Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Lurline for Matson

By Karen Robes Meeks

This week in San Diego, Matson, Inc. received delivery of its newest vessel from General Dynamics NASSCO. Christened Lurline, it is considered the biggest combination container / roll-on / roll-off (con-ro) vessel ever built in the US, the company announced Dec. 26.

The 870-foot-long vessel – Matson’s largest and one of its fastest – will embark on its maiden voyage to Hawaii next month, stopping in Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11 before arriving in Honolulu on Jan. 15.

The Lurline is the first of a pair of "Kanaloa Class" con-ro ships by NASSCO, and the third of four new ships Matson is bringing online between 2018 and 2020.