Hawaii Superferry begins laying off its 161 employees

The following is the text of two statements issued by Hawaii Superferry:
Obviously we are hugely disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision that Act 2 is unconstitutional. We have operated on a regular, reliable and responsible basis for the past 11 months. During this time over 250,000 people have booked travel on Alakai and it has provided new economic opportunities for Hawaii’s businesses.

While the appeal is not yet final because a judgment on appeal has not been entered, we want to proceed prudently and have decided to cease operations for the present.

Our first priority is to take care of our customers, both those who have recently traveled and need to return to either Oahu or Maui and those who have future bookings. We will make one additional round trip to get vehicles back to their homes this Thursday.

We are in the process of calling all customers with near term bookings, starting with voyages on Tuesday and working out to further dates. Customers may also call 1-877-443-3779 for immediate service. Phone lines are extremely busy. If you are not able to get through, please wait and try again later.

In light of the Hawaii Supreme Court’s decision that Act 2 was unconstitutional, Hawaii Superferry has suspended operations, with the exception of a voyage this Thursday to bring our customers and stranded vehicles back to their home ports.

With operations currently suspended, we unfortunately have to start releasing employees beginning Friday, March 20. Total employment at HSF is 161 full and part time employees and 75 contracted employees.

These are exceptional people who have been valued members of our company. Anyone who has sailed on Alakai can attest to their competence and Aloha to our customers.

Hawaii Superferry is working with the Department of Labor¹s Rapid Response team to provide our employees with relocation assistance.

By Professional Mariner Staff