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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, September 2, 2006

MV Maunalei plying Pacific

MV Maunalei photo gallery

Advertiser Staff

When loaded to capacity, the MV Maunalei hauls 2,500 20-foot containers. The Maunalei and its three new sister ships also are more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

JOAQUIN SIOPACK | The Honolulu Advertiser

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A gantry crane operator loaded a shipping container yesterday onto Matson's newest ship, the MV Maunalei. Matson's Chairman W. Allen Doane said the Maunalei and three other new vessels are "replacing some very old ships." For more photos, go to honoluluadvertiser.com.

JOAQUIN SIOPACK | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Matson Navigation Co.'s newest container ship, the MV Maunalei, has begun service in Hawai'i.

The Maunalei, the company's fourth new ship in as many years, completes Matson's modernization and replacement program. The Maunalei follows the delivery of the Manukai in 2003, the Maunawili in 2004 and the Manulani in 2005.

"It marks the end of a major investment," said W. Allen Doane, chairman of Matson and chairman and CEO of parent company Alexander & Baldwin. "It's replacing some very old ships."

Matson, the state's largest cargo shipper, has said the new cargo vessels will ensure the reliability of Matson's service and are at least 25 percent more fuel-efficient than the older ships.

The 681-foot MV Maunalei can hold 2,500 20-foot containers and cruise at a maximum speed of 23 knots.