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Hawaii Superferry officials suspend service indefinitely after days of protests, setbacks
IHT ^ | 8-28-07 | AP

Posted on 09/05/2007 8:29:05 AM PDT by tcrlaf

The company that runs the first passenger-vehicle ferry service between the Hawaiian Islands suspended operations indefinitely Tuesday after two days of emotional protests and legal setbacks.

Hawaii Superferry Inc. halted service after the Coast Guard advised that it could not assure safe passage of the 350-foot (107-meter) ferry in and out of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai, where a flotilla of protesters blocked it from docking late Monday.

A court order sought by environmentalists had already halted service to Maui, with a hearing set for Wednesday.

Gov. Linda Lingle, a longtime ferry supporter, also requested Tuesday that the service be suspended because of public safety concerns.

Opponents say the ferry endangers whales, threatens to spread invasive species and will worsen traffic and pollution. But Superferry officials say the ship's water jet propulsion system means there are no exposed propellers to strike aquatic animals.

Lingle said she was concerned by protests Monday night on Kauai that led to 11 arrests after about 65 people on surfboards, canoes and kayaks formed a human blockade and forced the $95 million (€69.53 million) ferry to turn back to Honolulu.

The ferry, named Alakai, was stalled outside Nawiliwili Harbor late Monday for nearly three hours as Coast Guard vessels, including an 85-foot (26-meter) cutter, failed to clear the way for the ship.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: environazis; environmentalists; ferry; hawaii
This angers me beyond belief...

This ferry service is desperately needed, and yet again, Environmentalism, INC. is going to drive a private company into bankruptcy....

1 posted on 09/05/2007 8:29:09 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

What a joke. 100 nitwits on surfboards are running the state. Of course we see activist judges siding with the nitwits on surfboards, that is a given.

Paging Claire Wolfe ...


2 posted on 09/05/2007 8:32:42 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: tcrlaf

Luddites!


3 posted on 09/05/2007 8:32:51 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

So flying in on a 737 is more environmentally safe?


4 posted on 09/05/2007 8:35:09 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: tcrlaf
Save the environment,
kill an environmentalist.
5 posted on 09/05/2007 8:35:13 AM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: tcrlaf
"Hawaii Superferry Inc. halted service after the Coast Guard advised that it could not assure safe passage of the 350-foot (107-meter) ferry in and out of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai, where a flotilla of protesters blocked it from docking late Monday. "

The law of gross tonnage still applies.
6 posted on 09/05/2007 8:36:07 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: tcrlaf

These “protesters” need to have their gov’t and/or family welfare support withdrawn so that they have something real to worry about.


7 posted on 09/05/2007 8:37:58 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: stm

We certainly don’t need any enviro-whacko martyrs............


8 posted on 09/05/2007 8:39:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: tcrlaf

They need to equip the ship with water cannons to clear debris from its path.


9 posted on 09/05/2007 8:41:35 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: tcrlaf

“Hawaii Superferry officials suspend service indefinitely after days of protests, setbacks”

From the headline, I thought we had another Larry Craig situation...


10 posted on 09/05/2007 8:44:45 AM PDT by Checkers (Enforce the law & build the wall. So easy, a caveman could do it.)
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To: tcrlaf

“Save The Fairies” ?............oh, never mind


11 posted on 09/05/2007 8:46:15 AM PDT by Jeffrey_D. (The only thing I love more than my FreeperFriends is my God, Family and Country !!!!)
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To: tcrlaf

The Coast Guard needs to immediately go out and arrest these people for piracy or some other crime.


12 posted on 09/05/2007 8:46:19 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: tcrlaf

Lingle said she was concerned by protests Monday night on Kauai that led to 11 arrests after about 65 people on surfboards, canoes and kayaks formed a human blockade and forced the $95 million (€69.53 million) ferry to turn back to Honolulu.

A whole 65 people?

Wow, no wonder the Governor is frightened.

(sarcasm setting: Very High)


13 posted on 09/05/2007 8:46:34 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Jack Black
"Paging Claire Wolfe ..."

Amen to that! See my tag line.

Carolyn

14 posted on 09/05/2007 8:48:05 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: tcrlaf

They did the same thing to the “Fast Cat” ferry up in BC... what a joke!


15 posted on 09/05/2007 9:50:48 AM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: tcrlaf
The irony of this is just amazing. If the Superferry is upsetting them, then why aren't they protesting those pesky mega cruise ships???? Oh right, that is their bread and butter.
16 posted on 09/05/2007 10:04:32 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: tcrlaf
I have been following this story and I have to admit I still don’t get it. The given reasons to oppose this don’t ring true. As pointed out upstream on this thread, there is no protest against much larger cruise ships that visit the outer islands.

What is the real reason for opposition to this project that will bring jobs and convenience to all?

Does it has to do with locals who don’t want other locals being able to visit and easily bring their vehicles?

I just feel the given reasons are not the really what’s behind this. And just how extensive is the opposition, or is it just a few loud mouths?

Regards

17 posted on 09/05/2007 11:56:59 AM PDT by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment..)
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To: tcrlaf
The protester ARE idiots but this ferry is NOT desperately needed as you claim. I’ve lived here for 38 years and you are not from here so maybe I know just a little bit more about the situation than you. Frankly I don’t give a damn if this ferry gets okayed of killed. If okay, a small boost in the economy, if killed , less traffic problems here on Maui.
18 posted on 09/05/2007 12:12:55 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: tcrlaf

Bad Ju-Ju.

Aloha.


19 posted on 09/05/2007 12:14:24 PM PDT by toddlintown (Five bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Red Badger
Dope smoking throwbacks to 68 with native activists who wish for the days when they just killed their neighbors and stole their women for fun.

They are all on the state dole of make coffee drinks for tourists.

20 posted on 09/05/2007 12:20:27 PM PDT by colonialhk (Power and Money,the new mantra of the left!)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
If the Superferry is upsetting them, then why aren't they protesting those pesky mega cruise ships????

That is the point no one on the uber-liberal local rags wants to bring up. And you would not want to know the thousands of gallons of raw sewage the cruise sh!ts dump around the islands.

21 posted on 09/05/2007 1:13:27 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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