New Pasha Vessel Enters SIU-Contracted Fleet


June 2015


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SIU members are sailing aboard Pasha Hawaii’s newest vessel, the Marjorie C. The combination container/roll-on/-roll-off (ConRo) vessel arrived in San Diego early last month from its home port of Honolulu, marking completion of its maiden voyage.


The 692-foot-long ship, operated for Pasha by Tote Services Inc., is sailing in the Jones Act trade. Constructed at VT Halter Marine, the Marjorie C 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.


According to the company, the ship sails under the name Marjorie C in honor of Pasha Hawaii President and CEO George Pasha IV’s grandmother, Marjorie Catherine Ryan.


“After more than three-and-a-half years of planning and construction, we are pleased to unveil a ship that has been designed to not only accommodate the varying needs of our customers, but a vessel that minimizes our carbon footprint through extensive fuel consumption efficiencies and other green technologies,” said Pasha. “With the addition of Marjorie C, we can now offer customers increased service and capacity between the West Coast and Hawaii trade lane on vessels providing superior reliability and cargo protection.


Marjorie C is a magnificent Jones Act vessel that was built on U.S. soil by hundreds of dedicated employees at VT Halter Marine,” continued Pasha. “It’s important we continue to support our economy and domestic maritime industry. Marjorie C is proof we have the technology, expertise and resources to build a superior ship within the U.S.”


SIU members also sail aboard the company’s 579-foot Jean Anne, a RO/RO that entered service 10 years ago. When the Jean Anne debuted in 2005, it was named “Ship of the Year” by the American Ship Review. Since then, the Jean Anne’s crew and vessel operations have been recognized by the Chamber of Shipping of America with awards for outstanding safety and environmental achievement.


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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