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Matson Receives Second Benkert Award For Environmental Excellence From U.S. Coast Guard

"When we were first honored with the Benkert Award in 2006, Matson and SSA Terminals had just signed a new 'green port' lease agreement with the Port of Long Beach, which involved a commitment to reduce air emissions in port by shutting off our vessel diesel generators and plugging into the local electrical grid, a process called cold ironing," said Ron Forest, senior vice president, operations.  "This technology set a new standard for terminal leases in Long Beach. Because the concept of using a dockside electrical infrastructure to power ships while in port was new, the project involved innovative engineering work. By the end of this year, all of Matson's motor ships that call Long Beach will plug in -- making our terminal facility a 100% cold ironing operation, far ahead of the regulations set by the California Air Resources Board."

"Matson also has learned through experience about the power of partnerships in developing new processes and technologies that advance marine environmental protection," said Paul Londynsky, vice president, safety, quality and environmental affairs (SQE). "We have a longstanding and successful relationship with the California State Lands Commission in addressing issues related to invasive species and ballast water management.  We have also partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard in testing a ballast water treatment system on one of our vessels.  The success of that project led to Matson having one of the first ships to receive approval for the testing under the Coast Guard's Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program."

Cox commended Matson's SQE and vessel operations departments for this distinguished achievement, and also credited the efforts of Matson personnel throughout the organization: "Our success in achieving a leadership role in marine environmental initiatives can be directly attributed to Matson's 'green' culture.  All Matson employees, both offshore and shoreside, are part of our environmental management system.  Our own internal surveys of employees have shown a high awareness of Matson's green programs and environmental objectives, and the support our personnel demonstrate for these initiatives is remarkable.  This honor is a source of pride for all of us at Matson."

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