The following is the text of a news release from The Pasha Group:
(HONOLULU) — The Pasha Group’s acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines Inc. was completed today. The Pasha Group, one of the nation’s leading Jones Act shipping and integrated logistics companies, has served the Hawaii market for more than 50 years, adding roll-on/roll-off liner service between the mainland and Hawaii in 2005 with the M/V Jean Anne.
Pasha Hawaii assumes operations for all of Horizon’s Hawaii business, including its four U.S.-flag containerships serving the Hawaii trade lane. The Pasha Group has also acquired Horizon subsidiaries Hawaii Stevedores Inc.; the California-based operations of Sea-Logix LLC, which provides trucking services; and Sunrise Operations, a subsidiary that includes Horizon’s Hawaii trade-lane vessels and employees.
“Horizon Lines, Hawaii Stevedores and Sea-Logix are companies that complement The Pasha Group’s legacy of a proud family history; a focus on innovation and service with an ability to combine competencies to provide streamlined solutions,” said George Pasha IV, president and CEO of The Pasha Group. “Like Pasha Hawaii, these companies have strong ties to the Islands and the mainland, are aligned with our integrated shipping and logistics model, and share our values and community commitment.”
Horizon’s Hawaii business will operate alongside Pasha Hawaii’s existing operations, which include Pasha’s two Jones Act-qualified vessels, the M/V Jean Anne and the new M/V Marjorie C¸ which entered service on May 7. By expanding its operations with Horizon’s Hawaii fleet, Pasha will be able to provide customers with a wider offering of high-quality shipping and logistics services for dry and refrigerated containers and a variety of roll-on/roll-off cargoes.
Pasha Hawaii’s technical services team will oversee operations for its entire fleet, with Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Maritime Corp. providing ship management of the new Horizon vessels and crew through Crowley subsidiary Marine Transport Management Inc. Pasha has engaged Norton Lilly to provide certain liner agency services, both in Hawaii and the mainland. The company will continue its longtime partnership with Young Bros. to maintain connecting-carrier service to the neighbor Islands.
“Since Pasha entered the Hawaii liner-shipping business ten years ago, we have strived to deliver quality shipping options for our commercial and military customers. In 2015, we strengthen that commitment with the deployment of our new tonnage in the Marjorie C and the acquisition of Horizon’s Hawaii service capabilities,” said Pasha. “Our mission is to provide a smooth and seamless transition for Horizon’s customers and employees, and continue to enhance all our customers’ shipping experience through service and choice.”
Pasha noted that environmental responsibility and stewardship will continue to be a major part of Pasha Hawaii’s culture and vessel operations with the addition of and improvements to Horizon’s Hawaii ships. The company will remain actively involved with local charities and organizations in the communities it serves. “We are pleased to be growing our shipping capabilities between Hawaii and the mainland, along with enhanced trucking in the vital San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle/Tacoma corridors,” Pasha said.