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Commitments and Actions to Address Environmental Concerns

Of all vessels sailing in Hawaiian waters, only Hawaii

I Created a whale avoidance policy supported by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. I Established year-round routes outside of the Humpback Marine Sanctuary and the 100 fathom or shallower mark, where 90% of all humpback whales are found in Hawaiian waters. I Committed to slower speeds in areas where whale concentrations are greatest. I Utilizes high tech motionstabilized night vision equipment to enhance whale lookout and avoidance. I Assigned two dedicated crewmembers as whale lookouts year round, in addition to three regular bridge officers responsible for keeping a lookout to ensure safe navigation. I Designed vessel with no propellers that is far more maneuverable and able to stop faster than large vessels currently operating in Hawaiian waters. I Committed to remaining 500 meters away from whales – five times farther than what Federal law requires in Hawaiian waters.




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Whale Marine Sanctuary Regular Route Alternate Route: Used only when sea conditions on regular route compromises safety (traveling a maximum of 25 knots in sanctuary; will slow further or stop, if necessary, when whales are spotted)

Superferry has done the following:

I Worked for more than a year with HDOA Plant Quarantine Branch to develop procedures and policies more stringent than state regulations. I Developed measures to prevent spread of invasive species in consultation with invasive species committees and other experts from state and federal agencies. I Implemented the state’s most thorough standard of 100% screening of cars to be transported. I Is the only company in the transportation industry that conducts agricultural screening of every interisland passenger. I Opens vehicles’ hood, trunk and back cargo area, and looks into the wheel wells, under the bumpers, and in compartments. (Other carriers do not screen at all or do only a “paper screening.”) I Established policy prohibiting transport of muddy vehicles, or those with caked dirt. I Makes boot scrubbers available at each of its pier facilities. I Agreed not to permit plants on board, unless certified by HDOA Plant Quarantine Office. I Bans soil and sand contaminated with soil from the ship. I Included Hawaii Invasive Species Council content in onboard programming.

I Erected signage and included educational information on invasive species within onboard magazine. I Incorporated the invasive species program in the PUCapproved tariff. I Used special non-toxic silicone ship paint to prevent aquatic hitchhikers. I Does not use ballast tanks or discharge water. I Committed to conduct risk assessment after service has commenced.

I Completed traffic studies and implemented a vehicle movement and management plan. I Revised arrival and departure schedules to avoid the busiest traffic times and minimize impacts. I Designed facilities to hold all arriving and departing vehicles within terminal and not on roadways. I Allows vehicles to enter terminal up to two hours prior to departure to reduce traffic impacts. I Employs trained staff to manage traffic entering and exiting each facility, ensuring traffic on adjacent streets is not restricted or impeded. I Committed to commencing operations with off-duty police officers hired to direct traffic and respond to any unforeseen problems.