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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hawaii Superferry Delivered with GL Class

June 20, 2007

Alakai, the high speed ferry classed by Germanischer Lloyd, has been delivered from its builder Austal USA to Hawaii Superferry. A second US flagged vehicle-and-passenger carrying catamaran is currently under construction.

Powered by four MTU 20V 8200 M70 main engines via four ZF 53800 gearboxes, with a top speed of 35 knots, the high speed craft is capable of carrying 866 passengers and 282 cars. The ship incorporates environment-friendly technology, such as hulls with a non-toxic coating and on-board storage of wastewater, refuse and other solid waste. The vessel's design enjoys an excellent track record of safety and reliability. The environment-friendly, energy-efficient, specially designed catamaran meets or exceeds government standards for protecting Hawaii's islands and the ocean. The ship is the largest aluminium catamaran ever built in the U.S.

A second ferry is currently under construction at Austal USA shipyard. Its delivery is scheduled for 2009 with service between the islands of Hawaii, O'ahu and Maui.

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