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State auctioning off Superferry equipment

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:14 p.m. HST, Jul 18, 2013

LIHUE » The state of Hawaii is auctioning off barges, ramps and other assorted equipment related to a failed Superferry project that planned to shuttle people between the Hawaiian islands.

The Garden Island reported today that equipment and harbor improvements that cost the state $40 million are being auctioned off online as one lot through next week.

Spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter of the state Department of Transportation says the state is hoping to get back as much as possible, with an opening bid of $250,000. Sluyter says the bid was set by market conditions.

The equipment includes stairs, ramps, light poles, forklift extenders, crates and chains.

Hawaii Superferry filed for bankruptcy in 2009 after the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the law that allowed it to operate was unconstitutional.

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Sunny wrote:
The US Navy bought our Superferries and converted them into fast transport ships able to carry personnel and vehicles. Perhaps they may be interested in the barge ramps to facilitate loading of the Superferries in port.
on July 18,2013 | 01:36PM
peanutgallery wrote:
What an absolute failure. We had a great inter-island transport, and let Young Brothers take it out. Way to go Hawaii!
on July 18,2013 | 01:48PM
serious wrote:
You are correct, just like Detroit--we're Union controlled. Jones Act is a good example.
on July 18,2013 | 02:56PM
64hoo wrote:
and the local airlines also did not want it. they were all in cahoots with each other
on July 18,2013 | 07:55PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Bring back the Superferry!
on July 18,2013 | 03:38PM
meat wrote:
Ferry or Rail? Vote now.
on July 18,2013 | 03:46PM
JAFO wrote:
By losing the Super Ferry, it showed to the rational thinking public that the Lolo's out number the Alamai's in Hawaii.
on July 18,2013 | 04:20PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Who is this "Market Conditions" that set the bid price? Does that mean they pulled the number from their 'elemu? Was there any objective third party review?
on July 18,2013 | 07:26PM
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