SIU Jobs Secure in Horizon Lines Sales


July 2015


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SIU jobs remain secure aboard Horizon Lines vessels that have been acquired by Matson and, separately, The Pasha Group. The acquisitions formally were announced May 29.


In a message to the affected ships, SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker noted Matson had completed its purchase of Horizon Lines’ Alaska operations, while The Pasha Group wrapped up its procurement of Horizon’s Hawaii assets.


“These acquisitions are good news for the SIU, and it is business as usual for our crews aboard the seven vessels,” Tricker wrote. “Those ships are (now under the Matson umbrella) the Tacoma, Kodiak and Anchorage; and (now with Pasha, to be operated by Crowley) the Enterprise, Pacific, Reliance, and Spirit. Our standard contract still applies aboard all seven ships.”


He added, “Your union worked hard not only to retain these jobs but also to keep them under the standard contract. Your continued support and professionalism were vital to our success.”


Matson announced it “will continue Horizon’s long operating history in Alaska with a three-vessel deployment of diesel-powered, Jones Act-qualified containerships that provide two weekly sailings from Tacoma to Anchorage and Kodiak, and a weekly sailing to Dutch Harbor. In addition, Matson will be operating port terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor and acquiring several reserve steampowered Jones Act containerships that may be used for dry-dock relief.”


“We are pleased to have completed this strategic acquisition that substantially grows our ocean transportation business into the attractive Alaska market,” said Matt Cox, president and chief executive officer of Matson. “The Alaska market is a natural geographic extension of our platform as a leader serving our customers in the Pacific.”


In addition to vessels, The Pasha Group has also acquired Horizon subsidiaries Hawaii Stevedores, Inc.; the California-based operations of Sea-Logix, LLC, which provides trucking services; and Sunrise Operations, a subsidiary that includes Horizon’s Hawaii trade-lane vessels and employees.


“Horizon Lines, Hawaii Stevedores and Sea-Logix are companies that complement The Pasha Group’s legacy of a proud family history; a focus on innovation and service with an ability to combine competencies to provide streamlined solutions,” said George Pasha IV, president and CEO of The Pasha Group. “Like Pasha Hawaii, these companies have strong ties to the islands and the mainland, are aligned with our integrated shipping and logistics model, and share our values and community commitment.”


In announcing Crowley’s selection as the operator of the four newly acquired ships for Pasha, Crowley Vice President of Ship Management Mike Golonka said, “As a long-time Jones Act carrier, Crowley is well-suited to manage these U.S.-flagged vessels. We are confident that our ability to offer company-wide resources and flexibility to work within their operational model is what set us apart, in addition to our proven experience in managing steam vessels for other companies. We look forward to working with Pasha in the management of their new ships.”


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