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Matson christens LNG-ready con-ro ship 'Lurline'


Public shipping company headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, Matson Inc has christened the largest combination container/roll-on, roll-off (con-ro) ship ever built in the US in a ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, according to Shipping Gazette.
The Lurline is the first of two new ships being built for Matson by NASSCO at a total cost of approximately US$500 million for the pair, and the third of four new vessels that Matson will put into service during 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Matson's two LNG-ready 'Kanaloa Class' vessels under construction at the NASSCO shipyard are being built on a 3,500 TEU vessel platform.
Lurline is 870 feet long, 114 feet wide (beam), 50 000 metric tonnes, and has a deep draft of 38 feet. It will be Matson's largest vessel, as well as the largest con-ro vessel ever constructed in the US, reports LNG Industry magazine.
In addition to this, Matson claims that it will also be one of the company's fastest vessels, with a top speed of 23 knots. This will enable the ship to ensure on-time deliveries in Hawaii from Matson's three West Coast terminals in Seattle, Oakland and Long Beach.
Both new Kanaloa Class vessels will also feature state-of-the-art green technology, including a fuel-efficient hull design, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks, fresh-water ballast systems and the first Tier 3 dual-fuel engines to be deployed in containerships serving West Coast ports.
Matt Cox, Matson's chairman and chief executive officer, said: "The great speed, capacity and environmental improvements of this new ship position us well to serve the needs of our communities in Hawaii for many years to come. Over its expected lifespan, this ship will generate approximately 4.5 million man hours of work opportunity for the US mariners who will operate it."
Kevin Graney, president of General Dynamics NASSCO, added: "Designing and building the Lurline brings pride to every member of our team. It's an honour to add the Kanaloa Class vessels to NASSCO's decades-long history in Jones Act ship production."
Constance Lau, a member of Matson's board of directors, was invited to officially christen the vessel by breaking a ceremonial bottle of champagne against the ship's hull in San Diego. The vessel is now docked at NASSCO's nearby testing and trials berth, where the final stages of construction will be finalised. Matson is expecting to take delivery of the vessel in late October this year.

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