US container carrier Matson announced on Thursday that its subsidiary Matson Navigation has ordered two new combination container and roro (ConRo) vessels for a total cost of $511m.
The deal is with General Dynamics NASSCO and delivery is expected by the end of 2019 and by mid 2020. Each ship will be 869ft long and 115ft wide.
Honolulu-based boxline Matson specializes in Pacific routes, primarily to Hawaii but also to Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and some South Pacific islands.
These two new orders will be for its Hawaiian fleet and the company is calling them Kanaloa class in a nod to a sea god in the traditional religion of Hawaii.