Security Programs

Matson is fully compliant with the requirements of both the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Codes and the U.S. Marine Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). All Matson vessels and facilities are certified to these requirements using plans approved by the USCG. Routine audits, drills, and exercises (including un announced inspections and drills) are also conducted.

As evidence of Matson's "meet or exceed" philosophy, our company exceeds the requirements of MTSA by requiring all employees, contractors, and visitors aboard Matson vessels, in our offices, or on our facilities - and not just those involved in vessel or cargo operations - to participate in annual security awareness training. This training highlights the need for all employees, contractors, and visitors to be alert to suspicious activities at all times, and provides resources and contacts for reporting any suspect activity. Matson proactively developed an in-house training DVD to ensure this training is available to all employees regardless of location.

Even though most of the company's business was in the domestic markets in 2002, Matson joined, in 2002, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) supply chain security program, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Matson's membership was confirmed in May 2003, and verified by CBP supply chain specialists in September 2004.

Matson frequently volunteers its vessels and terminal facilities in Honolulu to local first responders and USCG personnel for exercises and drills. As a U.S.-owned flag company, Matson considers our company and its resources to be a partner to the USCG, CBP, and law enforcement in the protection of our homeland.

To increase the visibility of Matson's security programs, in 2005, Matson's Board of Directors appointed the vice president of SQE to be the company's Chief Security Officer. This individual attends industry security seminars and training conferences, and is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of maritime security at seminars, industry events, and both U.S. Merchant Marine and California Maritime Academies. He also serves on the Northern California Area Maritime Security Committee, sponsored USCG Sector of San Francisco.

Among the security programs Matson participates in:

  • International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
  • Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002
  • Bio-terrorism Act of 2002
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

Specific questions regarding company security should be directed to the vice president, SQE and Chief Security officer at TEL 510-628-4008.

Matson strongly urges our employees, partners and customers to remain vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity to either the US Coast Guard National Response Center at 800-472-8802, or your local FBI field office.