Alaska Marines Lines Widens Hawaiian Footprint

Alaska Marine Lines has widened its footprint in Hawaii with the recent expansion of its fleet and barge service and a location move, the company announced.

Over the summer, the marine transportation company (doing business as Aloha Marine Lines in Hawaii) acquired a pair of Gunderson Marine-built cargo barges – the Kamakani built in 2008 and the Namakani built in 2016 – from Oregon-based Sause Bros., which ended its Oregon-to-Hawaii barge service in March. To take over that service, Alaska Marine Lines secured the two cargo barges, now Alaska Marine’s biggest vessels with an overall length of 438 feet, a width of 105 feet and a payload of 16,869 tons, according to the company. The barges are also equipped with 22-foot-tall cargo bin-walls and an internal ballast system.

Aloha Marine Lines also moved out of Pier 29 in Honolulu and took over the former Sause Bros.’ Pier 5 location at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor in Kapolei.

“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,” Jake Maenpa, the company’s vice president of sales, said in a statement.

By Sarah Spangler