Judge Issues Order Against Superferry

HONOLULU (AP) - A state judge has issued a temporary restraining order, preventing the Hawaii Superferry from using Maui's Kahului Harbor.

Circuit Judge Joseph Cardoza of Maui granted environmentalists request to ground Hawaii's first passenger-vehicle ferry service.

The TRO was issued hours after the vessel completed its second daily run to Maui. The request does not affect ports on Oahu or Kauai.

The environmentalists argue the ferry's plan to ply 400 miles of Hawaii waters each day endangers whales, threatens to spread invasive species and worsens traffic and pollution.

They demand an environmental assessment be completed before operations continue.

The ferry began operating from Honolulu to Maui and from Honolulu to Kauai yesterday.