VMA is built on a foundation of committees dedicated to improving and supporting the maritime industry. As a member, you will be given the opportunity to become involved in many
ways, such as joining a committee or offering to be a sponsor for our events.
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VMA's diverse committee structure allows members to address any subject relating to port operations and waterborne commerce, such as:
- Encouraging efficiencies, enhancements and planning.
- Coordinating liaison to the public and all levels of government, presenting and advocating the ports.
- Educating the maritime community on port issues through events and publications.
- Fostering stronger growth of the ports and Virginia’s maritime-related business community.
LIST OF COMMITTEES
To work on activities that surround the centennial celebration.
- Awards and Memorial
Responsible for recognizing maritime achievements and distinguished service and maintaining the Scholarship Fund at Old Dominion University.
- Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall have general supervision over all the affairs of the Association including the filling of vacancies in the offices
Sets forth rules and guidelines for operating the Association, a non-profit, non-stock, civic and trade corporation.
- Cargo Owners
Provide a forum for cargo owners to discuss issues of concern and interest related to importing and exporting their goods through the ports of
Responsible for all coal related activities and issues in the ports of Virginia.
- Commerce Development
Responsible for promoting the maritime industry and interacting with business and economic development organizations to attract trade
and shipping through Virginia's ports.
- Communications and Outreach
Responsible for increasing awareness of the Association in the Virginia General Assembly, United States Congress and the general
- Education and Training
Responsible for building and strengthening partnerships with organizations that will collaborate with the commercial maritime industry to
deliver training, retention and development programs necessary to meet the workforce needs to improve competitiveness and increase trade through Virginia's ports.
- Environmental Awareness
Responsible for coordinating environmental compliance within the ports of Virginia.
- Events: Annual Banquet
Plans and organizes the premier event for Virginia's maritime industry.
- Events: International Trade Symposium
Plans and organizes the International Trade Symposium.
- Events: Maritime Briefings
Responsible for arranging speakers to talk periodically in an open forum and to advise members on the current maritime issues and concerns
facing Virginia's ports and maritime industry.
- Events: Outings
Responsible for planning and organizing the Golf Outing, Maritime Mixers, and other special events during the year.
Shall have all the powers of the Directors between meetings of the Board.
- Finance Ways & Means
Responsible for reporting the financial position of the Association to the Board of Directors.
- Fire Protection and Hazardous Cargo
Responsible for coordinating efforts within the region to adequately respond to any maritime incident and for keeping the Port
abreast of the current guidelines for safe transportation of hazardous cargo.
- Freight Forwarders & Customhouse Brokers
Responsible for monitoring issues directly impacting the FF & CCB, implementating a container booking system to
improve gate transaction time and work on PortMaster, an internet based application essential to efficient maritime operations.
- Harbor-Anchorage Dredging and Navigation Rules
Responsible for making recommendations to the Navigation Management Plan, promoting Virginia's dredging programs,
and coordinating safety of navigation issues.
- Inland Transportation
Responsible for monitoring trucking conditions and operations to include recommendations to improve road worthiness, maintenance of intermodal
equipment and throughput and turnaround time of cargo.
Responsible for increasing and expanding membership opportunities, sending out promotional materials, supplying information and education about the
port and our activities and other innovative marketing initiatives.
- Port Security
Responsible for coordinating efforts between government and industry stakeholders to improve port security readiness, prepare and respond to security
incidents and emergencies, and foster improved communications and relationships.
- Ship Operators & Agents
Responsible for addressing issues which facilitate Hampton Roads as the most cost effective port and improving productivity at
- Strategic Planning
Tasks and goals include long range (3-5 year) planning, focusing on special action plans and expanding opportunities to utilize technology.
- Terminal Operators
Responsible for improving terminal operations and maximizing efficiency, excluding coal.
- Towing & Barge Operators
Plans Towing Vessel Safety Seminar with the USCG, coordinates movement of cargo via barges, recommendations for safe passage for waterborne
traffic with regard to bridges and addressing navigation safety concerns regarding new waterfront development.
Responsible for coordinating the use of warehouse space for temporarily storing imports and exports