Matson Shipping says it has the capacity and equipment to handle the extra volume created by Horizon Lines’ decision to end its Guam service.
Matson’s U.S.-flag ships currently provide weekly service to Guam and have available capacity to absorb the increased demand.
“Matson has been serving Guam continuously since 1996 and remains firmly committed to delivering reliable vessel schedules for the region’s business community,” said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services. “We will do what is necessary to ensure that all Guam cargo currently moved from the U.S. will be efficiently accommodated, without compromising the service standards that Guam’s business community knows today. That commitment extends to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. While we fully expect a new entrant to succeed Horizon Lines in the future, we are confident we can provide the needed stability in the trade during this transition period as well as over the long haul.”