Hawaii-based Pasha Hawaii has taken delivery of the MV George IIIthe first LNG-powered vessel on the US West Coast and the first to serve Hawaii.
The Jones Law-compliant vessel was the Keppel AmFELS build in Brownsville, Texas.
The 774-foot container ship is the first of two new 2,525 TEU capacity Ohana-class vessels to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.
The George III is the latest LNG-powered vessel to join the Jones Act container fleet, joining Crowley’s Commitment-class ConRo El Coqui and Taino and TOTE’s Marlin-class container ships Bella Island and Pearl of the Caribbean.
Running entirely on liquefied natural gas, the new George III exceeds the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean-going vessels. Energy savings are also achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, optimized hull form and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller, Pasha said.
The Ohana Class ships are named in honor of George Pasha, III and Janet Marie, the deceased parents of Pasha Group President and CEO, George Pasha, IV.
“Today marks a moment that many of us will remember, including my family and the incredible members of our Pasha Hawaii team who have worked tirelessly to bring MV George III to life,” said George Pasha, IV. “As we welcome the new MV George III At Pasha Hawaii Fleet, we are incredibly proud of the perseverance and commitment of our partners at Keppel AmFELS, and the skilled men and women of the shipyard for this tremendous achievement. We look forward to beginning service to Hawaii in August and taking delivery of the Janet Mary Later this year.”
Pasha Hawaii is a wholly owned subsidiary of family-owned global logistics and transportation company, The Pasha Group, one of the nation’s leading integrated shipping and logistics companies under Jones Law. Pasha Hawaii ordered the two Ohana-class ships in 2017 with delivery initially scheduled for the first and third quarters of 2020.
“We are thrilled to deliver Pasha Hawaii’s first LNG-powered container ship,” said David Wedgeworth, president of Keppel AmFELS. “Working closely with Pasha Hawaii, we were able to resolve the operational challenges posed by COVID-19 and deliver the vessel to their satisfaction. Built to Keppel O&M’s exclusive design, M/V George III illustrates our engineering and design expertise as well as our extensive LNG experience.