Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pasha Hawaii Selects Builder for New Containerships

By Mark Edward Nero

On May 11, 2017, Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii announced the selection of Texas-based Keppel AmFELS, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, for the construction of two new liquefied natural gas-fueled containerships, with the option to order two additional vessels.

The new US 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 23.0 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.

Pasha confirmed that the new vessels will operate fully on LNG from day one in service, which should dramatically reduce environmental impact and increase fuel efficiency. Energy savings will also to 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.

“We look forward to working with an extremely qualified shipyard, based in the United States,” company President and CEO George Pasha, IV said. “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.