MATSON HAWAII-GUAM CARGO ROUTE TO END

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (December 17, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---Pacific shipping giant Matson Navigation Company has announced plans to cancel direct weekly cargo service between Hawaii and Guam effective as early as February.

The change, which must be approved by the U.S. government as well as well as Matson’s parent company, Honolulu-Based Alexander and Baldwin, Incorporated, results from too little freight on the route, an average of about ten containers a week.

The Hawaii-Guam sailing is planned to be replaced by a weekly California to Guam route, meaning Guam-destined Matson cargo will have to be shipped first to the U.S. mainland.

A weekly direct sailing between Hawaii and Guam also is provided by Sea-Land Service, Incorporated.

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