Matson is fully compliant with the requirements of both the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Codes and the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). All Matson vessels and facilities are certified to these requirements using plans approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. Routine audits, drills, and exercises, as well as unannounced 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 video 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 has continuously been successfully verified by CBP supply chain specialists. Furthermore, Matson Logistics became a member of C-TPAT in 2015 and has subsequently been verified as well.
Matson frequently volunteers its vessels and terminal facilities in Honolulu to local first responders and federal security 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.
On the cyber front, Matson’s Information Security program is committed to sustaining a secure computing environment for the protection of Company information. Our goals are to maintain information confidentiality, integrity and availability; to ensure compliance; and to prevent disruptions that impact the operations of Matson and it’s network.
The program is designed according to best practices across the ISO 27001, NIST 800-53 , and DFARS 252.204-7012 standards. The program underpins an IT risk management strategy developed by Matson IT leadership, audit, and risk management functions within the organization. These groups are responsible for the risk assessment process, including assessing internal and external threats, information management, technology vulnerabilities and risks, and prioritizing the business systems that require preventive controls and risk mitigation.
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. In 2015, in recognition of the continued scope of security activity, Matson created a director of security position, reporting to the chief security officer. These individuals attend industry security seminars and training conferences, and are frequent guest speakers on the topic of maritime security at seminars, industry events, and both the U.S. Merchant Marine and California Maritime Academies. In addition, along with Matson’s director of security, the Chief Security Officer is also a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, as appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
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.
Specific questions regarding cybersecurity should be directed to Sr. Manager, Enterprise Information Security at TEL 510-628-4213.
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.