Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PMSA Moves from SF to Oakland

By Mark Edward Nero

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade, has moved its Northern California office from San Francisco to Oakland. As of May 1, the new NorCal headquarters for the organization is at Jack London Square, one block from the Port of Oakland’s headquarters.

The Port of Oakland owns the Square, which is a mixed-use complex at the edge of the Oakland Estuary.

PMSA represents some of the largest container shipping lines and marine terminal operators serving West Coast US ports. It had been based in San Francisco until the move to Jack London Square.

The PMSA’s arrival puts two big players in West Coast container shipping on the same side of San Francisco Bay. The Pacific Maritime Association is headquartered in San Francisco, but also has offices in both Oakland and San Francisco. In addition to its new Oakland digs, the PMSA also has offices in Seattle and Long Beach.

The port is not a PMSA member, but in a statement, Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle indicated that that might change.

“We’ve worked well with the association on issues of importance to our industry and global trade,” Lytle said. “Now that we’re neighbors, we’ll seek new opportunities to collaborate and raise the profile of this region as a trade gateway.”

The address for the PMSA’s new location is: 70 Washington St., Suite 305 Oakland, CA 94607. The main phone number is (510) 987-5000.