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 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

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PMSA Blog Corner

The High Cost of Zero Emissions

Journal of Commerce
March 2, 2018
By John McLaurin

DOES CALIFORNIA WANT international trade, or is the state pursuing a policy to drive cargo and jobs away?

That's a question marine terminal operators and shipping lines are asking with increased regularity. I'm sure other players in California's supply chain are having similar conversations.

With the world's most stringent environmental regulations, California state, regional, and local agencies are proposing new, overlapping regulations that will drive trade and jobs away from California. If that's the goal of these regulators, then they are sending a strong signal. If not, then these agencies need to step back and develop more holistic plans that continue the environmental progress without making our ports unwelcoming. 

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