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 1st Annual State of the Port Luncheon With Gene Seroka - January 14, 2015

 PMSA is hosting a luncheon on Thursday, January 14, 2016 with Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. The luncheon will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in San Pedro, CA. Proceeds from the event will benefit International Trade Education Programs and the International Sefarer's Center of LA/LB. For more information or to register, please click here.

PMSA-WIL State of the Port Luncheon With Chris Lytle - January 21, 2015

PMSA is co-sponsoring a State of the Port luncheon with Women in Logistics of Northern California (WIL) on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Scott's Restaurant in Oakland, CA. The guest speaker is Chris Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland. Proceeds will go to WIL's scholarship program and the PMSA Foundation. For more details or to register, click here.


2/5/16 - Carl Kemp Joins Pacific Merchant Shipping Association as Vice President

12/17/15 - PMSA Sustainable Freight Strategy Impact Study

10/12/15 - Seaport Infrastructure Financing Districts Created in California

9/11/15 - State Senate Refuses to Grant San Francisco Bar Pilots Big Pay Increases

8/4/15 - PMSA Statement on Northwest Seaport Alliance

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

PMSA Blog Corner

Seafarer Centers Need Our Help

By John McLaurin

October 28, 2015

The holidays are almost upon us.  Hundreds of millions of Americans will head to shopping malls or go online to order gifts for friends, loved ones and colleagues.  People will worry about how the gift will be received, whether it will fit, if it is the right color, will it break or whether it is returnable.  Few will give much thought to the hard work of those onboard ships that brought those goods to this country.

Hundreds of seafarers will spend this holiday season at sea or at distant ports of call thousands of miles from their families. Working on board ships is a solitary and lonely life.  Seafarers spend months away from their home and loved ones, often working in very dangerous conditions.  It is a profession that is taken for granted by consumers all over the world, but one that is critical for our economy. 

These seafarers need our assistance and support.  That is why the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the Port of Oakland and other members of the Bay Area maritime community came together recently to raise funds for the Seamen's Church Institute, International Maritime Center.  The recent luncheon event included a keynote address from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the women and men who work onboard ships.  The Mayor's support for the International Maritime Center and its volunteers was a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work performed by individuals who are largely invisible to the general public.

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