Coast Guard Readies for Hawaii Superferry Voyage

HONOLULU – The Coast Guard here, in support of joint federal, state and county plans, is planning for the next voyage of the Hawaii Superferry to Kauai, on a still undetermined date, by assembling Coast Guard assets to enforce security zones in Nawiliwili Harbor.

Along with plans for the security zones, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, working with other federal, state and local officials, is planning to designate a safe demonstration area during the Superferry’s next Kauai voyage. This demonstration area, roughly between Kalapaki Beach and Kukii Point, will allow people who choose to demonstrate to do so safely, peacefully and legally, and will allow the Superferry and its passengers to safely use the port.

The fixed security zones will be established in Nawiliwili Harbor before and during the Superferry’s arrival. Details on the security zones and the safe demonstration area will be distributed after the Superferry’s next voyage to Kauai is announced.

Protestors who fail to comply with orders pertaining to the security zones, purposely injure or threaten to injure an enforcement officer or attempt to destruct or interfere with vessels may be punished by imprisonment for up to 10 years, and may be fined up to $25,000. Any vessel used to violate a security zone, including surfboards, kayaks and canoes, may be immediately confiscated and forfeited.

“The Coast Guard, local, state and other federal authorities share a common goal of ensuring the safety and security of our ports, the vessels that call, and all the people who use them,” said Captain Vince Atkins, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Captain of the Port.

“We support the rights of citizens to conduct safe, peaceful and legal protests, and the Coast Guard is working with our partners throughout Hawaii to address security issues related to the Superferry’s next voyage here,” Atkins said.

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