The Port of San Diego and its terminal operator, Pasha Automotive Services, welcomed a new car-carrying vessel to the National City Marine Terminal on April 9, 2018. The vessel, the M/V Beluga Ace from MOL ACE (Auto Carrier Express), arrived from the Port of Nakanoseki, Japan, bringing 2,487 Mazdas from the ports of Nakanoseki and Hiroshima, Japan. The vehicles were discharged by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 29 in conjunction with Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals.
To celebrate the maiden voyage, the Port held a traditional plaque exchange ceremony on April 9. Port Commissioner Robert “Dukie” Valderrama presented a plaque to the Beluga Ace’s Captain, Hirotoshi Tateyama, welcoming the vessel and its crew to San Diego. Katsumi Nagata, Senior Vice President of MOL ACE and Raul Lopez, National Ports Operations Manager for Mazda were also presented with welcoming plaques in appreciation of the new business. Also in attendance were Brian Mason, Vice President of Business Development for Pasha, Ryan Molinaro, West Coast General Manager for Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals and Anthony Soniga, President of ILWU Local 29. Pasha Automotive Services has provided auto processing services for Mazda vehicles discharged from vessels by Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals LP since 2006.