Dave Meehan, president and CEO, Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Allen Doane, president and CEO, Alexander and Baldwin, Lt. General Gary Hughey, U.S. Transportation Command, Maryanna Shaw, great grand-daughter of Samuel Alexander and sponsor of the Maunawili christening, Charles Stockholm, chairman, A&B and Matson, James Andrasick, president and CEO, Matson, Ole Heggheim, executive vice president, Aker AS Yards. (Photo: Business Wire)
July 19, 2004
Matson christens second ship at KPSI
Matson Navigation Company, Inc.'s new containership MV Maunawili was christened Saturday, July 17 at Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (KPSI) by Ms. Maryanna G. Shaw, great grand-daughter of Samuel T. Alexander, one of the founders of Matson's parent company, Alexander and Baldwin, Inc. (A&B).
The vessel is the second of a two-ship, $220 million contract with KPSI. Among those present for the ceremony was Charles M. Stockholm, chairman of the board, A&B, Allen Doane, president and CEO, A&B, James Andrasick, president and CEO, Matson, and the event's keynote speaker, Lt. General Gary Hughey, deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM).
The Maunawili, along with its sistership Manukai, has been designed to meet Hawaii's current and future market requirements. Foremost among those requirements is the additional capacity for large container sizes, such as 40, 45 and even 53-foot boxes.
The vessel is also equipped with enough generator capacity to support the refrigerated container requirements of the Hawaii trade. Other features include a more fuel-efficient diesel engine, modern shipboard technology and a number of "green" environmentally friendly design elements.
"I have no doubt that as long as America maintains the Jones Act as the foundation of our maritime policy, U.S.-flag vessel operations will meet the needs of waterborne commerce," he said. " And it will sustain the maritime infrastructure--the builders, the owners, the mariners--whose labors always have and always will ensure our security."
"USTRANSCOM, Military Sealift Command, the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, and MARAD support the maintenance of a viable U.S.-flagged fleet and U.S. mariner pool," he added. "We can't do business without either."