Thursday, August 30, 2007

Protesters block new Hawaii Superferry

Concerned about the environmental integrity of the Hawaii Superferry, the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands, protesters in kayaks, surf boards and canoes blocked the ferry's entrance to Maui's Nawiliwili Harbor on Monday.  

Lawsuits are still pending in the issue, but concerned citizens argue that the ferry's 400 mile route between Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai, "endangers whales, threatens to spread invasive species and will worsen traffic and pollution" (CNN).  Proponents of the ferry service, however, argue that the ship's water jet propulsion system eliminates the danger of exposed propellers to strike aquatic animals.  

Operations are currently suspended, after the Coast Guard informed Superferry, Inc. officials that it could not assure safe passage of the 350-foot ferry in and out of Kauai's Nawiliwili Harbor (CNN).

Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.

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