Testifiers voice strong opposition to Young Brothers’ rate request

Keoki Wood of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, which submitted written testimony against Young Brothers’ proposed rate hike, said the organization is “not opposed to any PUC-regulated entity receiving a reasonable rate of return.”

JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald Sandra Larsen, Young Brothers’ vice president of legal, regulatory and government affairs, testified Tuesday the interisland tug-and-barge shipper is “essential to Hawaii’s economy and what we do affects nearly every business, every person, every day here in Hawaii.”

The air was polite, but testimony before the state Public Utilities Commission Tuesday night in Hilo was overwhelmingly opposed to Young Brothers’ request to raise interisland ocean freight rates by 34%.