National Association of Marine Services

The National Association of Marine Services (NAMS) is the only organization of commercial vessel and ship suppliers in the United States. NAMS exists to further the growth and profitability of all segments of the ship supply industry through the promotion of harmonious relationships between ship suppliers and manufacturers, to provide a forum for the open exchange of industry information, and to keep members informed on distribution trends, issues, and ideas.

NAMS has been in existence for more than 50 years, and through its Board leadership, overall membership, and staff, NAMS stands ready to assist United States ship owners and operators in a variety of ways.  Formed as a non-profit distribution trade association in 1951 as an outgrowth of the war effort to supply military ships, NAMS is a national organization comprised of ship suppliers who service and supply ocean vessels that call on all ports in the U.S.  NAMS also has Associate Members – manufacturers who distribute their products to ships via ship suppliers and companies that provide services to the industry.


This website is a key value for NAMS members.  Providing a list of reputable and pre-qualified chandlers and chandleries, as well as companies in support of chandleries, NAMS is a terrific resource to ships and commercial vessels who want to know that they are dealing with a chandlery that has been in business at least three years and is financially stable with a solid reputation in the industry.


Each year, NAMS co-hosts an annual meeting entitled COMPASS.  The other co-host of this meeting, now in its 23rd year, is the Canadian Ship Suppliers Association (CSSA).  Each year in the spring, members of both organizations gather in either the US or Canada for two days of networking, learning, and sharing of ideas and information.  The COMPASS meeting has been hosted in New Orleans, Tampa, and Toronto in the past three years – and in 2019 COMPASS will be held in Austin, Texas in early April.