Well, surprise, surprise.
Buried at the end of an article about Austal — the company that built the Hawaii Superferry — getting contracts for new ferries is the following nugget:
“In addition, Austal said it is expecting to hear in the first quarter of 2008 the outcome of a preliminary design contract for the US joint high-speed vessel program. The US Navy intends to purchase eight vessels for joint use by both Navy and Army.”
So with that bit of information in mind, you might want to read my Honolulu Weekly piece on U.S.S. Superferry and see if it’s all starting to make sense now.
High five to Maui's Brad Parsons for sending me that link.