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 Oakland, 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 April 12, 2018

PMSA is hosting its Annual Luncheon on Thursday, April 12, 2018 featuring Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event will benefit the PMSA Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization providing much needed funds to seafarers, disabled sailors, homeless and students. The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in San Pedro, CA. For more details or to register, please click here.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors Keesal, Young & Logan!

PMSA Press Releases

11/2/17  - Statement of PMSA President John McLaurin Regarding the Clean Air Action Plan

10/23/17 - John McLaurin discusses CAAP on NBC 

9/19/17 - CAAP Letter Statement  

8/30/17 - PMSA Statement on CAAP Workshop  

8/21/17 - Costly Environmental Policies May Result in Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

8/21/17 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Infographic  

8/21/17 - PMSA Carbon Comparison Context 

8/18/17 - PMSA Statement on POLA Emissions Inventory 

7/19/17 - PMSA Clean Air Action Plan Press Release 

5/18/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study April

4/20/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study March

3/16/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study February

1/25/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study December

1/3/17 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study November

12/12/16 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study October

11/17/16 - PMSA Container Dwell Time Study

9/23/16 - Alvarenga Joins Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

5/31/16 - Maritime Environmental and Logistics Expert Joins PMSA as Vice President

2/29/16 - What the Largest Container Ship to Visit Seattle Means to the Region

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

Interested in becoming a PMSA member? Contact Laura Germany at


PMSA Blog Corner

Latest CA Clean Air Rule Undermines Industry Trust
Journal of Commerce
March 28, 2017
By John McLaurin

Without public notice, in the absence of any staff analysis, contrary to the direction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a resolution that will drive up the cost of delivering goods to market and harm the competitiveness of California's ports.

On Thursday, March 23 following the closure of public comments, the CARB adopted a resolution that will require moving forward with regulations limiting business activity by placing "facility caps” on warehouses, railyards and distribution centers, and mandate that billions of dollars be spent at California's ports. A facility cap is an artificial limit on business activity in order to reduce air emissions. From a port and supply chain perspective, it is a state-imposed cargo diversion mandate.

The resolution was part of CARB's approval of their State Implementation Plan (SIP) — only it wasn't in the SIP, until it was.

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