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Pasha Hawaii offering inter-island roll-on/roll-off service

Pasha Hawaii's M/V Jean Anne. Photo courtesy Pasha Hawaii Pasha Hawaii's M/V Jean Anne. Photo courtesy Pasha Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, LLC will offer regularly scheduled, dedicated roll-on/roll-off service between Honolulu, Kahului, and Hilo starting Feb. 15.

Current ports of call between San Diego and Hawaii, along with inter-island sailings from Honolulu to Kahului and Hilo, will be offered on a regular schedule every two weeks.

Initial service will be one-way only, from Honolulu to Kahului, then Hilo and back to San Diego. However, Pasha Hawaii will continue to assess the needs of its customers with possible route adjustments in the future.

Current sailing schedules and rates can be found, and reservations made, on Pasha Hawaii's web site at www.pashahawaii.com

"Our company is proud to deliver on a promise made to our customers to offer inter-island services," said George Pasha IV, Pasha Hawaii CEO. "With a proud history of service to Hawaii dating back to the 1950's, we are excited to complement our specialized roll-on/roll-off shipping service between the Mainland and Oahu, with direct service from Honolulu to Kahului and Hilo."

Since her maiden voyage in 2005, Pasha Hawaii's M/V Jean Anne has traveled between San Diego and Hawaii for a wide range of vehicles, yachts, heavy machinery and oversized cargo. The 579-foot vessel has a 20-ton side ramp and a stern ramp that can handle heavy equipment up to 120 metric tons.

Her ten fully-enclosed decks offer 387,000 square feet of deck capacity including three hoistable decks offering 126,000 square feet of space configured for over high and wide cargo.

Pasha Hawaii's decision to seek a PUC license to provide inter-island service was based on its customers needs to transport vehicles of all dimensions and oversized cargo in a fully-enclosed ship on a regular basis.

In the fall 2010, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved Pasha Hawaii's intrastate tariff with an effective date of December 29, 2010. The PUC decision allows Pasha Hawaii to operate inter-island through December 31, 2013.

As a result, the M/V Jean Anne can not only travel between San Diego to Hawaii and back, but can now carry cargo between the ports it already serves - Honolulu, Kahului and Hilo.

"Our M/V Jean Anne offers a niche service which is particularly appealing to shippers of high value and oversized rolling stock," said Maldonado.

At this time, the company will not be expanding inter-island services to Lanai and Molokai and will only offer inducement calls to Kauai. The ports on Lanai and Molokai are not large enough to support the M/V Jean Anne since they are restricted to much smaller vessels and barges.

Instead, Pasha Hawaii will maintain the regular ports of call it established in 2005, where there are no requirements for additional infrastructure improvements and therefore no costs to the state for berthing accommodations.

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