NORFOLK, VA | On October 5, 2023, the Virginia Maritime Association’s (VMA) 103rd annual Maritime Banquet returned to celebrate the progress of Virginia’s ports and associated supply chain industries, as well as the contributions of specific individuals.  Before an audience of over 850 industry executives and dignitaries gathered at the Hilton Norfolk|The Main, the VMA presented its 2023  “Distinguished Service Award,” “Port Champion Award,” and as well as presented a resolution celebrating Women in Maritime.

The Virginia Maritime Association (VMA) proudly recognizes and celebrates the valuable contributions that women have made in the maritime industry. As we recognize their achievements, we also acknowledge the importance of continued efforts to increase gender diversity in maritime ranging from skilled trades to positions of leadership. From navigating complex logistics to overseeing critical operations, women in maritime bring a unique perspective that enriches their industries. Their insights, experiences, and ideas not only foster innovation but also contribute to our national defense and strengthen the economy. The Virginia Maritime Association, committed to promoting, protecting, and facilitating commerce through Virginia's ports and the interests of associated industries and supply chains, recognizes the significance of increased participation by women of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Their involvement plays a vital role in fulfilling our mission. As we celebrate Women in Maritime, we look forward to a future where their influence continues to grow, and their contributions continue to shape the maritime landscape.