The following is the text of a news release from VT Halter Marine:
(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — VT Halter Marine Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems Inc. (VT Systems), has delivered M/V Marjorie C, a combination container and roll-on/roll-off car truck carrier (con-ro), to longstanding customer Pasha Hawaii.
Marjorie C is the second U.S.-flag, Jones Act-qualified vessel built for Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii and will join its sister ship, M/V Jean Anne, providing additional service to Hawaii via the Hawaii/mainland trade lane.
The 692-foot-long Marjorie C features vehicle shipping capacity of 1,100 units, the ability to carry 1,400 TEUs above and under deck, and over-high/over-wide cargoes on 10 workable decks. The vessel's design incorporates the highest level of operating efficiencies as well as reducted environmental impacts. Jean Anne, also built by VT Halter Marine, was Pasha Hawaii’s first Jones Act vessel and has been servicing the Hawaii/mainland since March 2005. The vessel and its crew have been recognized by the Chamber of Shipping of America with outstanding safety and environmental achievement awards.
These ships will allow Pasha Hawaii to provide its customers with a wider offering of scheduled shipping and logistics services for containers, refrigerated containers and a variety of roll-on/roll-off cargoes.
“We are pleased to begin our expanded service in the Hawaii/mainland trade lane with our new con-ro. Constructed in the U.S., manned by U.S. crews and built with state-of-the-art technical capabilities by the skilled men and women of VT Halter Marine, Marjorie C is an essential addition to our fleet, providing streamlined, environmentally friendly capacity to the trade,” said George Pasha IV, president and chief executive officer of Pasha Hawaii.
“VT Halter Marine is proud to have delivered M/V Marjorie C to our very valued customer, George Pasha and the entire team at Pasha Hawaii. This delivery could not have been accomplished without the team efforts of our two companies. We look forward to continuing our relationship as they grow their business with the acquisition of Horizon Lines, which is expected to take place by the end of the second quarter 2015,” said Bill Skinner, VT Halter Marine’s chief executive officer.