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Marine Log

March 8, 2008

Hawaii Superferry again extends Alakai drydocking

Hawaii Superferry has announced that it is again "extending the amount of time the Alakai will be in drydock because work to repair damage to the ship that occurred during the drydocking process is going to take longer than was previously projected."

Based on the latest repair schedule, reservations for sailings after April 22 are now being accepted. Updates on the sailing schedule will be issued as they become available.

Passengers holding reservations for affected voyages are being notified, re-accommodated on a future voyage or refunded.

Hawaii Superferry's announcement does not identify where Alakai is being repaired, but a video posted by Hawaii's KGMB9 News on February 29 shows the vessel drydocked in a Pacific Marine International floating dock.

Hawaii Superferry announced on February 8 that it had moved up its annual drydocking of the Alakai for maintenance and recertification by the U. S. Coast Guard, "taking advantage of the off-peak travel season to make permanent repairs related to the vessel's auxiliary rudders, which will enhance passenger comfort."

It said then that Alakai would be drydocked beginning February 13 for approximately two weeks, with service expected to resume March 3.

Then, on February 21, the company reported "the need to extend the amount of time the vessel will be in drydock due to damage to Alakai's hull that occurred during the drydocking process and additional maintenance that was identified while the vessel has been in drydock" and said sailings would resume March 24.

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