April Business of the Month—Kiwi’s Water Taxi
Alan “Kiwi” Brann started his company, Kiwi’s Water Taxi, in 2010. The company runs people, supplies, packages and equipment to ships anchored in the Columbia River. Customer service is paramount, with the crew seemingly on call 24/7, and Kiwi always the one to answer the phone.
“You call, we haul” has become a common refrain for the outfit, which in addition to transporting people and goods for the maritime industry, is just as likely to lend its vessel as a floating stage for musical entertainment during the Great Columbia Crossing.
“We’re very community-minded, and like to keep our business here,” Kiwi said. “Clatsop Community Bank is local, and they’re super easy to work with. They’ve gone out of their way for me,” he added.
Kiwi, originally from New Zealand, has almost two decades of experience in the commercial fishing industry, and has fished off the Pacific and Alaska shorelines, including the Bering Sea. He settled in Clatsop County in 1999, where he continued to fish until establishing Kiwi’s Water Taxi.
The company has grown from a 24-foot vessel to the current 47-foot Miss Molly. The crew includes Kiwi as captain, and two deckhands–Jen Hooey and Chuck Kobrzycki.