Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka to Outline 2024 Priorities; Proceeds go to EXP, International Seafarers Center

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Dec. 5, 2023 – The ninth annual “State of the Port of Los Angeles” lunch event will kick off the New Year Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Center in San Pedro. Presented by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) and the Port of Los Angeles, the event features Port Executive Director Gene Seroka as the keynote speaker, providing Port updates and outlining strategic priorities and plans for 2024. 
Tickets for the State of the Port are now available for purchase. Early bird tickets will be offered through Dec. 8 at $95 per person. After that date, ticket prices increase to $125. 
Sponsorships for the event are also still available, with all proceeds going to support two local nonprofit organizations, EXP and the International Seafarers Center of Los Angeles/Long Beach. 
“The State of the Port is not only an informative experience, but has become the biggest networking event of the year for Southern California’s maritime industry professionals,” said John McLaurin, President of PMSA. “The event also has the added benefit of helping support two terrific nonprofits that provide invaluable services to our local community.” 
EXP provides youth maritime education programs to thousands of local area high school students every year. The International Seafarers Center of Long Beach and Los Angeles offers a range of services to seafarers arriving daily at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Since the first State of the Port event in 2016, more than $220,000 has been raised and donated to these two nonprofit organizations.
The 2024 State of the Port Platinum sponsors are Ports America and Union Pacific. Silver sponsors include APM Terminals, DCLI Marketing, Everport Terminal Services, Fenix Marine Services, Gladstein Neandross & Associates, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 13, 63 and 94, The Pasha Group, The Pacific Companies and the Pacific Maritime Association. Bronze-level sponsors include Ecocem, FlexiVan, Mitsubishi Cement Corporation and Yusen Terminals. 
For additional information on event sponsorship, contact Natasha Villa at
The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) is an independent, not-for-profit association focused on global trade. PMSA operates offices in Oakland, Long Beach and Seattle, and represents owners and operators of marine terminals and U.S. and foreign vessels operating throughout the world.