Officers & Board
Paddy Rodgers
CEO, Euronav NV
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
Chris Aversano
Braemar ACM
Jasmine Alvarado
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
Greg Kurantowicz
Axeon Specialty Products LLC
Jonathan Koren
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
Ryan Jurewicz
Inchcape Shipping Services
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
Moira Whalen
Marine Money
Donald B. Frost
D.B. Frost Associates,Inc.
Lorraine Parsons
I.M.S., Inc.
Kim Edwards
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

October 2016


Your CMA is back into its usual, interesting fall program of events, and there is plenty to talk about, and to look forward to.

We were so pleased to see so many of the membership come out to attend the September Education Luncheon. Those of you who were unable to attend missed a really fascinating discussion moderated by former CMA Intern Matt McCleery (The Shipping Man), with panelists Rich du Moulin, Robert Bugbee and Per Heidenreich. If you had ever wondered how these industry luminaries got their start, this was your opportunity. I must say, that I have never attended a CMA lunch where the attendees were as quiet as they were at the September lunch, with the whole room really hanging on the panels every word. Thanks again to our moderator and panelists for their participation - the discussion was funny and insightful, touching on many aspects of shipping, career paths, what drove some of their decisions, and more.

It was also a great day for the students. If you are not aware of the great work being done by the CMA Education Foundation, you should know that at the luncheon that day, multiple scholarships of $1,500 were presented to students, and for the first time, a student received a $10,000 scholarship. This work is directly supporting our future generations of shipping professionals, and I would urge all of the membership to get involved. Check out their website at to learn more about the Education Foundation, and notice the big "DONATE NOW" button on the home page. It is a worthy cause, indeed. Bravo Zulu to the CMA Education Foundation Board - they are working very hard to fulfill the Foundation's mission, and they put together a great panel of speakers for the September lunch. Please do what you can to support them, and the Foundation's mission.

One of the things that really struck me during the panel discussion at the September lunch, was the fact that although Rich, Robert and Per are all fierce industry competitors, it was very clear that they are also friendly competitors. We had a chance to understand how the lives of these three industry leaders have been intertwined over the years, and what was clear, among other things, is that these people have a great deal of respect for one another.

Respect is such a critical aspect of our industry. You may remember last month when I wrote that shipping is a relatively small industry with a long memory, and that principles regularly do business with clients and competitors alike, and that we prefer to do business with those that we like. This is the reality of our business, and it only makes sense. We are at our best, and our business is at its best, when there is a certain level of respect between the parties doing business. This doesn't mean that we won't argue over doing a little better on a freight rate, pushing to get a clause we need, or do our best with a demurrage claim. However, it does mean that there is an implicit understanding that our counterpart on the other side of the deal is also a shipping professional, and should be treated accordingly.

It means that we understand that we all use the same definitions of maritime nomenclature, that we all understand how to read a charter party and clauses, and that we all know what is standard industry practice for a given situation. To assume any less of your counterpart would simply be disingenuous, and to do so over and over again would likely leave one to be a counter party of last resort, and honestly, who would want to be that. I would suggest that our panelists really exemplify the sort of respect for one another that can only be beneficial to our cherished industry, that makes us stronger as a group, and that we should all strive to emulate. I believe that our industry is too small to act otherwise. As an old friend of mine once said jokingly, "Can you load acid into an epoxy coated cargo tank? Sure. You can do it once. You can do anything once." And so it is true with the way we act towards our counterparties. You can treat them disrespectfully once, but it becomes a problem if it is done repeatedly in this small community of ours. If I had to choose just one take-away from our panel discussion, it would be that one can be respectful of ones competitors and counterparts, and rise to the very top of our industry while doing so.

As I said earlier, we are off to an interesting fall program, so please mark your calendars for all of our upcoming events.

October 27th will be a busy day for the CMA membership. It will begin with our next luncheon event, where we will welcome Ralph K. Markarian, PhD, who will speak about oil spill response, and the Deepwater Horizon incident, with which he was involved. It should be a very interesting presentation. We will then follow up in the evening with a cocktail event at Sign of the Whale in Stamford. Please be on the lookout for complete details - we think that this will be a great event for the CMA membership.

Our annual Manhattan luncheon will be at The Yale Club on November 15th, where we are very pleased to be bringing Cesare d'Amico to speak. Cesare is, among other things, the Chief Executive Officer of d'Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A., and we really appreciate the support that he and d'Amico are showing the CMA by travelling here from Italy just to spend some time speaking to us. It is worth mentioning, as well, that for the past few years, The d'Amico Shipping Group have also been sponsoring the award money for the annual CMA Essay Contest that takes place each year at the CMA Conference. We really appreciate the d'Amico's commitment to the current industry through the CMA, and their commitment to the future of the shipping industry through the CMA Education Foundation.

Finally, for those of you that really like to plan ahead, we have now booked the CMA Christmas Party. It will be held on Tuesday, December 13th, at Sign of the Whale. As always, we will be sending out full details in due course.


Joe Gross
CMA President

Event Calendar
Thursday, October 27, 2016

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Ralph K. Markarian PhD,
Sr. Principal & Sr. VP, CARDNO

Money, Money, Money: Why Spill Response REALLY Matters!

Recent and Future Directions Associated with Natural Resource Damages and Spill Response in the Post Deepwater Environment

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 / Non-Members $60

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CMA Halloween Happy Hour

From 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

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

Sponsored by the CMA with an open bar up to $1,500 and appetizers

Come dressed for the occasion!

Special prize of 4 Rangers Tickets (Nov.4) for our Costume Contest Winner

Prize donated by: Bouchard Transportation

Required $5 donation to the CMA Education Foundation for anyone not wearing a costume!

No RSVP necessary – All CMA Members in good standing are welcome

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

5th Annual New York City
Speaker Luncheon

The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017

(just steps away from Grand Central Station)

Cesare d’Amico, CEO of d’Amico

Cocktail Reception: 12 Noon – Grand Ballroom, 20th Floor

Seating for Lunch 12:45 pm – Grand Ballroom, 20th Floor

$110 Members/ $125 Non-Members

Reservations and Pre-payments are required for this one.


For Reservations for all CMA Events please call Emilie at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725, Lorraine at Ext 3717 or email or

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