Sun Ship Lays Keel For Matson Containership

Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pa., recently laid the keel for the 720-foot containership S/S Kauai (Sun Hull No.

678) it is building for Matson Navigation Company.

The full-width inner bottom section weighing 225 tons was lowered onto the shipyard's shipbuilding slab in a brief ceremony by senior vice president Arthur Haskell of Matson Navigation.

The keel-laying ceremony was attended by members of Sun Ship and Matson management, Lodge No. 802 of the Boilermakers & Iron Ship Builders Union, the American Bureau of Shipping, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Sun Hull No. 678 is being built from an advanced design of Matson's three previous containerships and will be capable of carrying 1,121 containers, including 302 refrigerated containers.

The containership will be powered by a geared steam turbine rated at 32,000 shaft horsepower, with a speed of more than 22 knots.

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