Matson Agrees to Stop Sending its Old Ships to the "Killing Beaches" of South Asia

 Horizon Trader being towed out of Brownsville, TX, to India, Sept. 2, 2015 (C) BAN

Horizon Trader being towed out of Brownsville, TX, to India, Sept. 2, 2015 (C) BAN

Following an alarm we raised, Matson Inc., the shipping company, agreed to prohibit scrapping its vessels on the beaches of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

While this decision doesn't apply to the Horizon Trader, and old Matson vessel now on its way to India, it's hugely significant. Twenty-three vessels in Matson's fleet will need to be scrapped in the next few years.

Because this decision doesn't apply to the Horizon Trader, BAN and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform call on All Star Metals, the last holder of the Horizon Trader, to return the ship to the U.S. for proper recycling in All Star Metal's Brownsville, TX ship recycling yard.

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