I looked back at the December 2017 newsletter, to remind myself
of where we were a year ago. Ballast water treatment regulation
enforcement had recently started in the United States, agreements
with our trading partners were changing and the 2020 sulphur
cap was still two years away. One year from now, the shipping
industry will likely have completed cleaning an unprecedented
number of bunker tanks in anticipation of compliance of the
sulphur cap regulation. At the same time, for those investing
in scrubber technology, there are some evolving issues to
contend with, namely banning the use of open loop scrubbers
in a number of places, most recently by Singapore. So, as
we look back at one year, and ahead to another, it's a reminder
that our industry is constantly evolving to contend with pressures
from both inside and outside. The one certainty is that things
will always be interesting for us, and as out industry evolves,
it keeps getting better and more efficient.
so sorry that I was unable to attend our November lunch at
the Harvard Club, where we welcomed John Hadjipateras, Chairman
and CEO of Dorian LPG as our speaker. We are so thankful for
his participation - I have heard a great deal of positive
feedback from that event. We really look forward to hosting
this event each year in Manhattan, where we have the opportunity
to bring an event closer to our Manhattan-based members. Thanks
also to our Vice President, Chris Aversano, for hosting this
event in my absence.
Maritime Association Holiday Party is only a few days away,
on Tuesday, December 11th, at Sign of the Whale. The party
is free to members in good standing, but all are asked to
bring a toy for Toys for Tots. This is always a very well
attended event, making it a great networking opportunity for
our members, and a great evening of donations for the good
people at Toys for Tots. We hope that all of our members will
be able to attend for the evening.
2019 is only a few short months away, which is a little bit
difficult to wrap my head around at the moment. You might
have noticed that the link to Shipping 2019 on the CMA website
is already up and running, and you can book your spot any
time for the Conference. We are already hard at work putting
together the program for Shipping 2019, and we are confident
that our members will find the program relevant and useful,
and we look forward to seeing you all there!
I want to take a moment to thank all of the CMA Board Members
for their hard work and commitment to this great organization.
The Board is made up entirely of volunteers, and we sure appreciate
their willingness to take on this work on top of their day
jobs and family commitments. Thanks also to the great folks
over at IMS: Jim Lawrence, Lorraine Parsons and their whole
crew, without whose top notch marketing skills the CMA would
not be the globally recognized organization that it is today.
As I have mentioned, 2019 is bringing some change to the CMA,
particularly to the Conference, and for this we have partnered
up with Informa. Working with Informa has been excellent,
and their enthusiasm for the CMA and the Conference is wonderful.
Finally, I want to thank all of CMA's members. The Board is
here for the members, and of course, it's the membership that
makes the CMA the great association that it has become. We
are so appreciative of the support, feedback and participation
of all of you, and we will continue to work our hardest to
keep bringing you timely and relevant events and articles
in 2019. Happy holidays to you all!