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Hawaiian Tug & Barge/Young Brothers, Limited's Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide the best inter-island freight handling and transportation, harbor assist, and tug and barge services, through our involved, dedicated, and skilled people, delivering excellent customer service, in order to achieve long-term profitability and success.
Service to Hawaii Since 1900
In 1900, Herbert, William and Jack Young arrived in Honolulu to start a "bumboat" business, Young Brothers.
Thirteen years later the firm was incorporated as Young Brothers, Limited, and expanded to provide ocean towing, rescue service and barge transportation between the islands. It got its start by providing ocean transportation services between Oahu and Molokai.
Hawaiian Tug & Barge was formed as a sister company many years later, to separate harbor operations and charter activities from Young Brothers' interisland freight operations.
Today, Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge provide vital services to the people of our island state. We thank you for our first 100 years and look forward to serving Hawaii for the next century.
Since 1900, Young Brothers has grown to become Hawaii's foremost inter-island freight handling and transportation company. With its involved, dedicated and skilled people and full fleet of barges, tugs, and shoreside equipment, it offers fast, frequent and reliable service to the ports of Nawiliwili on Kauai, Kahului on Maui, Kaunakakai on Molokai, Kaumalapau on Lanai, Honolulu on Oahu, and Hilo and Kawaihae on the Island of Hawaii.
In 1999, SaltChuk Resources, Inc. of Seattle, Washington, acquired Young Brothers and selected assets of Hawaiian Tug & Barge from Hawaiian Electric Industries.
Together, Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge operate a fleet of various barges and tugs. The barges and tugs assigned to Young Brothers include:
- Ho'omaka Hou: a barge with a 11,700-ton capacity
- Maka'ala: a barge with a 11,700-ton capacity
- Kakela: a barge with a 7,240-ton capacity
- Kamaluhia: a barge with a 7,240-ton capacity
- Kaholo: an auto barge with a 5,600-ton capacity
- Kukahi: a barge with a 7,300-ton capacity
- Kala'enalu: a barge with a 11,700-ton capacity
- Makahani: a barge with a 4,500-ton capacity
- Hokulani: a 4,100-horsepower twin screw tug
- Hoku Loa: a 3,900-horsepower twin screw tug
- Hoku Ke'a: a 3,900-horsepower twin screw tug
- Moana Holo: a 3,000-horsepower twin screw tug
- Manuokekai: a 3,900-horsepower twin screw kort tug
- Malulani: a 4,300-horsepower, twin screw tug
Today, Young Brothers and Hawaiian Tug & Barge's 400 employees are happy to assist you in transporting your goods throughout Hawaii.
Young Brothers, Limited's commitment and dedication to quality service has become a Hawaiian tradition.