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December 20, 2005

Management changes at Horizon Lines

Charles G. (Chuck) Raymond, President and CEO of Horizon Lines, Inc., (NYSE: HRZ) today announced today several key promotions and realignments of senior management responsibilities. And one of the assignments gives a clue that Horizon is indeed starting to address the need to renew its aging fleet.

John Keenan, who was formerly Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, now becomes Senior VP and Chief Transportation Officer and reports to recently recruited retired four star Air Force general and recent USTRANSCOM Commander John W. Handy.

In addition to his responsibilities for the company's ocean and land based transportation activities, Keenan will chair the Board of Horizon Services Group, and will serve as the company's domestic shipping member of the Board of the Pacific Maritime Association.

Today's announcement says Keenan, who will continue to be based in Dallas, " will also have primary responsibility for the acquisition and phase-in of new vessel tonnage."

General Handy is joining Horizon as Executive Vice President. Reporting to him will be Keenan and Ken Privratsky, VP and General Manager, Alaska, Gabriel Serra, VP and General Manager, Puerto Rico, and Mar Labrador who succeeds Brian Taylor as VP and General Manager, Hawaii/Guam.

Handy's major responsibilities are described as "the continued enhancement of trade lane profitability and system service integrity, the leadership of strategic business development and the further development of the company's management team as the next generation of leadership."

He will be a board member of Horizon Services Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the compan yand will report directly to Chuck Raymond.

Mark Urbania will continue as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and will continue to serve as a board member of Horizon Services Group.

Brian Taylor has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. He will report to Chuck Raymond and be based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He will assume direct responsibility for developing and executing Horizon Lines' sales and marketing plans and managing Horizon Lines' North American sales. He will also lead the company's brand management efforts with its customers and investors. Taylor has been employed for twenty-one years with Horizon Lines and its predecessor companies, most recently serving as the Vice President and General Manager of Horizon Lines' Hawaii/Guam service.

Mar Labrador will be promoted to VP and General Manager, Hawaii/Guam, assuming Taylor's current duties and assuming responsibility for the overall operation and profitability of Horizon Lines' Hawaii/Guam trade. He will be based in Hawaii. Labrador has most recently served as the General Manager of Horizon Lines' Guam operations. In his new position, he will join the company's Operating Committee. He has been employed for eleven years with Horizon Lines and its predecessor companies.

Kevin Gill will serve as Vice President, Marketing, reporting to Brian Taylor. Gill will have accountability for brand management, market intelligence, company pricing policy, advertising and public relations. He will also join the Operating Committee. Gill has worked for thirty years at Horizon Lines and its predecessors, most recently serving as Director, Marketing and Pricing, Puerto Rico trade.

Glen Moyer has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager--Ocean Transportation Services. Reporting to John Keenan, Moyer will continue to be responsible for the operation of Horizon Lines' fleet of 16 containerships. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer and has worked at Horizon Lines and its predecessor companies for the last 10 years.

"I believe these promotions and realignments of management responsibilities position Horizon Lines smartly to grow and sharpen its core business, to develop new related capabilities and earnings streams, to deploy appropriate resources to expand and deepen its investor base and to plan for its emerging senior management needs in the years to come. These changes also address the personal needs of the very talented people on our senior management team," Raymond said.