Matson’s 2013 Westbound Hawaii Service Rates to Increase by $225 per Container

Matson, Inc. announced today that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company’s Hawaii service by $175 per westbound container and $85 per eastbound container, effective January 1, 2013.

Matson is increasing their prices to Hawaii beginning January 1st, 2013

The increase will be filed with the Surface Transportation Board. In addition, Matson will raise its terminal handling charge by $50 per westbound container and $25 per eastbound container, also effective January 1, 2013. Matson estimates that the combined increase of both the rate adjustment and terminal handling charge will result in shipping costs rising by an average of 5.6 percent. Historically, Matson announced average percentage increases based solely on the rate increase, excluding terminal handling charges. As of last year, it is now combing both numbers for the average percent increase in the interest of greater transparency.

“This rate increase will help offset rises in operating costs and support ongoing investments in our Hawaii service,” said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services. “This rate adjustment is consistent with our longstanding philosophy of implementing modest, incremental increases as necessary to maintain the highest levels of service. Matson continues to diligently look for ways to operate the most efficient, cost effective service possible, without undercutting our standards of quality. In the past decade, Matson has invested nearly $1 billion in four new containerships, fleet enhancements, new container equipment, information technology and upgrades to its terminal facilities. Matson remains committed to continuing to make long term investments that will provide the state with a strong ocean transportation infrastructure.”

Matson’s terminal handling charge was first implemented in 2003 and is designed to recover a portion of the costs associated with the movement of cargo through terminals. This charge is standard in the industry and appears as a separate line item at the bottom of the company’s freight bills.

“Terminal handling costs comprise approximately 40 percent of Matson’s operating costs,” said Hoppes. “Matson continues to absorb a substantial amount of the expenses associated with terminal operations, the majority of which are driven by factors that are outside of our control.”

 

Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart July 24th at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

New Amelia Earhart Photo Exhibit to Open Where She Ground Looped Her Plane At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Media Release:

Happy Birthday, Amelia! Sunday July 24, 2 to 4pm, Hangar 37, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The Ford Island museum and aviation attraction opens its new Amelia Earhart in Hawaii Photo Exhibit, with exclusive Earhart photos courtesy of Matson Navigation Company. Welcome reception, entertainment, birthday cake and punch for all Museum visitors will celebrate the famous aviator’s 114th birthday. The Museum fronts Luke Field on Ford Island, where Ms. Earhart ground looped her Lockheed Electra on take-off March 20, 1937, while attempting her Round-the-World Flight.

Amelia Earhart and Duke Kahanamoku

Amelia Earhart and Duke Kahanamoku

Museum members are invited for a special champagne reception. All visitors to the Museum are invited to enter the “Amelia for a Day” Look Alike Contest to win prizes for those who dress & re-enact aviator Earhart. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded.

“We’re very grateful to Matson Navigation Company for this exceptional gift of Hawaiian Earhart photography and for all they do for our Museum,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHofff. The photos joining the Museum’s exhibits are a gifted collection from Matson Archives documenting her time in Hawaii from December 27, 1934 to January 11, 1935 and March 17 through March 20, 1937.

Joining Mr. DeHoff and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor members of the Board of Directors at the celebration will be Matson Navigation Company executives.

Amelia Earhart and her second plane, a Lockheed Vega were transported on Matson’s S.S. Lurline from Los Angeles to Honolulu December 22, 1934 and arrived in Honolulu at Aloha Tower five days later on December 27. Ms. Earhart vacationed in Waikiki, flew over the Hawaiian Islands, and prepared for her solo flight across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland. She was the first person to fly solo, trans-Pacific, from Honolulu to Oakland, California.

For more information on the event, please call 808/441-1004 or email SpecialEvents@PacificAviationMuseum.org.