Variety of Ships

There was an interesting mix of ships to see at the harbor today.

Balao at Pier 1:

Balao

Matson Navigator along with Sause Bros. tugs Henry Sr. and Capt Les Easom:

Matson Navigator and Sause tugs

Interesting SWATH vessel, Susitna, on a barge on the way to the Philippines:

Susitna on barge

Chinese bulk cargo ship, Rui An Cheng:

Rui An Cheng

Rui An Cheng bow

Crew standing by:

crew standing by

Pi‘ilani working at the stern:

Pi‘ilani at the stern

Mikioi at the bow:

Mikioi at the bow

Splash! Testing the anchor:

testing anchor

Setting up rat guards:

deploying rat guards

Next job, Matson arrival. Mikioi with Mahimahi:

Mikioi Mahimahi

Mahimahi backing down the channel with assistance from Mikioi and Pi‘ilani:

Mahimahi

Hello to new and old friends from McCabe, Hamilton & Renny. Always fun talking with you guys.

Waiting for the Dawn and an Ending

Thanks to a heads up from Captain Ed Enos, I was able to make it down to the harbor to catch the final journey of Pacific Shipyards International’s (PSI) dry dock Kāpilipono.

In “better” days:

13 06.09 PSI lg drydock 01 sm

Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:

Kapilipono down

I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.

Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:

Tosakaien Maru Hokuho Maru

The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s Ruby Princess:

Ruby Princess

Not the greatest photo, but here comes the sun (and I say it’s all right):

sunrise

Tying up Ruby Princess at Pier 10/11:

shore gang mooring lines

Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):

Tosakaien Maru bow

Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:

getting the shot from Ruby Princess

View down the channel:

morning light

After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.

Passing the Matson gantry cranes:

passing by Matson gantry cranes

Manuokekai Kapilipono

Kapilipono

The tugs were joined by Hoku Loa before passing Aloha Tower. At this point I was very lucky to be invited to hop on the pilot boat.

The Coast Guard making sure everything is all right:

Coast Guard boat

Mikioi on the port side:

Mikioi assisting

Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:

Capt Enos

Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:

Kapilipono Ruby Princess Aloha Tower

heading out of the harbor

Manuokekai ahead:

Manuokekai

Hoku Loa astern:

Hoku Loa

One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.

Aloha, Kāpilipono:

towing out to sea

She was towed 12 miles offshore and scuttled.

Meanwhile, life continued on in the harbor.

Miyagi Maru, waiting offshore while Kāpilipono was being towed out, was finally able to enter the harbor:

Miyagi Maru

Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:

Kwai stern detail

Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:

Haleakala

Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:

Ocean Pathfinder

Ice for the fishing boats:

ice for fishing boats

Literally, a cool job.

Moving containers:

moving containers

containers on barge

Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.

Happy to Be at the Harbor

Asiatic Dawn:

Asiatic Dawn

P Pioneer:

P Pioneer

Mary Catherine passing by:

Mary Catherine

Waiting for Mokihana:

Mokihana

Hello Pi‘ilani:

Pi‘ilani

Hello Mikioi:

Mikioi

Not liking all the construction in the Kaka‘ako area (visible in the background).

Mokihana hull:

Mokihana hull

Setting up the ladder for the pilot:

setting up ladder

I posted a shot similar to this one before, but I like the lighting here.

Back to Pier 1, just mauka of Asiatic Dawn.

Asiatic Dawn‘s bulbous bow:

Asiatic Dawn bulbous bow

Oops. Not good. Hope the operator is okay.

accident

Mahalo to Captains Demuth and Enos. Hello to Captain Oh. Special thanks to Paul.

When Worlds Collide

I was very fortunate to be invited, via work (nothing to do with ships), to check out Pasha’s Horizon Pacific.

Horizon Pacific name

On the bridge with the chief mate:

on the bridge

View forward:

view forward

Gantry crane detail:

gantry crane detail

Spreader picking up container:

spreader

no tug

Mahalo to my coworkers for thinking of me (the ship nut)!

A Variety of Ships Today

More cars. Opal Ace:

Opal Ace

Opal Ace stern

Cool to see Lihue in service. She’s been laid up in the San Francisco area for the past few years:

Lihue

Lihue bow

Lihue port stack

Lihue leaving

Leaving the harbor with Maui waiting off shore:

needs adjusting

(Puff! Still having a bit of a problem there.)

Tacoma Trader:

Tacoma Trader

Tira Lani:

Tira Lani Tacoma Trader

Mahalo to Captain Demuth. Special thanks to Paul.

Various Things – Small and Large

While waiting for Legend of the Seas to leave, I was looking at the rocks around where I was sitting (that’s the closest I got to the beach today).

Found a sea urchin test:

sea urchin test

Lots of pipipi:

pipipi

I’m not a big fan of modern cruise ships, but variety is good.

Legend of the Seas:

Legend of the Seas

Unusual to see a fishing boat with a sailboat rig. Ka Imi Kai:

Ka Imi Kai

Old workhorse, Matsonia:

Matsonia

Another old workhorse, Horizon Consumer:

Horizon Consumer

Pasha Hawaii containers at Young Brothers pier:

Pasha Hawaii containers