Ocean Shipping Operations

A leader in Pacific shipping, Matson’s ocean transportation service is recognized for its industry leading on-time arrival performance and award-winning customer service. Our diversified fleet features purpose-built containerships, as well as combination container and roll-on, roll-off vessels and specially designed container barges. Matson’s ships and assets are U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed and U.S.-operated, which provide significant advantages in the integrated trade lanes that we operate.

Serving Hawaii continuously since 1882, Matson is uniquely experienced in carrying the wide range of commodities needed to support economies that rely on ocean transportation. Matson’s service to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and the South Pacific is a key component of the distribution systems for businesses, allowing customers to rely on our dependable vessel schedules to continually replenish inventories from distribution centers located on the U.S. Mainland. Learn more…

In Focus:  

First Kanaloa Class Vessel, Lurline

Audience watches Lurline launch and christening at NASSCO San DiegoMatson is pleased to welcome Lurline, its first “Kanaloa Class” vessel, to the fleet. Matson’s Kanaloa Class vessels will be the largest combination container / roll-on, roll-off (“con-ro”) ships ever built in the United States. Lurline was christened at General Dynamics/NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, Calif. on June 15, 2019.

The Kanaloa Class vessels with be the third and fourth of Matson’s new state-of-the-art ships entering service in 2019 and 2020. Both will have an enclosed garage with room for approximately 500 vehicles, plus ample space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo. Equipped with the latest in green technology, Lurline features a fuel efficient hull design, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks, fresh water ballast systems and the first Tier 3 dual fuel engines to be deployed in containerships serving 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 Lurline and Matson’s other commitments to its Hawaii service.  Hawaii investments»