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American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) - Represents more than 150 public port authorities in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Promotes the interests of the port community. Provides leadership on trade, transportation, environmental and other issues related to port development and operations.
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) - Promotes the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities. ABS is the third largest classification society in the world with a rich history of providing the maritime industry with excellence in standards, surveying, engineering, and research and development.
American Fisheries Society (AFS) - AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of resources. It encourages a comprehensive education for fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training, and publishes some of the world's leading fisheries research journals.
American Salvage Association (ASA) - Promotes salvage standards, training, safety, regulation frameworks, information exchange and cooperation with national and international trade associations and regultory agencies.
American Shipbuilding Association - National trade association that represents America's premier shipbuilders - the designers and producers of the most technologically advanced ships in the world.
American Waterways Operators (AWO) - Association of the inland and coastal tugboat, towboat and barge industry. Spokesman for the industry in Washington and around the country. See the AWO Newsletter, the AWO's biweekly insider newsletter featuring firsthand industry, legislative, and regulatory news of interest to tug and barge operators and related businesses. Safety is the number one priority for AWO. The industry's safety challenges are addressed through the AWO Responsible Carrier Program, the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership, and the work of the AWO Safety Committees.
Association for Union Democracy - A a pro-labor, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the principles and practices of democratic trade unionism in the North American labor movement. Provides organizing, educational, and legal assistance to union members fighting for greater control of their unions.
Association of Certified Marine Surveyors (ACMS) - An association for the purpose of certification and accreditation to which experienced marine surveyors can belong. Five years of marine surveyor service and successful completion of a comprehensive examination qualifies for certification.
Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE) - Develops standardized diver training programs in the U.S. Establishes minimum parameters for curriculum, hours of training, equipment requirements, safety standards, and standards of good teaching.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority - A largely self-funded government agency with the charter of enhancing efficiency in the delivery of safety and other services to the Australian maritime industry.
Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) - Represents Australian companies who own or operate international and/or domestic trading ships, cruise ships, domestic towage and salvage tugs, dredges, scientific research vessels and offshore oil and gas support vessels. The Association also represents employers of the Australian and international maritime labour.
Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) - Since 1905, BIMCO has been a leading force in international shipping. Representing shipowners, shipbrokers and agents, P&I Clubs and associate members, BIMCO today has members in 121 countries. BIMCO's members are engaged in all trades, worldwide. BIMCO takes an interest in all issues affecting the trading conditions for international shipping. By making representations to inter-governmental organisations, regional and national authorities, BIMCO seeks to ensure that operational aspects are fully appraised when regulations and legislation are being considered.
Blue Frontier Campaign - Works to support seaweed (marine grassroots) efforts at the local, regional and national level, with an emphasis on bottom up organizing to bring the voice of citizen-activists into national decision-making that will impact our public seas.
Bluewater Network - Works to stop environmental damage from vehicles and vessels, and to protect human health and the planet by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Bluewater is a division of Friends of the Earth - the U.S. voice of the world's largest network of environmental groups with one million supporters in 70 countries across five continents.
Boat Owners Association of the U.S. - Represents the interests of boat owners on Capitol Hill. Insures over 4 billion dollars worth of members' boats. Operates the largest on-the water towing network in the U.S.
British Maritime Law Association - Promotes the study and the advancement of British maritime and mercantile law and considers with foreign and other maritime law associations proposals for the unification of maritime and mercantile law in the practice of different nations.
C-PORT - National association working for the growth, development, and future of the marine assistance towing and salvage industry.
Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA) - The CMLA is Canada's representative to the Comite Maritime International. The mandate of the CMLA is to advance the development of effective, modern commercial maritime law within Canada and the international shipping community.
Canadian Shipowners Association - Represents the Canadian-flag ship companies which ply the waters of the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Arctic, the Maritimes, and the Eastern American Seaboard.
Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) - Established in 1971 to facilitate development of an efficient, viable Caribbean shipping industry. The CSA represents its membership in relevant regional hemispheric groupings, associations and organizations - governmental, multilateral and private sector; and maintains Observer status with leading Caribbean multilateral bodies CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States.
Chamber of Shipping (Britain) - Trade association for British shipowners and ship managers. It has over 100 members and associate members who own or manage over 600 ships. provides informationon British shipping and maritime Britain.
Chamber of Shipping (British Columbia) - The Chamber is a forum for the gathering, developing and disseminating of information to shipping communities around the world. Information relating to new developments in shipping services, government legislation as well as alternative services and opportunities in trade, commerce, or education are handled by the Chamber.
China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC) - Independently and impartially resolves, by means of arbitration, contractual and non-contractual maritime disputes arising from, or in the process of, transportation, production and navigation by or at sea, in coastal waters and other waters connected with sea, with a view to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of the parties concerned.
Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) - Unlike many similar organizations which are supported largely by corporate membership, the CMA's voting membership is comprised only of individuals. From bunker brokers and tug-boat operators to lawyers and underwriters, to ship owners, brokers and managers, shippers and merchants of all kinds of cargo, each CMA member has an equal and separate vote. The CMA was created as a self-help group of shipping people, and remains a conduit for the exchange of information and a source of camaraderie and fellowship that is unique and vital to the shipping community.
Council of American Master Mariners, Inc. (CAMM) - Dedicated to supporting and improving the American Merchant Marine, and supporting and improving the position of the man on the bridge by fostering the exchange of maritime information and experience, promoting advances in nautical education and training standards, and the publication of professional literature. The Council monitors, comments, supports or opposes local, state and federal legislation that would affect or be detrimental to the Master. A nationwide professional organization of active and retired ship masters and pilots in the American Merchant Marine.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) - The official trade organization of the cruise industry, CLIA also works in partnership with nearly 21,000 affiliated travel agencies throughout North America to ensure the highest caliber of cruise sales expertise and service for cruise vacationers.
Cyprus Shipping Chamber - The trade association of the shipping industry in Cyprus. The Chamber acts as a lobbying group for the promotion and safeguarding of the legitimate interests of its professional Member-companies, at a national level through its close relations with the Cyprus Government and Parliament, as well as at an international level though its membership at the various regional and international shipowners associations.
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping - The Chamber is the official advisor to the Greek government on all shipping matters. It carries out its work in close co-operation with, and under the supervision of, the Ministry of Merchant Marine. Members are all vessels under the Greek flag.
ICS/ISF - This site provides information about the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and news about regulatory and other developments affecting the international shipping industry.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers - A professional body for those engaged in all aspects of shipping business: shipbrokers, chartering, sale and purchase brokers, ship managers, liner agents, port agents, lawyers, insurance brokers.
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) - A professional institution and learned society and is the largest in its field in the world. Members are drawn from all areas of maritime technology, naval architecture, offshore and subsea engineering, and structural, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering with marine applications.
Institute of Navigation - A non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of navigation. It serves a diverse community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination.
International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) - Members operate predominantly Bulk Carriers in the international dry bulk trades, such as coal, grain, iron ore and other bulk commodities. Its main role is to work with its members, regulators and other shipping associations to ensure that shipping operates safely, efficiently, environmentally and profitably. To do this, it actively participates in developing global legislation through the International Maritime Organization and other similar bodies.
International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) - International shipowners' association representing the dry bulk sector of the industry: bulk carriers, ore oilers and OBOs (combination carriers) as well as general cargo ships. It's role is to promote and protect the interest of dry cargo shipowners world-wide.
International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) - IAMU was founded by seven universities representing the five continents of the world (Representative Universities) in 1999, with a shared recognition of significance of maritime education and training in the rapid globalization of the international shipping arena. Since then, IAMU has significantly expanded its membership, and now boasts 46 institutions of the world's maritime education and training universities/faculties, and The Nippon Foundation as its members, totaling 47 altogether.
International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) - IAPH is often referred to as the United Ports of the World, in which active players in the global port community, namely Port CEOs, Port Directors and Port Managers are represented to promote and advance their common cause and interests.
International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) - Promotes the safeguarding of submarine telecommunications cables against man-made and natural hazards. The Committee also serves as a forum for the exchange of technical and legal information pertaining to submarine cable protection methods and programmes. Members co-operate closely with fishing, undersea mining, oil and gas, dredging, and other offshore industries utilising the seabed in an effort to reduce the number of incidents of damage to cables.
International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA) - IFSMA is a Federation established to uphold International Standards of Professional Competence for Seafarers commensurate with the need to ensure Safe Operational Practices, Preservation from Human Injury, Protection of the Marine Environment, and Safety of Life and Property at Sea.
International Harbour Masters' Association (IHMA) - Membership consists of harbour masters from ports large and small, publicly and privately owned, and represents a unique source of up-to-date, hands-on expertise in a wide range of maritime operations.
International Labour Organization (ILO) - The tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world.
International Maritime Bureau (IMB) - International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) anti-crime bureau. IMB's task is to prevent fraud in international trade and maritime transport, reduce the risk of piracy and assist law enforcement in protecting crews. It tracks cargoes and shipments and verifies their arrival at scheduled ports.
International Maritime Organization (IMO) - United Nations' specialized agency responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. The USCG also provides an IMO Page, including how it works, IMO Codes and Recommendations, and IMO conventions.
International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) - The International Marine Division of the International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO. MM&P represents Licensed Deck Officers, state pilots and other marine personnel on U.S.-flag commercial vessels sailing in international trade; the inland waterways and Great Lakes of the U.S.; the Panama Canal and Caribbean, as well as crews sailing civilian-crewed military vessels of the U.S.
International Salvage Union (ISU) - ISU member companies provide essential services for the world's maritime and insurance communities. Members are engaged in marine casualty response, pollution defence, wreck removal, cargo recovery, towage and related activities.
International Whaling Commission (IWC) - The IWC was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2nd December 1946 (Clickhereto view full text). The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.
Lloyd's Register - A maritime classification society and independent risk management organisation providing risk assessment and mitigation services and management systems certification. The organisation dates back to 1760. Lloyd's Register provides independent assurance and expert advice to companies operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets in the energy and transportation sectors. Helps companies manage their systems and risks across a wide range of areas from food safety to energy management. Also see Wikipedia.
Longshore Claims Association (LCA) - A resource for the maritime claims community concerning policy and administration of various Federal Workers' Compensation Acts, the Jones Act and General Maritime laws, the LCA disseminates information regarding the statutory, regulatory and judicial changes to these laws.
Maritime Security Council - A member-driven organization that works closely with United States and other government agencies concerned with commercial vessel security.
Marine Society - Provides education, libraries, and financial support for the professional development of seafarers.
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Promotes sustainable fisheries and responsible fishing practices worldwide, through developing long term, market based solutions, which meet the needs and objectives of the environment and commerce.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (UK) - Mission is to develop, promote and enforce high standards of marine safety; to minimise loss of life amongst seafarers and coastal users; respond to maritime emergencies 24 hours a day and to minimise the risk of pollution of the marine environment from ships and where pollution occurs, minimising the impact on UK interests.
Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) - A coalition of companies joined together in support of the U.S. domestic marine shipping industry. Specifically, the coalition is working to preserve cabotage laws, otherwise known as the Jones Act. This body of law governs the shipment of goods and services between any two domestic ports in the U.S.
Maritime Law Association of the U.S. (MLA) - The MLA now has some 3,455 members. Of these, 3,201 are lawyers involved in maritime matters, including approximately 225 judges and law professors. The rest of the membership consists of non-lawyers who are selected because they hold responsible positions in the maritime field and have rendered distinguished service in the advancement of maritime law or its administration.
Maritime Security Council (MSC) - A member-driven organization that works closely with United States and other government agencies concerned with commercial vessel security. The MSC has established partnerships with a number of these agencies in its efforts to prevent illegal drug trafficking, stowaways, theft, piracy, terrorism, and hijacking and represents the interests of ocean cargo carriers, cruise lines, ports, and related industries.
National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMSGlobal) - An international society of approximately 400 marine surveying professionals. From recreational boats to commercial ships, NAMS members survey new and used vessels to determine condition and value; survey cargo, machinery, docks and wharfs, marinas and handling equipment related to the marine industry; and investigate marine claims and act as expert witnesses.
National Cargo Bureau (NCB) - Created to render assistance to the United States Coast Guard in discharging its responsibilities under the 1948 International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea. Under the authority of the USCG, the certificates issued by NCB may be accepted as prima facie evidence of compliance with the provisions of the Dangerous Cargo Act and the Rules and Regulations for Bulk Grain Cargo.
National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) - The NITL is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. representing transportation policy interests of shippers. Any company which ships or receives freight via railroads, trucks, ships, airplanes, barges, or any other mode is eligible to be a League member.
National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA)/MarineBankers - Created in February 1980 to respond to the need of additional and consistent sources of marine financing within the entire marine industry. The boating industry uses two primary forms of financing assistance: loans for customers to buy boats and loans for retailers to inventory new boats and motors. Much of the credit extended to the industry is from members of the NMBA. Membership in the NMBA includes banks, savings institutions and financial service firms that extend credit to consumers, retailers, and manufacturers of recreational boats and equipment.
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) - The trade association representing the U.S. recreational boating industry. Members include manufacturers of all categories of boats, engines, trailers, electronics, accessories, and components. Affiliated members include marina owners/operators, marine lenders, insurers, publications, service providers. World's biggest producer of boat shows. Promotes and protects the interests of all stakeholders in recreational boating.
National Union of Marine Aviation and Shipping Transport (NUMAST-UK) - NUMAST membership is open to shipmasters, officers, cadets and other staff serving in the UK and international fleets and ashore in maritime related industries. The union protects the rights of seafarers and provides assistance to those encountering problems with employers or with welfare needs. Here you will find details of how to support NUMAST campaigns that help promote seafarers interests including pay, working conditions and safety.
Nautilus International - Trade union and professional organisation that represents shipmasters, officers, cadets and other staff serving in the UK and international merchant shipping fleets and ashore in maritime related industries.
New York Shipping Association (NYSA) - The mission of the NYSA is to maximize the efficiency, cost competitiveness, safety and quality of marine cargo activities within the New York/New Jersey Port complex on behalf of its members.
North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) - An ecumenical, Christian association of individuals and organizations involved in maritime ministry throughout North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Founded in 1932 as the National Group of Seamen's Agencies, it was renamed NAMMA in 1991. Its mission is to provide a framework to support and assist port chaplains and others in their ministry to the spiritual, moral, human rights, and physical concerns of mariners and all others in the maritime community.
North American Shippers Association, Inc. (NASA) - Negotiates service contracts with the steamship lines and conferences for reduced rates on ocean freight for full container loads of beer, wines and spirits and mineral water in various trade lanes.
Northwest Longshore Administrators Association (NWLAA) - Promotes conservative administration of workers compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Provides opportunities for members to discuss the many questions arising under workers' compensation laws, and trends in the law affecting the processing of maritime claims.
Pacific Maritime Association - Negotiates and administers maritime labor agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (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 is engaged in community affairs, and legislative and regulatory processes in California and Washington state. PMSA also provides members with an array of information services, including regular updates on matters of interest to the shipping industry and serves as a clearinghouse for environmental practices across the industry.
Panama Ship Register - Registers ships owned by foreign entities. Panama is currently the world's largest flag state, with almost a quarter of the world's ocean-going tonnage registered there.
Personal Watercraft Industry Association - PWIA promotes the safe and responsible operation of personal watercraft - Jet Skis, Waverunners, Sea Doos, water scooters and waterbikes. PWIA works with federal, state and local agencies that have regulatory responsibilities for recreational boating, including personal watercraft. Members include Bombardier Recreational Products, Kawasaki Motors Corporation, U.S.A., Polaris Industries, Inc. and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
PierPASS - A not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports to address multi-terminal issues such as congestion, security and air quality. OffPeak is the off peak hours program created by PierPASS. OffPeak provides an incentive for cargo owners to move cargo at night and on weekends, in order to reduce truck traffic and pollution during peak daytime traffic hours and to alleviate port congestion.
Port State Information eXchange - The Port State Information Exchange (PSIX) system contains vessel specific information derived from the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Information System (MSIS). The PSIX Vessel Search Page allows you to search for a particular vessel by using one or more search criteria.
Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) - An internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of ships, boats and marine structures.
Sailors Union of the Pacific (SUP) - The SUP has been involved since 1885 in political action "to use our influence individually and collectively for effecting change in the maritime law of the U.S., so as to render it more equitable and to make it an aid rather than a hindrance to the development of a Merchant marine."
Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) - An organization of professional marine surveyors who have come together to promote the good image and general well being of their chosen profession. Accredited Marine Surveyors members are surveyors who have accumulated time in the profession, and have proven the technical skills necessary for designation as A.M.S.
Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. (SMA) - In order to assist the maritime industry in the resolution of disputes and in the selection of qualified arbitrators, the SMA publishes a roster of its approximately 130 members. The roster contains a brief description of the general background and expertise of each member. Members of the SMA are commercial people, recognized as leaders in their respective sectors of the industry, who have held a responsible commercial position for at least ten years. Members are surveyors, engineers, brokers, stevedores, shipbuilders, insurers, terminal operators, vessel operators, claims managers, agents, vessel owners, P and I Club representatives and chartering managers. The roster enables disputants to identify arbitrators who have received training in the mechanics of arbitration, and can assist in the selection of panels particularly suited to decide a dispute in an area requiring specialized knowledge or expertise.
Society of Maritime Industries - The voice of the UK's maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology and marine renewable energy.
Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) - Internationally recognized professional society serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers. Research, production, maintenance and operation of ships, submersibles, yachts, boats, offshore and ocean bottom structures, hydrofoils and surface effect ships.
Southern Shrimp Alliance - A non-profit alliance of members of the shrimp industry in eight states committed to preventing the continued deterioration of America's domestic shrimp industry and to ensuring the industry's future viability.
Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association - Members engage in a variety of activities including crane and equipment rental, heavy lifting, machinery moving and erecting, millwrighting, oil field equipment hauling, oversize/overweight transportation, plant maintenance, rigging, steel hauling, and military material movement.
Stevedoring Services of America (SSA Marine) - A world leader in stevedoring, marine terminal operations and intermodal management services in over 150 locations worldwide. SSA operates throughout the U.S. West, Gulf and Atlantic coasts, as well as in Panama, Mexico, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Vietnam.
Sub-Aqua Association - News, information, entertainment about all aspects of the scuba diving industry.
Transport Canada - Transport Canada is committed to maintaining the safety and security of maritime transportation - for operators and passengers of small commercial vessels, large commercial vessels and pleasure craft. We also have a role in some aspects of Canada's marine security, marine infrastructure and the transport of dangerous goods.
Transportation Institute - Maritime research education and promotion. Institute companies participate in all phases of the nation's deep sea foreign and domestic shipping trades, barge and tugboat operations on the Great Lakes, and on the 25,000 mile network of America's inland water ways.
Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) - Leading education and policy organization for North American transportation intermediaries. TIA members include Property Brokers, Domestic and International Freight Forwarders, Logistics Management Companies, Intermodal Marketing Companies, Motor Carriers, NVOCCs, and Perishable Commodity Brokers.
U.S. International Trade Commission - Provides objective trade expertise to the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. The USITC also publishes the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S.
U.S. Maritime Alliance - Protects the interests of management groups in labor relations issues affecting longshore and related maritime activities.
U.S. Power Squadrons - A non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.
World Shipping Council - Provides a coordinated voice for the liner shipping industry in its work with policymakers and other industry groups with an interest in international transportation.
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