What is claimed to be the largest container ship to be built in the United States was named at a ceremony at the Phillly Shipyard, Philadelphia, on June 30.
The ship is the first of two being built by the shipyard for the Matson Line, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and was named Daniel K Inouye in honour of the late senior US Senator who was a longstanding supporter of the US maritime industry. Built at a cost of $418mn the two ships are the first of four new shiips that the Matson Line will put into Hawaii service during the next two years.
Matt Cox, the Matson chairman and chief executive, said: “Over our first 130 years, Matson’s fleet has evolved from sailing ships to larger steamers to diesel power consistent with changes in technology and always evolving in step with the needs of a growing Hawaii economy. “This new vessel, designed specifically to serve Hawaii, and built with LNG-compatible engines, is the next generation of vessels and sets a new standard for cargo transportation in Hawaii.”