Hawaii Superferry may sail again
Attorneys for the state of Hawaii are expected to ask a judge in Maui today to lift an order barring Hawaii Superferry from operating.
The Hawaii legislature last week passed a law that would allow the ferry to operate without an environmental study being completed. The law was passed after decisions by state courts that a such a study had to be done before the high-speed passenger/car-truck ferry could resume operation.
The $85 million catamaran Alakai, one of two being built by the company, was forced to suspend operations in August after single voyages to between Oahu and Maui and Kauai.
While the injunction that stopped the ship from sailing may be lifted, it is also expected environmentalists may challenge the constitutionality of the law passed by the legislature.