CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Sabrina S. M. Chao

Executive Chairman,
Wah Kwong Maritime Holdings Ltd.
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
Navios Maritime Holdings
TREASURER
Louis Linde
Nothern Shipping Funds
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
SOCIAL
Mike McCormick
Odin Marine Group
P& A
Patrick Bähr
UPT United Product Tankers
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
CMA Ambassador (Asia)
Larry Liu
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.

Unlike many similar organizations which are supported largely by corporate membership, the CMA's voting membership is comprised only of individuals. From bunker brokers and tug-boat operators to lawyers and underwriters, to ship owners, brokers and managers, shippers and merchants of all kinds of cargo, each CMA member has an equal and separate vote.

The CMA was created as a self-help group of shipping people, and remains a conduit for the exchange of information and a source of camaraderie and fellowship that is unique and vital to the shipping community. In 2014, the CMA celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. It prospers with over 1,500 members representing nearly 500 companies and organizations.

President's Notes
Events

March 2019

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

The final countdown has started for CMA's Shipping 2019! It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating our most recent CMA Commodore, Sabrina Chao, Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Holdings Ltd., at the Gala Dinner. It is hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, she will be back in Stamford to pass the famous Commodores hat along to our next Commodore, John Hadjipateras, Chairman, CEO and President of Dorian LPG, Ltd. Please join us for the Conference April 2-4, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel.

The theme of this year's CMA Conference is "Power: Economic and Environmental Sustainability; How a revolution in marine fuel regulations and digital technology will reshape every aspect of the global shipping industry - from shipowners to charterers, financiers to lawyers, port state control, vendors, managers brokers… and beyond. Sustaining the Environment and Profitability." Our industry is truly in the midst of so much change, some of which is incremental, but some of which is quite disruptive. From block chain to scrubbers, those in our industry are having to make very consequential decisions to respond to the different forces pushing and pulling our industry forward.

Please take a few minutes to go to our website at www.cmaconnect.com where you can click on the "Shipping 2019" button and download the latest edition of the agenda. We are confident that you will find value in the many different sessions that are being presented this year, as well as numerous networking opportunities where you will be able to catch up with old friends, and meet new ones! We believe that the CMA Conference will provide the most "bang for your buck" of any shipping event in the USA, and we certainly hope to see you all there!

I will take this opportunity, also, to dispel a rumor that is finding its way through the CMA Community. As Mark Twain said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." So, too, are the reports that 2019 will be the last year that the CMA Conference will be held in Stamford. Indeed, as I have told those of you who have asked me, as part of our due diligence, the CMA Board has considered whether we should move the Conference to New York or elsewhere on a fairly regular basis. Among our most important responsibilities is to make certain that we maintain the quality of the Conference, and the value that it provides to our members and other delegates that attend each year.

We look at many different factors in this regard, such as how staying in Stamford or moving might affect those who have been attending and supporting the Conference for many years, and also how a move might be able to help us to grow the Conference, and would this be a positive or a negative in the long term, etc. Rest assured, we take our responsibility to manage the Conference to the best of our ability, and to maintain its position as the largest and best shipping conference in the United States very seriously, and would not consider such a venue change unless and until we felt it was the right time and in the best interest of the CMA, its membership, and the Conference. With this said, I can tell you that the 2020 CMA Conference will be in Stamford, from March 31 to April 2, 2020, so mark it in your calendars!

Our February luncheon speaker was Daniel Wilson, Director of Strategy and Operations for TradeLens, and although I was unable to attend, I heard plenty of positive feedback from others who were there. February seems to have turned into our "blockchain" luncheon month over the past couple of years, and considering the fact that blockchain is certainly popping up more and more in different aspects of our industry, we are certainly glad to be able to bring in experts to speak to our membership.

In case you missed it, we had an article in our February newsletter about a documentary called "Seastates" which will tell the story of the critical role shipping plays to move 90% of the worlds goods, our commitment to the environment, the skill of the seafarers, and will hopefully help to educate the public which is largely unaware of what we do, and frankly, how well we do it! The CMA is proud to be involved in this project, and the film's producer, Mr. Tom Garber, will be at the CMA Conference this year. He is still working on securing a few key sponsorship positions for this important project, so I would encourage you to take a few minutes to stop by and see him at his table, and learn more about what he is doing. In the meantime, you can visit his website at www.thirdwavefilms.com/seastates.html

We hope to see you all at the CMA Conference in April, and of course hope that you will also encourage your colleagues and business partners to join us as well! On behalf of your CMA Board, we are looking forward to hosting this exciting and valuable Conference for you all!

month.

Joe Gross
CMA President

Event Calendar

For Reservations for all CMA Events please call Lorraine
at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3717
or email
conferences@cmaconnect.com
or
LParsons@marinemoney.com

EVENTS
March
April
Tuesday, April 2-Thursday, April 4, 2019

CMA SHIPPING 2019

POWER

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

www.cmashipping2019.com

Thursday, April 25, 2019

CMA Annual General Meeting Luncheon

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

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

Free to CMA Members in good standing

RSVP’s are required

May
Monday Afternoon, May 13, 2019

CMA Spring Golf Outing

Sterling Farms Golf Course

1349 Newfield Avenue,
Stamford, CT 06905

Please click here for more info

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