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"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better." -  John Ruskin 1819-1900

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General Info:


Below find a sample of the major roles we undertake in industry associations
Alaska Board of Marine Pilots:
Tom Rueter - Since April 2012
Robert J. Arts - From 2002 to 2012
Alaska Steamship Association:
Daniel J. Blackmore - Founding Member 1992, Director
Alaska Steamship Response:
James V. Lee - Founding Member, Director since 2002
Association of Ship Brokers and Agents:
Scott M. Jones - President 2014-2016, Director since 1998, Chairman Agency Affairs 2002-2014
British Columbia Chamber of Shipping:
Bruce Rothdram - Chairman 2012-2014
Chairman-Navigation & Pilotage 2006-2008, 2015-2016
Director since 2004
Columbia River Steamship Operators Association:
Ray Gebauer - Director, 2015
Russ Lyzell - Board Member Since 2008
San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee :
Jeff Robbins - April, 2016
Foreign Ship Owners of the Pacific Coast (Preceeding PMSA Below):
G. Scott Jones - President 1962-1986
Louisiana Maritime Association:
Steve Allen - Director
Maritime Exchange of the Delaware River:
Jesse W. Chambliss - Director since 1999
Pacific Merchant Shipping Association:
G. Scott Jones - Chairman since 1986
Washington Pilot Board:
Douglas S. Coburn - 2010-2012
G. Vince Addington - 2000-2008
YoungShip Texas:
Kyle Munson - President, 2015


Our people spend hours each month with no remuneration to fight to control YOUR port costs and combat regulatory expansion. Rust never sleeps and neither do bureaucracies.

General Steamship Agencies, Inc. is an acknowledged industry leader in providing ship agency services in North America.

With roots in San Francisco, California dating back to 1920, our tramp agency network has staffed offices that span the entire continent. Our years of dedicated service to ship owners, charterers, shippers and receivers have prepared us well to take on future challenges.

Our domestic and worldwide customer base consists of principals who nominate and appoint us on vessels of all types and sizes and which carry just about every commodity presently being imported to and exported from North America. We also regularly handle drydockings and military vessels.

Click here to read the Baltic's March interview with Scott M. Jones, President of General Steamship Agencies, Inc.