Matson Navigation Co. Inc., subsidiary of Matson Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has signed a contract with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. to build two new 3,600 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containerships for an aggregate price of USD 418 million. The new vessels will be equipped with MAN dual-fuel engines that use liquefied natural gas (LNG) and are expected to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2018.
“We are pleased to introduce the Aloha-class containership, built specifically to meet Hawaii’s future freight demands with increased cargo capacity,” said Matt Cox, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Matson. “The new ships are designed to accommodate the diversified mix of cargo needed to support the state’s economy and will boost our capacity for moving 45-foot containers and refrigerated cargo. The ships will also carry construction materials more effectively.”
Matson also announced that the first of the two new ships will be named after the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who was a longstanding supporter of the U.S. maritime industry.
The 850-foot long vessels will be the largest Jones Act containerships ever constructed and are designed to operate at speeds in excess of 23 knots, ensuring timely delivery of goods in Hawaii. The ships also will be able to navigate safely into some of Hawaii’s smaller ports.
The new vessels will incorporate a number of “green ship technology” features such as a fuel efficient hull design, dual-fuel engines, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks and fresh water ballast systems.
MAN says in a separate press release the MAN B&W 7S90ME-GI engines are the largest dual-fuel engines ever ordered in terms of power output with each engine developing a massive 42,700 kW. The ME-GI engines and pertaining systems will be manufactured by MAN Diesel Turbo’s licensee, Hyundai, and will be able to use HFO, MDO or LNG as fuel.
“These state-of-the-art advancements are important to Hawaii as a means to reduce fuel consumption, resulting in significant emission reductions over time in our home trade,” Cox said.