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
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
Odin Marine Group
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

November 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

As I write this month's article, we are only days away from the 2018 mid-term election. I think it's fair to say that from any vantage point there has been a lot to keep track of over the past couple of years, but in the context of this newsletter, we have had some discussions regarding trading strategy. While the President can certainly make many decisions regarding certain trade policy unilaterally, it is interesting to consider whether or not the eventual outcome of the upcoming election might have any impact on these sorts of decisions going forward. We will find out soon.

We are, as an industry, also facing new regulatory policy that will soon be implemented, specifically the 2020 sulphur cap. The CMA's October lunch had an all-star panel discussing the 2020 sulphur cap in the context of the off-spec bunker fuel issue that our industry has been working our way through over the past few months, and one of the take-aways was that the bunker spec issue is not expected to be fully resolved any time soon, and the 2020 sulphur cap may not make the issue any simpler. Thanks so much to our excellent moderator, Bob Kunkel of Amtech, and the panelists Rasmus Jacobsen (Monjasa Americas), James Power (Holland & Knight), Kevin Cote (Innospec Fuel Specialties), and John Walker (Braemar Technical Services). There was a great deal of information presented on this important topic, and we are so pleased to have been able to bring this to our members.

Our Halloween Happy Hour at Sign of the Whale was a big success again this year, with about twice the turn-out this year from last year. Thanks to all who attended in their "street clothes" and donated to the CMA Education Foundation on entering, and thanks also to all of those who came in costume, which ran the gamut from interesting to entertaining. Congratulations to all of the winners of the costume contest, and also the business card drawing. There were some great prizes! Thanks to our new Social Chair, Mike McCormick, for drumming up gift cards and Rangers tickets for the lucky winners! We are glad that this has gained traction as an annual event.

Our next event is our 7th annual Manhattan lunch, on Thursday, November 15th, at The Harvard Club. This year we are quite excited to welcome John Hadjipateras, Chairman & CEO of Dorian LPG. These are always wonderful events, and an opportunity for all of our membership to hear from some of our industries most senior decision makers, and present them with your questions directly. Seats are always limited at the Manhattan luncheons, so please RSVP to Lorraine Parsons early. This is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.

It is a little bit difficult to believe that we are already in November, but since we are, please save the evening of December 11th for the CMA Holiday Party at Sign of the Whale in Stamford. We have been getting lots of members attending this event each year. While the event is free to our members in good standing, we do ask that everyone bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots - a worthy cause, indeed. So, please make certain that your membership is current, and remind your friends and colleagues to do the same, and if they are not members, encourage them to join us! This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends, and even make some new friends! So, pick up a toy to donate, and enjoy a festive evening with friends and colleagues on the CMA! We hope to see you all there!

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
December

CMA Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

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 LParsons@marinemoney.com

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