The first of four new ships for the US container line Matson Inc arrived at Hawaii on her maiden voyage last November.
The line said the Daniel K Inouye, 51, 400 tonnes, is the largest container ship ever built in the United States.
The Daniel K Inouye is named in honour of the late Hawaii senator. Built by the Philly Shipyard, Philadelphia, she is the largest ship in the Matson fleet and has a container capacity of 3,500 teu and a speed of 23 knots.
The arrival of the ship marks the beginning of a $1bn investment by the Honolulu-based line in its Hawaii service over the next few years with the four new ships completing a renewal of its Hawaii fleet, and the terminal expansion and modernisation project at its Sand Island facility in Honolulu.
All four ships have been designed specifically by Matson for its Hawaii service and incorporate a number of green ship technology features that will help protect the evironment, incuding a more fuel efficient hull design, duel fuel engines that can be adapted to use LNG, double hull fuel tanks and fresh water ballast systems.