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Jack Hagey, Jozette Montalvo named Saltchuk’s 2020 Safety Award winners

June 7, 2021

SEATTLE – Saltchuk is proud to announce that Jack Hagey of Foss Maritime and Jozette Montalvo of Hawaii Petroleum are the Saltchuk 2020 Safety Award honorees. Hagey, Chief Engineer onboard the Stacey Foss, will accept the President’s Award for Innovation in Safety. Montalvo, Vice President of Human Resources at Hawaii Petroleum, is the honoree for the Mike Garvey Award for Distinguished Service in Safety.

Montalvo was nominated by her supervisor, and company President Kimo Haynes.

Leadership in Uncertain Times

“Jozette was instrumental with the planning, execution, and management of our COVID protocols and response plan,” Haynes wrote of Montalvo in her nomination.

Hawaii Petroleum has 22 sites (18 convenience stores/gas stations, three wholesale warehouses, and the main office) that are staffed, and “our employees interact with the general public daily,” Haynes continued.

“Fuel distribution is considered critical infrastructure, and our facilities had to remain operational during the pandemic. Like most companies, we did not have a formal response plan in place for a global pandemic, and when COVID hit last year, we had to react and respond on the fly.”

According to Haynes, Hawaii Petroleum created a COVID response committee tasked with developing company policies, procedures, and protocols to remain operational and ensure employee and customer safety.

“Jozette took a leadership role in this committee and spearheaded the initial research effort,” wrote Haynes. “Although it seems simple, creating and implementing the framework to execute this was complex. Jozette’s (award) not only recognizes the time and effort she put in last year, but the effectiveness and results of the combined efforts she helped lead.”

 

The Hagey Handler Safety Innovation

Jack Hagey was nominated by his Supervisor Chris Mack, Jr. for his development of the “Hagey Handler,” a contraption designed to assist his shipmates on the barge when handling heavy or frozen lines at Red Dog Mine in Alaska. The Hagey Handler is a hand tool that the line handler brings with them and fits over the line. The line is fed into the “jaws” in a downward motion, forcing the jaws open to secure the often frozen, water-logged line in the “teeth.”

The handler can then use the handle to get more leverage and a better position for holding the line, reducing risk on the job.

Hagey fabricated the tool himself, developing several iterations until it was perfect.

“His shipmate approach to safety is honorable and should be recognized,” Mack wrote in his nomination.

Congratulations to Jack, Jozette, and all the 2020 nominees for making Saltchuk companies safe places to work, we look forward to sharing their stories in People of Saltchuk throughout the summer.

  • Dustin Case – Captain, Aloha Air Cargo
  • Tim Healey – Vice President, Human Resources, Northern Aviation Services
  • Brandon Kurtzweil – Terminal Operator, Delta Western Petroleum
  • Patrick Leahy- Chief Mate USNS Wheeler, TOTE Services
  • Bill Lounsbery & Matthew Jarrett – Cargo Services Supervisor & Cargo Services Lead, Northern Air Cargo
  • Zack Midles – Sr. Operations Analyst, TOTE Maritime Alaska
  • Edward Rowe, Passenger Ramp Lead, Northern Air Maintenance Services
  • Leroy Schlecht , Launch Operator, Foss Maritime
  • Erika Vega, Risk Management Generalist, TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico
  • Gregory Walz – Lead Terminal Operator, Delta Western Petroleum

Saltchuk Giving Initiative – Hawai‘i Region Donates $60,000 to Local Food Banks

April 24, 2020

Four food banks across the state will each receive $15,000 amid the COVID-19 pandemic

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – In an effort to feed local families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Saltchuk Hawai‘i companies: Aloha Air Cargo, Hawai‘i Petroleum, Minit Stop, and Young Brothers, LLC, donated $60,000 today to support the critical service Hawai‘i’s food banks provide to our island communities. The Hawai‘i Foodbank, Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank, Maui Food Bank, and the Food Basket will each receive $15,000 to support their efforts to feed families in need.

Photo courtesy of the Hawaiʻi Foodbank.

Photo courtesy of the Hawaiʻi Foodbank.

“Food insecurity is one of many challenges local families across the state are facing right now as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Jay Ana, president of Young Brothers, LLC. “In addition to supporting local food banks with in-kind transportation, we are grateful for the opportunity to join our sister companies in helping to support our food banks in this way.”

The Saltchuk Giving Initiative – Hawai‘i Region typically awards funds to nonprofits in the sectors of youth development and post-secondary education programming. However, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative recognized the current need to support our local food banks that are providing vital services to keep our communities healthy and strong.

“We know there is a huge need for basic necessities such as food and water and we’re here to help the communities that have trusted us for so long,” said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaiʻi Petroleum. “By focusing our donation to organizations who have established infrastructure, we can quickly help the people who need it the most.”

“Hawaii’s food banks are recognized both nationally and locally for its mission to feed those in need,” said Travis Colbert, Vice President & General Manager of Aloha Air Cargo. “It was a logical choice for a far-reaching effect during this very challenging time.”

Since its inception in 2014, the Saltchuk Giving Initiative – Hawai‘i Region has given over $1.4 million in grants to various non-profit organizations. In 2019, Saltchuk Hawaii companies provided more than $280,000 in grants and in-kind transportation to the community.

 

 


About the Saltchuk Giving Initiative – Hawai‘i Region

The Saltchuk Giving Initiative – Hawaii Region, accepts applications from non-profit organizations statewide whose primary purpose is to further post-secondary education and youth development.  For more information, visit www.saltchuk.com/about-us/giving.

About Aloha Air Cargo

Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo, delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii.  For more information, visit, www.alohaaircargo.com.

About Hawai‘i Petroleum

Hawaii Petroleum is a wholesale and retail marketer of fuel products, convenience retailing and signature island fare operating on the islands of Maui and Hawaii.  With a modern fleet of bulk delivery vehicles, 7 commercial HFN cardlocks, 20 Ohana Fuels retail stations, and 16 Minit Stop stores, Hawaii Petroleum’s mission is to be the preferred provider in the markets we serve.  For more information, visit https://hawaiipetroleum.com/.

About Young Brothers, LLC

Young Brothers, with approximately 370 employees across the state, has served Hawai‘i since 1900. Young Brothers is a publicly regulated water carrier providing weekly port calls from Honolulu to the state’s neighbor island ports, including Hilo, Kawaihae, Kahului, Kaumalapau, Kaunakakai, and Nāwiliwili. For more information, visit www.youngbrothershawaii.com.

 

Young Brothers Selects Jay Ana as New President

December 9, 2019

YB alumnus will rejoin the inter-island tug and barge company in January 2020

Jay Ana, incoming President of Young BrothersHONOLULU, HI – Young Brothers, LLC (YB) today announced that Jay Ana will serve as President of the company, effective Jan. 6, 2020. Ana, who previously served as YB’s Director of Accounting & Finance, will rejoin the company and report to Paul Stevens, who has been named Chairman after serving as Interim-President since July 2019.

Ana, a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, has spent more than 20 years as a finance leader in Hawai‘i’s business community. He joined Young Brothers in 2014 and during his tenure, he was instrumental in driving operational improvements in finance, creating efficiency, improving service quality, and securing investments for the company.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead Young Brothers at such an important time,” said Jay Ana, incoming president of Young Brothers. “We have important work ahead of us in the coming year to drive efficiencies and achieve rates that allow us to continue to provide the robust, critical services that Hawai‘i residents and local businesses depend on.”

Ana, a CPA, started his career with KPMG, where he helped manage KPMG’s Honolulu office. After more than a dozen years in public accounting, Ana became the Area Controller for Securitas Security Services, where he managed the accounting and finance functions for the 2,500-person statewide office. Ana most recently served as SVP, CFO for Advantage Webco Hawaii.

“Jay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to lead the Young Brothers’ organization into its next chapter,” said Paul Stevens, interim president of Young Brothers. “YB is at a critical juncture in its 114-year history, and we are fortunate to have Jay’s leadership as we work to bring YB back to health, ensuring YB continues to provide the islands with reliable, dedicated inter-island cargo services for generations to come.”

Earlier this year, YB announced it had filed an application with the Public Utilities Commission, proposing an increase in rates to address rising costs and decreasing cargo volumes. Young Brothers plays a vital role in Hawai‘i as the water carrier responsible for transporting all cargo that originates and ends in the state. It is also the only water carrier to serve all islands, including Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i, and to transport all types of cargo.

About Young Brothers

Young Brothers, with approximately 370 employees across the state, has served Hawaii since 1900. Young Brothers is a publicly regulated water carrier providing 12 weekly port calls from Honolulu to the state’s neighbor island ports, including Hilo, Kawaihae, Kahului, Kaumalapau, Kaunakakai, and Nāwiliwili. For more information, visit www.youngbrothershawaii.com.

Young Brothers Names Industry-Veteran Paul Stevens Interim President

July 26, 2019

HONOLULU, HI – Shipping industry-veteran Paul Stevens has been named the interim-president of Young Brothers, LLC (YB), following the resignation of Joseph Boivin, Jr., who has served in the role since January 2018.

Stevens brings more than 40 years of experience in the maritime industry, spending 27 years with Matson, Inc. before joining Foss, YB’s parent company in 2003. Since retiring as President & CEO of Foss in 2017, Stevens has remained close, serving as a YB board member and Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Saltchuk, Foss’s parent company.

“I’m humbled and proud to lead this legacy company that touches every family across the Hawai’i’s diverse communities,” said Paul Stevens, interim-president of Young Brothers. “I look forward to supporting the outstanding men and women of Young Brothers as they work to deliver exemplary service to our customers, move Hawai’i’s economy forward and improve the lives of local residents.”

“We appreciate Joe’s commitment to the company and he leaves with our gratitude and aloha,” Stevens added.

Serving the state since 1900, YB’s commitment to Hawai’i is stronger than ever. The company plays a critical role in Hawai’i as the water carrier responsible for transporting all cargo that originates and ends in the state. To meet the needs of the neighbor island communities, YB operates 12 regular sailings per week to every major port in Hawai’i and is the only water carrier serving all islands, including Moloka’i and Lāna’i.

Since 1999, Young Brothers has invested more than $180 million in new vessels and shoreside equipment. Between 2007 and 2010, four new large 11,700-ton capacity barges, as well as a 5,600-ton multi-deck roll-on/roll-off barge for vehicle transportation were added to YB’s fleet. With nine tugboats and eight barges, YB conducts over 1,250 interisland voyages per year.

In mid-2018 the first of four new 6,000 horsepower, Tier-4, 123-foot American-built tugs began entering service. The more than $80 million investment in new tugs will reduce the average age of YB’s tug fleet to 12 years from 44 years, which will increase the company’s operational efficiency, reduce emissions and improve supply chain reliability.

New Young Brothers Kāpena Class Tug Christened

July 2, 2018

The first of four new tugs will soon enter service in Hawai’i

HONOLULU – The Kāpena Jack Young, the first of four new ocean-going tugs that will soon begin neighbor island service for Young Brothers, has been christened in Louisiana. The Kāpena Jack Young, designed by Damen USA and built by Louisiana-based Conrad Shipyard, marks the arrival of the first new Kāpena class tugs built for Hawai‘i-based Young Brothers, an independent subsidiary of Foss Maritime.

“Kāpena” means “captain” in the Hawaiian language, and the name for the class of ships celebrates the skill and innovation of Young Brothers’ Hawaiian navigators and will be home-ported in Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i. The new class of tugs are designed to match Young Brothers’ fleet of modern high capacity barges, and will improve the company’s ability to provide “just-in-time” cargo service to Neighbor Island communities, while enhancing service through lower maintenance down time, better tow speeds, greater operating efficiencies, and lower emissions.

The Kāpena Jack Young is named after Captain Jack Young, one of three brothers who founded Young Brothers in 1900. Each of the four new Kāpena class tugs will be named after an original Young Brothers’ captain, including nā Kāpena George Panui Sr. and Jr., Bob Purdy, and Raymond Alapa‘i. The christening of the Kāpena Jack Young was held at Port Fourchon with representatives of Young Brothers, Foss Maritime, Conrad, and Damen in attendance, as well as Sharon Young, Jack Young’s granddaughter, who sponsored the vessel.

“The four new Kāpena class tugs, represent our future while honoring our past. Once in service, the average age of our fleet will be reduced from an average age of 44 years to 12 years young,” said Joe Boivin, new President of Young Brothers. “The new tugs reinforce our commitment to safety, environmental stewardship and customer service.”

The 6,000 horsepower, 123 foot by 36.5’ vessel is powered by General Electric 8L250MDC—state-of-the-art EPA Tier IV emissions compliant exhaust gas re-circulation engines.

“I’m very impressed with the work that has been done by Conrad shipyards and Damen USA in the delivery of the first of our four new, state-of-the-art, Tier 4 tugs,” said John Parrott, President and CEO of Foss Maritime. “We worked with Young Brothers to research various tug hull designs, engines, and towing equipment options. The construction of these new tugs supports Young Brothers’ in providing reliable, affordable and frequent services throughout the Hawaiian islands—now and in the future.”

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Video footage of the christening available upon request.

ABOUT FOSS MARITIME
Founded in 1889, Seattle-based Foss Maritime offers a complete range of maritime services and project management to customers across the Pacific Rim, Europe, South America and around the globe. Foss has one of the largest fleets of tugs and barges on the American West Coast. The company has harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports, including the Columbia and Snake River system, Hawaii and Alaska. Foss operates two shipyards and offers worldwide marine transportation, emphasizing safety, environmental responsibility and high-quality service. See www.foss.com for more information.

ABOUT YOUNG BROTHERS
Young Brothers, Limited, with approximately 360 employees across the state, has served Hawaiʻi since 1900. Young Brothers is a publicly regulated water carrier providing 12 weekly port calls from Honolulu to the state’s neighbor island ports, including Hilo, Kawaihae, Kahului, Kaumalapau, Kaunakakai and Nāwiliwili. For more information and a new website that includes “today’s barge arrivals” visit www.youngbrothershawaii.com.

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