PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - VT Halter Marine's shipyard in Pascagoula has launched its largest ship yet - the 692-foot carrier "Marjorie C."
Hundreds of workers and company leaders applauded Saturday as the ship sped down its launch legs and splashed sideways into the water.
The $114 million ship, made to carry cars, tractor-trailers and containers, is scheduled for delivery in late October to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii, CEO Bill Skinner said.
The company offers transport between Southern California and Hawaii. The new ship will allow weekly service to Los Angeles and San Diego, according to Pasha's website.
Pasha's first VT Halter-built ship, Jean Anne, was put into service in 2005.
The contract for the Marjorie C, signed in 2011, includes an option for a third vessel with a base price of $137 million. Skinner said that Pasha and VT Halter, a subsidiary of VisionTechnologies Systems Inc., of Alexandria, Va., are still in talks about the option.