HONOLULU (KHON2) — Matson’s newest ship pulled into port Friday, January 17, 2020 at Honolulu Harbor.

The Lurline is the largest roll-on and roll-off container ship built in the U.S.

It’s also the fastest ship in Matson’s fleet with a top speed of 23 knots helping to ensure on-time deliveries in Hawaii.

The vessel has an enclosed garage with room for about 500 vehicles plus space for additional cargo.

“The biggest benefit to us is that because these ships are bigger and faster, we’re able to operate with one fewer fleet unit,” explained Matson CEO Matthew Cox. “So we’re going to go from a 10 ship deployment to a nine ship deployment and that will allow us to cover the same amount of cargo that’s required into the islands every week with one less ship.”

It’s also the fastest ship in its fleet—with the capability to reach 23 knots ensuring on-time deliveries in Hawaii.

“Because our vessels to Hawaii and the west coast are on a 14-day rotation, having two identical ships, our fleet will be able to be on the same location every same day of the week, so our customers can count on that to plan their own supply chains around the loading and unloading of cargo,” Cox said.

Lurline’s sister ship is expected to be finished by the end of 2020, which Matson said will make deliveries to and from Hawaii even faster.

Matson said with the ship’s new state of the art technology and green technologies, the ship will also be able to run in emergencies like a big weather event.

This is the sixth ship in Matson’s fleet to have the Lurline name.