SAUSE BROTHERS TO ADD BIG BARGE IN HAWAII-PACIFIC NORTHWEST SERVICE

SAUSE BROTHERS TO ADD BIG BARGE IN HAWAII-PACIFIC NORTHWEST SERVICE

An Oregon tug-and-barge company is adding a large new barge next month that will increase its freight capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii by 50 percent.

Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Co. of Coos Bay, Ore., said it plans in October to deploy its new barge, the Hana, on runs between the Hawaiian Islands and the ports of Portland and Coos Bay, Ore., and Longview, Wash.With a cargo capacity of 10,000 tons, the Hana was built at Somar, a Coos Bay shipyard affiliated with Sause Brothers.

The additional barge will boost the amount of cargo Sause can carry by 100,000 tons a year, adding to the 200,000 tons other Sause barges had carried on the route in each of the last two years.

The barge line also expects to add a second, smaller barge to shuttle cargo between the outer islands and its terminal in Honolulu. That smaller barge, the Skipanon, has a 4,000-ton cargo capacity.

Sause Brothers also will begin using the 5,700-horsepower tug Gulf Ranger in the Hawaii trade. The barge line currently operates uses three tugs to haul six barges on 23 voyages from the Columbia River to Hawaii each year.

Marty Richmond, Sause's manager of Hawaiian sales, said the new barges guarantee shippers space for wood products, which he described as the ''backbone of our Hawaii service."

He noted that the new equipment will be put into service just as Crowley Maritime Corp. discontinues its barge service to Hawaii.

Chris Hatzi, regional marketing manager for the Port of Portland, said the additional Sause barge space will be a plus for the port.

"This additional capacity allows Portland to continue providing the necessary breakbulk service to Hawaii, while at the same time keeping shippers in this region competitive," he said.