Austal Confirms Order for Hawaii Superferry
Austal USA shipyard confirmed the order of two Austal, Auto Express 107 metre vehicle-passenger ferries for Hawaii Superferry (HSF), making the contract unconditional. Construction of the first ferry has been underway since June 2004 at Austal’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard based on initial funding from Hawaii Superferry and a strategic decision by Austal to advance work on the structure in order to develop the workforce in readiness for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship order. On present planning, the first ferry is due for delivery in December 2006. The second ferry will start in the second half of 2006 and is due for completion in first half of 2009.
Hawaii Ship Repairers Fined $700,000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Hawaii State Department of Health settle with Marisco Ltd for pollution offences. The violations took place at Marisco's ship repair and drydock facilities at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Oahu. This is the largest Clean Water Act civil penalty against a ship repair facility nationwide. The settlement, a consent decree, was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii and is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval. “To protect Hawaii’s precious coastal waters and coral reefs, ship repair facilities must have pollution controls in place,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
Pasha Hawaii to Build Second Vessel
Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii announced the signing of a contract with VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, MS, for the construction of a ship to enter the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. The ship’s base price is $144m and is estimated to deliver in the fall of 2013. Pasha Hawaii is currently negotiating with several sources for financing. The new ship represents the second vessel to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, and will allow the company to provide weekly service between the West Coast and Hawaii. The company also signed an option agreement for the construction of a third vessel with a base price of $137m. This will be the second Roll-On/Roll-Off Car Truck Carrier built by VT Halter for Pasha Hawaii based on a proven design by the Uljanik Shipyard, Croatia.
Light-Off for Pasha’s New ConRo
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 complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii. Sea trials are now anticipated before the end of the month, with vessel delivery to follow in March. “This critical milestone celebrates the culmination of three and a half years of hard work and dedication by the men and women at the VT Halter Marine shipyard and Pasha Hawaii,” said George W.
VT Halter Delivers ConRo Ship to Pasha Hawaii
VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced it has delivered a combination container and roll-on/roll-off car truck carrier (ConRo), MV Marjorie C, to Pasha Hawaii. The MV Marjorie C is the second U.S. Flag, Jones Act-qualified vessel built for Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii and will join her sister ship, the MV Jean Anne, providing additional service to Hawaii via the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. The 692 feet long MV Marjorie C features vehicle shipping capacity of 1…
BAE Systems Hawaii Awarded $7.8m
BAE Systems Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $7,842,302 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-06-C-4408) for the USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) repair availability. This repair availability modification consists of 67 various work items for various ship repairs, modifications and alterations to be performed in a three-month repair availability. Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to completed in December 2011. Contract funds of $9,641,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & IMF, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
Eye of Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall on Hawaii
The eye of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday with strong winds and heavy rain, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The center said Iselle had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Hawaii. Iselle is being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach Hawaii on Monday. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Bill Trott)
News: New Ferries for Hawaii?
Hawaii Superferry and Austal USA last month signed an agreement that could result in new passenger-vehicle catamarans for Hawaiian waters to create a commercial high-speed interisland ferry service. Hawaii Superferry plans to use Austal USA-built, high-speed, RoRo vessels to create "Hawaii's Interisland Highway," with 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-ft. "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.
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.
Hawaiian Companies Win Navy Contract
C&S Services Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii; Marisco, Ltd., Kapolei, Hawaii; Pacific Shipyard International, LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii; Propulsion Controls Engineering Hawaii, Aiea, Hawaii; Q.E.D. Systems Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., are each being awarded a potential maximum of $15 million for indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts to provide repair, maintenance, and alteration to U.S. Government waterborne vessels and surface ship, visiting or homeported in the Hawaiian Islands, and procure long lead time material in support of these activities. Work will be performed in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by January 2011. Contract funds in the amount of $10,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
New NCL Ship Sets Sail in Hawaii
The AP has reported that NCL’s latest ship, Pride of Hawaii, has set sail in Hawaii. The Pride of Hawaii, the largest, most expensive U.S.-flagged luxury liner launched its scheduled service of weeklong voyages around the islands this week. This vessel completes Norwegian Cruise Lines' $1.4b plan to bring three new vessels to the islands. The new ship is the last in a series of U.S. cruise ships — joining the 1,900-passenger Pride of Aloha and the 2,100-passenger Pride of America — in Norwegian's venture to turn Hawaii into one of the world's top cruise destinations. Source: AP
Hawaii Stevedores Commits Kapalama Container Terminal
Honolulu-based Hawaii Stevedores, Inc. has received confirmation from Hawaii State Department of Transportation (HDOT) that, together with the state, Hawaii Stevedores will continue the joint development of the Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT). The state has confirmed its commitment for Hawaii Stevedores to lease the new 84-acre, state-of-the-art KCT, which will be constructed at the former Kapalama Military Reserve Terminal at Sand Island in Honolulu, as part of the state’s $448 million harbors modernization plan.
Horizon to Increase Hawaii Port Calls and Capacity
The Pacific Business has reported that Horizon Lines, in a bid to increase its market share here, will add one more port call and increase its cargo-carrying capacity in and out of Honolulu starting next year. The changes to the Hawaii service are part of a companywide drive to add new vessels and increase company earnings by a projected $30 million by 2010. Horizon has a market share of 35 percent in Hawaii, with Matson Navigation Co. controlling the rest of the cargo between Hawaii and the Mainland. Horizon said it plans to bring two ships, now in its trans-Pacific service, to the Hawaii route. In addition, the Charlotte, N.C.-based shipping company will charter five new U.S.-flagged vessels being built in Korea for its Asia-West Coast routes at a cost of $280 million.
Hawaii – Urgent Superferry Barge Repairs
According to a report from the Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaii’s state Department of Transportation plans to spend $414,284 for immediate repairs to the Hawaii Superferry barge at Kahului Harbor to prevent a "potential disastrous and life-threatening" leak. (Source: The Honolulu Advertiser)
Virginia-Class Sub Bound for Pearl Harbor
The commander of Submarine Force, U.S Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC) announced on Dec. 4 that USS Hawaii (SSN 776) will be the first Virginia-class submarine to be homeported at Naval Station Pearl Harbor this summer. "SUBPAC is thrilled to be welcoming the most technologically advanced submarine in the U.S. inventory to our ohana," said Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny, commander, Submarine Force U.S. Commissioned May 5, 2007, Hawaii was the third Virginia-class attack submarine constructed and the first submarine to be named after the island state.
Navy Commissions USS Hawaii
Crew members man the rail after being directed by Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii to “Man our ship and bring her to life” during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776). Hawaii is the third Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned and part of the first major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Ira J. Under clear blue New England skies, the Navy’s newest attack submarine, USS Hawaii (SSN 776) was commissioned May 5 on the Thames River at Naval Submarine Base New London, in Groton, Conn. The ceremony, complete with hula dancers, war canoes, and leis, brought North Shore flavor to the shores of New England.
Hawaii Opposes California Container Tax
The California state legislature is considering a new tax on shipping containers that would cost an estimated $34m a year to Hawaii shippers, The Pacific Business Journal reported. More than 80 percent of goods consumed in Hawaii are produced elsewhere and shipped to the islands, and 90 percent of those are shipped through the California ports of Oakland and Long Beach on the ships of Matson Navigation Co., Horizon Lines and Pasha Hawaii Transport. California State Senate Bill 974 would impose a $30 fee per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit, the standard measure of maritime shipping capacity) on every cargo container traveling between California and Hawaii. Most cargo containers are at two TEUs so it amounts to a $60 container fee in most cases.
Horizon Lines Signs to Purchase Hawaii Stevedores
Horizon Lines Inc., a container shipping and integrated logistics company, signed a letter of intent to purchase Honolulu-based Hawaii Stevedores Inc., a provider of marine terminal services. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is subject to the completion of a due diligence process. The company plans to maintain all Hawaii Stevedores' contracts for stevedoring, or loading and unloading ships, as well as its existing labor contracts. Source: AP
Navy Announces Commissioning of Submarine Hawaii
The Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Hawaii (SSN 776) currently berthed at the Electric Boat Shipyard is decorated for her christening ceremony. Hawaii is the third Virginia-class submarine to be christened, and the 1st major U.S. Navy combatant vessel class designed with the post-Cold War security environment in mind and embodies the war fighting and operational capabilities required to dominate the littorals while maintaining undersea dominance in the open ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. The Navy’s newest attack submarine Hawaii was commissioned Saturday, May 5, during a ceremony in Groton, Conn. The third submarine of the Virginia class…
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company Awarded $11.5m Contract
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded $11.5m for firm-fixed-price Task Order #0007 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N62742-04-D-1302) for repair and improvements of Bravo Docks 12, 13, and 14 at Naval Station, Pearl Harbor.Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by April 2009.Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
Healy Tibbits Builders Awarded $10.3m Task Order
Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc., Aiea, Hawaii, is being awarded $10,306,914 for firm-fixed-price Task Order #0017 under a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award construction contract (N62742-04-D-1300) for repair of Wharf K9 at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor.Work will be performed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and is expected to be completed by July 2008.Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Three proposals were received for this task order. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is the contracting activity.
Yacht Charters in Hawaii
One of the often overlooked ways to enjoy a vacation to Hawaii is to charter a luxury yacht for a private cruise. There are many options for boat rentals in Hawaii, but they are typically old, rusty boats that are jam packed with tourists. Not exactly the best way to enjoy paradise. Luckily, there is an alternative. There are a number of luxury yachts in Hawaii (especially on the island of Oahu) that can take you for a private cruise far away from the sunburned hordes. Once the exclusive domain of the super rich, luxury boats can now be rented by the hour for a lot less money than you might think. Their is a large range of yachts available for charter ranging from luxury sail boats to vintage motor yachts.
Kauai, U.S. Coast Guard Prepare for Superferry's Return
The Hawaii Superferry's fate in Hawaii is uncertain. All eyes are on the legal courts on the island of Maui, who are still in the midst of deciding the legality of the Hawaii Superferry's inter-island services. The Hawaii State Legislature, meanwhile, is preparing to call a special session to vote on the same topic should the local court ban the Hawaii Superferry. And environmentalists throughout the island state are pushing for the public to voice their disapproval of the ferry. Meanwhile, the island of Kauai is preparing for the Hawaii Superferry's return after being forced away last month by environmental activists in kayaks and on surfboards blocking the Hawaii Superferry's port at Nawiliwili Harbor.