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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 2:40 p.m., Monday, October 8, 2007

Hawaii Superferry ruling delayed until tomorrow

Advertiser Staff


From left, attorney Isaac Hall stands with Deputy Attorney General William Wynhoff as well as Hawaii Superferry attorneys Lisa Munger and Lisa Bail before closing arguments in Wailuku.

AMANDA COWAN | The Maui News via AP

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WAILUKU, Maui — The fate of the Hawaii Superferry will remain in limbo for at least one more day.

After listening to attorneys' closing arguments this morning, Maui Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza said he needed more time to consider the arguments and review additional memorandums filed this morning by the lawyers.

He said he will announce his decision at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Today's court session came at the end of a monthlong hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction to keep the ferry tied up at dock while the state performs an environmental assessment on $40 million in ferry-related improvements at Kahului Harbor.

The request was filed by the Sierra Club, Maui Tomorrow and the Kahului Harbor Coalition, which have expressed concerns about increased traffic around ports, the potential spread of invasive species and collisions with humpback whales.