Horizon Lines, Inc. (www.horizonlines.com
) is one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies and the only ocean cargo carrier serving all three noncontiguous domestic markets of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico from the continental United States. The company maintains a fleet of 14 fully Jones Act qualified vessels and operates five port terminals in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. A trusted partner for many of the nation's leading retailers, manufacturers and U.S. government agencies, Horizon Lines provides reliable transportation services that leverage its unique combination of ocean transportation and inland distribution capabilities to deliver goods that are vital to the prosperity of the markets it serves. The Company is based in Charlotte, NC and its stock trades on the over-the-counter market under the symbol HRZL.
To deliver reliable and cost competitive container shipping and logistics solutions with industry-leading customer service and operational excellence between the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Horizon Lines' values are captured in our focus and commitment to the Seven C's:
Horizon Lines, Inc., is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Jones Act
- Passed by Congress and signed into law in 1920.
- States that all cargo sailing from one U.S. port to another U.S. port, either directly or via a foreign port, must sail on a vessel that is U.S. crewed, owned and built.
- The law applies to all domestic cargo sailing on U.S. rivers and lakes, coastwise and from the mainland to the three noncontiguous locations (Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico).
- Similar requirements have been established for all forms of domestic cargo and passenger transportation in the United States and in nearly all developed nations.
- Provides long-term service and rate stability end encourages investment in domestic port infrastructure.
- A factor in national security in that all domestic transportation is owned and operated by U.S. citizens.
- Of the 2.5 billion tons of cargo moving annually in U.S. maritime commerce, more than 1 billion tons, or 41%, is transported domestically by the Jones Act fleet.
- A new vessel has been added to the fleet almost every day for the past 40 years, and there are currently over 39,000 vessels in the Jones Act fleet.
- Over 135,000 people in the U.S. are employed on board Jones Act ships alone, with thousands more in jobs directly related to the U.S.-Flag domestic shipping industry.
As a domestic transportation leader, Horizon Lines is committed to protecting the environment and ensuring the safety and health of our associates and the public. We back our commitment with programs that promote best practices in environmental stewardship.
Our Guide to Safety
Safety Is A Way Of Life
We continue to set goals for ongoing improvement throughout Horizon Lines. We owe it to our associates, our owners, our customers, and future generations to be good stewards of the environment.
HorizonGreen: Environmental Policy
Through our HorizonGreen Initiative, we strive to better understand and measure our impact on the environment, and to develop programs that incorporate environmental thinking and mitigation into our core operations.
Within the HorizonGreen initiative, Horizon Lines is addressing four key areas. Click here to learn more.
Horizon Lines' Safety Vision
Horizon Lines' Safety Policy:
- Safety is a way of life and part of everything we do, both on and off the job.
- Everyone has the responsibility to ensure a safe work environment.
- We want to "convince" not "confront" our associates.
- We will live by our human and moral commitment to our associates and customers to reduce pain and suffering in the work place.
- We will strive to have the lowest possible personal injury and accident rates.
We are committed to provide transportation services in a manner that will ensure the maximum safety of our associates, the safeguarding of our customers’ cargo, and the safety of the communities we serve.
- Most injuries and accidents are preventable and we will strive to prevent them.
- Each individual is responsible and accountable for their own safety and the safety of others.
- We must always lead by example.
- A strong, visible, felt leadership commitment to safety is imperative.
- Teamwork across departments and involvement by all is critical to safety success.
- No job is so important, no service so urgent that we cannot take time to perform all work safely.