Matson Navigation Company News

01 Apr 2019

PSI Delivers LNG-Fuelled Vessel to Matson

Image: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard (PSI), the unit of Philly Shipyard ASA, delivered the second dual-fuel Aloha Class containership, Kaimana Hila, to Matson Navigation Company.ā€˜Kaimana Hilaā€™ is the second of two 3,600 TEU ā€œAloha Classā€ containerships that were ordered by Matson. The first vessel, ā€˜Daniel K. Inouye,ā€™ was delivered by PSI in October 2018 and is currently in service for Matson.ā€œThe delivery marks the successful conclusion of the construction of the two largest container vessels ever built in the United Statesā€¦

11 Oct 2018

How the Coast Guard Supports the Shipbuilding Industry

Lt. j.g. Ryan Thomas, a marine Inspector at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, walks below the Kaimana Hila, an 850-foot container ship being constructed in Philadelphia Shipyards, Oct. 4, 2018. The Kaimana Hila and the Daniel K. Inouye are the two largest containerships ever built in the U.S. (Coast Guard photo by Seth Johnson)

The U.S. Coast Guard is known for saving lives at sea, but did you know the service plays a huge role in the economy, too?As a regulatory entity, the Coast Guard conducts marine inspections on vessels entering United States ports to make sure the vessels do not pose a safety, security, or environmental threat to the country. With 90 percent of U.S. imports and exports entering or exiting the country by ship, these inspections ensure there is fuel at the gas station, food in the store and presents at birthday parties.But even before a ship ever gets in the waterā€¦

02 Apr 2018

General Dynamics NASSCO Builds Second Matson Containership

Photo: Matson, Inc.

General Dynamics NASSCO has started construction on the second ship in a two-ship series of Kanaloa-class containerships for Matson Navigation Company, Inc. Construction of Matsonia began with a ceremonial first cut of steel at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard where the first ship in the series, Lurline, is 15 percent complete. Both ships will transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock between the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii. Using proven design standards, the ship design incorporates liquefied natural gas-capable main and auxiliary enginesā€¦

03 Jan 2018

Matson Increases Neighbor Island Barge Capacity

Matson, Inc. said its subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has replaced one of its three barges dedicated to serving Hawaii's neighbor island ports with a newer, larger barge that will improve service levels. The container barge Columbia, to be renamed Mauna Loa in honor of the barge it replaces, is now Matson's largest barge. At 360 feet long, with a beam (width) of 100 feet and cargo carrying capacity of 12,600 tons or 500 TEU, it is 12 feet longer and 40 feet wider than the barge it replaces, with the capacity to carry 180 more TEU or nearly 8,000 tons more cargo. Built in 2012 by Gunderson Marine and classified as a Deck Cargo Barge with approximately 33,000 square feet of deck cargo space, the vessel's design enables swifter and more fuel efficient transits.

07 Dec 2017

NASSCO Begins Building Matsonā€™s LNG-ready ConRos

(Image: General Dynamics NASSCO)

San Diego shipyard General Dynamics NASSCO said it has begun building the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-capable combination containership/roll-on, roll-off (ConRo) vessels for Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matson, Inc. The 265-meter-long, 3,500 TEU Kanaloa class design was developed by the shipyard in partnership with Daewoo Ship Engineering Company, and incorporates Tier III compliant LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, with accommodation for future LNG fuel gas system installation.

21 Nov 2017

Philly Shipyard Completes Tanker Series for APT

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) has delivered American Pride, the final vessel in a series of four 50,000 dwt product tanker newbuilds for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. The 600-foot product tanker has a 14.5 million gallon carrying capacity and is based on a design from Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements, the builder said. The vessel has also received LNG Ready Level 1 approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). American Pride and its three sister ships were originally under contract with Philly Tankersā€¦

23 Aug 2017

Matson to Upgrade Honolulu Terminal

Photo provided by Matson

Matson Navigation Company, a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has signed contracts with Paceco Corporation for the purchase of three new 65 long-ton capacity cranes and modifications to upgrade three existing cranes at its Sand Island Terminal in Honolulu Harbor. The investments are part of a broader $60 million terminal expansion and modernization program Matson is undertaking to prepare its operational hub in Hawaii for the arrival of four new ships the company has on order with a combined value of approximately $930 million and deliveries starting next year.

27 Apr 2017

Cox Takes over as Matson Board Chairman

Matthew Cox (Photo: Matson)

Matson, Inc. president and chief executive officer Matthew J. Cox will succeed retiring chairman of the board Walter A. Dods, the company announced today. The appointment becomes effective at the end of the company's annual shareholdersā€™ meeting today, as Dods retires in accordance with the company's corporate governance guidelines limiting board membersā€™ age. ā€œIn my nearly 30 years associated with Matson, I've never felt stronger about its leadership and long-term prospects,ā€ Dods said.

15 Jan 2017

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Fourth APT Tanker

Steinar Nerbovik, President and CEO Photo Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY), held a ceremonial Keel Laying today for the fourth product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary. Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place the coins as a sign of good fortune and safe travels.

03 Dec 2016

Philly Shipyard Delivers APT Tanker

Courtesy Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA (Oslo: PHLY), today delivered the American Endurance, the first of four next generation 50,000 dwt product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc. This delivery is the 25th vessel built by PSI (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.). The next generation 50,000 dwt product tanker is based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that also incorporates numerous fuel efficiency featuresā€¦

25 Aug 2016

Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships from NASSCO

Artist rendering of Matson Kanaloa Class vessel. Courtesy General Dynamics NASSCO (Image: Matson, Inc.)

Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawaii fleet at a contract price of $511 million for both vessels with deliveries scheduled for the end of 2019 and mid-year 2020. Matson is calling these vessels the Kanaloa Class in honor of the ocean deity revered in the native Hawaiian culture and will name each of the new vessels after predecessor ships from its 134-year history.

20 May 2016

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Second APT Tanker

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) held a keel laying ceremony for the second product tanker in a four vessel order for Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary American Petroleum Tankers (APT). Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place coins on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. When completed in 2017, the product tanker will be 600 feet long and capable of carrying 50,000 tons of crude oil or refined petroleum products. The Tier II 50,000 dead weight ton (dwt) product tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements, the builder said.

24 Jan 2016

Contracts Awarded for U.S. National Defense Reserve Fleet

Courtesy Maritime Administration

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that DOT has awarded contracts with a total award value of $1.96 billion over eight years to seven U.S. maritime firms to manage, maintain and operate 48 National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessels through January 2024. These Maritime Administration contracts are funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Sealift Fund to support DoDā€™s strategic sealift mission. ā€œSince 1946, National Defense Reserve Fleet vessels have facilitated U.S.

13 Oct 2015

Thordonā€™s COMPAC for USā€™ Largest Containerships

Artist impression of Matsonā€™s Aloha-class containership (Image: Matson)

Thordon Bearings has signed a contract to supply COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing solutions to two Jones Act containerships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) for Matson Navigation Company, Inc. The order represents the first large containership reference for the manufacturer and the largest commercial ship propeller shafts to be fitted with COMPAC bearings, Thordon noted. The 3600TEU Aloha Class vessels, the largest Jones Act containerships ever builtā€¦

01 Oct 2015

Construction Begins on Matsonā€™s Aloha Class

Image: Matson

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that production has begun on its two new Aloha Class containerships following a steel cutting ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) in Pennsylvania. Matson subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc. ordered the ships from APSI in 2013 for an aggregate price of $418 million, following on the delivery of four newly-built Jones Act containerships for Matson between 2003 and 2006. At 850 feet long and with 3,600 TEU capacityā€¦

22 Sep 2015

Aker to Sell Product Tanker JV Interest

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA announced today that its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), has entered into definitive agreements with a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) for the buy-out of APSI's interest in its joint venture with Crowley Maritime Corporation (Crowley) related to the operation and chartering of four 50,000 dwt product tankers. The transaction is based on an enterprise value of $150 million per vessel. The buyā€¦

11 Jul 2015

RFAI Key to Monitoring West Coast Agreement - FMC

FMC Commissioner William P. Doyle

Following is the statement of FMC Commissioner William P. We do not take our hands off the wheel just because an agreement is allowed to go into effect without the Commission taking any further action to delay the implementation of the agreement. FMC staff has requested certain information from the parties to the Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (PPOIA). To date, the response by the PPOIA parties has been incomplete. As a Commissioner I am interested in informationā€¦

11 Jun 2015

Top US Shipping Execs to Receive USS Awards

Anthony Chiarello, Matthew J. Cox and James C. The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE; Matthew J. Cox, President/CEO of Matson Inc.; and James C. McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association. The maritime industry awards are to be presented at the 46th annual gala industry dinner and dance in New York on November 13, 2015. Recognition will also be given to American seafarers for specific acts of bravery and heroism while at sea.

01 Jun 2015

SFL Sells its Holding in Horizon Lines

Photo: Horizon Lines

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has sold its holding of notes and warrants in Horizon Lines, Inc. for net cash proceeds of approximately $72 million. In April 2012, Ship Finance received $40 million of Horizon Lines second-lien notes and 9.25 million warrants in Horizon Lines in connection with a termination of the charters for five container vessels. Thereafter, the second-lien notes have accumulated interest on a non-cash basis at a rate of 15 percent annually. In November 2014ā€¦

12 Dec 2014

Matson Senior VP Hoppes to Retire

Dave Hoppes (Photo: Matson)

Dave Hoppes, Matsonā€™s senior vice president, ocean services, will retire March 31, 2015, the company announced. John Lauer, currently vice president, Transpacific services at the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., will succeed Hoppes as senior vice president, ocean services, effective March 31, 2015. The company also announced that Chris Scott, currently director, Asia at Matson Navigation Company, will succeed Lauer as vice president, Transpacific services at Matson Navigation Company, effective March 31, 2015, as part of the transition plan.

26 Nov 2014

Matson Raises 2015 Westbound Hawaii Box Rates

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Hawaii service by $225 per westbound container and $110 per eastbound container, effective January 4, 2015. The increase will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board. No adjustment will be made to the company's terminal handling charge (THC). Matson estimates that the rate adjustment will result in shipping costs rising by an average of 5.4% percent. "This rate increase will help offset rises in operating costs and support ongoing investments in our Hawaii service," said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services.

25 Nov 2014

Matson Raises Guam, Micronesia Rates

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. will raise its rates for the company's Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Micronesia services by $225 for both westbound and eastbound containers, effective January 25, 2015. The increase will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Maritime Commission. The rate increase also applies to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. There will be no adjustment made to the company's terminal handling charge (THC).

28 Aug 2014

Nine Share in US$6-B DoD Contract Modifications

Container ship: Photo APL

The US Department of Defense informs that nine companies have each been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity fixed-price option-year two modifications for international ocean and intermodal distribution services (Universal Services Contract-7). Matson Navigation Company Inc., Oakland, California, estimated $9,645,286 (P00034 to HTC711-12-D-W014). The modifications bring the total cumulative face value of the program to $5,932,834,105. Work will be performed worldwide as specified on each individual order, with an expected completion date of Aug. 31, 2015.

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