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Austal Wins Big Hawaii Contract

Hawaii Superferry signed a historic agreement with Austal USA that proposes bringing the world’s newest passenger-vehicle catamarans to Hawaiian waters for the development of a commercial high-speed interisland ferry service in Hawaii. Hawaii Superferry plans to use Austal USA-built, high-speed, roll-on/roll-off vessels to create “Hawaii’s Interisland Highway,” with state-of-the-art Austal USA catamarans carrying passengers, vehicles and freight between Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, beginning in 2006. Under the agreement, Hawaii Superferry plans to purchase two 340-foot catamaran ferry vessels from Mobile, AL-based Austal USA for delivery during 2006-2008 under an exclusive, strategic relationship. The four-story, football-field-sized catamarans, specifically designed for Hawaiian waters, can comfortably transport 900 passengers and up to 280 vehicles, including large trucks and buses, from Honolulu to Maui and Kauai in 3 hours and from Honolulu to the Big Island in 4 hours, traveling at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. “For many years, I have envisioned ‘a marine highway’ for our islands, so I am pleased with the progress that Hawaii Superferry has made in creating an interisland ferry system that will serve Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island,” said Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who has secured more than $25 million in federal funds for the development of ferry infrastructure


Coast Guard Aids Dispatches Cutter to Aid with Protesters

According to reports, the U.S. Coast Guard said today that it has dispatched one of its cutters to Nawiliwili Harbor, where protesters have blocked the arrival of the Hawaii Superferry at Kaua'i. A Coast Guard spokesman said the Coast Guard also has sent a 25-ft. inflatable boat to respond to protesters. The Hawaii Superferry's 350-ft. vessel the Alakai was approaching the harbor when it was turned away by the Coast Guard due to hundreds of protesters at the site.


Hawaii Superferry Operations Debated

With less than a year until its first trip between islands, Hawaii Superferry has moved operations into high gear. According to the Honolulu Advertisers, while ferry officials were making preparations to move into their new 10,000-sq. ft. office space at Restaurant Row and start hiring what will eventually be about 300 employees, critics were equally busy making plans to delay the July 1, 2007, startup date of ferry operations


Annand Named Director of Marine Operations for Superferry

Hornblower Marine Services announced the appointment of Bill Annand as Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry. Hornblower Marine Services, based in New Albany, Ind., is contracted to operate the long-awaited passenger ferry between Honolulu and the islands of Maui and Kauai. Passenger service is scheduled to begin in August 2007. Annand will initially manage approximately 100 crew members, including unlimited officers, and non-rated union and non0union shipboard staff


Annand Named Chairman of PVA Subcommittee

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) is pleased to announce that William Bill Annand, its Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, has been appointed Chairman of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) High-Speed Subcommittee. Members of the PVA’s High-Speed Subcommittee include operators, designers, builders, equipment suppliers and regulators of high-speed craft. As Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, Annand presides over the Alakai


Austal -US JHSV Contract

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Austal has won the contract to design and build the US Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. As Prime contractor, Austal will design and construct the first 103-metre JHSV, with options for 9 additional vessels expected to be exercised between FY09 and FY13. Similar to the Austal-built “WestPac Express” operated by the US Marines for the past seven years


Austal Occupies New Panel Line Shop

Austal received its Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Mobile for the newest addition to the shipbuilder’s Mobile, Alabama facility. The Panel Line Shop is located on the north side of Assembly Bay 1 and opens up directly into the assembly bay to allow for ease of transporting the panels from the shop onto the production floor. The ground floor of the building, where the panels are assembled, is 200-ft. by 45 ft. wide totaling over 9,000 sf


Judge Approves Security Zone in Hawaii Harbor

Opponents of the Hawaii Superferry lost a round in court, according to an Associated Press report, when U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor refused to block the U.S. Coast Guard from enforcing a security zone in Kauai’s Nawiliwili Harbor when the vessel resumes service to the port. The Coast Guard established the zone and set aside a designated protest area off Kalapaki Beach after a flotilla of protesters prevented the ferry from landing Aug. 27


Five Minutes with Dave Growden, JHSV Program Manager, Austal USA

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Please provide a brief professional history of yourself? I have more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the planning and production of a wide variety of aluminum high speed vessels ranging in length from 26m to 107m. I have been employed by Austal since age 16 and completed a four year apprenticeship as a Shipwright before progressing into supervision and management of production staff and then program management


HMS Global Maritime Extends Westpac Express Contract

HMS Global Maritime (HMSGM) announce the extension of the HSV WestPac Express’ charter with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, beginning in February 2012. The contract can last up to an additional two years. The HSV WestPac Express has been operated by HMSGM for the past nine years as a high-speed transport vessel for military personnel and equipment over a 1,200 mile range in Asia


New Lineup for NOAA Hydrographic Services Panel

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel advises NOAA on improving services for navigation and coastal resilience. (Credit: NOAA)

Committee provides advice on agency’s navigation services NOAA administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., has appointed six members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that


BOEM Receives Lease Requests for HI Floating Wind Projects

 A map of the proposed northwest project area (Image courtesy of BOEM)

  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it has received two unsolicited lease requests for proposed floating wind projects offshore Oahu, Hawaii.   The requests are now available on the BOEM website.  


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


First Cruise Ship from Port Metro Vancouver

First Cruise ship departs from Port Metro Vancouver this season

  The first cruise ship of the 2015 season will depart Port Metro Vancouver this weekend. An exciting and increasingly popular cruise itinerary will run back-to-back trips between Vancouver and Hawaii for the first time, bringing an earlier-than-usual start to the 2015 Canada Place cruise


Matson To Acquire Horizon's Alaska Operations

The transaction has the value of $0.72 Per Common Share Plus Repayment of Debt; acquisition Accretive to Matson's Earnings and Cash Flow. Separately Horizon to Sell Hawaii Operations to Pasha and Terminate Puerto Rico Operations. A Matson Investor Conference Call has been acheduled for 5:00 PM


Matson Raises 2015 Westbound Hawaii Box Rates

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Hawaii service by $225 per westbound container and $110 per eastbound container, effective January 4, 2015.  


160,000 Malaysians Displaced by Floods

Aerial view of flooded streets of the National Park in Kuala Tahan, Pahang

  The number of people evacuated due to Malaysia's worst-ever floods jumped to more than 160,000 on Saturday, as Prime Minister Najib Razak reached the worst-hit state after cutting short a vacation in the U.S. Najib arrived in Kelantan


USCG Search for Boater Off Big Island

The Coast Guard and the Hawaii County Fire Department are searching for a possible person in the water off of the Big Island, Hawaii, Jan. 3, 2015. The 74-foot sailing vessel, Hawaii Aloha ran hard aground with five persons

  The Coast Guard is supporting the Hawaii County Fire Department in the search for a missing passenger from a grounded sailboat near Kaupuleu, Hawai'i, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification at 6:36 a.m


Matson Raises Fourth Quarter Outlook

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Matson reports higher than expected 4Q14 ocean transportation operating income; preliminary full year 2015 outlook expected to be flat to modestly higher than 2014 levels    Matson, Inc. said it holds a higher operating income outlook for the fourth quarter 2014


Matson Lowers Fuel Surcharge

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Continuing decreases in bunker fuel prices has prompted Matson to drop its fuel-related surcharge by 4 percentage points. Matson announced it will lower its fuel surcharge for service to Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Micronesia, effective Sunday.  


Great Lakes Towing Announces Two New Hires

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The Great Lakes Towing Company has hired two new employees within its Great Lakes marine operations group. Lindsay R. Dew has been named Director of Operations & Compliance, and Mark W. Delventhal has been named Director of Technical Services & Business Development – both


ms Veendam Rescues Pilot Off Maui Coast, Hawaii

Holland American Lines ms Veendam to the rescue of pilot

  On Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 5:21 p.m. local time while en route to Lahaina, Hawaii, Holland America Line’s ms Veendam answered a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to rescue a pilot who had ditched his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 after he experienced a


Parson Brinckerhoff names new Dir. of Ports & Marine Western Div.

     Robert Johansen (Photo courtesy of Parson Brinckerhoff)

Robert Johansen has been named Director of the Ports & Marine Western Division at Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and design firm.   Johansen will be responsible for business development and the management of design and construction projects for port and marine facilities in


Successful Light Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

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Pasha Hawaii achieves main engine light off for its new ConRo vessel, the M/V Marjorie C   ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is


Puget Sound Container Volumes Slide

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The ports of Seattle and Tacoma saw combined container volumes fall 13 percent in January, continuing a trend that started in November.   The Puget Sound gateway handled 226,906 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Containerized imports plunged 21 percent to 89,982 TEUs






 
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