Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Ghosts of Superferries past

by Larry Geller

Found it.

There has been talk on and off about bringing the two Hawaii Superferries back (now not possible, they’ve been sold) or starting a new ferry service just like the old one. I found the video I was looking for on the web today. Without saying a word it illustrates why running a passenger ferry on certain routes around the Hawaiian Islands can be problematic.

This is the video shot by George Peabody of the Molokai Advertiser-News/ and posted on the web here. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not a little toy boat in a bathtub, it’s one huge ferry.

If this isn’t enough, google for articles about cars stranded on Maui or on the Barf-O-Meter method for determining whether to ride the ferry on a particular day or stay home in bed instead. Read about the long period of drydock. Check out estimates of how much money they might have been losing which lead to the ultimate bankruptcy. Read the state auditor’s report about how much money the state itself invested in the ferry and lost ($63 Million ).

If you’re in the harbor area, you may be able to see the two rusting barges the state can’t use, can’t sell, and can’t seem to part with either.


I saw something similar to that on those reality TV shows about crab trapping off Alaska.

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