Wednesday, January 30, 2008

HI Superferry: Rudder Problems for Superferry

See full report at: http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/3704/40/

Rudder Problems for Superferry

Written by KGMB9 News
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 07:13 PM

"The Superferry tells us it's a problem with something called the auxiliary rudder, which is involved with steering the vessel.

The Coast Guard said the trouble is with the rudder post, which houses the rudder and is controlled by jet drives that help stabilize the Alakai. The Superferry is stuck at Honolulu Harbor. The problem was discovered Monday during a routine inspection..."

"...The editor of the Molokai Advertiser, the newspaper on that island took these images of the vessel underway last Saturday showing just how rough it can be between Maui and Molokai.

You can see the Alakai pitched up and then down in the two images. It's not known if the rough weather contributed to the damage.

The Coast Guard did take a look at the damage and instructed the Superferry to remain in port until the problem was fixed."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, January 30, 2008 07:25 PM )
End Report

One question...how does a rudder get damaged???

See also related report The Superferry suffered damage at sea
at: http://www.islandbreath.org/
And comments on that Superferry taking a beating in rough seas?
at: http://poinography.com/?p=5502

Aloha, Brad

1 comment:

MauiBrad said...

It seems to me this ship has more difficulty with wind as opposed to waves. I have noticed the profile of these Austal ships looks much less aerodynamic than do the comparable Incat ships. Maybe that would have something to do with why the Swift passed its stressful seatrials and yet this boxy vessel seems to have trouble resisting the wind when headed north in the channels going into the wind.

Aloha, Brad