Coast Guard, partner agencies participate in Alternate Port exercise

Personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, state of Hawaii and key industries partners observe crane operations during the Hawaii Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 5, 2015. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the state, Navy, Coast Guard and industry response partners for their roles during a major catastrophic event that closes the Port of Honolulu and requires the activation of the Alternate Port in Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

Personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, state of Hawaii and key industries partners observe crane operations during the Hawaii Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 5, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and partner agencies participated in the Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Friday.

The Port of Honolulu serves as the hub in the “hub and spoke” model for cargo distribution throughout the State of Hawaii with more than 80 percent of the State’s consumable goods transported through this vital harbor.

The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the State, Navy, Coast Guard, and industry response partners for their roles during a major catastrophic event that closes the Port of Honolulu and requires the activation of the Alternate Port in Pearl Harbor.

The Alternate Port Concept was developed to address vulnerabilities in the Port of Honolulu and create an alternate site for cargo operations to provide essential emergency supplies to the State in the event the Port of Honolulu is closed due to a catastrophic event. The mobile crane was put into service in 2014 under a cooperative agreement between the State of Hawaii, Navy and Coast Guard.

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