Monday, June 7, 2010

Lingle and Hannemann exchange words over Superferry and the Rail


Governor Linda Lingle issued the following statement recently:

“In his campaign for higher office, Mufi Hannemann is trying to rewrite history. His inaccurate comments regarding the Hawai‘i Superferry situation are both misinformed and patently false.

“It seems as if the Mayor was absent during the herculean efforts put forth by both the Legislature and my Administration to bring the Superferry to Hawai‘i. In a historic Special Session of the Legislature, Senate President Hanabusa and House Speaker Say worked hand-in-hand with me and my team, as well as their colleagues in both houses, to ensure Hawai‘i residents had the benefit of a new mode of interisland transportation.

“With O‘ahu residents being the greatest beneficiaries of the Superferry, it is curious that Mayor Hannemann was noticeably absent from the discussion at the time. Yet now, as is his nature, he wants to blame others.

“The fact is that the decision to stop the Superferry was the result of a Supreme Court ruling which was a far-reaching interpretation that heretofore had never been applied to any new maritime operation in the state.”


Friday, June 4, 2010

JHSV's 4 and 5 Move Ahead

U.S. Department of Defense Announces Latest Contract Awards

June 4, 2010


Austal USA, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $99,557,548 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2217) for long lead time material (LLTM) for ships four and five of the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) program. This contract provides LLTM for main propulsion engines, aluminum, waterjets, reduction gears, generators and other components to support construction of JHSV ships four and five, commencing in fall 2010. Work will be performed in Detroit, Mich. (38 percent); Chesapeake, Va. (18 percent); Henderson, Australia (13 percent); Gulfport, Miss. (10 percent); Ravenswood, W.Va. (9 percent); Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (4 percent); Mobile, Ala. (3 percent); Auburn, Ind. (2.6 percent); Winter Haven, Fla. (1 percent); Gardena, Calif. (1 percent); and Davenport, Iowa (0.4 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2011. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.