The following news release was issued by Pasha Hawaii on August 23.
Pasha Hawaii Announces Construction of Two New Containerships
at Keppel AmFELS to Serve Hawaii/Mainland Trade Lane
Honolulu, HI-based Pasha Hawaii has announced that two more ships will be joining its fleet which provides service to the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. The two new Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) fueled containerships will be built at Brownsville, TX-based Keppel AmFELS, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (“Keppel O&M”). The contracts were inked today.
Construction for the two vessels will begin immediately, with delivery of the first vessel expected in 1Q 2020, and the second vessel in 3Q 2020.
The new, 774-foot U.S. 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. The ship’s hull has been fully optimized using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and will be one of the most hydrodynamically efficient hulls in the world.
“This contract with Keppel allows Pasha Hawaii to continue to move forward in our commitment to providing the best resources possible for our customers and Hawaii’s shipping industry, while minimizing our environmental footprint,” said George Pasha, IV, President and CEO, The Pasha Group. “We are proud supporters of the Jones Act and look forward to working with Keppel’s team of highly skilled shipbuilders.”
The new vessels will operate fully on LNG from day one in service, dramatically reducing environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Energy savings will also 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.
When compared to conventional fuels, LNG is a much cleaner alternative fuel for shipping and offers significant environmental benefits, including the reduction of up to 95 percent sulphur oxides, nearly 100 percent particulate matter, up to 90 percent nitrogen oxides, and up to 25 percent carbon dioxide emissions from engine exhaust emissions.
Mr. Simon Lee, President of Keppel AmFELS, said, “We are pleased to have been chosen to build these two LNG-fueled containerships to our innovative design for operation in Pasha Hawaii’s fleet. Keppel O&M is at the forefront of designing vessels that run on LNG propulsion systems and has the experience in LNG vessel conversions as well as the expertise in newbuild specialized vessels. We look forward to building these ships which will have a direct impact on American jobs at our shipyard and suppliers across the country.”
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.
About Pasha Hawaii and The Pasha Group
Pasha Hawaii is one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies serving Hawaii from the continental United States. The company owns a fleet of six fully Jones Act-qualified vessels and operates out of multiple port terminals. Pasha Hawaii is a trusted partner for many of the nation’s leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, providing reliable containerized and roll-on/roll-off cargo services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the people of the State of Hawaii and the prosperity of the Hawaii market it serves.
Pasha Hawaii is an independent operating subsidiary of The Pasha Group, a family-owned, third-generation diversified global logistics and transportation company that provides ocean transportation for containers and rolling stock between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii; port processing services for finished and privately owned vehicles; stevedoring for vehicles, breakbulk and container cargos; auto hauling services with its truck fleet throughout the contiguous U.S.; domestic and international relocation services; and international logistics management for general commodity and project cargoes. Pasha operates facilities at the ports of San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA; Baltimore, MD; Honolulu and Maui, HI; and Grays Harbor, WA.
About Keppel AmFELS
Keppel AmFELS is a subsidiary of Keppel O&M, a wholly-owned company of Keppel Corporation Limited. Located in Brownsville, Texas, Keppel AmFELS reinforces Keppel O&M’s presence in the Gulf of Mexico and its strategy to be near its markets and customers.
Since its establishment in 1990, Keppel AmFELS has built up its facilities and equipment to become the most well equipped offshore and marine shipyard in the Gulf of Mexico. The yard engages in the construction, refurbishment, conversion, life extension and repair of a complete range of mobile drilling rigs, vessels and platforms. Spread over 165 acres, its comprehensive facilities are world class and include a drydock capable of docking the largest semisubmersible drilling units, and a modern steel processing plant.
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