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Pasha Hawaii ceases interisland shipping after nearly 3 years

By Dave Segal

LAST UPDATED: 12:57 p.m. HST, Jan 8, 2014

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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