Friday, January 22, 2010

Superferry Sightings

Today's Passenger Transit Express newsletter by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports that the Alakai recently joined its sister ferry the Huakai to carry relief supplies to Haiti.

The Alakai and Huakai catamarans formerly provided cargo and passenger ferry service between Oahu and Maui. The ferries are currently berthed in Norfolk, Virginia after Hawaii Superferry declared bankruptcy and went out of business. The primary contributing factor to Hawaii Superferry's downfall was its failure to comply with Hawaii's environmental laws.

For more on the Hawaii Superferry, see the Hawaii Superferry archive.

2 comments:

Brad Parsons said...

The primary contributing factor to Hawaii Superferry's downfall was not its failure to comply with Hawaii's environmental laws.

Afterall, HSF voluntarily ceased operations, voluntarily left the state, unilaterally declared bankruptcy, and voluntarily abandoned the vessels to the Bankruptcy Court and MARAD.

No, the primary contributing factor to Hawaii Superferry's downfall is that their business model in Hawaii never was profitable for any more than a month or two.

Hawaii Land Use Law said...

You may be right. But I think if they complied with HEPA from the start, they would still be in business today.