KAHULUI – Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines’ M/V Jean Anne will begin shipping vehicles interisland Feb. 15.
The Jean Anne calls at Kahului every two weeks.
Since 2005, Pasha has shipped vehicles and heavy equipment between San Diego and Hawaii ports. Recently it obtained Public Utilities Commission authority to move vehicles between island ports.
It calls at Kahului, Hilo and Honolulu.
The PUC ruling has been controversial, with critics saying it gave Pasha an unfair advantage over interisland shipper Young Brothers Ltd. because the ruling allowed Pasha to skip over the islands of Molokai and Lanai because its ship is too big to enter those harbors.
Young Brothers is required by the PUC to make stops at those small, unprofitable ports.
On Monday, Pasha said it is taking reservations for interisland shipments.
Initial service will be one-way only, from Honolulu to Kahului, then Hilo and back to San Diego.
However, Pasha Hawaii will continue to assess the needs of its customers with possible route adjustments.
Current sailing schedules and rates can be found, and reservations made at www.pashahawaii.com.
“Our company is proud to deliver on a promise made to our customers to offer interisland services,” said George Pasha IV, Pasha Hawaii chief executive officer.