MV Maunalei plying Pacific
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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.