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SECURITY ZONE

USCG is imposing both fixed and moving security zones around Superferry

November 28, 2007

Strict security for Hawaii Superferry return to Maui

Hawaii Superferry has moved the re-launch date for service between Maui and Oahu to Thursday, December 6, 2007. Originally, the company had planned to restart services on December 1. However, a barge that is part of the mooring arrangement a Maui's Kahului Harbor sustained minor damage during a storm swell earlier this month.

The Superferry Alakai will be returning to Kahului Harbor before the start of service to realign the vessel with the pier and the repaired barge.

Meantime, even though the ferry will have to comply with a host of new regulations, opponents are still planning protests. These look likely to be disruptive than those that brought initial operations to a halt. Any in-water demonstrators will face tough new security measures.

"Although we are excited and looking forward to resuming service between Maui and O'ahu, we appreciate the efforts of the DOT and others to ensure the readiness of our port facilities," said Hawaii Superferry president and CEO John Garibaldi. "In the meantime, we are making all the necessary operational adjustments to ensure we are in full compliance with the new regulations including additional staff training and education."

Effective December 6, Hawaii Superferry will offer a daily round trip voyage between Oahu and Maui leaving Honolulu at 6:30 a.m. and arriving in Kahului at 10:15 a.m.; departing Kahului at 11:15 a.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 2:15 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with federal, state and county law enforcement agency partners, will enforce both a moving and a fixed security zone during transits of the Alakai, to Kahului, beginning December 6.

The moving security zone extends 100 yards around the Alakai and is activated whenever the Alakai is anywhere within three nautical miles of the Kahului Harbor entrance. This zone moves with the vessel and remains in effect around the vessel even when the vessel is moored, anchored, or station-keeping (idle). No one is permitted within this moving security zone at any time while the zone is activated.

The fixed security zone will be activated one hour before the Alakai's arrival into Kahului Harbor and will be deactivated 10 minutes after the Alakai's departure from the harbor and includes the following: all of the waters of Kahului Harbor except a designated shoreline access area (which is described in the paragraph below); Pier No. 2 in Kahului Harbor; the eastern and western breakwaters at the entrance to the harbor; and waters leading to the harbor approaches.

The shoreline access area includes all waters enclosed by straight lines connecting the following points: the southwestern base of Maui Pier No. 2 to buoy "12"; buoy "12" to buoy "10"; and buoy "10" and the nearest shoreline point. This area is not part of the security zone.

Both security zones will be in effect when the Alakai is approaching and in Kahului Harbor. No person or vessel may enter or remain in a security zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, or his designated representative. Even if granted permission by the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, to enter the fixed security zone, no one may at any time enter the moving (100 yard) security zone around the Alakai while such a zone is activated.

Any violation of either security zone is a federal felony offense and may result in criminal sanctions including imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000; civil penalties of up to $32,500 per violation, with each occurrence constituting a separate violation; and seizure and forfeiture of any vessel, including a surfboard, used in furtherance of a criminal violation.

Persons who desire to transit through the fixed security zone while it is activated may contact the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, at (808) 927-0865, or on VHF channel 12.

The U.S. Coast Guard will enforce these security zones and may be assisted by other federal, state and county agencies to the extent permitted by law.

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