The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade.

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The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade. PMSA operates offices in San Francisco, Long Beach and Seattle, and represents owners and operators of marine terminals and U.S. and foreign vessels operating throughout the world.

On behalf of its members, PMSA engages in community affairs and legislative and regulatory affairs in California and Washington state.  PMSA provides members with information services, including regular updates on matters of interest to the shipping industry.  It also serves as a clearinghouse for environmental practices across the industry.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade.

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PMSA News

 7/17/15 - PMSA Applauds Gov. Brown's Executive Order on Directing Creation of Integrated Freight Action Plan

 5/19/15 - PMSA's Mike Moore Recognized For Maritime Safety Contributions

4/17/15 - PMSA Headquarters Moving to Oakland, CA on May 1, 2015

10/13/14 - The Tacoma-Seattle port alliance: More challenges still ahead

4/30/14 - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks cooperation with Long Beach on port issues

10/10/13 - USCG Sector San Francisco thanks maritime community for helping to make America's Cup race a success

 
Interested in becoming a PMSA member? Contact Laura Williams at lwilliams@pmsaship.com
 

PMSA Blog Corner

Keep Cargo Moving

Los Angeles Business Journal

California should continue to lead on emission reduction, but goals must keep ports competitive. By John McLaurin Monday, June 15, 2015

California is moving forward with a program that will fundamentally change the way cargo is transported to address climate change and reduce emissions at a cost of billions of dollars. The goal of this effort is to see all those who have a hand in moving cargo reduce their carbon output to zero or near-zero emissions.

The California Air Resources Board's Sustainable Freight Strategy will impact our ports, including the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; airports; trucks; railroads; vessels; marine terminals; warehouses; distribution facilities and delivery trucks. Issues around the strategy and how it is implemented are significant because this road map will be used as the basis for future regulations and investments as California moves to phase out the use of liquid fossil fuels and the diesel engines that burn them.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association continues to support many efforts by California to integrate clean air technologies in global trade. However, if the air board's Sustainable Freight Strategy is to be truly sustainable, it must give businesses a chance to grow while emissions are reduced. If this is an emissions reduction plan without financial support or funding, it will severely harm California's international trade position, a role that helps fuel our economy.

Click here to read the entire Op/Ed.

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