Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Matson Tightens Grip on South Pacific
By Michael Hansen @ 11:59 PM :: 2503 Views :: Jones Act

Matson SPX service to offer transshipment at Samoa to Tahiti on Kyowa Line

by Michael Hansen, Hawaii Shippers Council, August 8, 2017

Matson Inc. posted to their website on August 7, 2017, a press release, “Matson extends South Pacific Express service to Tahiti,” implying their time-chartered containership SAMOANA will call directly at the port of Papeete on Tahiti – French Polynesia’s main port – as an additional port of call on its South Pacific Express (SPX) service from Honolulu to Pago Pago, American Samoa and Apia, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa).

Their press release advises that Matson will begin accepting Tahiti cargo on the SPX service “with the departure of Samoana Voyage 007 from Honolulu on August 22, 2017 and first arrival at Papeete on September 4, 2017.”

However, checking Matson’s “South Pacific Express Connection Schedule” shows that cargo bound for Tahiti will be transshipped – or, relayed – at Samoa to a vessel of Kyowa Shipping Co Ltd. / Kyowa Line for delivery to Papeete beginning with Kyowa’s TROPICAL ISLANDER Voyage 119 arriving Papeete September 4, 2017.

Kyowa will provide the on-carriage from Samoa to Tahiti with its “South Pacific Service” which originates in Japan and South Korea and calls on eleven South Pacific Ports from Tarawa, Kiribati, to Papeete, Tahiti, with an approximately fortnightly frequency. The last two ports on the Kyowa Line South Pacific Service schedule are Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Papeete, Tahiti, which should provide an efficient transshipment arrangement.

Kyowa Line operates a total fleet of nine (9) multipurpose ships with stern ramps and cargo gear (cranes) employing four in its South Pacific Service the: CORAL ISLANDER, PACIFIC ISLANDER, TORPICAL ISLANDER and SOUTH ISLANDER.

In Micronesia, Kyowa Line also provides transshipment / relay services for Matson at Apra Harbor, Guam, to ports in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The cargo originates from Matson’s Transpacific service which calls weekly on Apra Harbor from Honolulu, Hawaii, and Long Beach, California.

In another development, Matson announced on July 25, 2017 that they acquired the German-built U.S.-flag containership MARSTAN from the foreign trade contractor Sealift Inc. (to be renamed KAMOKUIKI) to inaugurate a new direct service from Honolulu to three RMI ports during the first quarter of 2018.

We understand that once their Marshall Islands service is in place, Matson will no longer use Kyowa Line to transship cargo from Guam to RMI ports.


Related: Matson purchases second-hand ship for new Marshall Islands service


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii



Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute


Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii


DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group


Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii



National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today


Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii



Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii


SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii