CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Robert Bugbee
Scorpio Group
PRESIDENT
Ian Workman
Trans-Tec Services, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
Clemente Shipping USA LLC
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Brian Robinson
Penfield Marine LLC
COMMUNICATION
Nora Huvane
Marine Money International
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
VSTEP
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
EDITORIAL
Donald B. Frost
D.B. Frost Associates,Inc.
JOB MART / EVENTS
Lorraine Parsons
I.M.S., Inc.
MEMBER LIAISON
Kim Edwards
CMA
EDITOR EMERITUS
James R. Lawrence
IMS/MTI Network (USA), Inc.

The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organization which was built by its members, for its members, and as such is one of kind.

 
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President's Notes
Events

January 2015

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Happy New Year to all our members and readers, I trust that everyone had a restful holiday in spite of our industry being truly 24/7!

How often have you heard the expression "local knowledge"? My guess is, if you stop to think about it, you have heard it less and less over the last several years, so please take a moment and ask yourself "why?"

After doing my own introspection for a while, my supposition as to its reduced usage, comes down mainly to the amazing amount of information which has become available on the internet and the speed at which it can be accessed. This, in the opinion of many, has negated (or greatly reduced) the need to have a local representative with local knowledge.

However, caution is advised.

Yes, it is all too easy to go online and auction around for the best possible prices, or to surf for the port restrictions - the list is as long as the amount of information which has been entered.

What goes unnoticed by those who favor the 'on-line' approach is that "local knowledge" could have advised about - for example - a possible customs strike, or any number of local situations which crop up unexpectedly and, armed with that knowledge, the problem could be circumnavigated with far more success rather than having to scramble for a last minute solution when resources have already been booked up by those who made use of those with local knowledge.

Just as everyone has recently been watching online the plunge of crude and waiting for that last minute in the hope of better prices, that bit of "local knowledge" could have advised that no matter how cheap the price you get, it doesn't help if the delivery barges are already booked up.

Our maritime industry is in constant flux, the parts are never still, and the flow of information around the world must be truly astounding but "local knowledge", whether it is geographical, legal or related to specific areas of ship operations such as surveying or bunkering (to just name a few), will never be superfluous.

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
February

Sunday, February 8, 2015

CMA Family Social Event
An Afternoon of Ice Hockey with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Bridgeport Sound Tigers Vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Webster Arena

60 Main Street

(Right off Exit 27 on I-95)

Bridgeport, CT 06604

www.soundtigers.com

1:00pm – Pre-game Lunch Buffet

3:00pm – Opening Face-Off

Adults: $39 per person (includes pre-game lunch buffet and a ticket to the game)

Children: (Age 4-16 years) – $20 per child (includes pre-game lunch buffet and ticket to the game - being graciously subsidized by the CMA!)

Children under the age of 4 are free of charge.

For reservations and payment call Anne at 203-406-0109 Ext 3725 or email agumpel@marinemoney.com

Payments can be made by check or credit card and need to be pre-paid.
The deadline for ticket sales is Monday, February 2.

Click here for more information


Thursday, February 26, 2015

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Speaker: TBA

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road,
Darien, CT 06820

Cash Bar: 12 Noon
Seating for Lunch 12:45 pm

Members: $50 per person
Non-Members: $60 per person

For reservations please contact Anne Gumpel at Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 or Lorraine Parsons at Ext 3717 or email conferences@cmaconnect.com

March


Monday, March 23-Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CMA SHIPPING 2015

Tradition: Celebrating the Best, Improving the Rest

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

http://www.shipping2015.com

For reservations please contact Anne Gumpel at Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 or Lorraine Parsons at Ext 3717 or email conferences@cmaconnect.com

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