INDEX - HAWAII TRANSPORTATION
www.islandbreath.org ID# 07-0911
SUBJECT: HAWAII SUPERFERRY
SOURCE: DICK MAYER email@example.com
POSTED: 25 MAY 2007 - 8:00am HST
Tests Delay Superferry Launch
First of two Hawaii Superferies docked in Mobile, Alabama after sea trials
by Jim Mendoza on 24 May 2007 on KGMB News
The Hawaii Superferry Web site used to have a ticker on its title page. It counted down the days and hours to the company's July launch. Now the slogan says service starts some time this summer.
"We want everybody to feel comfortable that this is a very, very safe ship," said Superferry president and CEO John Garibaldi.
By all appearances, the vessel is sea worthy right now. It breezed through ocean trials in April. But since it's a "fast moving ferry," the ship is subject to the U.S. Coast Guard's high speed code.
Everything on board is being inspected more than once.
"They started when the vessel started construction, looking at every weld, looking at the design, the architecture, the drawings," Garibaldi said.
The double-hulled catamaran is still docked at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, where it was built.
When it's released, it will take three weeks to a month for the ferry to sail through the Panama Canal, stop off the west coast, then cross the Pacific to Honolulu harbor. Once it's here, there will be more tests in island waters.
"We have a lot of focus on training of our employees just to make sure that everyone has the safety of our passengers at the top of their minds," Garibaldi said.
Garibaldi said the Superferry could begin service in August. When it's rolling, it will transport people and their automobiles between Oahu, Maui and Kauai.
Some environmentalists and state lawmakers have voiced objection to the Superferry startup. But it has been built and it will come here, just not on the timetable everyone expected.
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