Venus, Jupiter and the moon were all that were left of the night when Koko and I took our walk this morning. The sky brightened with first pinks, then golds, before the sun came up in earnest, washing Waialeale in purplish light.
It was looking like a good day to dry clothes on the line, so I headed over to the Laundromat before it got busy. As my clothes washed, I took a swim in water that was warmer than the chill air.
My all accounts it was shaping up to be a Super Saturday, and that theme continued when I opened my MacBook and learned that the Superferry did indeed get banged up pretty bad (or good, depending on your perspective) both going into drydock and by the blocks that are supposed to support it while it’s being repaired. Aw shucks. tee hee.
The damage report was first made this past Thursday on the Save Kahului Harbor blog, but I was hesitant to repeat it without confirmation, which came last night on KGMB News.
Apparently TV camera crews actually went over to the drydock — perhaps tipped by the blog account — and reported that they could see work being done on the big boat. The station confirmed that the ship’s hull had been damaged on both sides by the blocks it’s supposed to rest on. The Save Kahului Harbor blog has more details on how that reportedly happened.
Additionally, the TV station reported that the ferry was damaged when it was being towed in. It seems the tugboat lost power, and the ship drifted into the pier. Despite reports that are circulating, the extent of the damage has not been confirmed.
Despite all this — and the rudder problems that prompted it to go into drydock early, Hawaii Superferry is still saying the ferry will be back in service on March 25. I wonder.
I also wonder why the Advertiser stay sleeping on this story. We know they read the blogs, so how come they never checked it out like KGMB TV did?
The TV station led with the comment: “The streak of bad luck for the Superferry continues,” while the Save Kahului Harbor blog was more blunt — and probably more accurate — with its headline: “Superferry No Match for Hawaiian Kahuna.” Those of us who believe in such things had a feeling that justice would be served, one way or another.
Meanwhile, the quest for justice continues in the courts. The Star-Bulletin reports today that Maui Tomorrow, the Sierra Club and the Kahului Harbor Coalition are appealing the decision by Maui Circuit Court Judge Cardoza’s that allowed the Hawaii Superferry to operate without first completing an EIS.
The paper reports:
Maui Tomorrow Executive Director Irene Bowie said that the appeal filed yesterday with the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals challenges the constitutionality of Act 2, which exempted "large-capacity ferry vessels."
"We have been heartened and encouraged to go forward with this appeal by so many people throughout the state contacting us and offering both moral and financial support," Bowie said.
I wonder if the HSF folks thought all their troubles were over when they walked out of Cardoza’s courtroom, triumphant. If so, they were super wrong.