(HONOLULU) — Pasha Hawaii announced that the U.S. Jones Act vessel Horizon Spirit has returned to the U.S. West Coast after providing service in the Puerto Rico market to support extraordinary volumes of cargo for use in hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts.
Since cargo volume can now be handled by the U.S. Jones Act vessels customarily serving the Puerto Rico market, the vessel will serve as a dry-dock reserve ship in Pasha Hawaii’s container business between the mainland and Hawaii. It will relieve Horizon Reliance which will undergo regulatory dry-dock maintenance at a West Coast shipyard.
Since Oct. 21, Pasha Hawaii contributed capacity to support fellow U.S.-flag domestic carriers Crowley Maritime and TOTE Maritime’s shipments of cargo for relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
In its initial relief deployment to the Port of San Juan, Horizon Spirit delivered FEMA-sponsored Lipsey Mountain Spring Water from the Port of Los Angeles, setting a world record for the largest single commodity shipment on a containership.
Horizon Spirit made eight round-trip supply and equipment deliveries between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, bringing 8,000 containers to Puerto Rico on behalf of Crowley and TOTE, utilizing the vessel’s 170 refrigerated and its dry containers’ capacity. Additionally, Pasha Hawaii supported the two carriers in returning a total of 5,300 empty containers to the mainland.
“This partnership of domestic carriers coming together quickly to serve the needs of the country is a testament to the strength and necessity of the Jones Act,” said George Pasha IV, president and CEO. “We are grateful to be able to help our fellow Americans in time of crisis, and continue to hold the people of Puerto Rico in our hearts as they continue to recover and rebuild.”