October 26, 2007
Hawaii Superferry bill passes key Senate vote
Hawaii TV station KHNL8 reported last night that a joint committee of the state Senate has passed a bill that would allow the Hawii Superferry to operate while an environmental assessment is passed.
The joint committee passed the bill with amendments that set specific operating conditions addressing concerns about invasive species and avoiding harm to whales.
The bill will now go the full Senate and then to the House for its approval.
KHNL 8 quotes Superferry CEO John Garibaldi as saying the Alakai could be operating within 7-10 days.
Until then, Superferry's main trading activity looks to be the sale of "Support Hawaii Superferry" T Shirts. All profits will go to Superferry employees and their families who have been impacted by lay-offs.