MARAD Transfers Ex-Hawaiian Superferries to U.S. Navy

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration has announced the transfer of the ex-Hawaiian superferries to the U.S. Navy, finally recouping a fraction of the money that the U.S. government (and tax payers) paid out after Hawaii Superferries defaulted on loans that MARAD had guaranteed. MARAD said in a statement that the two high speed vessels, the Huakai and … [Read more...]

Former Hawaii Superferries hit the auction block

Former Hawaii Superferries ALAKAI and HUAKAI have been put up for sale by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD).  Marad had owned the vessels since purchasing them from Hawaii Superferry, LLC in 2010. Hawaii Superferry operations were suspended in March 2009 when an exception to a state law allowing the ferry service to operate without a complete environmental impact … [Read more...]

Austal High-Speed Ferries Impress at Sea Trials

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago's 41 meter Austal-designed and built high speed passenger ferries have achieved outstanding performance on recent sea trials. Designed to carry 405 passengers at speeds of more than 37 knots, the aluminum vessels are intended to help reduce road congestion in Trinidad and Tobago by establishing a water taxi service between San Fernando and … [Read more...]

News Update: Superferry 9 Capsizing

The last missing person was rescued a day after a ferry carrying more than 900 people capsized in Philippine waters, officials said Tuesday. The woman was pulled from the water about 8 p.m. Monday ( 8 a.m. ET), according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The rescue meant everybody was accounted for, authorities said. Nine people were killed and 958 rescued after the … [Read more...]

hawaii superferry – a ship captain’s perspective

A ferry at the center of much debate (including a record number of comments on this blog) has sailed into a storm that will likely sink her dream. The problem came Tuesday after Maui Judge Joseph Cardoza ruled against Hawaii Superferry resuming service to Maui until an environmental assessment is performed. While the Department of Transportation took quick action last week … [Read more...]