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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 5:53 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Hawaii Superferry postpones Thursday relaunch

By Christie Wilson
Advertiser Neighbor Island Editor

KAHULUI, Maui — Hawaii Superferry is postponing the relaunch of its Maui-to-Honolulu service until the state can repair pier damage at Kahului Harbor caused by yesterday's high surf.

The company planned to resume service Thursday, and has yet to announce the postponement and a new start date, but Michael Formby of the Department of Transportation said the 350-foot high-speed catamaran would not be able to use the harbor for at least three days.

The time is needed to replace two bollards that were ripped from Pier 2 and to inspect the state-owned barge that will be used to load and unload vehicles from the ferry. The barge also must be realigned to accommodate ferry operations.

Formby said swells within the harbor yesterday were measured at 6 feet. He called the conditions the worst in recent memory.