See what’s up at SaveKahuluiHarbor.com. Find out about the impacts of Cruise Ships, the Superferry on our State. Latest news: County of Maui has joined the lawsuit for better Kahului Harbor Planning.
Cruise ships hogging our pier! 43% of increased dock space for the next 10 years is going to NCL – that’s more than all our freight carriers combined. Our freighters will be forced to wait offshore while NCL’s giant floating hotels (who don’t pay any transient taxes to us, whose pitifully small wharfage fees don’t cover the expenses of docking) will be hogging the piers for 35 hours at a time SIX (6) days a week.
Maui Groups asking the courts to make Superferry do an EIS so they can tell us what their solutions to the Pu’unene/Ka’ahumanu traffic, Young Brothers and Canoe clubs have been turned down. Superferry CEO, Garibaldi, claims that they’ll come up with solutions later. Since the ferry is slated for operation in a fewmonths, this claim seems a bit,
What You Can Do!
Write or email your legislators and tell them we need a policy that puts freight before cruise ships.
Ask them to move the Superferry to the cruise ship berth and tell the cruise ships they have to drop off their passengers and then make room for the Superferry. Share, you guys! Don’t hog Pier 1!
We can no longer go in the inner harbor where the boats dock even when there are no boats there. ($25,000 fine). And we must stay at least 100 yards away from all cruise ships, fuel barges and military ships. ($25,000 fine). We cannot go east of the line which extends from the small green house on the pier closest to the canoe hales (Pier 2) to the green buoy at the mouth of the harbor ($25,000 fine). We must be completely out of the turning basin (e.g. on the beach or wall side of the red buoys) whenever a ship/barge is entering or leaving the harbor.
The harbors division is faxing or emailing us the barge schedule and has made available the cruise ship schedules so that we will not be caught in the turning basin when a ship is moving. These schedules are posted here. Apparently some hotdoggers on kayaks or OC-1’s were trying to race the barge and got us all in trouble. The Harbor master is doing his best to work with us and still keep the Feds happy, so it is respectfully requested that everyone do their best not to cause incidents with the ships.
In the event that you find yourself at the mouth of the harbor when a ship is unexpectedly entering or leaving, safety is your highest concern. Do not try to outrun or cross in front of a ship — they simply cannot manoever or stop fast enough. In this case duck behind the green buoy and hug the wall to the east of it, and hope that the Coast Guard is merciful to you for breaking the security zone.
Clubs – let the paddlers know what’s up. Email the webmaster with your info on practice times, fundraisers, contact info, race dates etc. If you would like a free club page designed and kept updated for your club Contact the webmaster.