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

Welcome to PMSA

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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Events

The Future of Marine Fuels - ECA & LNG!

PMSA and Cargo Business News are co-hosting a conference on the upcoming Emission Control Area Requirements on January 1, 2015 and the potential of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.  The conference will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in San Pedro, CA on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. To register, or for more information, click here.

PMSA News

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

Spare some thought for the seafarers

Journal of Commerce

By John McLaurin

August 4, 2014

Peter Tirschwell came to town last week. I've known Peter for many years, and given that he might write my obituary one day, I offered to buy him lunch.

Not having seen him for a while, once we got past insulting each other, as old friends do, the conversation settled down into a wide ranging discussion about the current state of the maritime industry, longshore contract negotiations, waterfront personalities and the like. What became clear during our conversation was Peter's commitment to seafarers and to seafarer centers around the country which provide much-needed help and assistance to those that work on board vessels.

Click here to read the full piece.

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