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:  

Hawaii Fleet Renewal Complete

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With Matsonia now in service, Matson’s seven-year, $900+ million Hawaii fleet renewal is complete. Matsonia joins its Kanaloa Class sister ship Lurline in Matson’s Hawaii service. Together, these two combination container/roll-on, roll-off (“con-ro”) ships call Honolulu, Long Beach, and Oakland weekly and allow Matson to offer twice-weekly Hawaii service from Northern and Southern California.

The Kanaloa Class vessels with be the third and fourth of Matson’s new state-of-the-art ships entering service in 2019 and 2020. Both will 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, freshwater 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»


Alaska – Asia Express Service

Matson now offers direct service to Asia from Alaska with Alaska – Asia Express (AAX). Customers shipping seafood 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.


COVID-19

All Matson operations continue uninterrupted.

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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