With the arrival of Pasha’s new George III at the Port of Oakland on August 31st, Ed Washburn, Senior Vice President Fleet Operation, Pasha Hawaii, said the LNG powered ship will substantially reduce or eliminate emissions compared to conventional diesel-powered ships.
On September 6th, speaking to the Propeller Club of Northern California, Washburn provided highlights of how the new U.S. built vessel will reduce emissions: “In terms of emissions, particulate matter, which is a fine black dust is completely eliminated. The second pollutant is sulfur as when sulfur mixes with moisture, it creates sulfuric acid. And on these ships, that is completely eliminated. Finally, the elements that produce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, are substantially reduced, or eliminated. So, the environmental benefit is fantastic.”
Washburn said: “We are super proud of this ship. This is a proprietary design, not an off the shelf design. The hull design went through computational fluid dynamics that was optimized by Keppel (the shipbuilder). That design went to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and went through an optimization process. That design then went to the Maritime Institute of the Netherlands and there they model tested the propeller and the high efficiency rudder to match the efficient hull … The model test did not produce any additional changes showing that this was an extremely efficient design.”
Washburn said George III (named after the father of Pasha CEO George Pasha IV) was delivered from the Keppel AmFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas on July 28th.
The LNG fueling of the George III is the result of a joint venture called West Coast Clean Fuels: “We buy our LNG from Clean Energy based in Boron, California. We developed a joint venture with Clean Energy, World Fuel Services and Pasha Hawaii… We have six LNG powered trucks that deliver fuel to the terminal in Long Beach… We can store up to 400,000 gallons at the terminal. We have a dedicated location at SSA (Stevedoring Services of America) at Long Beach located at Pier A… Theoretically, it takes four hours to bunker the vessel.”
Washburn said: “The safety systems on the ship are designed and engineered and extremely expensive so they are the best that money can buy. And they are very safe.”
The sister ship to the George III, also LNG powered, the Janet Marie will be delivered in December 2022.
A third vessel, the Reliance is going to be converted to an LNG powered diesel plant.
The result will be that in 2023 there will be three ships operated by Pasha that are LNG fueled and calling on West Coast ports.
The Pasha service will operate from Long Beach to Honolulu, to Oakland, and then back to Long Beach: “That’s a two-week trip ... The ship will carry 1,200, loaded, 40-foot containers.”
Facts And Figures
Washburn shared some other factors about the George III:
40-ft. container: 300
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