Become a Member of the VMA

Join the “The Voice of Port Industries” as 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 nearly 500 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.

VMA members are Better Connected, Better Informed, and Better Represented.

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Benefits Include:

Watchdogs of the Industry

The Virginia Maritime Association is the primary advocate for the interests of the maritime industry, developing solutions and opportunities for its membership and Virginia's ports. VMA leadership speaks directly with legislators, providing them the necessary education about our maritime supply chain industries and advocating for policies that will help protect port commerce and promote growth.

Exclusive Event Rates and Sponsorships

VMA hosts events throughout the year to facilitate networking opportunities, and to provide education and training. These include Maritime Mixers, Membership Briefings, Lunch and Learns, the International Trade Symposium, Golf Outings, the Annual Business Meeting, and the Annual Maritime Banquet.

Contribute Your Voice

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.

Statewide Access

VMA membership stretches statewide, pulling members in from 5 different regions. Regional meetings are setup to make us more accessible outside of Hampton Roads, and all members are encouraged to participate in these meetings! Step outside your zone and meet a potential new business partner!

Trade Mission Opportunities:
Through the VITAL Program with VEDP | International

Through VEDP | Internationals VITAL program, VMA members are able to participate on trade missions. The program helps both new and experienced exporters enter new international markets by identifying new markets, developing market entry strategies and locating distributors and representatives for products or services.

Financial Benefits:
Our Affinity Programs

The VMA offers a series of affinity programs, via our partners, to bring members discounted rates at gyms, clubs, hotels, a 401K program and more.

Facility Access:
Our Space is Open to You

Members are able to book meeting rooms (based on availability) within the VMA building located at 236 East Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.

Standard Membership Levels

Standard membership includes one (1) designated representative. Additional representation is available at an additional cost per representative.


  1. Involved in Vessel or Marine Terminal Operations
  2. Involved in Moving Cargo or Maritime/Supply Chain-related Services
  3. Warehousing, Transportation, or business services targeted to vessel or terminal operations or moving cargo

  4. Business Services
  5. Other than Maritime/Supply Chain Related

  6. Non-Profit Organization
  7. Additional Representative
  8. Need more than one representative to receive member benefits? Add an additional representative to your account. If you need a few added, consider upgrading to Anchor Membership.

  9. Young Maritime Professional
  10. The Young Maritime Professional membership level provides a 2-year discount on dues for maritime professionals 40 and under. This unique discount applies to representatives being added to a current company membership. Young Maritime Professionals receive all the benefits of membership while also given the opportunity to build their professional network and attend specialized events.  Learn More

Anchor Level Membership

Anchor Memberships are available to any member company wishing to enhance its support of VMA’s efforts to protect the interests of Virginia’s maritime industry and commercial ports. In addition to the standard membership benefits, these members receive more recognition, complimentary event reservations, and more!


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Ready to join?

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Applications can also be sent in via email

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Susan Wisniewski
Membership/Publications Coordinator
[email protected]
(757) 628-2661