Friday, November 2, 2018

New Matson Marshall Islands Service

By Karen Robes Meeks

In a move to lower cargo transit times by as many as eight days, Honolulu-based Matson, Inc. has started a new direct service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The company has acquired a 700-TEU vessel with two 45-ton onboard cranes for the new service, which will visit ports in Kwajalein, Ebeye and Majuro every 17 days. The vessel is expected to arrive at Kwajalein on Nov. 3.

"Matson has been consistently rated the No. 1 ocean carrier in the world because of its commitment to operating the fastest and most reliable service in the markets we serve," said Matson Chief Commercial Officer John Lauer. “We are excited to bring US flag service and shorter transit times from the US West Coast to Kwajalein, Ebeye and Majuro.”