POSTED: 5 SEPTMEBER 2007 - 11:00am HST

HSF like boat probably already killed Hawaiian whale

image above: "Slice" vessel in Hawaii in the late 1990's that likely struck humpback in our waters

by Lee Tepley on 5 September 2007

Earlier today, I was shocked to come across an "Envirowatch" web page that showed that a vessel called "Slice" - which is similar to the Superferry - may have already killed two Humpbacks in Hawaiian waters. The page was probably put on line about 8 years ago. It includes a link to the current Envirowatch home page but the home page does not seem to link back to this page. So I may have stumbled on a long forgotten web page.

I encourage you to go to the Envirowatch web page at

I have included a few excerpts.. The first excerpt shows that SAC did not disclose the existence of Swath and Slice vessels. The excerpt states:

"A review of the final Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary found that the use of the Swath and Slice Vessels, or their development, was not disclosed in Appendix F "List of Military Activities in Hawaii".

image above: A SLICE vessel built by Lackheed-Martin in the 1990's

"Slice" is actually the name of a specific vessel in the "Slice" category. "Slice" and "Swath" vessels are closely related. In fact, as described in the 2nd attachment below, "Slice" is a variant of "Swath". The Superferry is a "Semi-swath" vessel. This is confusing but "Slice" and "Alakai" are similar in appearance.

The second excerpt states that National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) covered up the report that "Slice" had struck a whale. The excerpt states:

"On or about March 18, 1998, the National Marine Fisheries Service interviewed the Captain of the Slice after he reported a collision between the Slice and a whale or other large marine mammal." Of even greater concern is that NMFS is covering up the fact by not prosecuting the Navy or vessel operator after documenting the incident, nor have they considered future impacts and compliance with NEPA, which requires an analysis of potential environmental effects of major federal actions within U.S. territorial waters. We’ve also learned that NMFS only response to the incident was to write up an internal memorandum regarding the matter."

Does this "military cover up" stuff seem familiar??
image above: A proposed SWATH vessel at It is a ferry that can travel at 37knots.About 250 feet long and carrying 875 passengers plus 250 cars. Sound familiar.

The Swath and Semi-Swath designs are what the Superferry design is based. Note the similarity between the Slice, Swath and Semi-Swath to the Superferry "Alakai" and the vessel shown above designed in the 1990's.

If we can't stop them in court, see you at Kalapaki Beach when the Alakai arrives.

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see also:
Island Breath: Latest HSF News 9/5/07
Island Breath: Round Four Prep 9/4/07
Island Breath: Maritime Administration & EIS 9/3/07
Island Breath: Support from Oahu's DMZ 8/30/2007
Island Breath: DMZ - Stop the Strykers 7/2/07
Island Breath: Maui Case & Timeline 8/29/07
Island Breath: A Hawaiian's View 8/29/07
Island Breath: We Win Round Three 8/28/07
Island Breath: Plea to Reps and TRO 8/27/07
Island Breath: Rounds One & Two 8/23/07
Island Breath: Boycott the Superferry 8/17/07
Island Breath: Superferry Preparations 8/10/07
Island Breath: Hui-R Superferry Meeting 7/26/2007
Island Breath: Not So Super Ferry 7/24/07
Island Breath: Superferry Invasion 7/22/07
Island Breath: Superferry Noise 7/18/07
Island Breath: Superferry Delayed 5/25/07
Island Breath: Still No Superferry EIS 3/31/07
Island Breath: Superferry EIS Effort 3/25/2007
Island Breath: Superferry EIS Bill hearings 2/26/07
Island Breath: Superferry Promotion 2/24/07
Island Breath: Superferry Launched 1/28/07
Island Breath: Superferry in Trouble
Island Breath: Superferry Reference
Island Breath: Superferry Resistance
Island Breath: Superferry & Military
Island Breath: Superferry History
Island Breath: Stop the Superferry
Island Breath: Superferry Meetings
Island Breath: Superferry Redux
Island Breath: Superferry Problems


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