Thursday, August 11, 2011

Construction Starts on Second Pasha Con/Ro Vessel

Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii announced Wednesday that construction had begun on the carrier's newest vessel, the MV Marjorie C.

Set to be delivered in the fall of 2013, the Majorie C will be Pasha Hawaii's second vessel. Once delivered, the Marjorie C, according to the carrier, will sail opposite Pasha Hawaii’s Pure Car Truck Carrier MV Jean Anne and enable Pasha to provide weekly service from the West Coast to Hawaii.

The Marjorie C, the second vessel built by VT Halter Marine for Pasha Hawaii based on a design by the Uljanik Shipyard in Croatia will be a combination container and roll-on/roll-off Car Truck Carrier (Con/Ro). The 692-foot-long vessel will be able to carry 1,500 TEUs above and under deck, as well as vehicles and over high and wide cargo on 10 workable decks. The vessel will have a vehicle shipping capacity of 2,750 units.

“We are very eager to take delivery of the Marjorie C, and cutting her steel ahead of schedule marks the first milestone in our construction journey,” Pasha Hawaii President and CEO George Pasha, IV said.

“The Marjorie C’s unique Con/Ro design represents a ‘first’ for the Jones Act trade, and I am very pleased to report that our design process is complete and we are now underway with construction.”

The ship’s base price, according to Pasha Hawaii, is $144 million. The carrier also has an option agreement for the construction of a third vessel with a base price of $137 million.