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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Events

PMSA Annual Luncheon With Peter Tirschwell - April 28, 2016

PMSA is hosting its Annual Luncheon on Thursday, April 28, 2016 with Peter Tirschwell, Senior Director of Editorial Content at IHS Maritime & Trade. The luncheon will be held at 11:30am at the Doubletree by Hilton in San Pedro, CA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the PMSA Foundation. For more information or to register, please click here.


PMSA News

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

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 lwilliams@pmsaship.com
 

PMSA Blog Corner

Approach Port Metrics with Caution

By John McLaurin

Journal of Commerce

March 30, 2016

Port metrics and key performance indicators are popular topics often discussed in Washington D.C. and by local port authorities, but while metrics and KPI's are good goals, they come with a cautionary note.

First, individual metrics can't be viewed in isolation. To state the obvious, a number of external and independent factors may impact a particular metric and policymakers need to take a holistic view of the situation.

Second, while metrics are needed, the underlying challenge facing the supply chain is that we are dealing with a model for the pickup and delivery of cargo at marine terminals that is outdated. To simply warehouse more cargo at increasing heights and density on marine terminals, coupled with the random and unannounced pickup and delivery of that cargo, is a failed and dying model. If we are to meet the demands that will accompany future growth along with current and future environmental regulations, existing supply chain processes need to change.

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