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

March 2015

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Americas Best Kept Secret….

I am sure that many readers can remember their first interview for a position in the Maritime world. For anyone who had, or has, a desire to develop a maritime career, it is a pivotal moment.

Even though it was back in 1985, prior the worldwide web, iphone, email and such amazing electronic connectivity and being accessible to everyone, I can still remember it with crystal clarity.

I answered a small 3 line advertisement for an 'Oil Trader' in one of the mainline English newspapers (I still have the original bit of paper somewhere!). When I, ever so politely, called to declare my interest and enquire about the advertisement, I was told it was for a position as a "Bunker Trader" with a premier Japanese trading house.

This left me in somewhat of a quandary because, in spite of my nautical heritage via my maternal grandfather (the Royal Navy - you might have read his memoirs serialized in this newsletter), and my father (the ship agent), I had never heard of "bunkers".

So, being the dutiful and interested interviewee, off I went to the English National library, thinking that this would be the one place sure to have all the information on "bunkers", I was sadly mistaken. After the first few references to "coal" I realized that the library must not be quite up to date on modern methods of supply, decided to "wing it", and thankfully was successful, being still in the "Bunker" business 30 years later.

Now, looking back at this particular moment in my career, it seems, even to this very day and on another continent, to be symptomatic of a wider ignorance of the fundamental importance of the maritime industry to the national economy. Ask yourself, outside of your contacts and friends actively involved in our industry, how many are aware of its importance to our nation? It's huge contribution to the running of our great nation?

You often hear glib suggestions involving trade embargoes or sanctions, and I am sure that many us - at least having some experience in the industry of how such actions will backfire and damage our own economy - cringe when such pronouncements hit the newswires.

One just has to look at the (very) recent strike on the US West Coast to see just what a huge impact an interruption in the chain of supply has on the economy.

So how many people in our nation are aware of the importance of our maritime industry? Your guess is as good as mine, but I can't tell you how many times I have had to explain to complete newcomers just how vessels get the fuel for their engines. It isn't magic, but it does take a serious amount of understanding, and is so very necessary.

At the CMA we have close links with many of the Maritime Colleges, not only through their Alumni already gainfully employed in the industry, but also via the scholarships being awarded via the CMA Education Foundation.

If you come to our conference (www.shipping2015.com) later this month, 23-25 March, you can attest to the strength our connections, not only at the awards ceremony for the scholarships, but also at every level of our industry, both Nationally and Internationally, just how, at the CMA, we are working to ensure that this industry of ours is brought into as many households as possible and to dispel the aura of being Americas best kept secret.

I look forward to see you at the conference.

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
February
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

April

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

May
Monday Afternoon, May 18, 2015

CMA Spring Golf Outing

Sterling Farms Golf Course

1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902

Click here for more information

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