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Membership Overview

Be “The Voice of Port Industries by becoming a member of the Virginia Maritime Association (VMA), the premier business organization dedicated to enhancing competitiveness and promoting commerce through Virginia’s ports.

Founded in 1920, VMA has grown to represent more than 450 companies that employ over 70,000 Virginians. The VMA is the industry’s advocate on policy, regulatory and legislative actions at the local, state and federal levels; affecting a pro-business environment for our ports and the maritime industry. As the industry’s watchdog, VMA constantly monitors and protects against issues and developments harmful to your business, allowing you to focus on your company’s business growth.  Membership in VMA gives your business a voice in the political and public arena decisions that impact the business environment and your company. 


Standard VMA Membership

  • For Companies Involved in Vessel or Marine Terminal Operations
  • For Companies Involved in Moving Cargo or Offering Maritime Related Services
  • For Affiliate Business Service Providers
  • For Non-Profit Organization


Anchor VMA Membership

Anchor member companies receive benefits beyond the standard VMA membership, which can include recognition at events and within VMA publications, additional representatives, and exclusive invitations. Our four anchor member levels are Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

VMA Future Leaders

The Future Leaders program is a cost-effective opportunity for organizations to groom maritime professionals 40 and under. Future Leaders may participate in special programs, tours and socials designed to expose them to all the facets of the maritime industry and build their professional network. Companies can utilize this discounted rate for two years per future leader.


Financial Benefits

  • Hotels and Club Specialty Rates
  • YMCA Membership Discounts
  • Fuel Purchasing Discounts
  • Meeting Facilities
  • 401K Administration and Retirement Savings

Industry Communications

  • Daily Industry Emails addressing port operations, regulatory and legislative issues, and industry intelligence.
  • Monthly Maritime Bulletin covers maritime related news stories and highlights of the association’s activities.
  • Ports Annual is a maritime reference guide including resources to encourage and promote commerce through Virginia’s Ports.
  • VMA Membership Roster

Participate in our Committees

Membership in the VMA offers the opportunity to add your voice to our diverse committee structure. We are prepared to address any subject relating to port operations, waterborne commerce, and the supply chain.

Pofessional Industry Connections

Exclusive member and executive level events providing industry education, business networking, and social opportunities.

Ashley McLeod, Vice President of Communications and Membership, Virginia MAritime Association


With room to strengthen and influence this network, the Virginia Maritime Association encourages you to join today.  For further information or questions regarding your VMA Membership please contact:

Ashley McLeod, Vice President of Communications & Membership  or 757-628-2678. 

Thank you to our Anchor Members



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