March. In like
a lion, out like a lamb, and somewhere in between, CMA's Shipping
2017! March is a month of change, and indeed, this year's
Conference is entitled "Capitalizing on a Changing Industry."
From March 20th to March 22nd, Stamford will host North America's
premier Shipping Conference, hosting some 2,500 delegates
from around the globe. As we note in the program, at this
year's conference, we face a "shipping industry in the
midst of transformational change, causing nearly every ship
owner, cargo owner, trader, lawyer, shipbroker, trade association,
flag state, insurance underwriter, shipyard and other service
provider to adapt to the changes." Issues such as market
consolidation, emissions and ballast water treatment regulations,
changing monetary policy, the health of the ship building
sector will be discussed by experts at the top of their field
- who also happen to be our colleagues in the shipping industry.
Maritime Association could not be more excited to bring you
these experts in their field, many of whom are, like you,
members of the CMA. Remember the unique organization that
you are a part of, and your fellow members who possess unique
expertise in different segments of the industry. These are
the people you can turn to when you need to reach out to someone,
and get that difficult question answered by the right person
who happens to have that expertise.
With this in
mind, if you were lucky enough to attend the February CMA
lunch, you were treated to one of the most interesting presentations
we have been able to arrange for you, from one of our local
CMA members, who also happens to be known far and wide throughout
this industry. Bob Kunkel is arguably one of the most innovative
thinkers to be counted among our membership. His company,
Amtech, designs and oversees construction of ships, from deep
sea tankers, to the research vessel at our local Maritime
Aquarium in Norwalk. Bob's presentation, "Disruptive
Sustainability - Shipping from the eyes of technical geeks"
covered topics ranging from the issues that are currently
driving ship design and the present status of Korean ship
yards, to the hybrid drive coastal cargo vessel he has designed
to be used in conjunction with his market in Norwalk, Harbor
Harvest, devoted to locally sourced goods and sustainability.
Construction of the first of these vessels is about to start,
and has the backing of a number of government agencies. Bob's
innovative thinking will be getting trucks off of our highways,
reduce the time it takes to get goods from farm to market,
and reduce emissions. We all win when ideas like this are
brought to life.
Commodore is Jack Noonan, from Chembulk. Celebrating one of
our local leaders, we are bringing the Commodore award "home"
to Connecticut this year. Jack is an enthusiastic supporter
of the Maritime industry, the CMA and maritime education,
and we want to recognize Jack's support for these very important
efforts, and more. Jack is indeed a worthy recipient amongst
a long line of some of our industry's greatest leaders.
We hope to see
you among the attendees of Shipping 2017 later this month,
to participate in all of the discussions about change and
innovation in our industry, and to celebrate our own Jack
Noonan. It's certain to be a great event!