HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. NO.

119

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO FACILITATE SECURING SPACE FOR THE COMMERCIAL HAUL OUT OF BOATS FOR SAFETY, COMPLIANCE INSPECTIONS, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

WHEREAS, the United States Coast Guard requires all commercial boaters to have their boats hauled out at least once every 18 months for the purpose of making inspections for the safety and seaworthiness of vessels; and

WHEREAS, this is an ongoing activity that occurs on all islands however, only Oahu and the Big Island have facilities for these kinds of haul-outs; and

WHEREAS, commercial boaters on the islands of Kauai and Maui find that they must actually sail their boats to the Big Island or Honolulu in order to perform these inspections; and

WHEREAS, this activity puts the crews of these vessels in a position that compromises safety, since many of the vessels were built to operate in semi-protected waters, but now find that they must cross some of the most treacherous waters in the world at predetermined times, often putting the vessels and their crew in harms way; and

WHEREAS, these inspections are set up in advance and inclement weather may develop subsequently but the inspection times are not very flexible once established and are costly to the industry to reschedule; and

WHEREAS, there have been instances of boats and lives that have been lost at sea including the tragic lost of life on the research vessel Holo Holo several years ago where crew members were lost in the Alenuihaha Channel; and

WHEREAS, it is very costly for commercial boaters to send their vessels to other islands because they lose the income from their normal charters as well as incur expenditures for their crews in travel costs; and

WHEREAS, the development of a business to handle this activity is a possibility to consider which would add economic value to the islands of Maui and Kauai; and

WHEREAS, the State derives a percentage of income from the gross revenues of these vessels and when they are not producing income it is in effect a loss of income for the State; and

WHEREAS, it would be mutually beneficial for the State and the commercial boaters to have a location on each island for this kind of activity; and

WHEREAS, the safety and cost issues could be resolved if there were haul-out facilities on the islands of Maui and Kauai; and

WHEREAS, the commercial boating industry requires only the land for this activity and there is no investment of equipment or other expenses on behalf of the State; and

WHEREAS, it may not be desirable for the State to get into the dry dock business when merely securing the land for this activity to take place would be sufficient; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, that the Department of Land and Natural Resources is requested to work with the commercial industry in order to determine a location on the islands of Maui and Kauai where such haul-out activity would be feasible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Land and Natural Resources shall report to the Chair of the Water, Land, Energy and Environment Committee of the State Senate and the Chair of the House Water and Land Use Committee of the Senate on its progress with this project, as well as any problems that seem to be stifling the completion of this project, and which may need some legislative solution, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chair of the House Committee on Water and Land Use, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Energy and Environment, Board of Land and Natural Resources, and the Ocean Tourism Coalition.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

DLNR; Boat Haul Out; Safety