Mayor Michael Victorino issued the following statement today regarding Young Brothers LLC’s submittal of a request to the Public Utilities Commission to make temporary adjustments to its sailing schedule for Maui and Hawaii counties, effective May 5, 2020:
“My administration is aware of Young Brothers’ request to the PUC to reduce the number of its sailings from three to two for Kahului Harbor and from two to one for Molokai,” Mayor Victorino said. “Our consumers can expect that store shelves will remain stocked with food and other supplies.
We expect the same amount of cargo will be shipped each week, although on fewer barge sailings to optimize excess capacity on barges bound for Maui, Molokai and Lanai, and Hilo. Young Brothers reports these are temporary changes tied to the reduction of shipping volume from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Young Brothers reported that it may supplement service to Molokai as needed with an occasional stopover on Wednesday morning as the Kawaihae barge returns to Honolulu. This service is to help with the timely shipment of fresh produce from Molokai to neighboring islands and support farming and agricultural industries.
I want to thank Young Brothers for being a good corporate partner for our community and continuing to provide steady, reliable, interisland cargo service.”