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Superferry closes after court loss

March 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The first passenger-vehicle ferry between major Hawaiian islands says it will lay off more than 200 employees after suspending its service.

The Hawaii Superferry is ceasing operations because the state Supreme Court rejected a state law allowing the company to operate while an environmental study was conducted.

The Superferry, a car and passenger service that linked Oahu and Maui, has been under fire from critics who argued the use of its 350-foot ship could harm whales and damage the area's fragile ecology.

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