PUC not rushing to reconsider shipping decision

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Public Utilities Commission is in no hurry to reconsider a decision to allow Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to ship goods between the Hawaiian islands.

The Big Island city council has approved a resolution asking the PUC to hold neighbor island hearings on its Sept. 20 decision.

But the Hawaii Tribune Herald reports that Dean Nishina, executive director of the state Division of Consumer Advocacy, says holding a public hearing at this point would be unusual.

He adds that the commission still could decide to schedule a meeting.

The PUC has said Pasha would foster competition in interisland shipping. But Young Brothers Ltd. has warned it may have to reduce its twice-weekly service to Hilo and Kawaihae.

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