Ports reopen, cargo operations resume statewide as Lane leaves

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Matson Navigation Company has resumed full cargo operations to all of its Hawaii terminals following the Hawaii State Department of Transportation’s reopening of Big Island ports to commercial operations Friday and Oahu, Maui and Kauai ports Saturday morning.

Matson continued to sail its vessel schedule between the West Coast and Hawaii as normal
throughout preparations for Hurricane Lane in an effort to position cargo for distribution as soon
as possible following the reopening of Hawaii ports. 

Saturday the company implemented a service recovery plan that has five of its container ships carrying a combined 3,500 loaded containers scheduled for discharge at its Honolulu hub terminal between now and Wednesday.

The company is also activating Consumer, one of four containerships in its reserve fleet, to
provide additional capacity to support Hawaii’s recovery and help restore its normal service 
schedule as quickly as possible.

Matson resumed service to Hawaii this morning, when its barge Columbia arrived at Hilo at 7:00
a.m. with 117 containers onboard and terminal staff began making the cargo available to Big
Island customers.

Matson’s barge Haleakala docked at Kahului at noon today, making 87 loaded containers
available to Maui customers.

Matson’s vessel Mahimahi returned to Honolulu at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, two hours after the port
reopened, to discharge the balance of its cargo, 615 containers, having already delivered 537
containers before the port closed on August 23.

Saturday evening the company will dispatch its barge Waialeale from Honolulu to the port of Nawiliwili
with 60 containers aboard for Kauai customers scheduled for arrival Sunday at 7:00 a.m.

Pasha Hawaii resumed operations at Pier 51 Sunday, with the arrival of its containership, Horizon Pacific. The vessel was the first to arrive in Honolulu Harbor after Pasha Hawaii received an all clear to resume cargo operations from the U.S. Coast Guard and Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Following Horizon Pacific’s offload, the vessel will return to the West Coast, allowing the Horizon Reliance to dock on Sunday at Pier 51. Pasha Hawaii’s specialty roll-on/roll-off vessel M/V Jean Anne will pull into Pier 1 on Monday, before proceeding to Kahului and Hilo on Wednesday, while the Horizon Enterprise is scheduled to arrive at Pier 51 on Wednesday.

Young Brothers is also planning to resume its 12 regularly scheduled weekly sailings starting Monday.

Young Brothers is undertaking a special sailing to Hilo on Sunday, with an expected arrival into the port on Tuesday August 28, 2018.  The barge is being loaded with cargo that was waiting at the port for delivery, as well as essential cargo.

In addition, Young Brothers is responding to the request of Hawaiian Electric Company, to immediately transport several utility poles to Maui, as part of the utility’s response to the fire in Lahaina.  Priority loading on all barges will be given to emergency and medical supplies, public safety and utility vehicles, and essential cargo. 

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