CEO Message

The Pacific Maritime Association is proud to represent the world's leading maritime companies who do business on the U.S. West Coast.

Our members move roughly 1 million tons of cargo through West Coast ports each day, directly employing tens of thousands of longshore workers and contributing to port activity that supports more than nine million jobs across the nation. We are proud to be an important part of the U.S. economy, with West Coast port traffic accounting for 12.5 percent of U.S. GDP.

At the same time, we know that continued success will require innovation. Soon, the expanded Panama Canal will open, bringing with it the potential for more direct shipment between Asia and the East Coast. That means West Coast ports will need to prove themselves as efficient, reliable and cost-effective. At the same time, we must continue to ensure that our ports are safe, secure and environmentally responsible. We look forward to working with the ILWU to ensure that we meet all of these needs.

This website contains a great deal of information about our industry and our workforce. I hope that you find it to be a useful resource on the West Coast waterfront.

James C. McKenna
President and CEO