Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines to Christen MV Jean Anne

Monday, March 14, 2005

[CORTE MADERA, CA] – The Pasha Group and Strong Vessel Operators are pleased to announce the christening of Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines’ MV Jean Anne at the Port of San Diego on March 21, 2005. Built to service the needs of the automotive manufacturing, rental car, private vehicle owners, over-sized and rolling stock markets, the Jean Anne is the first Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) to be built in the United States, and the first PCTC vessel to service the Continental U.S. - Hawaii market. Owned and operated by Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, a joint venture between The Pasha Group and Strong Vessel Operators, the Jean Anne will make her inaugural voyage to Hawaii, departing after the christening celebration.

"After five years of hard work, Pasha Hawaii is eager to announce the christening and inaugural voyage of the Jean Anne," said George W. Pasha, IV, president of Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines. "We are extremely pleased to take delivery of the first modern car carrier built in the United States. The Jean Anne exceeded everyone's expectations during sea trials -- a testament to the capability of the entire team responsible for her construction. The Jean Anne is a reflection of the hard work and determination on the part of many people, and we look forward to her ably serving the Hawaii trade for many years to come."

"The customers in the Continental U.S. – Hawaii market asked for a Ro-Ro Service, and we responded to their needs," said Nickel van Reesema, president of Strong Vessel Operators and COO of Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines.

"Cars are the lowest paying freight for the container vessel operators. However, with our PCTC ship, car shippers will be the number one customer for Pasha."

The vessel is currently transiting the Panama Canal and is expected to arrive in San Diego, California on March 17, 2005.

About The Pasha Group
Headquartered in Corte Madera, California, The Pasha Group is a 57 year-old diversified international logistics and transportation company. Pasha provides specialized service in maritime terminal management; processing and total supply chain logistics for finished vehicles and privately owned vehicles; relocation services for the Department of Defense and corporations; domestic and international logistics management for general commodity and project cargoes; and vessel stevedoring of vehicles, steel products of all types, general cargoes and containers. More information about The Pasha Group can be found at

About Strong Vessel Operators
Formerly known as Van Ommeren Shipping (USA) LLC, Strong Vessel Operators and its predecessors have been owner, operators in the shipping business since 1839.