Maiden Voyage of Hawaii Superferry ALAKAI


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From BYM Maritime:

Austal receives Engineering Project of the Year award for Hawaii Superferry Alakai
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Austal has been awarded the Engineering Project of the Year for its high speed vehicle-passenger ferry “Alakai” at the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) annual awards banquet.

Austal designed and built Hawaii Superferry’s “Alakai” which currently operates inter-island routes in the Hawaiian Islands. “Alakai” is a 107-metre high-speed passenger/vehicle ferry and is the largest aluminium vessel ever built in the United States.
For the rest, go to http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=23440
 
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From BYM:

Hawaii: Austal built Superferry Alakai, back in service after drydocking
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The 107 metre high-speed vehicle-passenger ferry “Alakai”, built for Hawaii Superferry, has recommenced its daily service between Maui and Oahu following a period in drydock.

Annual dry docking of the vessel was brought forward by Hawaii Superferry due to inclement weather, allowing inspection of the vessel and minor repairs. Prior to dry docking, Austal had performed a temporary repair between the rudder tube and hull plating, as approved by the United States Coast Guard and classification society Germanischer Lloyd.
Full story at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=25400
 
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Interesting update on the Hawaii Superferry Alakai, Mike. Apparently, the Alakai had to have some repairs done for incidents that occured while she was in dry dock!

The article mentions that the Alakai performed well in "extreme operating conditions," something captured on a YouTube video. You can see the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g20Qho-JeRA&NR=1

At the end, there's a dose of local humor regarding another large vessel plying the local waters!

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>>Apparently, the Alakai had to have some repairs done for incidents that occured while she was in dry dock! <<

Yeah, they didn't put her on the blocks properly and not surprisingly, that did some damage. That incident with the tug didn't help either.
 
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From Austal.com (Press release):

Austal USA Launch 113 Metre Advanced High Speed Catamaran
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The second of two high speed vehicle-passenger catamarans for Hawaii Superferry has been launched at Austal USA — further strengthening the shipyard’s experience in advanced aluminium vessels over 100 metres in length.

The achievement comes just months after Austal USA successfully launched its revolutionary 127 metre Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) “Independence” — a state-of-the-art near-shore combat ship built for the US Navy.
More at http://www.austal.com/index.cfm?objectid=B0D00508-65BF-EBC1-2B3A8595BEFE1C4C
 
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From The Honolulu Advertiser:

Ferry costs still climbing
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State spending on Hawaii Superferry continues to mount, with $5 million in additional costs so far, on top of the $40 million designated for ferry-related improvements at four harbors.

The latest request for additional funding came last week from the Department of Transportation, which is seeking an exemption from state procurement rules to increase its contract with Belt Collins Hawaii Ltd. for environmental studies from $1 million to $1.7 million.
More at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090125/NEWS09/901250392/1001/localnewsfront
 
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From MSNBC:

Hawaii Superferry saga: Is the story done?
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HONOLULU - The Hawaii Superferry now sits forlornly in Honolulu's harbor, idled by a court ruling. It's the latest twist in the short saga of the first interisland car and passenger ferry service.

The fate of the ferry has always been choppy, from its birth in 2001, through protests, to a surprise state Supreme Court decision last week that shut down the service.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29837532/
 
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From The Star Bulletin:

Never-used Superferry vessel mobilized to aid Haiti relief effort
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The M/V Huakai, the high-speed ferry that never fulfilled its purpose as part of Hawaii Superferry operations last year, will be mobilized for relief duty in Haiti.
More at http://www.starbulletin.com/business/20100119_Never-used_Superferry_vessel_mobilized_to_aid_Haiti_relief_effort.html

Comment: I don't know how useful this particular craft will be but it's nice to see that somebody is trying to put her to good use.
 
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From Marine Link:

High-Speed Ferries Ready for Haiti
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High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake there. Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration's custody when the ferry service went bankrupt.
More at http://marinelink.com/News/Article/High-Speed-Ferries-Ready-for-Haiti/333176.aspx
 
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From The Navy Times:

U.S. buys more high-speed vessels
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Two virtually unused high-speed ferries once planned for service in the Hawaiian Islands have been acquired by the U.S. government at apparently bargain-basement prices.

The two ships, named Alakai and Huakai, belonged to the now-defunct Hawaiian Superferries project once headed by Reagan-era Navy Secretary John Lehman.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/10/defense-navy-purchases-ferrier-101310/

Comment: It's better then the scrapyard.
 
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