General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers Lead Ship of Matson Kanaloa-class

November 19, 2019 – Lurline, Lead Ship of Matson Kanaloa Class, on Sea Trials.
November 19, 2019 – Lurline, Lead Ship of Matson Kanaloa-class, on Sea Trials.

SAN DIEGO – On December 26, General Dynamics NASSCO delivered Lurline, the lead ship of the two-vessel Kanaloa-class, built for Honolulu-based shipping and logistics company, Matson. Lurline is the largest combination containership/roll-on, roll-off (“ConRo”) vessel constructed in the United States.

The 870-foot-long, 3,500 TEU Lurline provides the capability to transport containers, automobiles, trailers and rolling stock. NASSCO partnered with DSEC Co., Ltd., to provide a state-of-the-art ship design and material package that incorporates liquefied natural gas-capable main and auxiliary engines, compliant with Tier III emission requirements. 

“We are proud to deliver the lead ship of the Kanaloa-class,” said Dave Carver, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “It is an honor for our design and production teams to work on the latest Jones Act vessels that will support our customers and the communities they serve.”

The Lurline will join the Jones Act fleet, requiring ships to be built in a U.S. shipyard and crewed by U.S. citizens and permanent residents, further protecting hundreds of thousands of jobs in the domestic American maritime industry.

The second Kanaloa-class vessel for Matson is currently under construction at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard with delivery expected in the third quarter of 2020.

NASSCO serves as the only major shipyard on the West Coast of the United States designing, constructing and repairing ships for the U.S. Navy and commercial customers. Visit for more information about NASSCO, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

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