Hawaii has received what is believed to be its first LNG-powered vessel.

Designed and bult by Keppel O&M, the M/V George III vessel is the first of two LNG-fuelled containerships that is set to be delivered to Pasha Hawaii, a US-based shipping a logistics company.

Through the utilisation of LNG, the vessel’s environmental footprint and energy savings will be improved with a ‘state-of-the-art’ engine that features optimised hull form, an underwater propulsion system, and a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

With this, the container is the first IFG compliant vessels certified by the US coast guard.

David Wedgeworth, President of Keppel AmFELS, said, “We are pleased to deliver Pasha Hawaii’s first LNG-powered containership, which extends Keppel O&M’s track record in providing solutions for the gas value chain.”

“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, the M/V George III exemplifies our engineering and design expertise as well as our in-depth experience in LNG.”

“Keppel AmFELS is the most well-equipped shipyard in the Gulf of Mexico and has an extensive track record in a wide variety of vessels. We are supporting the Jones Act market and are currently building Pasha Hawaii’s second LNG-fuelled containership, as well as other vessels for the offshore wind and dredging sectors.”

MV Janet Marie, the second LNG-fuelled containership is scheduled for delivery in 2022.

George Pasha, President and CEO of The Pasha Group, said, “As we welcome the new M/V George II to the Pasha Hawaii fleet, we stand incredibly proud of the perseverance and commitment of our parts at Keppel AmFELS, and the skilled men and women at the shipyard on this tremendous accomplishment.”

“We look forward to beginning service to Hawaii in August and taking delivery of the Janet Marie later this year.”