Pasha Hawaii’s second LNG boxship enters service

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — Pasha Hawaii welcomed the newest member of its containership fleet with the arrival of Janet Marie at the Port of Long Beach, where the ship began its maiden voyage Saturday to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Janet Marie is the second of two new ‘Ohana-class, 774-foot liquefied natural gas (LNG) containerships built at AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas. The new vessel joins Pasha Hawaii’s fleet serving the Hawaii/mainland trade lane, as well as the company’s first ‘Ohana-class vessel, George III, which began service on Aug. 17, 2022.

Following Janet Marie’s inaugural visit to Long Beach, it headed to Hawaii and the Port of Honolulu, its new home port. Like George III, Janet Marie is operating on LNG from its first day in service.

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The new Jones Act vessel surpasses the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, accompanying George III in representing the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessels to serve Hawaii. Energy efficiencies are also achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull form, and a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

“Today represents another milestone as we celebrate the second of our two ‘Ohana-class vessels,” said George Pasha IV, president and CEO, Pasha Hawaii. Named after Pasha’s late mother, Janet Marie marks three generations of dedicated service to both California and Hawaii.

“These ships symbolize the best of American ingenuity and shipbuilding,” added Pasha. “My mother was a wonderful supporter of the entire Pasha enterprise, and like my father, had much aloha for our team members, colleagues and partners. We are extremely grateful to the Port of Long Beach for their invaluable partnership and support in bringing both George III and Janet Marie to fruition.”

“Pasha Hawaii’s newest containership represents our move toward a cleaner future for this Port, our community, and the supply chain,” said Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero. “Reducing emissions caused by port operations has been a longtime practice for us, and remains our priority until we reach a goal of deploying all zero-emission cargo-handling equipment by 2030, and zero-emission trucks by 2035.”

“We are proud to be one of the global ports capable of accommodating ships operating on cleaner fuels, putting us on a path to enhancing air quality throughout the region,” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Sharon Weissman. “We thank Pasha Hawaii for leading the way in cleaner shipping at the green port.”

– The Pasha Group

By Rich Miller