Hawaii-based Pasha Hawaii has taken delivery of the MV George III, the first LNG-powered ship on the U.S. West Coast and the first to serve Hawaii.
The Jones Act-compliant vessel was construction Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas.
The 774-foot containership is the first of two new 2,525 TEU-capacity ‘Ohana Class ships to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.
The George III is the latest LNG-powered ship to join the Jones Act container fleet, joining Crowley’s Commitment-class ConRo’s El Coquí and Taíno and TOTE’s Marlin-class containerships Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe.
Operating fully on liquefied natural gas, the new George III surpasses the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels. Energy efficiencies are also achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller, Pasha said.
The ‘Ohana Class vessels are named in honor of George Pasha, III and Janet Marie, the late parents of The Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha, IV,.
“Today marks a moment in time that will be remembered by many of us, including my family and our incredible team members at Pasha Hawaii who worked tirelessly to bring MV George III to life,” said George Pasha, IV. “As we welcome the new MV George III to the Pasha Hawaii fleet, we stand incredibly proud of the perseverance and commitment of our partners at Keppel AmFELS, and the skilled men and women at the shipyard on this tremendous accomplishment. We look forward to beginning service to Hawaii in August and taking delivery of the Janet Marie later this year.”
Pasha Hawaii is a wholly owned subsidiary of the family-owned global logistics and transportation company, The Pasha Group, one of the nation’s leading Jones Act shipping and integrated logistics companies. Pasha Hawaii ordered the two ‘Ohana-class ships in 2017 with delivery initially planned in delivery Q1 and Q3 2020.
“We are pleased to deliver Pasha Hawaii’s first LNG-powered containership,” said David Wedgeworth, President of Keppel AmFELS. “By working closely with Pasha Hawaii, we were able to resolve operational challenges posed by COVID-19 and deliver the vessel to their satisfaction. Built to Keppel O&M’s proprietary design, M/V George III exemplifies our engineering and design expertise as well as our in-depth experience in LNG.”
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