PUC approves emergency 46% rate increase for Young Brothers

Lorraine Inouye

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A Young Brothers barge is offloaded in June at Kawaihae Harbor. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The Public Utilities Commission on Monday approved Young Brothers’ emergency request to increase rates by 46% — or $27 million — to keep the company afloat amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.