OAKLAND, Calif., June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Matson Navigation Company, Inc. ("Matson") has been honored with the U.S. Coast Guard's 2012 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Award for Excellence. The Benkert Award was created to recognize outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection that go beyond mere compliance with industrial and regulatory standards. Matson first received this biennial award in 2006. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120605/SF19690LOGO) "For our industry partners, the Rear Admiral William Benkert Award provides the ideal venue to strive for and recognize environmental excellence," said Capt. Eric Christensen, chief of the office for commercial vessel compliance. "The commandant's guiding principle of strengthening our partnerships is a valuable tenet to honor industry's efforts in continual pollution prevention, safety management and environmental stewardship." "As a company that has a long history of serving some of the most pristine environments in the world – including Hawaii, Guam and California -- Matson has quite naturally evolved into a carrier focused on setting a high bar when it comes to environmental stewardship," said Matt Cox, president, Matson. "For example, Matson is the only carrier in the world to have a zero discharge policy – this means that nothing is discharged into the ocean, with the exception of food scraps. Our philosophical approach to environmental and most other regulatory issues is to meet or exceed federal, state and local legislative and regulatory requirements. We also believe that where existing laws and regulations do not provide adequate controls to ensure the protection of the environment, we establish and adhere to our own more stringent standards." Besides the prestige associated with the Benkert Award, the award application process offers a venue for the creative exchange of ideas and innovations, and heightens awareness, underscoring the innovation required to achieve environmental excellence.