Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Second Superferry oozes into the water at Austal’s Mobile Alabama shipyard

by Larry Geller

This time potential military use is admitted up front:

At 113 meters (373 feet) long, the vessel launched Monday is 6 meters (19.8 feet) longer than Alakai, thanks to a ramp Austal added to its stern, making it suitable for military use. Industry watchers have said leasing the vessel to the military is a possibility, though the company said it is sticking by its plan to operate it commercially. [Alabama Press Register, Austal turns out second Hawaii Superferry, 9/30/2008]

The article has a capsule history of the first Superferry but mistakenly reports that it is operating between Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

Another article includes more detailed technical information, particularly on the engines.

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Re: the article about the 4 diesel engines producing 9.1 MW megawatts of energy. Powerplants use diesel engines like these. That is enough energy to power 6,750 homes. See: http://www.utilipoint.com/issuealert/print.asp?id=1728

What a waste of diesel on a contraption like this. Aloha, Brad

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