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The Territory of Hawaii consists of eight principal islands, Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Molakai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe, the first four named being by far the more important in the group. Honolulu, the capital of the Territory and the chief city, is situated on the south coast of the island of Oahu and is 2,091 nautical miles from San Francisco, 3,394 miles from Yokahama, 4,420 miles from Sydney, 4,767 miles from Manila, and 4,685 miles from Panama.

The project for improvement of Honolulu Harbor by the United States provides for an entrance channel 400 feet deep and 500 feet wide, for easing the curve where the entrance channel joins the inner harbor, for deepening the harbor basin to 35 feet for a general width of 1,520 feet, and for dredging along the reserved channel a channel 35 feet deep, 1,000 feet wide, and 1,000 feet long, and thence a channel of the same depth along the northerly side of the reserved channel 400 feet wide and about 3,000 feet long connecting Honolulu Harbor with Kapalama Basin. On September 30, 1940 there was a controlling depth of 40 feet at mean lower low water in the entrance channel, and a controlling depth of 35 feet in the harbor basin and the improved portion of the reserved channel. Kapalama Basin has a depth of about 15 feet at mean lower low water.


The mean range of tides is 1.9 feet and the extreme range 2.3 feet. Tidal currents are negligible.


There are no anchorages in the harbor, but good holding grounds are found just outside the entrance channel. There are no mooring buoys.


There are no bridges across any part of the harbor and no navigable streams enter it.



The Hawaiian Electric Co. supplies 60-cycle alternating current to the water front in voltages of 11,000, 2,300, or 220-440, 3 phase, and 120–220 volts 1 phase. Information regarding the availability of current for vessel use is given in the table on piers, wharves, and docks,

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An ample supply of pure artesian water is available at all of the public wharves through city mains. The charge to vessels is 50 cents per 1,000 gallons.


There are no coal bunkering facilities at Honolulu.


The Shell Oil Co., the Standard Oil Co. of California, the Tidewater Associated Oil Co., and the Union Oil Co. all have storage tanks at the port in which a normal supply of approximately 260,000 barrels of fuel and Diesel oil and 28,000 barrels of refined oil is maintained, the maximum quantities kept in stock at any time being approximately 506,000 and 95,000 barrels, respectively. Although the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co. does not have oil storage facilities at the port, it has installed and operates an extensive fuel distribution system for use of the public and all oil companies. This system is located at the rear of and forms a part of piers 29 and 29-X, which are shown in the table on piers, wharves, and docks and on the port facilities map under reference No. 29. The fuel-oil bunkering facilities of the four oil companies at the port can be connected with this distribution system and all of the fuel oil facilities in the harbor can be connected and used as a unit if necessary.

The following is a list of the piers open to public use at which bunker oil can be obtained by vessels, with information relative to the pipe lines at each facility:

Territory of Hawaii Nos. 7, 8, and 9 (reference Nos. 9, 10, and 11): One 6-inch Diesel and two 8-inch

fuel oil lines on each facility. Nos. 10 and 11 (reference Nos. 12 and 13): Two 8-inch fuel lines on each. No. 12 (reference No. 14): This pier has been leased by the Inter-Island Steam

Navigation Co. and one 6-inch pipe line will be installed thereon.
Nos. 13 and 14 (reference No. 15): One 6-inch pipe line.
No. 15 (reference No. 16): One 8-inch pipe line.


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Oahu Railway & Land Co. Nos. 18, 19, and 20 (reference Nos. 19, 20, and 21): Two 8-inch pipe lines on each. Nos. 31, 31-A, and 32 (reference Nos. 31, 32, and 33): One 8-inch and one 6-inch pipe line on each.

Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co.

Nos. 27, 28, 29 and 29-X (reference Nos. 27, 28 and 29): Fuel oil connections only

at Nos. 27 and 29-X; fuel oil and Diesel oil connections at Nos. 28 and 29.

Standard Oil Co. of California

No. 30 (reference No. 30): 4-inch and 10-inch pipe lines.

The following facilities, which are operated by the United States Government and are not open to public use, are also equipped with pipe lines: Nos. 24, 25, and 26 owned by the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Co. but recently

leased to Army Transport Service (reference Nos. 24, 25, and 26): Piers Nos. 24 and 25 each have two 10-inch and one 6-inch pipe line and pier No. 26 has

all types of connections. Army Transport pier No. 5 (reference No. 6): 6-inch and 8-inch pipe lines on each

side. Navy Department pier No. 5–A (reference No. 7): 10-inch fuel line with a 6-inch

dock extension, and bunkering capacity of 800 to 900 barrels per hour.

Further information relative to the oil storage and bunkering facilities at the port is given in the following table:

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