Monday, November 26, 2007

HI Superferry: USACE Technical Reports for HI Harbors and FOI correspondence‏

The following directory link includes the USACE full-text .pdf Technical Reports including for most HI harbors. They are in chronologic order in the directory. The pertinent HI reports from the most recent are: Kawaihae CHL TR-06-6, Kahului CHL TR-02-21, Nawiliwili CHL TR-02-7, and Molokai CHL TR-01-29.

The directory for the USACE/CHL reports is the following:
Digital Library
-Hyperion Hierarchy
--Digital Collections
---ERDC Publications
----Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL)
-----Technical Report

The address for the Kawaihae report is the following, it is more current and thorough than the Kahului report:

There were a number of issues that came up in the most recent reports on Kawaihae harbor and and on Kahului harbor that relate to the Superferry's situation, particularly with how much wave action is in those harbors. The Kawaihae harbor report is very interesting and worth scanning.

The figure that is being mentioned elsewhere is that operations likely cannot handle waves of more than 3 ft. which is common at least 10% of the time.

After I cited the ACoE CHL TR for Kahului, I received an e-mail from a knowledgeable person who pointed me to the similar report for Kawaihae harbor. That person also indicated that there is public record e-mail correspondence to and from the USACE on this matter relative to the Superferry that has been obtained with FOI.

Aloha, Brad

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