US Christens Largest-Ever Containership

Image courtesy of Matson.

Matson, a leading US container carrier in the Pacific region, and Philly Shipyard have christened the largest containership ever built in the United States.

The new vessel, named the ‘Daniel K. Inouye’ in honour of Hawaii’s late senior US Senator, is the first of two ships being built for Matson in a $418 million deal with Philly Shipyard.

The Daniel K. Inouye is 850-foot long, and features a 3,600 TEU capacity — putting it within the Panamax containership size class.

The new vessel will also be Matson’s fastest ships, with a top speed of nearly 24 knots — and has been fitted with cutting-edge green technology including dual fuel engines that use liquefied natural gas (LNG), double hull fuel tanks, and fresh water ballast systems.

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Matson's chairman and chief executive officer, Matt Cox, said: “This is a proud day for all of us at Matson.

“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.”

The two new vessels will make up Matson’s “Aloha Class”, and have been specifically designed to service Hawaii.

Philly Shipyard President and CEO, Steinar Nerbovik, commented: “It is with tremendous gratitude and pride that we celebrate the christening of 'Daniel K. Inouye,' alongside Matson, a returning customer.

“When this ship is delivered, no matter where it travels, it will represent the finest craftsmanship of Philadelphia shipbuilders, and fulfil our promise to provide American built and owned ships that will safely and securely service our nation.”

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