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.



I arrived at the harbor to catch the departure of Sichem Edinburgh and was surprised and very pleased to find Fanfare tied up at Pier 9. Honolulu was an unscheduled stop due to engine problems.

Fanfare name

The nice thing about having the ship at Pier 9 is the chance to have a good look at her.

Rat guards!

Fanfare rat guard 1

Fanfare rat guard

Bulbous bow marking:

Fanfare bulbous bow graphic

Lots of cool textures:

Fanfare draft marks

Fanfare hull texture 1

Fanfare hull texture

While I was checking out the hull, I was invited by Captain Enos to go out on the pilot boat for the Sichem Edinburgh job. 😀

Stern view of Fanfare while heading over to Sichem Edinburgh:

Fanfare stern

Mamo assisting:

Mamo Sichem Edinburgh

Job done, Captain Enos disembarks:

Capt Enos


Sichem Edinburgh

Nunui with a bone in her teeth:


Some of the HART train components at Pier 1:

HART train bits



I was also allowed to go out on the B. Sky job.

Alongside B. Sky at the pier with Hilo Bay astern of her:

alongside B. Sky with Hilo Bay

Hoku Loa:

Hoku Loa

Mamo assisting with Kukahi:

Mamo Kukahi

Back to Fanfare!


Fanfare lifeboat

More hull textures:

Fanfare hull texture 3

Fanfare hull texture 2


Fanfare scupper

Draft marks and Plimsoll line:

Fanfare TUG Plimsoll line

Hatch cover details:

Fanfare hatch detail

Fanfare hatch detail 1

Winches on the foredeck:

Fanfare deck winches

Mahalo to Captains Enos and Collins. Special thanks to Paul.

Gener8 Argus from Land

More Gener8 Argus!

Pi‘ilani at the stern:


Where the rudder post meets the hull:

rudder post meets hull

Hello again!

hello crew again

The pilot, Captain Dorflinger:

Capt Dorflinger

Bulbous bow with draft marks:

Gener8 Argus bow

Mikioi at the bow:

Mikioi Gener8 Argus

On her way:

Gener8 Argus stern view

Pasha Hawaii Ships – New and Old, but New

Horizon Enterprise, now in Pasha Hawaii livery, has been stuck in the harbor due to problems with a boiler, so I hear. She was moved to Pier 10 from Pier 32 by three tugs (deadship tow).

Horizon Enterprise dead ship tow

Horizon Enterprise new livery

Horizon Lines no more:

Horizon Lines no more

Pasha logo

Old-style lifeboat:

old style lifeboat

no tug


draft marks

Horizon Enterprise detail

Horizon Enterprise bow

One of the three tugs, Mikiala II:

Mikiala II

Churning up the water:

Mikiala II detail

Later on in the evening, Marjorie C:

Marjorie C

Waiting for the pilot:

waiting for pilot

Mahalo to Captain Ed Enos and Paul!

Very Fortunate

As I’ve noted in previous posts, I consider myself quite fortunate that I’ve been able to get a glimpse of a world most people don’t give much (or any) thought to. It is my sincere hope that Hawai‘i residents who stumble upon this blog gain a little bit of insight into what goes on at the waterfront and more appreciation of the men and women who work there.

Along the starboard side of outbound (from Honolulu Harbor) Horizon Spirit. View from the pilot boat on the way to pick up the pilot, Captain Tom Collins, who is on board the ship:

alongside Horizon Spirit

The pilots have the important task of guiding ships into, within, and out of the commercial harbors in Hawai‘i.

Captain Collins disembarking from Horizon Spirit:

Capt Collins Horizon Spirit

Horizon Spirit headed off to California:

Horizon Spirit bow

From Horizon Spirit it was straight to an offshore anchorage job.

Captain Collins going aboard the tanker Future Prosperity:

Capt Collins Future Prosperity

Hull detail. From left to right: load line marks (old and new), Plimsoll lines (old and new), draft marks.

Future Prosperity draft marks Plimsoll

Future Prosperity approaching the anchorage:

Future Prosperity anchorage

Later on, it was out to meet inbound MELL Sudong.

Unfortunately, some photos don’t turn out the way you want them to.

Captain Tom Heberle preparing to go aboard as seen through spray on the window of the pilot boat:

ship through spray on window

I didn’t like this shot at first, but it’s growing on me.

Back in the harbor, a brief peek at FOC. Very grainy. The street lights reflected in the spray make the scene seem a little magical:

golden lights

The illuminated square on the main mast is video being projected on to a sail. Movie night on the ship.

MELL Sudong safely moored at Pier 51:

Mell Sudong

View along the pier, waiting for Captain Heberle:

view along the pier

That was it for the evening for me. But work in the harbor continued on…

Mahalo to Captains Tom Heberle and Tom Collins. Special thanks to Paul. A pleasure, as always, gentlemen.

Floating Refuge

Friday was not a good day. I was planning to chill out and not do much, but my laptop had a major fit. Before I knew it, I found myself making an unplanned visit to the Apple Store, where I ended up buying a new one. Ouch.

Although Saturday was a little blustery (winter weather!), I was happy to be on board the ship after the stress of Friday. It’s a different world where I can hide away and do some mental healing.

The ship was rolling more than usual, due to the swell in the harbor.

Mokihana was loading vehicles at Pier 1:

Mokihana and tugs

It was unusual to see the two tugs stationed along the hull…Pi‘ilani and Moana Holo in this shot (extra $$$). I suppose it was because of the position of the ship and the conditions at the pier.

The morning was spent working with a volunteer. We did a walk through the ship, talked about potential projects, and emptied rain water buckets. (It’s raining as I type this, so I expect those buckets are filling up again.) We also cleared some plugged scuppers. It helps to have scuppers that work.

Measured the tank ullages:

ullage form

The new form I designed is working well, but I have to modify it to include a few more measurements.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know about the problems we have had with the aft draft mark pole. Based on a chat with one of the naval architects we are working with, I looked for easily accessible areas at the bow and stern to take measurements from. It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s what we can do at the moment and it’s better than nothing.

Looking down to water from porthole at stern:

measurement at stern

Mark up on fo’c’sle head indicating measurement point:

bow measurement point

After I was done on the ship, I decided to stay at the harbor for a little while longer.

Watched Mokihana shift from Pier 1 back to the Matson piers.


Tira Lani passing Mokihana:

Tira Lani passing Mokihana



I’m still trying to get used to seeing the Foss logo.

Setting sun with sun dogs and halo:

sun dog

JRS Canis arriving:

JRS Canis

Goodnight, lass:

twilight FOC