Largest U.S.-Built Containership Arrives in Hawaii for the First Time

The largest containership ship ever constructed in the United States arrived in Honolulu for the first time this week as part of its regular service connecting the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. The ship, named Daniel K. Inouye in honor of Hawaii's late senior U.S. Senator, is owned and operated by Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX), the leading U.S. carriers in the Pacific. It is the … [Read more...]

Whistleblowing Ship Master Wins Case Against Matson and Hails Seaman’s Protective Act as Powerful Tool to Require Ship Owners to Maintain Safe Ships

Captain John Loftus, an advocate for merchant marine safety, won a decision from the Administrative Review Board of the Department of Labor that sustained a $1.1 million judgment against a company that punished Loftus for reporting unsafe conditions aboard the company ships.   The decision, delivered on May 24, 2018 may also open the gate wider for seamen to qualify for … [Read more...]

Matson Launches New U.S. Flag Service to Marshall Islands

Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has announced that it will introduce a new direct U.S. flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The company said the new bi-weekly service will shorten cargo transit times to the RMI from the U.S. mainland by as many as eight days. The service will call at three ports in the RMI … [Read more...]

DSME Lands $120 Million Deal Out of Jones Act Ship Order

South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineer is set to get $120 million from Matson's order for two new LNG-powered container and roll-on/roll-off vessels placed at NASSCO. South Korea's Yonhap news reported that the contract was signed between DSEC, a subsidiary of DSME, and General Dynamic's NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, where the vessels will be built. The … [Read more...]