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Young Brothers quarterly shipping report


Young Brothers, Limited said its overall intrastate cargo volume for 2012 was relatively flat compared to 2011, inching up 0.4 percent, but ended 2012 with a modest uptick in the fourth quarter, according to the Young Brothers Quarterly Shipping Report.

For the three-month period from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, intrastate volume rose 2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.

Young Brothers’ Quarterly Report – a key barometer of neighbor island economic activity – zigzagged its way through 2012 in its year-ago comparisons, showing a 2.6-percent jump in the first quarter, followed by a 2.7-percent drop in the second quarter, and 1.1-percent drop in the third quarter, before ending the year with a 2 percent increase.

“The year was a bit of a seesaw, but it’s always good to carry positive momentum into the new year,” said Glenn Hong, president of Young Brothers. “We’d like to see the volume trend line sustain a modest positive direction for a change. We have some optimism, but clearly cargo volumes have a ways to go to demonstrate a continued growth trend.”

On an annual basis, three ports of call experienced increases: Kahului, Maui, the largest neighbor island port in terms of cargo, up 3.3 percent; Hilo, just barely increasing by 0.1 percent; and Kaumalapau, Lanai, jumping 28.5 percent.

These increases were offset by decreases at Kawaihae, down 3.7 percent; Nawiliwili, Kauai, down 2.1 percent; and Kaunakakai, Molokai, down 6.7 percent.

With respect to the fourth quarter of 2012, three ports finished on a positive note with an increase in cargo volumes (compared to the same quarter in 2012). Kahului rose 4.8 percent. Volumes at the ports on Molokai and Lanai, the two smallest ports within the Young Brothers system, increased 0.9 percent and 49.9 percent, respectively.

Three ports finished the quarter with slight negative comparisons: Hilo, down 0.4 percent; Kawaihae, down 0.9 percent; and Nawiliwili, off 2.3 percent.

The Port of Lanai continued to show strong quarterly comparisons in cargo volume, reflecting fuel cargo that Young Brothers began transporting in early 2012.

In addition, Lanai continued steady in-bound shipments of materials for building improvements and renovations.


Agricultural Cargo Volume Continues to Increase

During the fourth quarter, agricultural cargo volume statewide continued its positive trend, climbing by 13.7 percent over the year-ago quarter. Moreover, for the year, agricultural volume rose 11.6 percent over 2011’s annual volume.

Agricultural volume includes only cargo that qualifies for the company’s island product discount of 30 to 35 percent, which applies to locally grown agricultural products.

About the Young Brothers Quarterly Shipping Report

Young Brothers’ quarterly intrastate shipping volumes reflect only cargo shipments that originate and terminate within Hawaii. The Young Brothers Quarterly Shipping Report was initiated in 2012. The company will release its first quarter 2013 results in May 2013.

Young Brothers, Limited, with approximately 340 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 Nawiliwili.

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