Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crowley Awarded Containership Management Contract

By Mark Edward Nero

Crowley Maritime’s global ship management group said May 29 that it has won a contract for the operation, crewing and maintenance of four Jones Act ships operating between the US West Coast and Hawaii.

The contract is with Sunrise Operations, a subsidiary of San Rafael, Calif.-based logistics and transport services company The Pasha Group. The Pasha Group, one of the nation’s leading Jones Act shipping and integrated logistics companies, has served the Mainland/Hawaii trade lane since 2005.

The contract encompasses ship management for the Horizon Enterprise, Horizon Pacific, Horizon Reliance and Horizon Spirit. Crowley is providing a scaled, customized package of crewing and technical management services; it provides similar services to other customers’ container ships around the world, including those in other Jones Act trades.

The contract news follows the December announcement that Pasha Hawaii, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Pasha Group, is assuming operations for all of Horizon Lines’ Hawaii business, including these four US-flagged container ships.

“As a long-time Jones Act carrier, Crowley is well-suited to manage these US-flagged vessels,” said Crowley’s vice president of ship management, Mike Golonka. “We are confident that our ability to offer company-wide resources and flexibility to work within their operational model is what set us apart, in addition to our proven experience in managing steam vessels for other companies. We look forward to working with Pasha in the management of their new ships.”