Organized in 1968, the West Gulf Maritime Association succeeded former local maritime associations in Houston, Galveston and Brownsville, Texas. The West Gulf Maritime Association embraced within one non-profit association the membership of steamship owners, operators, agents along with stevedoring, and terminal companies located in all Texas ports and the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Today the Association has grown to over 160 members.
Acting through committees appointed from the membership, the West Gulf Maritime Association negotiates and administers various multiemployer collective bargaining agreements with the International Longshoremen's Association in West Gulf ports. The West Gulf Maritime Association provides payroll, payroll support services, and processes grievances for stevedores operating under the collective bargaining agreements. In addition, the West Gulf Maritime Association coordinates the training of the longshore workers promoting a safe and efficient working environment.
The West Gulf Maritime Association communicates and coordinates with various governmental entities throughout the West Gulf. These agencies view the West Gulf Maritime Association as an important conduit for ongoing dialog with the maritime industry. Standing West Gulf Maritime Association committees work with the Association’s staff to project a unified voice concerning industry issues in the West Gulf area. The West Gulf Maritime Association member committees currently address industry education, technology changes, environmental issues, government affairs, safety and security issues and a full range of maritime operations.
Through its Maritime Affairs department, the West Gulf Maritime Association provides a forum for discussions and exchanges of information between member companies pertaining to a wide variety of industry challenges. The West Gulf Maritime Association provides a Daily Industry Update Report useful in providing our members with events and forums impacting navigational, environmental, and safety concerns.
The West Gulf Maritime Association conducts periodic member meetings in a variety of port cities. The West Gulf Maritime Association staff brief members on news and developments impacting their businesses. These relaxed, town hall style meetings give members an opportunity to network and hear the latest activities in the maritime industry.
The Association offers real value added service to its members. Whether it is in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the ILA or advocating the trade’s interest to members of Congress, the West Gulf Maritime Association is an active advocate and liaison for the maritime industry.