Young Brothers Adds New Tugboat to Fleet

January 16, 2019, 11:25 AM HST
* Updated January 16, 9:17 PM
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Young Brothers shipping company held a blessing for its new Tier 4 tugboat, the Kapena Raymond Alapai, on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Hilo.

Young Brothers now has two tugboats in its interisland fleet, bringing the total number in its entire fleet to six. Eight barges also servicing the Hawaiian Islands.

Tier 4 tugs are more advanced offering faster speeds with a lower carbon footprint, Young Brothers said.

“The Kapena Raymond Alapai represents our commitment to provide unmatched inter-island freight handling and transportation services and superior customer service to the people of Hawai‘i,” said Joe Boivin, president of Young Brothers. “Our new tugs will reduce carbon emissions, increase fuel savings and help advance Hawai‘i’s energy sustainability goals.”

The Kapena Raymond Alapai is named after the company’s first captains and Alapai’s son, Jay Cee Alapai.


In October of 2018, Young Brothers welcomed the first of four new tugboats, the Kapena Jack Young, into its fleet.


Young Brothers Limited, with approximately 360 employees across the state, has served Hawaiʻi since1900. 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.

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