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3,600-TEU fast con-ro ship delivered to Matson in fleet renewal

AMERICAN carrier Matson Inc has taken delivery of the 3,600-TEU Matsonia, the second of two new Kanaloa Class 'con-ro' ships built for Matson by General Dynamics NASSCO

28 December 2020 - 05:24
AMERICAN carrier Matson Inc has taken delivery of the 3,600-TEU Matsonia, the second of two new Kanaloa Class 'con-ro' ships built for Matson by General Dynamics NASSCO.

The four new ships are Matson's fastest, with the ability to operate at or above 23 knots, helping ensure on-time deliveries in Hawaii from Matson's three West Coast terminals in Tacoma, Oakland and Long Beach.



The Jones Act-compliant Kanaloa class ships are the largest of their kind ever built in the US. They join Matson's two new Philly Shipyard-built containerships, Daniel K Inouye and Kaimana Hila, in completing the Hawaii fleet renewal.



Matsonia and sister ship Lurline are each 870 feet long, 114 feet wide (beam), with a deep draft of 38 feet and weighing in at over 50,000 tonnes. They have an enclosed garage with room for 500 vehicles, plus ample space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo. Lurline entered service in January of this year.



The Daniel K Inouye and Kaimana Hila, part of Matson's Aloha Class containerships, entered service in 2018 and 2019, respectively, following delivery from Philly Shipyard. Each 850-foot long containership has a 3,600 TEU capacity.



Matson has spent nearly US$1 billion to monetise its Hawaii service. In addition to a nearly $930 million investment on the four ships, Matson is also investing more than $60 million in improvements to its Hawaii hub terminal at Sand Island in Honolulu, in conjunction with the State of Hawaii's Harbours Modernisation plan.



Said Matson CEO and chairman Matt Cox: 'Putting four new ships into service in a three-year span is a significant accomplishment that culminates eight years of planning, project management and coordination for teams across many departments at Matson.'



'Together with the modernisation and expansion of our Honolulu terminal, these investments position Matson to provide efficient, reliable service to Hawaii for decades to come.'


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