Second High-Speed Super-Ferry Activated to Assist in Earthquake Aftermath

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January 26, 2010

Alakai will join its sister ship — the Huakai — in Haiti

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January 25, 2010 / New Albany Tribune

A New Albany company continued its relief service in Haiti last week when Hornblower Marine Services activated its second high-speed boat to help with rescue efforts.

Hornblower sent one vessel, as instructed by the Maritime Administration, to Haiti after the country was struck Jan. 12 by an earthquake. Now the Alakai will join its sister ship — the Huakai — in Haiti to carry humanitarian supplies.

The Alakai is a high-speed boat, formerly known as the Hawaii Superferry. It’s a 352-foot ship that can carry more than 800 passengers and has a cargo deck capacity of 25,000 square feet.

With the ability to travel at speeds of more than 30 knots, or more than 35 miles per hour, the Alakai will be useful for transferring people away from the impacted areas of the country.

Hornblower Marine Services “has mobilized its team and is bringing in resources to bear from all of its operations world-wide,” stated the company’s president and CEO, John Waggoner in a news release.

imagephotos from http://macprohawaii.blogspot.com

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