Alaska Marine Lines expands fleet with two Sause barges

The following is text of a news release from Lynden:

(SEATTLE) — Alaska Marine Lines (dba Aloha Marine Lines in Hawaii) has expanded its fleet with the purchase of two cargo barges, Kamakani and Namakani, from Oregon-based Sause Bros. Sause terminated its Hawaii service in March and Alaska Marine Lines is now serving its customers.

Kamakani and Namakani are now the largest of all Alaska Marine Lines vessels – each with a 438-foot overall length and 105 feet of width and a payload of 16,869 tons. "For comparison, our rail barges are 420 feet long and 100 feet wide with a payload of 15,300 tons," said Tom Crescenzi, Seattle Service Center manager. Kamakani was constructed by Gunderson Marine in 2008 and Namakani in 2016. Both are fitted with 22-foot-high cargo bin walls and an internal ballast system.

"While the initial sailing of Kamakani on April 18 was definitely the heaviest Hawaii single barge sailing to depart from Terminal 115 in Seattle, she also had the least amount of lashing," Crescenzi said. "Between the walls and the rod lashings we dropped close to 90 percent of the lashing compared to a regular Hawaiian sailing. We still have a number of things to learn and improve on, but Hawaii barge master Brad Hughes did a great job on the first round. Everyone has put in a lot of work and, considering the size of this sailing and the short time we've had to handle the switchover from Sause, everyone really stepped up."

In addition, Aloha Marine Lines moved from Pier 29 in Honolulu to the old Sause Bros. location at Pier 5 Kalaeloa – Barber's Point in Kapolei, Hawaii. "Our new location is much closer to our high-volume customers in the industrial park area of Kapolei which will offer more delivery efficiencies to our Hawaii customers," said Jake Maenpa, vice president of sales.

By Professional Mariner Staff