The following is the text of a news release from The Pasha Group:
(HONOLULU) — Pasha Hawaii has launched its L.A.-Hawaii Express (LHX) vessel service, providing the islands with increased frequency and more capacity to support the growing Hawaii economy.
The direct service offers two vessels that will call Los Angeles every Wednesday and will arrive in Honolulu every Sunday. This quick three-and-a-half day transit will benefit shippers, who will be able to fill orders on the mainland early in the week and, with Pasha Hawaii’s L.A.-Hawaii Express Sunday arrival, will be able to have goods ready for a Monday morning delivery anywhere on Oahu. Barge connections link the L.A.-Hawaii Express service to all neighbor islands with one to two days of additional transit.
The L.A.-Hawaii Express complements Pasha’s California-Hawaii Express (CHX), which provides a weekly triangle service connecting Honolulu, Oakland, and Los Angeles. The Wednesday arrival of the California-Hawaii Express in Honolulu enables local retailers to receive their products and stock their shelves ahead of busy weekend sales. One of the vessels in the L.A.-Hawaii Express rotation is the newly built Marjorie C, a combination container and roll-on/roll-off vessel. Her flexible design is uniquely suited to the Hawaii market, with a capacity of 1,400 TEUs and the ability to accommodate automobiles and all sizes and types of rolling cargo.
“By offering two weekly sailings from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Pasha Hawaii gives manufacturers and retailers the opportunity to enjoy increased supply chain consistency and flexibility,” said George Pasha IV, president and CEO of Pasha Hawaii. “Our vessels are utilized exclusively in the Hawaii trade and we look forward to providing the market with exemplary schedule reliability and on-time performance.”
In addition to the L.A.-Hawaii Express and the California-Hawaii Express, Pasha Hawaii operates the M/V Jean Anne, a bi-weekly roll-on/roll-off vessel service between San Diego and Honolulu, Kahului and Hilo. The M/V Jean Anne’s heavy-duty ramp design enables not only the transportation of automobiles, but also the transportation of oversize building materials, construction equipment, military equipment, and industrial and commercial rolling stock.
“Our 10 direct sailings per month from the Southern California sourcing market, plus our four sailings per month which include calls in both Los Angeles and Oakland, allow our customers to streamline their supply chains by keeping their inventories nimble and landed costs low,” said Chuck Patton, senior vice president of Pasha Hawaii. “By taking advantage of our frequency of sailings, customers with perishable or fast-to-market products can reduce their air freight spend, which is often five to six times the cost of ocean freight.”