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Matson Navigation Company is one of the leading U.S.-flag carriers operating in the Pacific, with a longstanding reputation for quality service in the transportation industry. Founded in 1882 and incorporated in 1901, Matson is the principal carrier of containerized freight and automobiles between the West Coast and Hawaii, Guam and Mid-Pacific, and is the largest subsidiary of Honolulu-based Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. In 2006, Matson introduced a new weekly service from Ningbo and Shanghai to Long Beach, California. In its 125-year history, Matson has been involved in the development of tourism in Hawaii through its luxury liners and Waikiki hotels, wartime duty during World War II and the introduction of containerization in the Pacific. The company is headquartered in Oakland and also has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Guam, Hilo (Hawaii), Honolulu, Kahului (Maui), Long Beach, Nawiliwili (Kauai), Ningbo, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

Matson's two subsidiaries are Matson Integrated Logistics (MIL) and Matson Terminals, Inc. MIL is a leading provider of multimodal transportation services to the North American market with capabilities that include domestic intermodal rail service, international intermodal service, long haul and regional highway services, specialized hauling and international air freight. MIL serves a broad range of customers and industries with customized transportation solutions and award-winning service. Matson Terminals provides container stevedoring, terminal and equipment maintenance services for Matson in Honolulu. The company operates a 108-acre facility on Sand Island on the island of Oahu, which serves as the primary hub for Matson's Hawaii service fleet of containerships and barges. Stevedoring Services of America Terminals (SSAT), which is partly owned by Matson, manages the company's container stevedoring and terminal services in the West Coast ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle.

Beyond offering customers a wide variety of transportation services, Matson is recognized for its industry-leading Customer Support Center and online services via the Internet, allowing customers to efficiently and effectively manage their shipment information. In recent years, Matson and MIL have received a number of industry honors for their quality service, including Logistics Management magazine's prestigious Quest for Quality award. Furthermore, all of Matson's operations are certified to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard, and the company's automotive operations and Customer Support Center are certified to the strict ISO 9001 Quality Management Standards.