Pasha Hawaii building first US PCTC

Some of our readers with good memories may recall that a few years ago there was an announcement that a new shipping company transporting vehicles between Hawaii and the mainland would be entering the market soon. The company in question, Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines (PHTL), had plans to employ a purpose-built ship designed specifically to transport cars and trucks from the west coast of the US to Hawaii and claimed it would offer lower rates than those charged by Matson Navigation and Seattle-owned Horizon Lines (formerly CSX Lines).
Although work had started on the 176.47m long newbuilding at the Pascagoula shipyard of Halter Marine with delivery scheduled for autumn last year, construction was halted when the parent company of the yard, Friede Goldman Halter, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganisation in April 2001. Halter Marine was subsequently bought in October 2002 by VT Systems, a US subsidiary of Singapore-based ST Engineering Ltd, and renamed VT Halter Marine (VTHM).
PHTL consequently negotiated a contract to complete construction of the Jean Anne with the strong support of MARAD and reached agreement last December with its surety company on financial terms that allowed PHTL to re-engage VTHM to complete the vessel. Originally contracted at a cost of $70 milion in June 2000, work on the ship, which was about 40 per cent complete, was restarted on February 17 this year for a contract price of $47 million and with a revised delivery date of November 2004.
As flagged up in the last issue of The Motor Ship, work on the ship, Jean Anne, which was about 40 per cent complete, has recently resumed for a contract price of $47 million. The revised delivery date is now November 2004.
The 37,200g vessel will be the first pure car truck carrier (PCTC) to be built in the USA and will have a beam of 31.10m and a design draught of 7.62m. Propulsion will be provided by a single propeller driven by a slow-speed 11,050kW MAN B&W diesel engine giving a service speed of 20 knots.
The vessel will carry a complement of 23. Construction will conform with Det Norske Veritas (DNV) standards and it will be classed A1A Car Carrier upon delivery. The new vessel?s design will incorporate a total of 10 decks, three of which will be hoistable and three strengthened, and a 100-tonne stern ramp. The design is based on similar sized car carriers built by a European shipyard some three to four years ago.
In addition, Pasha Hawaii, a joint venture between The Pasha Group and Van Ommeren Shipping (USA), contracted VTHM to build a second car carrier identical to Jean Anne for completion in 2005. Each ship will be able to carry 4,300 vehicles and will have the ability to carry buses, trucks, and other large and oversize rolling stock as well as trailers and containers of various sizes.
Combined with the sister vessel, the two ships will provide a weekly service between Hawaii and two California ports.
Pasha and Van Ommeren will combine their respective expertise in Pasha Hawaii with Pasha assuming responsibility for marketing, terminal operations and documentation while Van Ommeren will look after vessel construction and operations. More than 150,000 vehicles a year are shipped to Hawaii and Pasha Hawaii?s goal is to capture a share of that market by offering shippers the advantages of a roro vessel with access to enclosed parking decks. This is in contrast to most Matson and Horizon Lines cargo ships which load vehicles onto racks, then lift them via crane into containers. The vessels will also 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.

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