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Matson Signs Contracts For A Total Of Six New And Upgraded Cranes For Honolulu Terminal
Matson, Inc. announced that a subsidiary of Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has signed contracts with Paceco Corporation for the purchase of three new 65 long-ton capacity cranes and modifications to upgrade three existing cranes at its Sand Island Terminal in Honolulu Harbor. The investments are part of a broader $60 million terminal expansion and modernization program Matson is undertaking to prepare its operational hub in Hawaii for the arrival of four new ships the company has on order with a combined value of approximately $930 million and deliveries starting next year.
Search continues for missing Army aviators off Oahu
HONOLULU — Responders searched throughout the night and are continuing the search Saturday for five missing Army aviators from a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Ka’ena Point. The search area is as much as 160 miles offshore from Ka’ena point having continued to expand since the incident due to the currents and swells in the area. Fixed-wing aviation assets and the Galveston Island are searching the leading edge southwest of Kauai while the helicopters and Walnut are concentrating efforts roughly 35 miles offshore of Ka’ena Point. Shoreline crews are active along the north shore of Ka’ena Point to Dillingham and along the southern shore of Kauai. http://coastguardnews.com/search-continues-for-missing-army-aviators-off-oahu/2017/08/19/
TOTE Expands Into Hawaii Trade
TOTE Maritime increased its investment in the U.S. Jones Act trade on Friday, announcing an order for four new containerships from Philly Shipyard. The ships will be used to compete with Matson and Pasha in the Hawaii trade. "Philly Shipyard . . . fully supports the efforts to introduce new vessels into the Hawai'i containership trade to replace aged ships in time to meet new environmental regulations," said Steinar Nerbovik, Philly’s president & CEO, in a statement Friday. In addition to the newbuild order, TOTE has begun talks to secure container terminal space in Honolulu. The firm said that timing is critical to get the service running in early 2020, when new environmental regulations will take effect. TOTE has operated vessels from the U.S. mainland to Alaska and Puerto Rico for four decades, but this would be its first venture to Hawaii. It has invested significantly in newbuilding in recent years, spending hundreds of millions for two LNG-fueled container carriers to serve Puerto Rico. The vessels replaced the lost ro/con El Faro and her sister ship El Yunque. http://maritime-executive.com/article/tote-expands-into-hawaii-tradeUpload News