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...]

Matson Orders Two ‘LNG-Capable’ ConRos for $511 Million

Matson, Inc has placed an order for two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off vessels to add to its Hawaii fleet at a contract price of $511 million. Matson subsidiary Matson Navigation Company signed the contract with San Diego-based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO. The Jones Act-compliant "ConRos" are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019 and mid-year … [Read more...]