Matson to raise fuel surcharge by 5 percentage points

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Matson Navigation says it is raising its fuel surcharge by 5 percentage points, from 34.5% to 39.5% for its Hawaii service.

Matson will also hike the surcharge for its Guam/CNMI and Micronesia services from 36.5% to 41.5%

"Since our last decrease in July 2013, Matson's fuel costs have increased," said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services. "We are now seeing the impact of Emission Control Area (ECA) regulations that were implemented in 2012, which require carriers to burn the more costly low-sulfur distillate fuel 200 miles off U.S. coastlines.  For Matson, this has resulted in increased fuel costs for about 20% of each voyage, both westbound and eastbound."

The hike takes effect March 23.

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