Alaska Marine Lines Expands Fleet with Two Barges
The Kamakani, one of Alaska Marine Lines’ (dba Aloha Marine Lines in Hawaii) new cargo barges.
The Kamakani (above) and the 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 railbarges are 420 feet long and 100 feet wide with a payload of 15,300 tons,” explains Tom Crescenzi, Seattle Service Center manager. The Kamakani was constructed by Gunderson Marine in 2008 and the Namakani in 2016. Both are fitted with 22-foot-high cargo binwalls and an internal ballast system.
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,” says Jake Maenpa, vice president of sales.
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