General Dynamics NASSCO has started constructing the second in a two-ship series of Kanaloa-class containerships for Matson Navigation Company, Inc.
Construction of Matsonia began with a ceremonial first cut of steel at NASSCO's San Diego shipyard where the first ship in the series, Lurline, is 15% complete. Both ships will transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock between the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii. Using proven design standards, the ship design incorporates LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, which are compliant with Tier III emission requirements. Future installation of a LNG fuel gas system can be accommodated on the 870-ft-long, 3500 TEU platform combination container and roll-on/roll-off (‘Con-Ro’) vessels.
"Matson's customers in the Hawaii trade rely on us for dependable delivery of their goods, and these new Kanaloa-class vessels designed specifically for serving Hawaii will ensure we meet the highest standards of efficiency and reliability," said Ron Forest, president of Matson.
"Designing and building these vessels brings pride to every member of our team," said Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "It's an honor to add the Kanaloa-class vessels to NASSCO's decades-long history in Jones Act ship production."
Construction of the first ship for Matson, Lurline, is scheduled to be complete in Q4 of 2019. Matsonia is scheduled for delivery in Q2 of 2020.
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