Hawaii Superferry for Haiti Relief
Updated at the bottom.
After the demise of the Hawaii Superferry company early last year, its two Austal high speed vessels Huakai and Alakai were both laid up. Now the current operators Hornblower Marine Services Inc. are putting at least one of the abandoned vessels to good use, sending the Huakai to aid in the ongoing disaster relief. Story from BizJournals:
Hornblower Marine Services Inc. has sent a high-speed vessel to carry humanitarian supplies and people to areas of Haiti affected by the earthquake that devastated the country last week.
The Huakai is a 373-foot boat with a cargo deck capacity of 25,000 square feet. It is capable of carrying as many as 800 passengers. It has a top speed of about 30 knots, or about 35 miles per hour, officials with New Albany-based Hornblower said in a news release.
Also KITV reveals the HSV is currently in Norfolk preparing for its mission of mercy, and will operate a joint military/civilian crew, in conjunction with U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Military Sealift Command. Good luck and God Speed to ship and crew!
Update–Thanks to Lee Wahler for this link from Marine Log concerning the Huakai’s sistership Alakai:
The Alakai will join the other former superferry, Huakai. and five other MARAD controlled vessels in the Haiti relief effort.