Preserving the environment and the health of the communities we serve is a core value at Matson. Our vessels transit some of the most environmentally sensitive areas in the United States including the Hawaiian Islands, the coast of California, and the Puget Sound. These areas derive a great deal of their livelihood from the maritime environment, either from tourism, transportation, or fishing. Matson acknowledges and embraces our responsibility as a steward of these areas, and ensures the inclusion of environmental considerations in all of our planning. Matson is proud to have twice been awarded the U. S. Coast Guard’s prestigious William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. Other honors include:

  • Port of Seattle Green Gateway Partner
  • San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan Air Quality Excellence Award
  • Port of Long Beach Green Flag Program Top Carrier
  • Guam EPA Environmental Stewardship Award
  • Recognized by the National Academies and Ocean Conservancy for zero overboard discharge program

Part of our commitment to the environment includes fostering a company-wide ethic of sustainability. All employees (both ashore and afloat) are trained in Matson’s Environmental Policy which is designed to reach the goals of conservation through recycling, reducing waste, and re-using whenever and wherever possible. A few examples of our efforts include:

  • Shoreside and offshore employees reading electronic documents versus printing
  • Use of recycling bins placed conveniently throughout Matson facilities
  • Encouraging employees to carpool to and from work

Matson further contributes to the environment by testing and deploying cutting edge technologies which are applied to its modernized fleet. Either on our own or with partners, Matson designs, retrofits, and troubleshoots new technologies that maximize efficiency, improve air and water quality, and prevent oil spills, all at great expense to the company. Our engineering department strives to design ships and systems that maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions through innovation. We completed extensive retrofits to our entire fleet to allow utilization of alternative marine power and low sulfur fuels to minimize vessel air emissions. In addition, we have installed and tested two different ballast water treatment systems and utilize fresh water ballast on our 2600 class vessels. Our entire diesel fleet is equipped with state-of-the-art oil water separators and tamper proof monitoring equipment.