Jones act carrier Pasha Hawaii says its vessel Horizon Spirit has returned to the U.S. west coast after completing its hurricane relief deployment to Puerto Rico in the aftermath Hurricane Maria hitting the U.S. island territory nearly five months ago.
Since October 21, 2017, the Horizon Spirit had been re-deployed from the U.S. west coast to support fellow domestic carriers Crowley Maritime and TOTE in delivering relief and recovery cargo from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico.
Pasha Hawaii says that during the deployment, the ship made a total of eight roundtrip voyages between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico, transporting a total of 8,000 containers full of supplies to the island on behalf of Crowley and TOTE.
During her initial voyage east from Los Angeles, the Horizon Spirit transported 800 FEMA-sponsored containers filled with over 15 million bottles water provided by Lipsey Mountain Spring water, setting a new world record for the largest single commodity shipment made on a containership, according to Pasha Hawaii.
The Horizon Spirit will now return to its previous role as a drydock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s service between the mainland and Hawaii, relieving the Horizon Reliance, which will now undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a U.S. West Coast shipyard.
“This partnership of domestic carriers coming together quickly to serve the needs of the country is a testament to the strength and necessity of the Jones Act,” said George Pasha, IV, President and CEO. “We are grateful to be able to help our fellow Americans in time of crisis, and continue to hold the people of Puerto Rico in our hearts as they continue to recover and rebuild.”