Island Energy Services, a Hawai‘i-based fuels logistics and marketing business headquartered in Kapolei, O‘ahu, and several partners are shipping two 40-foot containers with more than 67,000 bottles of water to support the relief and recovery efforts on Maui.
The group has teamed up with the American Red Cross to deliver the bottles of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, with the aim of aiding individuals, families and communities as they recover from the devastating wildfires.
“This collective effort stands as a testament to our commitment to offer on-the-ground assistance and clean drinking water in the face of this unprecedented crisis,” said Laura Krueger, director of external communications with BlueTriton Brands, one of Island Energy’s partners in the effort.
The team of business partners includes Island Energy Services, Odyssey Logistics and BlueTriton Brands, a producer of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water. The partnership has mobilized efforts for the initial delivery and the resources necessary to provide additional bottled water donations in the coming weeks.
“The Red Cross is working around the clock to deliver help to those impacted by the wildfires,” said Diane Peters-Nguyen, CEO of the American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region.
Island Energy Services earlier announced its commitment to supporting response and recovery efforts and has pledged to match customer donations on a dollar for dollar match up to $50,000 via its Texaco network through the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund.
For more information about the Maui Strong fund, click here.
Effective through Sept. 10, the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation is waiving wharfage charges for cargo inbound to Maui’s Kahului Harbor to support the relief efforts.
“We have to offer any help we can at this time for the people of Maui,” said Ed Sniffen, director of the state Transportation Department. “This will lessen the burden on shipping necessities to many who now have nothing. And we will continue to look at ways we can help the people of Lāhainā and West Maui as we move forward.”
Wharfage will be waived for the following cargo types:
- Automobiles, in containers.
- Automobile, other.
- Island agricultural products.
- Shipping device loaded, 45 feet.
- Shipping device loaded, 40 feet.
- Shipping device loaded, 24 feet.
- Shipping device loaded, 20 feet.
- Shipping device loaded, Other.
- Island agricultural products, shipping device loaded, 40 feet.
- Island agricultural products, shipping device loaded, 20 feet.
- Island agricultural products, shipping device loaded, Other.
A waiver will be granted upon receipt of a wharfage report accompanied by documentation confirming wharfage fees were not charged by a shipping company to a customer for the specified cargo.
Additional instructions are posted on the state harbors website.
Additionally, throughout the duration of Hawaiʻi Gov. Josh Green’s third emergency proclamation, when berth space is available, the Transportation Department will waive port entry and dockage for vessels displaced from small boat harbors on Maui. Other rules and fees will apply and arrangements for port entry should be made through the respective harbors district office through an agent.