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Pasha Hawaii holds keel laying ceremony for new LNG-fuelled containerships

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Executives from Hawaii-based Pasha Hawaii and Keppel AmFELS were recently joined by dignitaries for the ceremonial keel laying for M/V George III and the cutting of the first steel plates for M/V Janet Marie. The two LNG fuelled containerships are currently being built at Brownsville, TX-based Keppel AmFELS. Upon completion, both 774 ft US Jones Act vessels will join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.

Delivery of the ‘Ohana Class vessels – named in honor of the late parents of The Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha, IV – is expected in 2020.

“Construction of the new vessels continues to progress on schedule,” said George Pasha, IV. “These LNG-powered containerships were designed to support the needs of shippers in the Hawaii trade lane, while minimizing environmental impact in the communities we serve. Adding George III and Janet Marie to our existing fleet will greatly enhance our service capabilities and on-time delivery, marking three generations of service to Hawaii.”

The new vessels will operate fully on LNG from day one in service, substantially improving the vessels’ environmental footprint. Energy savings will also be achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimised hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

“We are pleased to be able to support the Pasha Hawaii fleet with the design, engineering, and construction of the two new dual-fuel LNG containerships,” said Simon Lee, President of Keppel AmFELS. “Texas currently ranks third in the nation for domestic maritime jobs, and we are proud to support a thriving skilled workforce in our local community as a leading shipyard in the region. Our team will continue to execute this project safely and efficiently.”

“The Maritime Administration supports the US maritime industry’s investment in the future by building Jones Act-compliant ships that run on cleaner-burning LNG,” said Richard Balzano, Deputy Maritime Administrator. “In addition, US-built, US-owned and US-crewed ships support America’s national and economic security. With LNG, the industry is also leaping over future regulatory barriers, responding to environmental challenges, and looking toward a more affordable and plentiful fuel.”

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