October 27th 2017

HORIZON SPIRIT has been deployed by shipowner Pasha to transport hundreds of containers of bottled water from the West Coast of the United States to Puerto Rico in support of hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts.

Aboard the vessel on the humanitarian run are Master Thomas C. McCarthy, Chief Mate John J. Walkup, Second Mate David Roach and Third Mate John R. Kennedy.

Pasha said in a statement that it has partnered with Lipsey Mountain Spring Water, the largest supplier of bottled water for government disaster relief, to ship to Puerto Rico approximately 800 containers filled with more than 15 million bottles of water.

HORIZON SPIRIT loaded the containers in Long Beach, Calif., on Oct. 21.

It will transit the Panama Canal on Oct. 29 and arrive in San Juan Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

“This ship being incredibly fast is of great benefit to the citizens of the U.S. in Puerto Rico,” Joe Lipsey III, CEO of the water supply company, was quoted in the statement as saying.

He called Pasha’s involvement in the relief program generous and “forward-thinking,” adding “it’s fantastic.”

After unloading operations, Pasha said, HORIZON SPIRIT will be made available in the Puerto Rico service.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Puerto Rico as they rebuild their homes and communities, and address basic needs,” said Pasha Hawaii President and CEO George Pasha IV.

“We are thankful to be of direct help to these families and businesses, especially as many of our folks who joined us from Horizon Lines Inc. have family, friends and colleagues on the island.”

“We’ve supported hurricane relief efforts via an employee giving campaign with the American Red Cross, and are glad we can offer the service of our containership.”