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Pasha Hawaii ceases interisland shipping after nearly 3 years

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 p.m. HST, Jan 08, 2014

Courtesy Pasha HawaiiThe first shipment of containers aboard the Pasha Hawaii's MV Jean Anne was ­offloaded in Hono­lulu last week, launching the company's new container shipping service between the West Coast and Hawaii. The service will be available between Hono­lulu and San Diego in addition to the shipping and logistics services already provided by the MV Jean Anne between the West Coast and Hawaii.

Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines has ended its interisland cargo service after nearly three years of operation.

The state Public Utilities Commission issued an interim order in 2010 that authorized Pasha to operate between Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo, Nawiliwili, Barbers Point and Pearl Harbor through Dec. 31, 2013.

But Pasha General Manager Reggie Maldonado said today that the company won't refile again.

Pasha ended Young Brothers Ltd.'s state-regulated monopoly on the interisland cargo trade when it began biweekly service in February 2011.

Young Brothers tried to stave off Pasha's entry into the market, protesting to the PUC that Pasha would "cherry pick" the most lucrative routes and could harm local farmers and cattle ranchers who receive discounts subsidized by higher rates on other goods.

Pasha, which entered the Hawaii market with the 579-foot MV Jean Anne in 2005, will continue transporting cargo between Honolulu and San Diego.

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