Crowd Celebrates New Tonnage in Honolulu


August 2015


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Seafarers and SIU officials helped formally welcome Pasha Hawaii’s new car carrier, the Marjorie C, during a spirited ceremony June 9 at Honolulu Harbor.


As previously reported, the combination container/roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) vessel is being operated by Tote Services Inc. for Pasha.


SIU Vice President West Coast Nick Marrone and Honolulu Port Agent Hazel Galbiso attended the early-June gathering, which drew nearly 800 guests, according to Pasha. “The ceremony was very festive and well-attended,” Marrone stated. “It incorporated a lot of the local Hawaiian tradition and took place at a passenger ship terminal.”


He added, “The ship’s first trips have been very smooth and efficient thanks in part to the work of the experienced SIU crew. It’s definitely a great story and the SIU is always glad to work with an expanding U.S.-flag shipping company plying the Jones Act trade.”


Members of the Seafarers-affiliated American Maritime Officers also joined three generations of the Pasha family as well as company employees, customers, and government and military dignitaries to christen and celebrate the arrival of Marjorie C at her home port. The vessel is named in honor of Marjorie C. Ryan, grandmother of The Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha IV.


“This vessel call marks Marjorie C’s third call in Honolulu,” said Pasha in his welcoming remarks. “In a short period of time, she has proven her capabilities. She effectively carried a large shipment of out-of-gauge, 12-foot-diameter pipe from Galveston (Texas) for a local sewer project on her maiden voyage. She ably provided substitute carriage for the Jean Anne while she underwent her periodic dry docking and has proven herself as a capable carrier of containers, an important piece of our new chapter.”


In true Hawaiian tradition, a 200-foot maile lei adorned the side of the ship, and the majestic sounds of two conch shells being blown by Hawaiian priests opened up the ceremony. Father Michael Ryan and Judy Ryan, brother and twin sister of matron Janet Pasha (wife of the late George Pasha III), were also present to provide the blessing.


Members of the Kapolei High School Choir sang a moving rendition of the National Anthem, followed by Iolani School fifth grader Wyatt Nako, a falsetto vocalist who performed the State of Hawaii’s anthem, Hawaii Pono’i.


According to the company, “The Pasha ladies were in full force to conduct the actual christening of the ship. Elyse Pasha, Marjorie C’s sponsor and wife of George Pasha IV, broke the champagne bottle against the side of the ship with ease.”


A tribute to the late George Pasha III was done through the firing of a commemorative cannon that had been presented to him in 2005 at the christening of the Jean Anne. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a reception featuring multiple food stations, all representing the many cultures of Hawaii.


The 692-foot-long Marjorie C was built at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It has a beam of 106 feet, nine decks, a container capacity of 1,400 TEUs and an automobile capacity of 1,100. It is equipped with onboard cranes and can sail at 21.5 knots.


The Jones Act is a vital law (on the books since 1920) that reserves domestic cargo for ships that are crewed, built and owned American. Consistently credited with boosting U.S. national and economic security, the Jones Act helps support nearly a half-million American jobs while pumping billions of dollars each year into the economy.



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