Friday, July 6, 2018

Daniel K. Inouye Christened

By Karen Robes Meeks

On June 30, Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. and Philly Shipyard, Inc. christened the M/V Daniel K. Inouye, one of two new vessels being built by the company.

"This is a proud day for all of us at Matson," said Matson's Chairman and CEO Matt Cox at the shipyard ceremony. "Over our first 136 years, Matson's fleet has evolved from sailing ships to larger steamers to diesel power, consistent with changes in technology and always evolving in step with the needs of a growing Hawaii economy.”

Named after the late US Senator representing Hawaii, the 850-foot long Daniel K. Inouye is faster, can transport up to 3,600 TEU and features modern eco-friendly technology.

"This new vessel, designed specifically to serve Hawaii and built with LNG-compatible engines, is the next generation of vessel and sets a new standard for cargo transportation in Hawaii,” Cox said. “It also symbolizes Matson's continuing commitment to serving our Island home in the most efficient, effective and environmentally sound way into the future.”