Pasha Hawaii has announced that its new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-driven vessel, MV George III, will embark on its first voyage to Honolulu in the US state of Hawaii.

Claimed to be the firm’s first vessel to fuel on the West Coast, MV George III has reached the Port of Long Beach in California to begin its service in the Hawaii/Mainland Trade Lane.

Keppel AmFELS constructed the 774ft LNG-fueled containership at Brownsville in Texas.

The first of two new Ohana Class boxships, MV George III features an advanced engine, improved hull form, and underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.

The new Jones Act vessel is also said to exceed the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels.

Pasha Hawaii president and CEO George Pasha, IV said: “Today, we celebrate three generations of service to the people of Hawaii with the arrival of the MV George III to Long Beach.

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“We are also grateful for our partnership with the Port of Long Beach.

“Being able to fuel MV George III with natural gas at the Port reflects our shared vision of minimising our environmental impact, while setting a new standard for shipbuilding in the US.”

In 2017, Pasha Hawaii selected Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) subsidiary Keppel AmFELS to build two LNG-powered boxships in line with the new US Jones Act.