This week, Pasha Hawaii’s new liquefied natural gas-powered container vessel m/v George III arrived at the Port of Long Beach to refuel before heading to its Honolulu homeport for the first time.
The 774-foot-long ship called at the POLB on Aug. 17.
“As we mark our 75th anniversary and welcome George III to Long Beach, we are proud to continue my family’s legacy of innovation and environmental stewardship, while recognizing our employees as our extended ‘ohana’ (family),” Pasha Hawaii President and CEO George Pasha IV said. “We are also grateful for our partnership with the Port of Long Beach. Being able to fuel m/v George III with natural gas at the port reflects our shared vision of minimizing our environmental impact, while setting a new standard for ship building in the U.S.”
Running solely on LNG, the George III goes beyond the International Maritime Organization’s 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels and significantly lowers diesel particulate matter, sulfur oxide and other emissions.
“This is another positive step toward the widespread adoption of alternative fuels in cargo shipping and using cleaner technology to do business at the port,” Harbor Commission President Sharon L. Weissman said.
Meanwhile, a second LNG-powered vessel, the Janet Marie, is expected to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet later this year.