NASSCO Begins Construction of Second Containership for Matson Navigation

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NASSCO employees and dignitaries prepare to cut the first piece of steel for the new ship. Courtesy NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO started construction Monday on the second vessel in a two-ship series of Kanaloa-class containerships for Matson Navigation Company.

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Construction of the Matsonia began with a ceremonial first cut of steel at the Barrio Logan shipyard, where the first ship in the series, Lurline, is 15 percent complete.

Both ships will transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock between the West Coast and Hawaii. The ships incorporate liquefied natural gas-capable main and auxiliary engines, which will reduce pollution.

“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  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 Lurline, is scheduled to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019. Matsonia is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2020.

NASSCO is the only major shipyard on the West Coast designing, constructing and repairing ships for the Navy and commercial customers. In the past decade, NASSCO has delivered more than 30 ocean-going ships.

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