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, Asia 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:  

Second Kanaloa Class Vessel, Matsonia

Matson’s Hawaii ship renewal is complete as Matsonia, its second “Kanaloa Class” vessel built by General Dynamics/NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, Calif., was delivered in Q4 2020. Matson’s Kanaloa Class vessels are the largest combination container / roll-on, roll-off (“con-ro”) ships ever built in the United States.

The Kanaloa Class vessels are the third and fourth of Matson’s new state-of-the-art ships and entered service in 2019 and 2020. Both 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, Matsonia 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 Matsonia and Matson’s other commitments to its Hawaii service.  Hawaii investments»

Seattle Operations Move To Tacoma

Our Seattle operations have moved to Tacoma. Tacoma is now the hub of Matson’s Pacific Northwest operations for Hawaii and Alaska services. Hours, location, and contact information are listed on the Tacoma port page. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-4MATSON to speak with our Hawaii customer service team or 1-877-678-SHIP to speak with the Alaska customer service team.

New 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.

New China – Long Beach Plus Service

Matson is pleased to introduce China – Long Beach Express Plus (CLX+), a second expedited weekly transpacific service. CLX+ complements the 14 years of uninterrupted service and reliability offered by our original China – Long Beach Express (CLX).

Like our industry leading China-Long Beach Express service, CLX+ is fast, reliable, and provides the same great service features.

CLX+ offers customers additional Matson capacity, and a second departure and arrival each week on a back-to-back schedule with CLX. To avoid LA-Long Beach port congestion, all CLX+ local cargo will be available on chassis at our Off-Dock Container Yard within 24 hours of ship arrival. For a free quote or to learn more about shipping from China to the U.S. West coast, call 1-877-CHINA-02 to speak with our world class customer service team.


All Matson operations continue uninterrupted. All our ports remain open and Matson intends to maintain all service schedules as normal.

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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