Friday, December 25, 2009

The Coast Guard's Official 'Line' on the Superferry

From pages 16-19:


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"The Hawaii Superferry—information sharing leads to operational success"

Posted by USCG Proceedings of the MSSC

Excerpt from U.S. Coast Guard “Proceedings of the Marine Safety & Security Council” magazine. By CAPT Vince Atkins, former commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, and ENS Meghan Hough, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

Hawaii Superferry (HSF) came to Hawaii to start a high-speed ferry service between the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. The Superferry vessel, the Alakai, is a 350-foot high-speed catamaran designed to carry 866 passengers and 282 vehicles.

A Hostile Operating Environment

Citizens and environmental groups opposed to this new service voiced several concerns, citing Alakai’s lack of an environmental impact study, the possibility of increased traffic congestion, and the potential for introducing invasive species and harming marine life.

Alakai’s initial operations were greeted by an estimated 300 protestors in Kauai, endangering public safety at sea and ashore...

Unique Challenges...

Achieving Interagency Alignment...

Execution of the Operation...

For more information:
Full article and “Focus on Safety” edition of USCG Proceedings is available at Click on “archives” and then “2008 Vol. 65, Number 2," pp. 16-19 (Summer 2008).

Monday, December 7, 2009

Constant missteps such as these...

Still got the webbots going, waiting for news on the bankruptcy, and this came in:


"...Constant missteps such as these — not to mention grand-scale blunders like the Hawaii Superferry — are shaping up as a sad legacy for an administration that started out with such high hopes of effecting historic change." Tags: ,

Their current blunder gaining steam is unnecessarily building a bike path ON Wailua Beach, that State DOT Director Brennon Morioka is apparently adamantly in favor of.