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Labor judge tells Horizon Lines to pay sacked whistleblower US$1 million

From SeaNews:

”When his attempts to alert Horizon Lines to safety hazards onboard the vessel were ignored, ‘Loftus resorted to reporting safety concerns to the regulatory agencies because of Horizon’s consistent failure to correct hazardous conditions aboard the Trader. Loftus was clearly a thorn in Horizon’s side,”’ reported SeaNews.

Horizon Lines has been ordered to […]

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Matson profit jumps 46 percent

Hawaii’s largest ocean cargo transportation company had a record profit last year, earning more than $103 million.

Honolulu-based Matson announced Tuesday that its earnings last year were up 46 percent from $70.8 million the previous year. The company managed to hit a record year even after reporting a lower fourth-quarter income in 2015 than in […]

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Guam gets new shipping route via Japan

Global shipping line APL is entering the local market to give Guam and Saipan customers a choice to ship goods to and from the U.S. mainland via Japan beginning on Nov. 24.

Apart from facilitating cargo shipments from the U.S. mainland, where about 75 percent of Guam’s inbound freight originates, the Guam-Saipan Express connection in […]

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Matson adds huge gantry crane for Alaska operations

The largest of its kind in Alaska, the electrically-powered gantry crane is more than 340 feet tall with a boom spanning 164 feet, capable of lifting loads up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 145,000 pounds. Roni Toldanes photo

Following on its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ non-Hawaiian business, Jones Act shipping company Matson, […]

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Matson overhauling Its Alaska Operations

Photo from Matson’s web site offering service to Alaska. Matson has earmarked more than USD 30 million to invest in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition.

U. S. carrier Matson, Inc. is pushing ahead with its plans to fund improvements in its new Alaska operations following its acquisition of Horizon Lines’ […]

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Puerto Rico turmoil leads to exit of terminal operator at Jaxport

From the Jacksonville Business Journal:

The decision stems largely from the shutdown of Horizon Lines, a major shipper in the Puerto Rico trade lane that ended its service last year due to financial struggle, according to an APMT statement. Horizon Lines was APM Terminals’ primary customer here.

Although the company handled as many as 242,000 […]

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Pasha’s acquisition of Horizon’s Hawaii business completed

From a Pasha Group news release:

The Pasha Group’s acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines, Inc. (Horizon) was completed this week. The Pasha Group, one of the nation’s leading Jones Act shipping and integrated logistics companies, has served the Hawaii market for more than 50 years, adding roll-on/roll-off liner service between the […]

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DOJ okays Pasha’s acquisition of Horizon’s Hawaii business

The Pasha Group says that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared its acquisition of the Hawaii trade-lane business of Horizon Lines, Inc. (Horizon). This paves the way for an anticipated final closing before the end of the second quarter.

In becoming part of Pasha, Horizon’s Hawaii business will operate alongside Pasha Hawaii’s existing […]

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Horizon Lines sells Puerto Rico terminal assets and assigns lease to Luis Ayala Colon

Horizon Lines news release:

Horizon Lines, Inc. has announced that it entered into and executed an Asset Purchase Agreement (“Agreement”) with Luis Ayala Colon Sucrs. selling certain San Juan, Puerto Rico container terminal assets and assigning its lease with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority effective today, March 11, 2015.

The Agreement follows Horizon Lines’ announcement […]

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Merger and acquisition activity on the rise

Excerpts from Container Management:

Mergers and takeovers are increasing in the container shipping arena, according to industry consultant, Drewry.

Subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, US Jones Act carrier Horizon Lines is selling its Hawaii operations for US$141.5m to the Pasha Group, which will augment its existing roll-on/roll-off operations between the US mainland and […]

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Matson settles lawsuit on overbilling; still working out agreement after molasses spill

Two updates this week on Matson’s recent legal issues:

Matson settles fuel surcharge suit for $10M Ship and Bunker

U.S. shipping company Matson Inc. [NYSE:MATX] (Matson) will pay $9.95 million to settle a lawsuit over improperly billing the government for fuel surcharges, Pacific Business News reports.

The lawsuit had claimed that Matson and fellow […]

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Matson could potentially buy Horizon’s Alaska lines

On the heels of news that Horizon Lines may sell its Puerto Rican trade lines to Crowley, analysts say that the company may be prompted to sell its Alaska lines to Matson.

Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus say the sale could come as a necessity if Horizon sells part of its business to Crowley.

“Taking out […]

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Sea Star, Horizon Lines agree to $3.4 million settlement over price fixing claims

Among the contracts affected were U.S. Postal Service contracts to transport mail and Department of Agriculture contracts to ship food. Both Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines previously pleaded guilty, in related criminal proceedings, to anticompetitive conduct in violation of the Sherman Act.

Jones Act shipping companies Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines have agreed […]

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GAO: Jones Act carriers serve reliability

‘Some of the cargo imported from the United States is temperature-controlled perishable goods, such as dairy, meat and agricultural products,’ the GAO said in the report. ‘According to representatives of the Puerto Rico Farm Bureau, the cost and reliability of shipping perishable food items is important because the island has less than a week’s […]

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Matson and Horizon get container shipping competition from Pasha

The first shipment of containers onboard the Pasha Hawaii’s MV Jean Anne are seen being off-loaded in Honolulu after arriving from San Diego. Photo courtesy of Pasha Hawaii.

Pasha Hawai’i Transport Lines, LLC, has now entered the container shipping business. The company says Pashas ship, the MV Jean Anne, has been modified to ship […]

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