MV George III becomes first LNG boxship to call Bay Area


Carrier Pasha Hawaii and the Port of Oakland announced the inaugural call of the MV George III to the Oakland Seaport.

The George III was the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered vessel to call Oakland when it docked on 31 August.

The 774-foot LNG-fuelled containership was built in Brownsville, Texas by Keppel AmFELS, and is the first of two new ‘Ohana Class vessels to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, connecting the West Coast and Hawaii.

Pasha Hawaii is part of 75-year-old, third-generation, family-owned company The Pasha Group, whose roots were rooted in the Bay Area in 1947.

“My late father (George Pasha, III) and grandfather (George Pasha, II) would be incredibly proud to see the George III arrive in the Bay Area today. Her arrival signifies the positive impact and environmental strides this containership will make in our local communities,” said George Pasha, IV, President and CEO, Pasha Hawaii.

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Operating on natural gas from day one, the new Jones Act vessel surpasses the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, representing the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessel to serve Hawaii.

Energy efficiencies are also achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimised hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

“We thank Pasha Hawaii for bringing the first LNG-powered containership to call the Port of Oakland,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan. “This visit by the MV George III supports the Port’s overall vision of a zero-emission seaport operation.”

Earlier this month the MV George III made its inaugural visit to the Port of Long Beach – the LNG containership to refuel on the West Coast.

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