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Pasha Hawaii's LNG-powered containership Janet Marie leaving port

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Pasha Hawaii Delivered Second LNG-Powered Containership for Jones Act Trade

Mike Schuler
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July 13, 2023

Pasha Hawaii and AmFELS have announced the delivery of the MV Janet Marie, the second of two new 2,525 TEU-capacity ‘Ohana’ class containerships powered by liquified natural gas.

Delivery follows the delivery of the first Ohana-class vessel, the MV George III, in July 2022. Both ships were built by AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas, in compliance with the Jones Act, for Pasha Hawaii’s Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. MV George III began service on August 17, 2022.

Texas-based AmFELS is part of Singapore-based Seatrium Group, which was formed earlier this year through the merger of Sembcorp Marine and Keppel Offshore & Marine.

“We are delighted that MV Janet Marie will be joining its sister vessel, MV George III, on the West Coast,” said Kelvin Fok, President of AmFELS. “We have developed a strong partnership with The Pasha Group through the construction of these two vessels and look forward to continuing this relationship for future ventures.”

By operating on liquified natural gas, the 774-foot LNG-powered vessels surpass the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards, representing the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessels to serve Hawaii. They also feature a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

The vessels are named after George Pasha, III and Janet Marie Pasha, the late parents of The Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha, IV, representing three generations of service to Hawaii.

“We are very grateful to welcome our second ship as a testament to my parents and our incredible Pasha Hawaii team members who continue to raise the bar on excellence and dedication,” said George Pasha, IV. “Once again, we are extremely proud of the perseverance and commitment of our partners at AmFELS, and the skilled men and women at the shipyard, including our own on-site team members, who have proven once more that ship building and ingenuity are alive and well in the United States.”

Pasha Hawaii is a wholly owned subsidiary of the family-owned global logistics and transportation company, The Pasha Group, based in San Rafael, California.

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