BIG NAME: Matson imports the majority of goods to Hawaii.
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Matson Decreasing Fuel Surcharge but What About HECO?

Matson, one of two major cargo container shipping companies operating in Hawaii, will decrease its fuel surcharge 3 percentage points. The decrease from 42% to 39% for its Hawaii service, and from 38.5% to 35.5% for its Guam/CNMI and Micronesia services, comes as the cost of bunker fuel prices drop. The decrease is effective as of Sunday.

Dave Hoppes, senior vice president of ocean services, said: “We are pleased to be able to make this second consecutive downward adjustment to our fuel surcharge, which for most customers represents a reduction in shipping costs ranging from $70 to $120 per container. We have been encouraged by the recent moderation in bunker fuel prices, and remain focused on diligently exploring ways in which we can maximize fuel efficiency for our Hawaii and Guam services.  Matson has made a practice of giving 30 days notice for upward rate adjustments, but passes on downward adjustments to our customers as soon as possible.  We will continue to monitor fuel costs and adjust the surcharge accordingly.”

Matson’s last decreased its surcharge by 3.5 percentage points on June 17, 2012.

Marissa Capelouto, owner of Oahu Express Ltd. and candidate for State House, is a frequent customer of Matson.

She asks why Matson is decreasing its fuel surcharge while HECO, Hawaii’s monopoly energy company continue to increase its prices, most recently by 3.5 percentage points.

“My point is why HECO’s rate is not coming down if they’re using fossil fuel. We understand that HECO are using low sulfur fuel, can’t they find ways to get a cheaper low sulfur fuel?”

Judge Pollack Sworn in Monday

The Honorable Richard W. Pollack’s new position in Hawaii’s highest state court will become official on Monday. He be sworn in as an associate justice on August 6, at 4 p.m. in the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom.

The state Senate convened in special session on June 29 to consider Pollack’s elevation from Circuit Court to Supreme Court.

Senators voted unanimously to confirm Pollack, 61, who served as state Public Defender before becoming an Oahu Circuit Court  judge in 2000.

Senator Clayton Hee praised Pollack’s candor when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, which Hee chairs.

“It was remarkably refreshing to ask him questions and get a straight answer,” Hee said.

“I believe that Judge Pollack will serve the people of Hawaii with great honor and great humility,” Hee said.

Classic Cars Appreciated

Rep. Karen Awana (District 44 – Honokai Hale, Nanakuli, Lualualei) announced today that Governor Abercrombie has proclaimed July 13, 2012 as Collector Car Appreciation Day.

An event will be held at the State Capitol on Friday, July 13th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.in the State Capitol Rotunda area to recognize the collectors.  About 15 classic cars and their owners will be present.

This past session, Rep. Awana introduced House Resolution 44.  The resolution recognizes the collector car and restoration industry as part of the country’s automotive heritage.

“Hawaii is a special place where thousands participate in automobile restoration,” said Rep. Awana.  “This past time helps our local economy, creates jobs and provides a wholesome environment for families to participate.  I am grateful that our Governor has proclaimed this special day as part of a national initiative.”  Read more about HR44 here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2012/bills/HR44_.htm (submitted by the Hawaii House Majority Communications Office)

 

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