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
Bobby Rosano
P& A
Lambros Papaeconomou
Lloyds List
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

June 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

As we publish this month's newsletter, we are on the cusp of summer time, and looking forward to settle into the usual summer routine, which includes a few annual shipping events at which we see so many of our friends.

Last week was Seamen's Church Institute's annual Silver Bell Awards Dinner. It is always a wonderful event to support the great work that SCI does to support our seafarers in so many ways. SCI presented Humanitarian Awards to Crowley Maritime Corporation, TOTE and Trailer Bridge, for the tremendous work they have done (and continue to do) delivering relief supplies to Puerto Rico. The decidedly NOT YET RETIRED Admiral Charles Michel of the USCG was awarded a very well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. Finally, our dear friend, and Editor Emeritus of this very newsletter, Jim Lawrence, received the Silver Bell Award. Our congratulations to all of the awardees - it was our honor to share the evening with you all. Our congratulations also to the SCI, The Rev. David Rider and all those who worked so hard to produce such a wonderful event, and of course our thanks to the Seamen's Church for all that they do for our seafarers.

We had two excellent speakers at the May CMA lunch. Anton Posner of Mercury Enterprises and Gil Landy of Pasternak, Baum & Co., joined us to discuss some of the issues we are now facing due to the new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Anton, with his background on metals importing, spoke about the impact of the new import tariffs. Gil, who is in the grain export trade, spoke about the retaliatory tariffs that China subsequently have placed on our exports. It was certainly a timely topic, and we had a good Q&A afterwards. Our thanks again to them both for taking the time to join us.

Our next luncheon will be on Thursday, June 28th. We are working on finalizing details for this event, and will let you all know as soon as possible with full details of our upcoming speaker. As in years past, we will not have luncheons in July or August, so don't miss this last luncheon opportunity for the summer.

Our Annual Summer Picnic will be on Thursday, July 12th, at The Stamford Yacht Club. This is one of my favorite events each year. It's a lovely venue, there are always so many friends to see, plenty of lobster and beer, and (hopefully) the weather will be great! As I have said so many times, our strength is our membership - we hope that you will be able to join us at the event, and connect, or re-connect, with your fellow CMA members. We'll see you 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

June
Thursday, June 28, 2018

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Scott Bates
Chairman of the Board
Connecticut Port Authority (CPA)

Moves and plans to better utilize the State’s maritime assets.

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

July
Thursday, July 12, 2018

CMA Annual Summer Picnic
& Lobster Bake

5:30 pm-9:00 pm

Stamford Yacht Club
97 Ocean Drive West, Stamford, CT

Members: $85/ Non-Members: $160 (includes a one year CMA Membership - $75 value)

Click here for more info

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

August

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