CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Jack Noonan
CEO, Chembulk Tankers
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
Braemar ACM
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt

COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
Citrin Cooperman

SOCIAL
Bobby Rosano
Monjasa
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
Odin Marine Group
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

December 2017

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

I think that it is fair to say that there has not been any shortage of things to talk about during 2017. Markets have moved, cyber security continues to become more and more important ashore and at sea, ballast water regulations are now fully in force in the US. As we expected, international trading agreements changed, new agreements emerged, and with that, areas of influence have or are shifting. We are now only two years away from the new sulphur regulations coming into force, bringing this issue now to the fore. As with any issue of disruption, it's fair to expect that the sulphur regs will cause anxiety within the market, perhaps change some aspects of how we do business in both expected and unexpected ways, but in time, this change, like others, will simply become a part of how we do our business of shipping.

Our November lunch in Manhattan was great, as we think they have all been, each in their own way. Our Communications Chair, Jess Hurwitz, arranged for Jack Noonan to be our speaker, and of course none of these events would take place were it not for the unflappable Lorraine Parsons. With the help of NY Yacht Club and CMA member Rich du Moulin, Lorraine was able to arrange to hold our event in the Model Room of the NYYC. It is, arguably, one of the most stunning spaces I've had the pleasure to visit in Manhattan, and especially appropriate for an event like ours. Jack, as usual, did not disappoint, and took a sold out room through many of the experiences that led him to his leadership position at Chembulk. We were also pleased to hear from Jack's successor at Chembulk, and an old friend of mine, Dave Ellis. We look forward to Jack's future projects, and wish Dave great success in his new role.

I also want to take this opportunity to point out all of the hard work done by your CMA Board members, to keep the CMA moving forward and bringing you great events throughout the year. We are lucky to have such devoted people on our Board who, along with the great folks at IMS, make all of this look easy! You all have my thanks for all that you do!

Our annual Holiday Party is now just days away. It is free of charge to CMA members in good standing, but all are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Last year, as I recall, the Toys for Tots people were caught off guard by the great generosity of our membership, and as we move into this season of giving, I'd like to challenge our great membership to outdo last years response, and help out as many children in need as we can! Please remember to RSVP for the Holiday Party, which will be at Sign of the Whale in Stamford on Monday, December 11th, from 6:00 until 10:00. We look forward to seeing you all there, and wish you and yours a happy, healthy and festive Holiday season!

Joe Gross
CMA
President

Event Calendar
December

Monday, December 11th, 2017

A Monday this year as Tuesday
is the start of the Hanukkah holiday

CMA Annual Holiday Party

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sign of the Whale
6 Harbor Point Road,
Stamford, CT 06902

(plentiful street and surface lot parking close-by and use of the Harbor Point garages is available – before 6pm just say you are going to SotW and after 6pm the barriers are up!)

We invite our members to Come Celebrate the Season at our Annual Party

Free of charge to CMA Members in good standing

All we ask is that you bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps. sponsored “Toys for Tots” program OR make a cash or check donation to the CMA Education Foundation (any donation welcome).

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

January
Thursday, January 25, 2018

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Speaker:
Josh Shapiro,
COO, Liberty Maritime

Business Intelligence:
Embracing Data and Tech
alongside Cyber Challenges

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

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