Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 02:22:38 -0000
Pass it on-- many local work trades will be adversely affected by
What Superferry would mean to Neighbor Island Businesses
excerpt from New York Times article
September 5, 2007
Hawaii Ferry Sits Idle Amid Protests and Court Rulings
By CHRISTOPHER PALA
In addition, the ferries threaten many local businesses, said James H.
Wright, a corporate lawyer and longtime observer of Hawaiiâ™s
economy, like the inter-island shipping company, three local airlines
and car rental companies. âœIt will also change the dynamics of
nonunion trades,â Mr. Wright said. âœNow, itâ™s more
expensive to get work like roofing or plumbing done in the neighbor
islands. But with the Superferry, Oahu tradesmen will be able to take
their trucks on the ferry and undercut the locals.â The
Superferry will also carry S.U.V.â™s and trailered boats, allowing
Oahu fishermen frustrated by the islandâ™s depleted waters to gain
access to the richer grounds of Maui and Kauai â" to the
discontent of local fisherman. Those boats might also involuntarily
carry bits of Eucheuma seaweed, which is devastating Oahuâ™s
biggest bay, to the neighboring islands.
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