Sunday, September 30, 2007

John Garibaldi on HI Superferry place in history"The

"CEO of Hawaii Superferry has put the service in a global and historical context. “You look at the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands, New Zealand, the English Channel and the Baltics and it’s a common way of life,” he told the Honolulu Advertiser earlier this summer. “It’s a technology that’s really an outgrowth of the Polynesian double-hull canoes.”"

John Garibaldi's above quote is interesting for it's historical inaccuracy yet pertainence. New Zealand no longer has a fast ferry operating there. The Canary Islands are where thus far the most whales have been killed by fast ferries. Fast ferries bear no relation to the operation of Polynesian double-hull canoes.

Aloha, Brad

My outlook on the HI Superferry

Well first, everybody here seems to be waiting for the lower court ruling from hearings right now on Maui. The state Supreme Court here has said there needs to be an "environmental assessment," but did not say yet whether the Superferry could operate while that is being done. The Superferry clearly would like to be able to operate while an assessment is being done for financial reasons and because it would make it harder for others to stop their operations based on an environmental assessment if they have already been operating. The local media here seems to think it is a foregone conclusion that the Superferry will be allowed to operate while an environmental assessment is done.

I have a question, why have an environment assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement done if you are already going to let the situation being studied take place?

As for the big issues here, I think there are a few key ones. One is the incompatability of using the Superferry for both private sector and military use here in Hawaiian waters. Do Hawaiian civilians really want to be risking driving their car onto a ship and sitting in a seat that just a day or two before a military person with depleted uranium dust on them was sitting in? This is an issue that probably will not be addressed because the U.S. Army won't even admit what has been proven that they are using depleted uranium weapons.

So, the other big issue is the effect on the whale sanctuary here in Hawaii. It has been proven elsewhere in the world that fast ferries moving above 15 knots strike and kill whales at increased rates and create destructive wakes to shorelines. Here is where I think we can take a que from our Kiwi friends. They had such a fast ferry operating unfettered and they put a speed requirement on it...I think at about the 15 knots range. That ferry had to cut back its service because of the increased time of travel and eventually it stopped operating because it could not do so profitably under those circumstances. I like the way that was handled. At a minimum, should the state judge buckle to pressure on him and allow the Superferry to keep operating while an environmental assessment is done, then at least he could follow precedent elsewhere in the world and put something like a 15 knots speed limit on the Superferry while the assessment or EIS is being done.

Also, I think an EIS and not just an environmental assessment should be done.

Lastly, if the Superferry finds that it cannot operate profitably here in Hawaii under these circumstances, then so be it...we really don't need the Superferry here.

Aloha, Brad

Superferry DVD Video

Superferry DVD Video:

HI Superferry: Kauai’s Reaction

HI Superferry: Kauai’s Reaction

PBS: Fast Ferry and the Canary Islands

PBS: Fast Ferry and the Canary Islands
A whole program on PBS about this:

Recent Case Study: BC’s Fast Ferry Fiasco

Recent Case Study: BC’s Fast Ferry Fiasco
A lot of similarities to what is happening in HI, I guess BC doesn't need the HISF hunk of junk, they've got three of their own:
Oh, yea, Nanaimo becoming a suburb of Vancouver sounds like Kauai and Maui becoming suburbs of Honolulu:
Here's another one, this just keeps getting more interesting:

Recent Case Study: NZ’s Lynx Fast Ferry

Recent Case Study: NZ’s Lynx Fast Ferry

Superferry Money

Superferry Money: How politics works in the U.S.

Superferry Court Hearings re: ferry speed

HI Superferry Court Hearings
Recent article about testimony in the Superferry court hearings:
Another article from the next day of testimony:
Some academic articles consistent with this:

Superferry Petition

Superferry, Stryker Brigades, Depleted Uranium, & NZ

HI Superferry, Stryker Brigades, Depleted Uranium, & NZ

Nothing depleted about 'depleted uranium'by Abel Bult-Ito
Global Research, January 22, 2006 and

Iraqi and visiting doctors, and a number of news reports, have reported that birth defects and cancers in Iraqi children have increased five- to 10-fold since the 1991 Gulf War and continue to increase sharply, to over 30-fold in some areas in southern Iraq. Currently, more than 50 percent of Iraqi cancer patients are children under the age of 5, up from 13 percent. Children are especially vulnerable because they tend to play in areas that are heavily polluted by depleted uranium.The Pentagon has been using radiooactive weapons for at least a decade and a half with full complicity of at least three White House administrations and Republican and Democratic congressional legislators. Conservatively, at least 300 tons and 1,700 tons of depleted uranium were used in the Gulf War and the current Iraq War, resectively. This is about 70 grams of depleted uranium per Iraqi citizen, and if inhaled or ingested, it is enough to kill them all.Is this not radioactive genocide, especially when our troops used and continue to use most of the depleted uranium munitions in densely populated areas such as Baghdad and Fallujah? Depleted uranium has a half-life of billions of years. Consequently, Iraq will be a wasteland forever and essentially uninhabitable for anyone.After the 1991 Gulf War, about 1 in 4, or 150,000, U.S. veterans came down with what is referred to as "Gulf War Syndrome." Most of the ailments characteristic of Gulf War Syndrome are consistent with radiation or heavy-metal poisoning. Veterans' children are now also born with higher proportions of birth defects and other genetic disorders, according to sporadic accuonts. The Pentagon continues to deny the harmful effects of depleted uranium or its role in Gulf War Syndrome.As described by a report of the World Health Organization Depleted Uranium Mission to Kosovo, uranium can be found in rocks and soil and contributes to natural background levels of radioactivity. Depleted uranium is a waste product of uranium enrichment for nuclear reactors and is about 60 percent as radioactive as naturally occurring uranium. Depleted uranium is considered weakly radioactive.Nevertheless, depleted uranium is considered nuclear waste and has to be disposed of accordingly, which is expensive and a potential environmental hazard. The nuclear industry must be very pleased the U.S. military has found a way to get this stuff off their hands cheaply.Depleted uranium is really a misnomer, because the potentially harmful effects are by no means depleted. Research reports have found that when depleted uranium is ingested or inhaled, it can cause cancers and birth defects. It has considerable heavy-metal toxicity.As stated in the WHO report, because of its high density, depleted uranium is used in armor-piercing ammunition and as reinforcement against conventional weapons. Upon impact, the depleted uranium fragments burn at intense heat, and 10 to 35 percent of it becomes aerosolized. This aerosolized uranium "dust" is the most harmful component because it can easily be ingested or inhaled.Wind and people walking through it also easily disperse the depleted uranium dust. This dust is a predominant byproduct of military use of depleted uranium, in contrast to, for example, exposures in uranium mines or nuclear reactors.Our troops in Iraq will be severely affected by this radioactive war, not only because a lot more depleted uranium has been used and continues to be used, but also because they have been there a lot longer than during the Gulf War. Hundreds of thousands of our troops will come down with Gulf War Syndrome as a result of depleted uranium poisoning, and thousands will die from it. Thousands of their children will be born with genetic diseases, cancers and birth defects.The continued use of depleted uranium harms our own troops and innocent civilians exposed to our war machine, is un-American, and a crime against humanity. We need a worldwide ban on depleted uranium use.You have probably noticed Fairbanks Daily News-Miner staff writer's reports as an "embedded journalist" with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Mosul, Iraq. Her "feel-good" stories do not tell you the reality of what is happening in Iraq. Will she report on depleted uranium poisoning as a result of heavy U.S. bombing of Mosul?Sadly, she and those of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, if they survive the war, will have a high chance of coming down with Gulf War Syndrome. How much support do you think they will then get from our government or their employers?Abel Bult-Ito is an associate professor of biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a member of the Fairbanks Coalition for Peace and Justice...>

About the recent history between New Zealand and the U.S. as it relates to all of this, quoting from the net:

New Zealand's relationship with the United States in the post-World War II period was closely associated with the Australian, New Zealand, United States (ANZUS) security treaty of 1951, under which signatories agreed to consult in case of an attack in the Pacific and to "act to meet the common danger." During the postwar period, access to New Zealand ports by U.S. vessels contributed to the flexibility and effectiveness of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific.
Growing concern about nuclear testing in the South Pacific and arms control issues contributed to the 1984 election of a Labour government committed to barring nuclear-armed and nuclear-powered warships from New Zealand ports. The government's anti-nuclear policy proved incompatible with long-standing, worldwide U.S. policy of neither confirming nor denying the presence or absence of nuclear weapons onboard U.S. vessels. Implementation of New Zealand's policy effectively prevented practical alliance cooperation under ANZUS, and after extensive efforts to resolve the issue proved unsuccessful, in August 1986 the United States suspended its ANZUS security obligations to New Zealand. Even after President George H.W. Bush's 1991 announcement that U.S. surface ships do not normally carry nuclear weapons, New Zealand's legislation prohibiting visits of nuclear-powered ships continues to preclude a bilateral security alliance with the U.S. The legislation enjoys broad public and political support in New Zealand. The United States would welcome New Zealand's reassessment of its legislation to permit that country's return to full ANZUS cooperation. Despite suspension of U.S. security obligations, the New Zealand Government has reaffirmed the importance it attaches to continued close political, economic, and social ties with the United States and Australia. New Zealand is an active member of the global coalition in the War against Terrorism, and deployed SAS troops to Afghanistan, and naval and air assets to the Persian Gulf.

To this day the Bush Administration holds these issues against New Zealand especially as it relates to trade agreements in the far east. Oh, and BTW, the Secretary of the Navy during the time when New Zealand kicked the U.S. out of their harbors was John Lehman, the same involved with the HI Superferry.

Aloha, Brad