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Hawaii Fleet Renewal Complete

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Matson’s seven-year, $900+ million Hawaii fleet renewal is complete with the additions of its Aloha Class containerships and Kanaloa Class combination container/roll-on, roll-off ships. Aloha Class vessels Daniel K. Inouye and Kaimana Hila, the largest containerships built in the U.S., and Kanaloa Class vessels Matsonia and Lurline, with their enclosed garage for approximately 500 vehicles and ample space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo, provide regular service to Honolulu. The new vessels join five others in Matson’s Hawaii service, which operates four West Coast departures weekly – one from Tacoma, WA, one from Oakland, CA, and two from Long Beach, CA. The four newest ships feature the latest “green” technology, fuel-efficient hull designs, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks, fresh water ballast systems, and – in the case of the Kanaloa Class – the first Tier 3 dual-fuel engines deployed in containerships serving U.S. West Coast ports.

All of Matson’s new vessels are part of a larger $1 billion investment in modernizing Matson’s Hawaii service. Learn more about Matson’s latest infrastructure investments.  Hawaii investments»

Alaska – Asia Express Service

Matson now offers direct service to Asia from Alaska with Alaska – Asia Express (AAX). Customers will appreciate the convenience of direct westbound service from Dutch Harbor, Alaska to Ningbo and Shanghai, China or transfer at our hub in Shanghai to other cities in Asia via Matson’s partner network.

Matson’s Asia partner network provides timely connections from Shanghai to ports in South Korea (Busan), Japan (Hakata, Kobe, Yokohama), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), China (Dalian, Qingdao), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh), and Thailand (Laem Chabang).

For further information on shipping to Asia, to get a free quote, or to book a shipment to Asia, please call 1-877-678-SHIP  to speak with a Matson customer service representative in the United States.


All Matson operations continue uninterrupted.

Matson is committed to taking all appropriate steps to ensure the continuation of services, including the deployment of reserve vessels if necessary to continue meeting the needs of our customers and communities.  We are monitoring developments closely and ensuring compliance with all United States Coast Guard and local, federal, and international government reporting and prevention directives at sea and ashore.  We remain in frequent and regular communication with the United States Coast Guard and the port authorities throughout our Pacific network regarding commercial port operations in the interest of maintaining all our services and the continued reliable flow of goods to our communities.

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Pacific Expertise

Matson ship loaded with containers arriving Honolulu with imposed American flag in the background.

Since 1882, American owned and operated Matson has specialized in shipping to Hawaii and other communities across the Pacific. Today our shipping services to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia, the South Pacific, Japan and China are enhanced by a wide range of multimodal services throughout North America. Matson continues to strengthen its value to customers through industry leading on-time arrivals, and award-winning customer service, including shipment tracking online.

Subsidiary Matson Logistics extends the company’s network reach, offering customers domestic and international rail intermodal service, long haul and regional highway brokerage, supply chain services and less-than-truck-load (LTL) transportation services, as well as third-party logistics services that include warehousing, distribution, less-than-container-load (LCL) consolidation and international freight forwarding.

Learn more about Matson’s expertise in container shipping, shipping cars, shipping household goods, moving oversized cargo, and intermodal services. Or call us at 1-800-4MATSON (1-800-462-8766) to book a shipment.