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VT Halter Marine completes latest ship for Pasha's Hawaiian service

On Saturday VT Halter Marine's shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, launched its largest ship — the 692-foot carrier Marjorie C, which will haul goods between Hawaii and the mainland.

Several hundred workers and company leaders looked on as the roll-on/roll-off car truck carrier was launched into the water, steadying itself as tugs approached to keep it from wandering too far.

VT Halter CEO Bill Skinner says the $114 million ship, made to carry cars, tractor-trailers and containers, was built for Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii. Pasha offers transport between Southern California and Hawaii for a variety of vehicles, yachts, heavy machinery and oversized cargo.

Marjorie C has the ability to carry 1,500 TEUs above and under deck, as well as vehicles and over-high and wide cargo on 10 workable decks, and it will have a vehicle shipping capacity of 2,750 units.

The new ship will allow weekly service to Los Angeles and San Diego, up from every other week, according to Pasha's website.

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