Wednesday, June 6,
RoRo order for Halter Marine
The Pasha Group and Van Ommeren Shipping (USA) LLC today announced
the signing of a $70-million contract to build a modern, Jones
Act Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC). The new ship will be
built at Friede Goldman Halter's Halter Marine yard in Pascagoula,
Mississippi, to provide new competitive service to meet market
demand between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii
The U.S. Maritime Administration also confirmed
a Title XI financial guarantee to construct the new PCTC-type
vessel, which will be deployed in the Hawaii/Mainland trade.
"Based on our research," said George W. Pasha, IV,
President and CEO of Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC (PHTL),
"there is widespread support in the Hawaii/Mainland Roll
On-Roll Off (RoRo) shipping community for a Pure Car and Truck
Carrier-type vessel in this trade. The vessel also will be enrolled
in the military's Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA),
and will be eligible to carry Department of Defense-sponsored
vehicles and rolling stock," he added.
PHTL is a joint venture between The Pasha
Group, a California-based automobile handling and logistics company,
and Van Ommeren (USA), a Connecticut-based ship owner.
The PHTL vessel will utilize a proven European
design already employed by two European operators that have built
and delivered two sister ships, which are currently in operation.
The company will deploy the 13,000-dwt vessel to carry more than
4,000 automobiles, buses, trucks, and/or other large and oversize
The design will incorporate a total of
10 decks, with three hoistable and three strong decks, and a
100-ton stern ramp.
According to George W. Pasha, III, chairman of the Pasha Group,
"This vessel has a proven design and the flexibility to
carry a wide range of RoRo cargo in enclosed, underdeck stowage.
This PCTC design is the most widely accepted method in the world
for the maritime transportation
of motor vehicles. In my more than 40 years' experience in global
automotive logistics, waterborne vehicle commerce generally follows
RoRo transport methods when available in any maritime trade lane.
This is due to the inherent efficiencies of this type of transport
for motor vehicles. We are confident this service will fill
a void -and meet growing demands-- in the Hawaii/Mainland trade."
Based in Corte Madera, California, The
Pasha Group is a transportation
and logistics company with more than 50 years' experience in
transportation, offering expertise in point-to-point logistics,
terminal operations, distribution management and information
systems. Connecticut-based Van Ommeren Shipping (USA) is a well-known
ship owner, established in 1839, that currently operates four
flag vessels in the U.S. preference trade, and three vessels
international market. Pasha and Van Ommeren will combine their
respective expertise in PHTL, with Pasha assuming responsibility
marketing, terminal operations and documentation, and Van Ommeren
assuming responsibility for vessel operations.
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