Saturday, March 1, 2008

HI Superferry: Damaged from Blocking in Drydock

I actually have a bunch of good stuff to put up, but I am waiting on others right now. The following report about blocking damage surfaced on the 28th, but I waited until the mass media reported it until posting here.

This is the first visual report by the mass media on the additional damage in drydock from the blocking, which previously had only been reported in the blogosphere. Still even KGMB9 did not indicate how bad that damage is and how long it will really take to fix. Go watch the video, it has some detail of the damage along the hull from the blocking:

http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/4486/40/
Superferry Sustains More Damage While in Drydock
Written by KGMB9 News - February 29, 2008 07:28 PM
"The streak of bad luck for the Superferry continues while in drydock the ship sustained more damage.
The blocks it rests on damaged the hull on both sides.
On Friday, KGMB9 could see crews working on some of the problem areas also when it was being towed into the harbor. The tugboat lost power and the Superferry drifted into the pier.
All this along with the damaged rudder that was the original problem.
The Coast Guard will inspect the entire ship and give it the go ahead when the repairs are made.
The Superferry plans to be back in service March 25."
Last Updated ( February 29, 2008 07:28 PM )

Here was the original report that I held off on posting here:
http://savekahuluiharbor.blogspot.com/2008/02/superferry-no-match-for-hawaiian-kahuna.html

I kind of doubt they will make the March 25th date, but I do believe this vessel can operate again. "The witch is not dead," this is more like "an Alien," or "Freddie," it'll keep coming back. Maybe "Freddie" will move to Washington state instead.

Aloha, Brad

P.S. I wonder what the bondholder ABN-Amro Bank, the 'real' owner, thinks about all of this?

1 comment:

julian said...

5 whales have been hit by boats on maui this year already i was told by a ranger. i kind of wonder if this ferry has hit a whale yet.