Horizon Lines Hires Waypoint Solutions Group For Managed Messaging in U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 01, 2006 ─ Horizon Lines ─ the nation’s leading domestic ocean container shipping and logistics company, providing cargo transportation between the continental U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico ─ has signed a three-year agreement engaging Charlotte-based Solutions Group to provide Managed Messaging Services to Horizon’s server locations in 7 U.S. states, Guam and Puerto Rico. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Horizon Lines, LLC was recognized by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as the 2005 recipient of the company’s annual “Carrier of the Year Award” for the Jones Act trades. Horizon Lines provides Wal-Mart ocean transportation and logistics services between the continental U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Under terms of the agreement, Waypoint will manage day-to-day operations of Horizon Lines’ global messaging environment and strategic computer network engineering to support it. Horizon Lines’ global messaging environment supports more than 1000 users and includes more than 16 messaging servers (Microsoft Exchange), front-end Internet gateways, and a Blackberry Enterprise server.

Waypoint will manage the Horizon Lines messaging server network that connects its personnel in Dallas, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Elizabeth, N.J.; Long Beach and Oakland, Calif.; Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Anchorage, Alaska; Guam; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Don Rowley, Sr. Manager of Infrastructure with Horizon Lines, said his company chose Waypoint because “Waypoint has an excellent reputation for their expertise, knowledge of and experience with the particular network and messaging needs of companies within the international logistics arena. At Horizon Lines, partner with customers and vendors who share our values of credibility and service proficiency. We believe Waypoint fits that profile.”

About Horizon Lines
Horizon Lines, LLC is the nation’s leading Jones Act container shipping and integrated logistics company, operating 16 U.S.-flag vessels on routes linking the continental United States with Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Horizon Lines also owns Horizon Services Group, an organization with a diversified offering of cargo management and tracking services being marketed to shippers, carriers, and other supply chain participants. Horizon Lines, LLC and Horizon Services Group are wholly owned subsidiaries of Horizon Lines, Inc., which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HRZ.

Posted on: 06.01.06