HONOLULU — Hawaii Superferry Inc. on Tuesday suspended operations indefinitely after two turbulent days of emotional protests and legal setbacks.
The company halted service after the Coast Guard advised that it could not assure safe passage of the 350-foot ferry and passengers in and out of Nawiliwili Harbor on Kauai, where a flotilla of protesters blocked the vessel's docking late Monday.
A court order sought by environmentalists had already halted service to Maui.
Gov. Linda Lingle, a longtime supporter of Superferry, also requested Tuesday that the service be suspended because of public safety concerns.
Opponents say the ferry endangers whales, threatens to spread invasive species, and will worsen traffic and pollution. Superferry officials say the ship's water jet propulsion system means there are no exposed propellers to strike aquatic animals.