About Us

Our History, Vision and Values.

Horizon Lines is leading the way in delivering the most reliable, efficient and responsible ocean cargo services to two of the Jones Act regions of the United States. We are a domestic shipping company dedicated entirely to supporting the people and businesses across Alaska, Hawaii and the mainland with 11 fully Jones Act qualified vessels and a team of experienced, dedicated professionals.

Our half-century record of award-winning service has earned us a loyal base of highly valued customers, from individuals and growing businesses to US Government agencies and many of the nation’s leading retailers and manufacturers. Whatever your shipping needs and challenges may be, Horizon Lines wants be your trusted partner in ocean transportation and inland distribution.


The story of Horizon Lines is really the story of containerized shipping in America. Our founder, Malcolm McLean, is the same visionary pioneer who developed the metal shipping container and launched the first containerized shipping service, which revolutionized the ocean cargo industry forever.

In 1956, Sea-Land Service, the predecessor to Horizon Lines, introduced ocean-borne containerized shipping to the world by sailing a converted World War II T-2 oil tanker, named the “Ideal-X”, from Port Newark, New Jersey to Port of Houston, Texas. 

Just two years later, Sea-Land introduced container shipping to the Puerto Rico market and pioneered container shipping to Alaska with the first year-round scheduled vessel service. 

Soon after being acquired by CSX Corporation in 1986, Sea-Land Services began providing container shipping services to Hawaii.

In 1997, Sea-Land led the refrigerated container industry by launching the first fleet of advanced humidity control refrigerated containers. 

September 2005 marked the company’s initial public offering under its new name: Horizon Lines (NYSE: HRZ). In February 2008, Horizon Lines affirmed its commitment to green business practices by joining the SmartWay Transport Partnership and earning the highest fuel efficiency and environmental performance rating from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Looking toward the future, we are as committed as ever to our core mission of delivering reliable, cost-competitive container shipping and logistics solutions, with industry-leading customer service and operational excellence, to the Continental US, Alaska and Hawaii.

Our Values

Horizon Lines' values are captured in our focus and commitment to the “Seven C's”:

  1. Credibility
  2. Customers
  3. Consideration
  4. Cost
  5. Cooperation
  6. Communication
  7. Competition

Horizon Lines is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled Persons/Protected Veteran Employer.