If you think we live in interesting times today, then think back to 1919. That year and after a long struggle, women finally earned the right to vote. Prohibition, which began in Virginia in 1916, became the law nationwide in 1919.

That year that Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Versailles Treaty that ended World War I. It was during that war that Norfolk Naval Shipyard grew to accommodate 11,000 employees, and Sewell’s Point became the site of what would become the largest Naval Base in the world.

In 1920, with the oceans now safe for commercial shipping, the Panama Canal six years old and trade resuming in abundance, 56 business leaders in Hampton Roads came together to form the Norfolk Maritime Exchange. The goal? To promote, protect and encourage international and domestic commerce through Virginia’s Ports.

Nearly a century later, that organization is now the statewide Virginia Maritime Association representing hundreds of companies engaged in the maritime industry in the Commonwealth.

100 Years of Growth

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VMA2020 Events

May 14, 2020 Hilton The Main
Norfolk, VA
100th Banquet
100th Annual Maritime Banquet and Finale of the "100 Days for 100 Years"
February 13-May 14, 2020 Social Media & Varied Locations "100 Days for 100 Years" invites you to participate in different events or check out online posts including facts, sponsor features, articles, and more!
February 13, 2020 The Downtown Marriott
Richmond, VA
KICK OFF | 100th Anniversary Reception and Kick-off to the "100 Days for 100 Years"
December 4, 2019
Winchester, VA
Valley Chapter Reception & Holiday Party
December 2, 2019 P.G. Decker Half Moone Center
Norfolk, VA
VMA's Annual Business Meeting
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October 2, 2019 Institute for Advanced Learning
& Research

Danville, VA
Southern Chapter Reception & Southern Supply Chain Forum.
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May 9, 2019 Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Norfolk, VA
99th Annual Maritime Banquet. More Information
February 13, 2019 Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
Norfolk, VA
99th Anniversary and Membership Briefing.

What does VMA2020 Mean to You?

TowneBank Vandeventer Black Bay Diesel CP&O Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Host Agencies Crofton Colonna's Shipyard


Thank You to All of Our Current 2020 Sponsors!

Learn about their journey by clicking on logos below!

Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsors
Norfolk Southern
Centennial Sponsors

Visionary Sponsors
Ceres Marine Terminals Great Lakes Dredging Lyon Shipyard
McAllister T PArker Host
Milestone Sponsors
Crofton Enviva Biomass Givens Interchange Group Gilco ODU Maritime Institute Universal Leaf Tobacco Vanmarc Shipping

“I saw Sea-Land on the side of a box in Appalachia, VA... about as far west as you can get and I pointed out that it had come from the port of Hampton Roads. That was evidence of how important the port was to the entire state."
- Former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton

Have a Question? Contact us!

Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
(757) 628-2678

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