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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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salsacoquibx wrote:
Old News..knew about it back in Sept
on January 8,2014 | 11:49AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
That they were going to stop on Dec 31, 2013?
on January 8,2014 | 12:14PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
yes..realistically there not in for the pallets and cars..there's hardly no real money made in that..thier goal is to ship containers..taking away from Matson and Horizon..that was the whole goal from the begining..has nothing to do with YB..the BIG money is shipping from the mainland over to here..they just needed to get the foot in the door..that was it.
on January 8,2014 | 01:35PM
waikiicapt wrote:
Actually you are wrong. The way PASHA handles cars is in fact profitable for them. The fact the bulk of their cargo are autos, proves the point. Pallets?? What are you talking about? PASHA has been profitable from day one as they provide a service unlike Matson and Horizon, at a competitive price. They have been handling containers and will continue to do so, more when their new ship comes on line this summer. But container volime will still be smaller than autos and by neccessity, be competitively priced against the other carriers. The large pieces of cargo carried by PASHA (tractors, break-bulk cargoes, heavy equipment, military vehicles, etc.) are where the real money is. Even Matson knew that. But Matson has only one ro-ro ship now and it's ability to move large pieces of highly profitable ro-ro cargo is very limited....the way they do it.
on January 8,2014 | 02:16PM
I knew about it back in July.
on January 8,2014 | 01:48PM
waikiicapt wrote:
This article fails to mention that PASHA could NOT refile and resume their inter-isle service even if they wanted to.Back in 2011 the legislature passed a bill introduced by Maui's Roz Baker that PROHIBITED THE PUC FROM RENEWING ANY INTERIM LICENSES FOR INTER-ISLE CARGO SERVICE, OR GRANTING ANY NEW LICENSES FOR SAME SERVICE. Then the leg passed the bill and Neil Abercrombie signed it. PASHA didn't start service inter-isle again BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO! The management at Young Brothers were able to get their dedicated customers to complain enough to lobby the local politicians. It was the politicians that ultimately are responsible in forcing the PUC to modify their rules. In the future, there will be NO OTHER COMPETITIVE WATER CARRIER SERICE IN HAWAII, unless it can be shown that another carrier can operate WITHOUT diminishing the rate of return for Young Brothers. THAT is an unrealistic scenario. Thus, YB is guaranteed no competition ever, in the future. This article by the SA writers is so poorly written and hardly discusses the issue at all. Which only underscores how bad a rag it is. People of Hawaii need to better understand the maritime industry and how local politicians shape the economy, that people largely complain about. Things will never change here if people don't do something to effect change. Keep voting for the same people and the same party, you will keep getting the same thing.
on January 8,2014 | 02:32PM
Kuokoa wrote:
I would recommend that Pasha get ships like the Hawaii Superferry and run between the islands. I don't think they would need an EIS as long as they don't mess with the piers and barges.
on January 8,2014 | 12:06PM
kennie1933 wrote:
That would be great except for one thing....the huge entity that squeezed out the Superferry, and now Pasha, is still out there and would likely stomp out that idea, too! It wasn't the radicals on Kauai and Maui who killed the Superferry. They were merely subsidized pawns. The EIS was just a strategy to delay and eventually kill the SF. Hawaii is a state run by monopolies. It's the price we pay for living on tiny islands.
on January 8,2014 | 12:44PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
realistically the customers sqeezed the superferry out..higher prices..you thought it was cheap..haha on you. Basically the Kauai people didn't want it and that hurt it..politics as usual also. Same with PASHA but they wanted an entrance in the market which they also had, but the prices were also higher...so PASHA still gains because there shipping direct to Honolulu and Kauai, Maui..containers that is..they money is made their.
on January 8,2014 | 01:40PM
You dont think they would need an EIS? That was the whole downfall to superferry, not to mention the delay with the rail having to do with the EIS. Unfortunately, an EIS would definately be in the cards.
on January 8,2014 | 01:50PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
Jus politics in Hawaii..gotta pay to play policy
on January 8,2014 | 02:05PM
zhiro wrote:
When does Pasha Hawaii's second vessel, the Marjorie C, enter Mainland-Hawaii service?
on January 8,2014 | 12:26PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
December 2013. No! February 2014! Hang on....March 2014. Shucks, now its July 2014.
on January 8,2014 | 12:52PM
salsacoquibx wrote:
pretty soon...
on January 8,2014 | 01:31PM
waikiicapt wrote:
It's been said they will take delivery in May. But I believe realistically the MARJORIE C will be running by next fall here in Hawaii.
on January 8,2014 | 02:19PM
hokuahi wrote:
In the mean time SA.. Quit with the sticky JITB pop ups!!!!!!
on January 8,2014 | 02:16PM
Anonymous wrote:
Look at Young Brothers, all smiles down at their pier in Kalihi. Back to the monopoly of inter-island shipping.
on January 8,2014 | 02:27PM
zhiro wrote:
Doesn't Matson provide inter-island barge service to the Big Island, Maui and Kauai?
on January 8,2014 | 02:51PM
jimbone wrote:
on January 8,2014 | 05:12PM
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