Matson takes delivery of first Aloha class containership
Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today took delivery of the first of two new Aloha Class containerships built for Matson'sHawaii service at Philly Shipyard, the Company said in a press release.
Christened 'Daniel K. Inouye' in honor of Hawaii's late senior U.S. Senator, the vessel is the largest containership ever built in the United States. Weighing in at over 51,400 metric tons, the 850-foot long and 3,600 TEU* capacity Daniel K. Inouye is Matson's largest ship and also its fastest, with a top speed in excess of 23 knots.
"This new ship, our fifth delivered by Philly Shipyard, is the product of a great partnership with the Philly team in designing and constructing a new class of containership that will set a new standard for cargo delivery in the Hawaii trade," said Ron Forest, President of Matson.
The ship will embark on its 5,298-mile, 13-day maiden voyage to Oakland, California via the Panama Canal on Wednesday, November 7 before entering commercial service on November 22. After a port call at Long Beach, the new vessel will make its first call at Honolulu on the morning of November 28.
Matson (founded in 1882) is a leading provider of ocean transportation and logistics services to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and to other island economies in Micronesia. The company also operates a premium, expedited service from China to Southern California and provides services to Okinawa, Japan and various islands in the South Pacific. The Company's fleet of owned and chartered vessels includes containerships, Con-Ro ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout the continental U.S. Its integrated logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage, warehousing, freight consolidation, Asia supply chain services, and forwarding to Alaska.