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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 6:44 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hawaii Superferry heads to Maui today for realignment

Advertiser Staff

The Hawaii Superferry is scheduled to arrive in Kahului Harbor this morning between 10 and 11 a.m. to realign the vessel with the pier and barge following repairs to the structures made by the state Department of Transportation.

Storm-related damage to the pier and a state-owned barge used to load and unload vehicles from the 350-foot ship forced Hawaii Superferry to postpone its launch by a week, to Thursday.

The Alakai will depart Kahului and return to Honolulu after realignment is completed, a Superferry news release said.

For today's arrival, the U.S. Coast Guard's 100-yard moving security zone that is standard for large passenger ships will be in effect, the news release said. The temporary fixed security zone in Kahului Harbor will not be in effect until Thursday.

Beginning that day, Hawaii Superferry will offer a daily round-trip voyage between O'ahu and Maui leaving Honolulu at 6:30 a.m. and arriving in Kahului at 10:15 a.m.; departing Kahului at 11:15 a.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 2:15 p.m.