February 8, 2008
Superferry moves up drydocking to undertake rudder repairs
Hawaii Superferry announced today it has 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."
The Alakai will be drydocked beginning February 13 for approximately two weeks. Voyages have been cancelled during this period, with service expected to resume March 3. Passengers holding reservations for affected voyages are being notified, re-accommodated on a future voyage or refunded, and accommodated with special rates from partnering airlines and rental car companies. "We appreciate the patience and understanding of our passengers while our vessel is out of service," said Hawaii Superferry Director of Customer Experience and Community Relations Lani Olds. "Meanwhile, we are working with passengers to accommodate their needs through special rates with Hawaiian Airlines, and Hertz and Dollar rental car companies."
On Thursday, January 31, 2007 Hawaii's KITV reported that surface cracks involving two auxiliary rudders were discovered by inspectors during a routine maintenance inspection on Monday, January 28.
"The Coast Guard was notified Monday concerning hairline cracks to the Superferry's rudder housing," Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Chad Saylor was reported as saying.
"The investigator determined that the vessel wasn't in compliance due to these cracks," he told KITV. "These cracks need to be repaired before the vessel can sail safely."
On February 4, KITV reported that the Superferry was back in service after completing repairs to the auxiliary rudders and undergoing subsequent sea trials.