the pilot boat.


MarineTraffic showing location:

jag lalit position

Holiday Ship Spotting

While other people were at the beach or the park for the 4th of July holiday, I was at the harbor. Yeah, ship nerd with no life. 😛

It’s a good thing that I checked the schedule when I woke up, as things had changed. I would have been very sad had I arrived at the harbor at the time I had originally planned to.

I made it just in time to catch Horizon Reliance (a rare daytime opportunity):

Horizon Reliance

Mamo at the bow:

Mamo Horizon Reliance

Mikioi at the stern:

Mikioi Horizon Reliance

Leaving the harbor:

Horizon Reliance heading out

Not the best photo of Clipper Skagen, but I like the view of the Wai‘anae range in the background:

Clipper Skagen

USCGC Rush dressed for the holiday:

USCGC Rush dressed

A trio (parents and youngster?) of fairy terns soaring gracefully over the water:

trio of terns

Mamo and Mikioi heading out to the next job (tanker Morning Haruka in the distance):

next job

Morning Haruka at the Horizon terminal:

Morning Haruka

Stern lines:

Morning Haruka mooring lines

Longshoremen taking care of things on the pier:


Attempting to set up the rat guards:

Morning Haruka rat guard fail

It was rather gusty so he couldn’t get them in place on the lines. He ended up just leaving them hanging loose.

Mikioi again:


And Mamo:


Captain Al Dorflinger boarding the pilot boat:

Captain Dorflinger



On to another tanker, Jag Lalit:

Jag Lalit offshore

Approaching the anchorage (D):

Jag Lalit bow view

Anchor lowered:

Jag Lalit anchor lowered

Different view of the bow:

Jag Lalit bow

Captain Sinclair Brown disembarking:

Captain Brown

A hearty thanks to all the mariners working during the holiday.

Mahalo to Paul and Captains Dorflinger and Brown.