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 Annual Luncheon with Mayor Robert Garcia - April 22, 2015

PMSA is having its annual luncheon on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. This year's Keynote Speaker is the Honorable Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach. To register or for more details, please go to:


WCIT/PMSA Candidate Forum Breakfast - April 29, 2015

Washington Council on International Trade and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association are once again teaming up to host a candidate forum on trade and maritime issues. Building off their successful candidate forums for Governor and Port of Seattle Commission, this event will feature candidates for the Seattle City Council in Districts 1 and 6 (two of the main maritime and trade Council districts). The breakfast will be held in the Holland America Dining Room at the World Trade Center Seattle at 8am. To register or for more details, please click here.



 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

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PMSA Blog Corner

Gov. Scott, welcome to California

John McLaurin | Mar 15, 2015 3:26PM EDT  

Drinking a glass of Florida orange juice this morning, I thought about the governor of Florida's well-publicized letter to "shipping industry professionals,”touting Florida's port system while at the same time taking a few cheap shots at the state of California by comparing Florida to California in a number of areas. I thought I'd respond in kind about some items that the governor of Florida failed to mention. 

Unlike Florida, California does not allow alligators to play through on its public golf courses. California is a place where great ideas are born, home to dreamers and innovators represented by companies such as HP, Google, Apple and even Disney. Florida is a place where people go to retire. I appreciate the governor's hesitancy to talk about climate change in a state that is just a few inches above sea level and where the most popular program is anything shown on the Weather Channel.

While the governor notes that Florida's entire port system has averaged approximately $212,500,000 on an annual basis in funding seaport improvements over the past four years, some of California's ports have matched that investment (and more) on just an individual port basis. In addition, our marine terminal payments to California's public ports for seaport investments total more than $900 million per year. And we've been able to reduce port-related emissions by more than 80 percent in many categories in the process.

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