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Hawaii's Superferry up for auctionUPDATED 6:53 PM HST Jul 09, 2013Video Transcript
on a costly state boondoggle. The final pieces of Hawaii's superferry--- the barges and docks will go on the auction block next week. The Hawaii Superferry began sailing from Honolulu to Maui and Kauai in 2007... But it would be a short lived and stormy voyage. The final blow came in March 2009 when the Hawaii Supreme Court required the state to do an environmental impact statement before the ferry could operate. The superferry shut down and its parent company sunk into chapter 11 bankuptcy. The three barges and the ramps that loaded people and vehicles now sit in Honolulu harbor---near the longliners...Takin g up well over 1000 feet of needed dock space. Rosen Auctions and the State Department of Transportation will sell the barges... ramps and misc. Equipment in an ebay type on line auction that begins July 16--- ends at 12 noon on Jly 25. Steve Rosen says there is interest. ---------------------- ---- 22:37:27=22:37: 35 HEAVY interest FROM THE WEST COAST, THE EAST COAST AND THE GULF AND ALSO LOCAL INTEREST. ---------------------- ----- There is a potential problem: The hulls were not made in America. State officials and maritime lawyers say because of that... Under the JONES ACT--- the barges are not compliant for transporting merchandise between U-S ports... Meaning they'd probably have to be stationairy or used in construction. Or be used for scrap This could be a staggering money-loser. All this stuff cost 40-million dollars NEW. The opening bid: 250-thousand dollars And time is of the essence. 22:37:43-22:37:56 THE REASON THIS HAS COME ABOUT SO FAST IS BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO BE ON THE WATER GOING SOMEWHERE B Y SEPTEMBER 1 OR THEY HIT ADVERSE WEATHER PROBLEMS. Any later than that and the seas could be too rough to transport them Where the barges end up remains to be seen. As for the superferry vessels themselves? They were auctioned off. And are now used the the NAVY. The Huakai and Alakai are now named the USNS Puerto Rico and USNS Guam.