What is NAMS?

What Is NAMS ?

During World War II, the government established an agency to coordinate the supply of vessels used in wartime with food for the crew and troops and replacement parts for vessels.  When the war ended, the man in charge of the agency C. Willman Brown, affectionately known in the industry as “Brownie,” determined that there was a need for a non-governmental association of the companies that resupply ocean going vessels when they arrived in US ports.

Under Brownie’s leadership, in 1951, the National Association of Marine Services (NAMS) was incorporated in the state of Delaware and for over 60 years NAMS has been the prime source of information and coordination with other ship supply industry organizations and companies. 

 The Association has always had a high standard of qualifications for membership to provide the necessary high level of dependable service to ship owners/ship management companies and their vessels.  Membership in MAMS signifies that the chandler and chandlery is a bona fide ship supplier.  NAMS thoroughly vets all companies that apply for membership.

Since 1951, there have been three executive directors of the organization:

– Willman Brown from 1951 to 1982, 

– Bill Robinson from 1982 to 2017  

– Libby O’Malley presently 

NAMS has a total of approximately 45 ship supplier members and approximately 20 Associate members.  It is significant to note that ALL United States ports with oceangoing-vessel capabilities are serviced by at least one NAMS ship suppliers.

NAMS will continue to represent ship supply industry in the United States and provide the necessary conduit for information and networking that affects our members and the operation of their businesses.  We provide the forum to discuss developments and we take the lead in any actions that may be required to represent the interests of NAMS members.

Find a NAMS Member:

For a listing of our Regular Members, click here.

For a list of our Associate Members, click here.

Board of Directors

For a list of the extraordinarily committed group of individuals that comprise the NAMS board of directors, click here.

Should you wish to learn more about NAMS or get information about becoming a Regular or Associate Member, please contact us here.