(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) — Hawaii-based Pasha Hawaii, together with Texas-based Keppel AmFELS, on Thursday announced the delivery of George III, the first vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel on the West Coast and the first to serve Hawaii.
The 774-foot containership is the first of two new ‘Ohana-class containerships to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/mainland trade lane. Operating fully on natural gas from Day One, the new Jones Act vessel surpasses the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, representing the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessel to serve Hawaii.
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.
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, marking three generations of service to Hawaii.
“(This) 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 M/V George III to life,” said George Pasha IV. “As we welcome the new M/V 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.”
“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.”
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.
– The Pasha Group