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Freedom Assisting Kaiwo Maru

Freedom assisting Kaiwo Maru

Foss Maritime tug, Freedom, assisting Japanese training ship, Kaiwo Maru, in Honolulu Harbor. 19 May 2017. (Mahalo to Foss Maritime.)

Kaiwo Maru

Kaiwo Maru

Japanese training ship, Kaiwo Maru, off the south coast of O‘ahu. 19 May 2017. (Mahalo to Foss Maritime.)

Bill Gobel and Dr. Robert J. Beall (ATB)

Bill Gobel Dr. Robert J Beall Tira Lani

Olympic Tug & Barge’s (Harley Marine Services) articulated tug barge (ATB) Bill Gobel (tug) / Dr. Robert J. Beall (barge) preparing to shift from Pier 30 to Pier 1. Sause Bros. tug Tira Lani standing by to assist. 13 May 2017.

Nohea with Quinault

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Kirby tug Nohea alongside the barge Quinault. 13 May 2017.

National Maritime Day

Today, May 22, is National Maritime Day in the United States. It was designated as such by the US Congress in 1933 in order to recognize the importance of the maritime industry to the country.

Manukai and Mahimahi

Mahimahi (at right) sails out of Honolulu Harbor, while Manukai waits offshore to enter. Both of these US-flag container ships are owned and operated by Matson. 21 May 2017.

Salishan with Mauna Loa

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Sause Bros. tug Salishan with Matson container barge Mauna Loa. Mauna Loa and her sister barge Haleakala facilitate service between Honolulu Harbor and Maui, Kaua‘i, and the Big Island. Both barges are equipped with a crane which can be used to load and unload the containers. 13 May 2017.

Bookshelf: Crossing the Bar

I’m a valet parker for ships. — Captain Paul Lobo

Maritime pilots are professional mariners with years of seagoing experience. They use their extensive knowledge of local waters to guide visiting vessels of all sizes and types, into and out of port.

Crossing the Bar: The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot is Captain Paul Lobo’s story, from his years as a young man attending college in New York to his 31-year career as a San Francisco Bar Pilot. His straightforward accounts of his adventures at sea and his experiences involving his fellow pilots make for interesting reading.

There are some Hawai‘i connections in the book. Captain Lobo mentions Matson and Horizon Lines ships and captains. He also includes a section on Captain Dave Lyman, who was a long-time friend of his and a Hawai‘i pilot.

While familiarity with the waters of the San Francisco Bay area is not necessary in order to enjoy the book, it does add to the understanding of the particular conditions (fog, currents, etc.) the pilots and their boat crews have to contend with as described by Captain Lobo.

Maritime Hawai‘i recommends Crossing the Bar to anyone who would like to learn more about the lives of pilots. It successfully highlights the challenges and dangers these men and women face every time they board a vessel as well as the rewards and satisfaction of a job well done.

Pilot boat Golden Gate

Pilot boat Golden Gate, San Francisco. 20 April 2017.

Crossing the Bar: The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot
Captain Paul E. Lobo
New York: Seahorse Publishing, 2016
272 pp.


Florida Highway Crew

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A friendly wave from one of the crew members of the car carrier Florida Highway. Part of the stern ramp of the ship is visible to the left. 6 May 2017.

Florida Highway

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“K” Line’s car carrier Florida Highway arriving in Honolulu Harbor with Foss Maritime tug Mikioi assisting. 6 May 2017.

Marcus G. Langseth

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RV Marcus G. Langseth arrives in Honolulu Harbor. She is a research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. As a seismic research facility, the ship is able to provide 2D and 3D images of the Earth’s structure beneath the sea. She is also capable of supporting other marine geology/geophysics-related work. She was named after Dr. Marcus Gerhardt Langseth, who was a scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. 6 May 2017.