Friday, April 23, 2021

Matson Forgoes May Layberth at Port of Olympia

 A plan to have a Matson Inc. vessel arrive at Port of Olympia for layberth has been put on hold.

The Honolulu-based company recently notified the port of its decision to keep its vessel in service at this time rather than laying it up at the port.

“While we are disappointed, this turn of events is not shocking given the volatility in the market right now,” said port Executive Director Sam Gibboney. “The international shipping market can change in a matter of days or even hours, and we are still in uncertain times and must be prepared for surprises.”

Olympia remains in talks with Matson over a possible layberth in the future, possibly in the fourth quarter of this year, the port said.

Meanwhile, the m/v The Dream (the former Evergreen State ferry that was sold in late 2020) is at the port for the layberth until at least June 30, according to the port.