HONOLULU -- The Spirit of Ontario I, a high-speed passenger and
vehicle ferry, made a showing earlier this month in Honolulu,
foreshadowing the proposed service due in 2006.
Governor Linda Lingle welcomed a demonstration of what will be
called the Hawaii Superferry, and spoke briefly on how the service
between islands would benefit all of Hawaii.
Scheduled to be a permanent fixture on the Hawaiian waterways in
2006, the ferry(s) will shuttle daily between Maui, Oahu, Kauai and
the Big Island.
En route to Rochester, N.Y., from its previous berth in
Australia, the Spirit of Ontario I is 20% smaller than the one that
will transport passengers and cargo between the Hawaiian Islands.
The Hawaii vessels will carry up to 900 passengers, plus nearly 300
Hawaii Superferry is investing upwards of $100 million in the
service and will employ 300 people.
The State of Hawaii has invested in a new ferry terminal off
Pier 19 in Honolulu, to be completed shortly before the arrival of
the boats in early 2006. Service is expected to begin in November
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