June 25, 2006
Andrasick to keynote Global Greenship
James S. Andrasick, president and CEO of Matson Navigation Company, Inc., San Francisco, Calif., will be the keynote speaker on Sept. 12 for Marine Log's 2006 Global Greenship Conference & Expo.
The event, scheduled for Sept. 12-13, 2006 at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C., will focus on the "best environmental practices, best technology" for vessel owners and operators, with presentations on everything from ballast water management to cold ironing to waste stream management.
In his keynote address, Andrasick will discuss why vessel operators should be proactive and go beyond mere compliance with marine environmental regulations.
Certainly Matson Navigation has been in the forefront of marine environmental leadership. The company was recently honored with the U.S. Coast Guard's 2006 Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Award for Excellence. The Benkert Award recognizes outstanding achievements in marine environmental protection.
Upon receiving the award, Andrasick commended the company's safety, quality and environmental affairs (SQE) and vessel operations departments for their efforts.
"The criteria for receiving the Benkert Award," said Andrasick, "require operators to demonstrate comprehensive and industry leading environmental initiatives. Matson's efforts here have clearly gone far beyond today's stringent requirements."
Matson has had a zero discharge policy since 1993 and, in 2003, its S.S. Chief Gadao became the first U.S.-flag container vessel certified to the American Bureau of Shipping's Safety, Quality and Environmental Management (SQE) program.
All of Matson's vessels now have the SQE certification, which requires a documented environmental management system focused on continuous improvement. Additionally, its offices and terminals are certified to an ISO 14000 environmental management system standard.
The four new 2,600-TEU diesel-powered containerships that it ordered from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard for its new West Coast-Hawaii-Guam-China service have a number of environmentally friendly, "green" design elements.
Andrasick has been president and CEO of Matson Navigation since July 2003, after serving as interim president and CEO from July 2002.