Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: DOT 15-12
Date: Jan 27 2012
Contact: Kim Riddle
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067

Navy Gets Two High Speed Vessels from Maritime Administration

Huakai and Alakai Go for $35 Million

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has transferred two high speed vessels, the Huakai and the Alakai, to the U.S. Navy. The Navy plans to use the vessels to transport troops and equipment to training areas from Okinawa and other locations.  These vessels will help the Navy meet these unique operational requirements without the need to build new vessels. Powered by waterjet engines, the catamarans can each carry 288 cars and 866 passengers.  The Navy provided $35 million to the Maritime Administration for both vessels. The Maritime Administration took possession of the two ships after their original owners, Hawaii Superferry, Inc., defaulted on loans that the Maritime Administration had guaranteed. The vessels are currently docked at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va.  Contact Kim Riddle:  202-366-5067