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
TBA
P& A
Lambros Papaeconomou
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

August 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Happy August to all! In spite of many of our colleagues taking their holidays during this month, making things a bit quieter then usual, shipping, of course, continues to move 90% of all raw and finished goods around our planet. Markets may be stronger or weaker at any given moment, but our work continues.

One thing that I think most of us are paying attention to is the present state of global trade and tariffs. There are new trade agreements being hammered out among different nations and regions, so we all watch and wait to see how these developments will impact our daily lives as shipping people. How will markets and trade lanes react as this situation develops? Will our local industry suffer or benefit? There are so many questions, and what we face now, it seems, it uncertainty on many fronts. However, there is some very exciting news relating to local trade.

On Friday, July 27th, I had the honor to represent the CMA at the ceremony to give the Harbor Harvest Hybrid Project its American Marine Highway status. CMA member Bob Kunkel has brought this project from paper to reality, and the ceremony was held at the bow of the vessel, between the twin hulls of the catamaran. US Maritime Administrator Admiral Mark Buzby spoke and presented the certificate making the designation official. This is a great project that anyone can get behind and support. It is providing shipyard jobs, and once launched, jobs for her crew. It is a hybrid vessel, which can run on diesel or battery power. It will bring local farm goods between Long Island and Connecticut, getting trucks off the road and opening up markets for small farmers that otherwise have been unable to gain access to markets across the Sound. This is one of those unique projects that is great for both the economy and the environment. In our age of relentless political gridlock in the United States, we are very glad that both the State and Federal Government have stepped up to support this project, and the CMA is glad to do so as well. Congratulations, Bob!


Left to right: Micah Tucker, Derecktor Shipyards; Bob Kunkel, Harbor Harvest;
Adm Mark Buzby (USN ret), Maritime Administrator; Evan Mathews, Executive Director, Connecticut Port Authority. The vessel HARBOR HARVEST is in the background


Many thanks to everyone that joined us for our annual summer picnic. We had a great turnout, and an unusually pleasant evening, for which I think we were all very grateful. Thanks also to everyone that bought raffle tickets to support the CMA Education Foundation - they were able to raise a tidy sum during the evening. Events like this are a great reminder of what a special community we are so lucky to have here in Connecticut. Our membership spent their time over drinks and dinner with business partners and competitors alike, which is a part of what I believe sets our industry apart from others.

The next CMA luncheon will be on September 27th, and it will be the Education Lunch. As you have likely heard me say many times in the past, I would urge everyone to attend this event. Come and meet the next generation of shipping professionals, as some of you will likely be hiring some of these young people in the not too distant future! Our speaker for this event will be Jim Lawrence, a power house in our industry, so come to also get the benefit of his views and perspectives on the industry. I have no doubt that it will be an excellent event.

We are also arranging our annual CMA Halloween Happy Hour, to be held at Sign of the Whale at the end of October. We will confirm the date shortly.

We hope that you all enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing you all back in September!

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
September
Thursday, September 27, 2018

CMA Education Awards Luncheon

Presentation of the
Annual CMA Education Awards

Plus

A panel of former CMA Interns now fully employed and involved in the maritime industry locally
(Panel TBA)

Moderator: Jim Lawrence
Chairman of Marine Money,
Partner of MTI Network,
President of IMS
2018 Seamen’s Church Institute
Silver Bell Award Winner

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II
2748 Post Road,
Darien, CT 06820

Open Bar: 12 Noon
Seating for Lunch 12:45 pm

Members $50 / Non-Members $60

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

October
Thursday, October 18, 2018

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Speaker & Topic TBA

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

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

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