Keppel AmFELS delivers first of two Pasha Hawaii LNG-fueled box ships

Written by Nick Blenkey
LNG-fueled Pasha contaoinership

Pasha's LNG fueled box ship was built at Keppel O&M's Brownsville, Texas, shipyard, Keppel AmFELS,

Hawaii-based Pasha Hawaii has taken delivery of the M/V George III from Keppel O&M’s Brownsville, Texas, shipyard, Keppel AmFels. The 744-foot long, 2,525 TEU containership is the first LNG-powered vessel to fuel on the U.S. West Coast and the first to serve Hawaii.

The ship is the first of two new Ohana Class containerships to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane.

Designed by Keppel Marine & Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), Keppel O&M’s ship design and development arm, the Ohana Class vessels are named in honor of George Pasha, III and Janet Marie, the late parents of Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha, IV, marking three generations of service to Hawaii.

M/V Janet Marie, the second LNG-fueled containership Keppel is building for Pasha Hawaii, is scheduled for delivery in 2022. M/V George III and Janet Marie will be two of the first LNG-powered vessels to serve the West Coast of the United States.

Operating fully on natural gas from day one, the new Jones Act vessel surpasses the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels.

Energy efficiencies are also achieved with a state-of-the-art MAN B&W 7S80ME-GI Mk 9.5 engine, optimized hull form, underwater propulsion system, and high-efficiency rudder and propeller. M/V George III is also the first IGF compliant vessel certified by the United States Coast Guard.

“As we welcome the new MV George III to the Pasha Hawaii fleet, we stand incredibly proud of the perseverance and commitment of our partners at Keppel AmFELS, and the skilled men and women at the shipyard on this tremendous accomplishment, ” said George Pasha, IV. “We look forward to beginning service to Hawaii in August and taking delivery of the Janet Marie later this year.”

“We are pleased to deliver Pasha Hawaii’s first LNG-powered containership,” said David Wedgeworth, president of Keppel AmFELS. “By working closely with Pasha Hawaii, we were able to resolve operational challenges posed by COVID-19 and deliver the vessel to their satisfaction. Built to Keppel O&M’s proprietary design, M/V George III exemplifies our engineering and design expertise as well as our in-depth experience in LNG.”

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