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SHIP BLESSED

The Matson South Pacific (S.P.X.) service vessel, the M.V. Islander Voy 001 was blessed by the Sacred Heart Cathedral Administrator, Father Cecil Williams when it arrived on its maiden voyage
31 Aug 2016 14:21
SHIP BLESSED

The Matson South Pacific (S.P.X.) service vessel, the M.V. Islander Voy 001 was blessed by the Sacred Heart Cathedral Administrator, Father Cecil Williams when it arrived on its maiden voyage to Fiji at Suva’s Kings Wharf.

Former All Blacks loose forward great Michael Jones; Matson Strategic Development Manager, said the blessing was part of the company’s routine whenever they serviced a new route.

He said the new route would open new opportunities for Fiji in terms of shipping.

Mr Jones said they were excited that they could now offer access to USA and Hawaii for importers and exporters and for family in Hawaii and mainland USA.

As an independent shipping company, he said Matson had quickly built a reputation for reliability and dependability and the feedback from their customers and the wider community had been extremely positive.

Last month the company launched the Matson South Pacific SPX service. This is the first time there is a direct shipment or service from the U.S. West coast to Honolulu and to Pacific Island countries.

“The new service will stop at Apia, Samoa; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Nuku’alofa, Tonga; Suva, Fiji; and Lautoka, Fiji before returning to Honolulu,” Mr Jones said.

The MV Islander was also blessed in Apia, Pago Pago, Nukualofa in Tonga and then Fiji before it went back to Honolulu.

This new route will for the first time link the company’s well established West Coast – Hawaii service with its South Pacific network.

Using a dedicated ship to carry West Coast cargo transshipped at Honolulu, SPX will provide reliable, same-day-of-week South Pacific arrivals every 28 days, calling on Apia, Samoa; Pago Pago, American Samoa; Nuku’alofa, Tonga; Suva, Fiji and Lautoka, Fiji before returning to Honolulu.

The vessel will open up a more accessible and necessary trade-link between Honolulu and the Pacific.

 

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