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Posted at 11:53 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Business briefs: PUC raises wholesale gas cap 14 cents

Advertiser Staff

The maximum wholesale price for gasoline will rise 14 cents to nearly $2.59 a gallon Monday for regular on O'ahu, according to the state Public Utilities Commission.

That price excludes taxes and a retail markup. Hawai'i sets a ceiling on wholesale prices but does not regulate retail prices. As of next Monday, the wholesale price cap will have risen 41 cents a gallon during a three-week period.

Tax Department offers curbside drop-off for last-minute filers

The Hawaii Department of Taxation is reminding taxpayers that the deadline to file state tax returns is tomorrow.

The department will provide curbside drop-off service for last-minute filers from 5 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at the Princess Ruth Ke'elikolani Building on both the Punchbowl and Halekauwila street entrances.

NCL takes delivery of Pride of Hawai'i cruise ship

NCL Corp. today took delivery of its largest U.S.-flagged ship, Pride of Hawai'i, which is scheduled to begin interisland cruises in June.

Meyer Werft, the shipyard that built the vessel, handed over the ship in a ceremony in Eemshaven, Holland. The delivery was postponed from April 12 because a technical problem in the ship's azipod system — part of the propeller system had to be repaired.

The Pride of Hawai'i — which can carry more than 2,400 passengers — begins sailing in Hawai'i June 5 and will be NCL's third U.S.-flagged cruise ship to tour the Islands, following the Pride of Aloha and the Pride of America.

NCL president and CEO Colin Veitch said the three ships, as well as the foreign-flagged Norwegian Wind, will bring about half a million passengers a year to Hawai'i.