Delayed Vessel – Mahimahi 313W

Please be advised that due to weather conditions in Oakland, California, Matson is currently showing that the Mahimahi-313W which would normally depart Long Beach this Saturday, December 13, 2014, will now be departing a day later on Sunday, December 14, with an ETA into Honolulu Friday morning, December 19, 2014. This will delay deliveries. We…

Steamship Lines Announce Price Increase

Matson Lines and Horizon Lines both announced rate increases recently on their Hawaii service. Matson Navigation Company, Aloha Freight Forwarder’s primary steamship line partner, announced on November 25, 2014 that they will raise their rates by an average of 5.4% effective January 04, 2015. Aloha Freight Forwarders will pass this steamship line increase through to…

Port Contract Negotiations

Negotiations between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have not resulted in a new contract as of yet. The 6 year collective agreement which covered nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports expired July 01, 2014. Labor shortages and low productivity are still an issue throughout the…

Kilauea Volcano Lava Flow

On the Big Island, the Kilauea volcano continues to create a lava flow that is moving toward Pahoa 96778 in the Puna district. Please be advised that normal access to Pahoa via Highway 130 or Railroad Avenue may be impacted by the lava flow and while service is not expected to be disrupted due to…

Ocean Fuel Surcharge Decrease 11/02/14

Please be advised our primary steamship line partner, Matson Navigation, has advised that effective Sunday, November 02, 2014, the ocean fuel surcharge will decrease from current 42.5% down to 37.5%. Matson makes a practice of providing 30 day notice for upward rate adjustments, but passes on downward adjustments as soon as possible. Shipments received/processed by…

Update on Tropical Storm Ana

Tropical Storm Ana is tracking further south than originally expected. The US Coast Guard does not anticipate any port closures at this time. Oakland vessel (MAUI – 030W) is expected to arrive 1 hour late on Saturday, which could have some impact/delays on the Long Beach vessel (MKI – 151W) arriving on Sunday evening. Hopefully,…

Tropical Storm Ana

Please be advised that the barge service in Hawaii is reporting that each port of call throughout Hawaii may be affected by Tropical Storm Ana. Based on present projections, the US Coast Guard is expected to close the ports of Hilo, Kawaihae, Kahului, Kaunakakai, and Kaumalapau on Friday, October 17, 2014; Honolulu on Saturday morning,…