Matson welcomes second Aloha class vessel

Matson Inc. celebrated the inaugural arrival of its second Aloha Class containership, Daniel K. Inouye, to Guam with a water salute and welcome event at sea.

The vessel made its inaugural arrival into the Port Authority of Guam on Tuesday, less than a year after the arrival of the Kaimana Hila, the sister ship of the Daniel K. Inouye.

The company announced that Daniel K. Inouye would begin servicing this island as part of Matson’s weekly scheduled service.

Daniel K. Inouye (DKI) was christened in June of 2018 and went into service in November that same year. It was the first of two state-of-the-art Aloha Class containerships and largest built in the U.S. for Matson by Philly Shipyard at a total investment of approximately $418 million for the pair. The DKI will be delivering cargo to Guam from the West Coast of the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

"We are very pleased to add the Daniel K. Inouye into our service rotation for Guam," said Vic Angoco, senior vice president, Pacific. “We continue to find ways to open up capacity for Guam from the U.S. mainland and Hawaii, which adds greater reliability, dependability and ontime service for the island’s residents and businesses.”

Bernie Valencia, vice president and general manager for Guam and Micronesia said, “Guam has been an important hub for Matson for close to 25 years. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in Guam and Micronesia in early 2021, and what better way to show our commitment than to expand and reinforce our services and support for the island as it begins its economic recovery efforts.”

The addition of the new vessels has heralded a new era in shipping in the Pacific. Matson continues to further invest in its Hawaii operation, which helps to improve the overall reliability and efficiency for customers in Guam.