Monday's opening session to Wednesday's Gala dinner the CMA
Conference knocked the proverbial ball out of the park - the
most common description heard was "Unique".
amazing line up of world class speakers and the most senior
management were in attendance, backed up by hard hitting and
thought provoking presentations covering present and future
issues affecting the maritime industry worldwide.
technical, human resources, financial, energy, bunkers, new
technologies, legal, salvage, education, security, markets
- the list is myriad, and the views and opinions all well
made, and I can't forget the presentation to Capt Joshua Bhatt
of Campbell Shipping and his crew of the CS "Caprice"
the truly amazing actions in saving 510 migrants.
conference had an edge which I, for one, have not experienced
at any other conference at any other time in my career - the
else have you seen scions of maritime families all sitting
together, and candidly answering searching questions about
their maritime inheritance and the influence of their family
on their lives and careers?
and, I think, to possibly everybody there, this was a first,
and it epitomized a central maritime tradition of inheritance
usually kept very private. And when it did come to the fore
it is my belief that the "family panel" put a caring
face on an area of our industry usually very guarded about
any intrusions into their privacy.
like to think that the panel members also had a positive take-away,
in that, having given a fascinated audience a glimpse into
hitherto uncharted areas, realized that their lives and experiences
are all part of a maritime family that encompasses us all.
cap the whole conference and underscore both the business
and family traditions of our industry there was that amazing
speech, given at our Gala Dinner, by young Panagiotis Tsakos,
grandson of our 2015 Commodore Capt. Panagiotis Tsakos. He
received a standing ovation. What poise at only 12 years old!
amazing experience and I look forward to watching the progress
of this rising star in our maritime world.
was a unique conference, a blend of old and new, business
and private - which could only have been so successful under
the auspices of the CMA - an Association that cuts across
all the borders of our maritime world.