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VT Halter Marine To Construct Carrier For Pasha Hawaii

VT Halter Marine Inc., has signed a contract with Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, valued at approximately $47 million, to complete the construction of their car carrier, Jean Anne. VT Halter Marine expects to complete and deliver the vessel in the fourth quarter of 2004. The vessel is the first Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) to be built in the United States. Constructed for the Jones Act trade, it will operate between U.S. Coast ports and Hawaii. Measuring 579 ft. overall, with a beam of 102 ft. and a design draft of 25 Ft., the 13,000 deadweight ton PCTC has the capacity to transport more than 4,000 automobiles. Propulsion will be provided by a single propeller driven by a slow-speed diesel engine. VT Halter Marine's CEO, Boyd E. (Butch) King said, "We are pleased that Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines has chosen VT Halter Marine to complete the ship. This project fits well within the company's strategy of pursuing shipbuilding projects for highly sophisticated vessels, in multi-market sectors. It also confirms our commitment to the company's steady and controlled growth. VT Halter Marine is committed to this project and looks forward to its launch." "We are confident that VT Halter Marine will apply its experience, skill and technical expertise to our advantage. The project is based on a solid and mutually beneficial partnership," stated Mr. George Pasha IV, President & Chief Operating Officer of Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines.

Halter Gets Second PCTC Order

Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC (PHTL), the joint venture of The Pasha Group and Van Ommeren Shipping (USA) LLC, have exercised their option with Halter Marine for the construction of a second U.S.-built Jones Act Pure Car and Truck Carrier. According to George W. Pasha, IV, president and CEO of PHTL, "The response we received when we announced our plans for deployment of the first vessel in the Hawaii/Mainland trade was well beyond our expectations and the second vessel will only better

Halter Gets Second PCTC Order

Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC (PHTL), the joint venture of The Pasha Group and Van Ommeren Shipping (USA) LLC, have exercised their option with Halter Marine for the construction of a second U.S.-built Jones Act Pure Car and Truck Carrier. According to George W. Pasha, IV, president and CEO of PHTL, "The response we received when we announced our plans for deployment of the first vessel in the Hawaii/Mainland trade was well beyond our expectations and the second vessel will only better

Halter Lays Keel For PCTC

Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines (PHTL), which is building a Jones Act Pure Car and Truck Carrier, at Halter Marine, reported that an important step in the creation of the ship - the keel laying - had taken place at Halter Marine. At a partners' meeting held October 25, PHTL announced that on September 21 Halter Marine, Inc., under international standards, completed fabrication of the required percentage of the total hull weight of PHTL's new-build vessel --enabling the official laying of the

Hawaii Opposes California Container Tax

The California state legislature is considering a new tax on shipping containers that would cost an estimated $34m a year to Hawaii shippers, The Pacific Business Journal reported. More than 80 percent of goods consumed in Hawaii are produced elsewhere and shipped to the islands, and 90 percent of those are shipped through the California ports of Oakland and Long Beach on the ships of Matson Navigation Co., Horizon Lines and Pasha Hawaii Transport.

Successful Light Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

Photo by Ray Broussard

Pasha Hawaii achieves main engine light off for its new ConRo vessel, the M/V Marjorie C   ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii. Sea trials are now anticipated before the end of the month, with vessel delivery to follow in March.  

Danish Two-Stroke Bastion

As part of the drift of heavy industrial activity from Europe to the Far East, production of two-stroke diesel propulsion machinery has become the province of the leading national players in newbuild construction. However, close to the northern tip of Jutland, MAN B&W's Alpha Diesel division has restored a substantial Danish capability for low-speed engine manufacturing, to the extent that its Frederikshavn works has emerged as a bastion of European two-stroke production.

Horizon Lines Presented Award

Horizon Lines Inc.received Toyota Logistics Excellence Award for Quality in Export Marine for its outstanding quality performance. Specifically noted by Toyota Logistics was Horizon's proficiency in the design and execution of its damage prevention program which delivered an over 70% reduction in damage incidents. Horizon Lines provides container loading and ocean transport services for Toyota's vehicles between the continental U.S. and Hawaii.

ATSB Issues Report on Pasha Bulker Grounding

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the Pasha Bulker at on June 8, 2007. The investigation found that the master did not appropriately ballast the vessel and did not weigh anchor until it dragged in severe weather. The master had incorrectly assumed that authorities ashore would instruct ships to put out to sea when conditions were bad. After the ship got underway

Cargotec Delivering MacGregor RoRo Equipment

In October Cargotec secured two contracts worth around EUR 15 million for complete MacGregor RoRo access and transfer systems for deepsea Container/RoRo (ConRo) vessels.   “Both of these contracts are for vessels that will carry general and project cargo, as well as various type of RoRo cargo, and this calls for specialist knowledge,” says Magnus Sjöberg, Sales Director for RoRo Ships at Cargotec

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

EU Transporters Seek Okay for Multi-Annual Financial Framework

Photo: ESPO

 30 European transport associations, representing infrastructure managers, operators, local authorities, users and equipment suppliers in the maritime, inland waterways, railways, road, cycling, aviation and intermodal sectors, call on the European Parliament and the Council to approve the

CMA CGM Suspends Terminal Handling Charges in Ghana

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM informed its customers that the collection of Terminal Handling Charges (THC), which was introduced in Ghana on July 20th, 2016, has been temporarily suspended, effective October 4th, 2016.   CMA CGM will communicate on the resumption in due course.  

MOL Wins "Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety"

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that its “MOL Body FIT Exercise” was awarded the “The Best Practice Award of Seafarers Onboard Safety, 2016 MLIT” from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of Hawaiian Islands

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaiian Islands Image BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have released a new report and interactive map and data sets that highlight what is known about the marine environment of the main

Maritime Cook Islands Focuses on Next Generation on World Maritime Day

Students from various schools at WMD 2016 Photo Maritime Cook Islands

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”) joined the international maritime community in a celebration of World Maritime Day 2016 on September 29. The theme for 2016 is “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, focusing on the critical link between shipping and the global society.

Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

Photo: Maersk Line

 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  

Container Shippers Raided in S.Africa over Suspected Collusion

File photo: Maersk Line

Six of the world's biggest container shipping companies were raided by South African authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding to inflate rates between Asia and South Africa, the country's Competition Commission said.   The development comes as global container lines struggle in

Moody's Threatens Downgrade of Maersk

Photo: Maersk Group

 Denmark-based shipping and oil company A.P. Møller-Mærsk A/S (Maersk)'s decision to split the group into two parts now get the credit rating agency for questioning to the light blue conglomerate's debt. It ends "probably" with a downgrade

Maersk Line's Improves Asia-West Coast South America network

Dean Rodin, Maersk Line Head of Latin America & Oceania.  Photo: Maersk Line A/S Video

 Maersk Line's new and improved Asia-West Coast South America network gives an optimised service to Chile and Peru with faster transit times and direct connections.   It also offers a new service with fast and direct connection to South Asia, the company said in its press release.

Agility, Maersk Join to Slash CO2 Emissions

​From left to right: Mark Guenter, Key Client Manager, Maersk Line; Michael Hansen, Global Head of Sales, Maersk Line; Cas Pouderoyen, Senior Vice President for Global Ocean Freight, Agility Logistics; Vincent Clerc, CCO, Maersk Line

 Agility Logistics, a leading global logistics provider, has signed an agreement with Maersk Line, to cut CO2 emissions by 15% per container transported for Agility shipments by 2020.   The agreement is part of Maersk’s Carbon Pact Challenge

Teekay Offshore Bags North Sea Shuttle Tanker Contracts

Courtesy Teekay Offshore Partners

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore or the Partnership) (NYSE:TOO) announced today that it has been awarded new three-year shuttle tanker contracts of affreightment (CoA), plus extension options, with BP plc, Royal Dutch Shell and OMV Group

Fitch: Maersk Gets Little Solace from Sectoral Diversification

Photo: Maersk Line

 The decision by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S to split into two separate divisions - Transport & Logistics and Energy - reflects the challenging fundamentals in the sectors in which it operates, and diminishing counter-cyclical benefits of operating in them in the current economic cycle

Matson Closes $200 Mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc. announced the issuance of $200 million in privately placed 15-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced commitment letter on July 18, 2016. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 8.5 years and will bear interest at a rate of 3

This Day In Naval History: September 13

Christening Ceremony of the Cheyenne (SSN-773) (Photo by Jim Hemeon, courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat)

1803 - Commodore John Barry dies at Philadelphia, Pa., having served in numerous commands and over vessels in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution and in the newly formed U.S. Navy.    1814 - During the War of 1812

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