The following is the text of a news release from Pasha Hawaii:
(HONOLULU) — Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii on Thursday announced that the company has selected Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) for the construction of two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels. Pasha Hawaii is in the process of finalizing contract specifications.
The new U.S. Jones Act vessels will carry 2,525 TEUs, including a fully laden capacity of 500 45-foot containers, 400 refrigerated containers, and 300 40-foot dry containers, with a sailing speed of 23 knots. Delivery of the first vessel is expected in the first quarter of 2020, with delivery of the second vessel in the third quarter of 2020.
“Keppel O&M’s technical expertise in LNG propulsion and commitment to customer service were two very important factors in our selection decision,” said George Pasha IV, president and CEO, Pasha Hawaii. “From the start, they went above and beyond and worked closely with us in customizing a vessel design that matched our requirements. Their experience in LNG vessel conversions will also prove to be very valuable as we build LNG dual-fueled vessels for the Hawaii trade.”
The new vessels will operate fully on LNG from day one in service, dramatically reducing environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Energy savings will also be achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.
When compared to conventional fuels, LNG is a much cleaner alternative fuel for shipping and offers significant environmental benefits, including the reduction of up to 95 percent of sulfur oxides, nearly 100 percent of particulate matter, up to 90 percent of nitrogen oxides, and up to 25 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from engine exhaust emissions.
“As with the construction of our Jean Anne and Marjorie C, we look forward to working with an extremely qualified shipyard, based in the United States,” added Pasha. “Pasha Hawaii is a firm believer in the Jones Act and is proud to support our shipyards and the highly skilled workers who make valuable contributions to this important industry on a daily basis.”
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.