Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region

About Us


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Marine transportation in the Bay Area is supported and enhanced around the clock by the Marine Exchange, a non-profit, membership organization.

Its primary efforts focus on collecting and disseminating shipping information, facilitating communication and discussion in the community, and identifying and developing improvements.

The scope of the activities in which the Marine Exchange is involved is as broad as that of the shipping industry itself. It ranges from forecasting, tracking, statistical analysis, operational support and communications to industry forums and collaborative programs.

The Marine Exchange is also a charter member of Maritime Information Services of North America (MISNA), an association of maritime service organizations which pool resources and information to offer a broader range of services and coverage.

Membership in the marine exchange can assist you in providing answers to the following questions:

  • When is my ship coming in and where is it going?
  • When is my ship sailing for another port and where is it going?
  • Can I get a call if something changes? How are weather conditions going to affect my ships arrival or departure?
  • What is at port or a berth? What ships are in traffic now?
  • What ship moved yesterday? What are all the arrivals and departures for last year?
  • What services are available at port facilities? Where can I get a maritime listing?
  • Can someone answer my phones when I am out? Can they forward my messages and leave custom instructions?
  • Can they relay VHF radio messages? Who gives secretarial support for the Harbor Safety Committee and Area Maritime Security Committee?
  • Where can I rent a cell phone right away?
  • How can we enhance waterway safety? How can we streamline international trade?

The Marine Exchange has the Answers.

Moving cargo around the globe requires planning, organization and coordination.


The Marine Exchange is an integral part of the process and we provide the following services:

Maritime Information

  • ETA’s, ETD’s, Itineraries
  • Position Reporting
  • Movement Logs
  • Vessel Characteristics
  • Shipping statistics
  • Publications
Operation Services

  • Shipping Notifications
  • Telephone Answering Service
  • VHF Radio
  • Fax & Telex Forwarding
  • USCG MSO Reporting
  • Tug Dispatching
Industry Support

  • Partnership Programs
  • Community Forums
  • Secretariat Services
  • Web Host & Design


The Bay Area boasts one of the most extensive deep draft waterway systems in the world.


The Exchange helps navigate the community’s waters, providing services to:

  • Pilots
  • Tug Companies
  • Vessel Operators
  • Government Agencies
  • Port and Harbor Districts
Operation Services

  • Marine Carriers and Agents
  • Longshoremen
  • Ship Service Providers
  • Seamen’s’ Organizations
  • Marine Marketers
Industry Support

  • Logistics Coordinators
  • Recreational Users
  • Marine Scientists
  • Environmental Organizations

The nation’s oldest maritime service organization

It started with the Gold Rush. Ships brought throngs of hopeful passengers and tons of cargo for the growing population.

The burgeoning maritime community needed timely, accurate information and efficient, reliable services. The Marine Exchange was formed to provide them.


It’s about ships

What they did, what they’re doing, what they’ll do.

What their particulars are.

Where they can tie up.

What services are available, and how to contact their providers.

Who’s handling them, and who’s interested in their activities.


It’s about communication

Good communication is essential for effective coordination. Scheduling is challenging when things can change hourly.
Knowledge of organizations and their operations is the key.
Messages can be routed according to their importance and urgency.

It’s information the way you want it.


It’s about enhancement

Marine transportation has a champion. One who actively identifies and develops improvements for community benefit.
Maritime representatives join together to discuss problems and create solutions for greater safety and efficiency.
Cooperative and collaborative efforts pool resources and expertise. New technologies are separated into marine applications.

It’s information the way you want it.


We’re always on deck

The Marine Exchange has been standing a 24 hour watch for over 150 years.
When you want to know what happened, is happening or will happen, when you need to contact or be contacted, when you want to support industry improvements, call us.

We’re here when you need us.


Non-profit means neutral

We’re not competing with business, and we’re not in government.
Our position enables us to serve and collaborate with each effectively, as well as with scientific, academic and environmental organizations.


Membership steers our ship

It propels the development and tailoring of our products and services.
We’re always looking for new and better ways to serve our members.

What do you need? Where do you want to go?