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Representing Maritime Industries

Since 1920, The Virginia Maritime Association has been “The Voice of Port Industries,” working on behalf of our maritime industries with the Virginia General Assembly, Federal Representatives, as well as Locally Elected, to address issues that directly affect businesses related to Virginia’s ports. 

Throughout the VMA’s nearly 100 years, the Virginia General Assembly has heard our voice and we have acted to protect the interests of the maritime industries, such as: 

  • Support and funding for road and rail infrastructure
  • Establishing state tax credits as an incentive for cargo growth
  • Bringing an end to duplicate workers compensation requirements faced by maritime employers
  • Resolving the issue of rents and royalties paid for state bottomlands
  • Maintaining the sales and use tax exemptions for the maritime industry  

Most recently: 

2018 - Authorization for the deepening of the Thimble Shoals Channel to 56 feet and the Atlantic Ocean Channel to a depth of 59 feet, and for the widening of the Thimble Shoals Channel to 1,400 feet, allowing for two-way traffic and accommodating ultra-large container vessels.

2016 - Historic $350 million bond package which will add the capacity to handle an additional 400,000 containers through Norfolk International Terminals, 

2014 - Appropriation of $6.2 million was made that year for the planning and preliminary engineering for dredging the Norfolk Harbor to a depth of 55 feet and the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River to depths up to 45 feet, and the strengthening of state laws pertaining to privatization of Virginia’s state-owned terminals.  

For additional information: Legislative Highlights 2000-2016 | Historical Advocacy Milestones


Port Day

“Port Day” is hosted by VMA each year during the Virginia General Assembly.  All 140 Delegates and Senators are visited by VMA member representatives providing the opportunity to share, bring awareness and answer questions.

Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302