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
Braemar ACM
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt

COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
Citrin Cooperman

SOCIAL
Bobby Rosano
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
Odin Marine Group
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

April 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

CMA Shipping 2018 is now behind us, and it was a great three days. We had many old friends join us again from all around the globe, and met lots of newcomers as well. This is an event where the networking is just as interesting as the many important seminars put together for the membership.

I want to again thank all of the participants, sponsors and panelists without whom there would be no Conference at all. We covered so many different topics during the Conference, from cyber issues, bunker regulations, autonomous vessels, ship finance and so much more. Tuesday afternoon was a case study of the tragic sinking of the El Faro, which can only be described as somber, yet of critical importance to our industry. We were very glad to be able to facilitate this session, where we had Capt. Jason Neubauer, USCG Chief, Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis and Michael Holt, General Council, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer of Tote, seated on the same stage as lawyers and crisis management experts who were also involved in the aftermath of the sinking. The level of transparency that this group brought to our community was extraordinary, and has set a high bar for any shipping companies in the future faced with a crisis.

Our Commodore's Debate was a real source of pride for us this year. Moderated by Molly McCafferty, the panelists included Sabrina Chao (2018 Commodore), Lois Zabrocky, Katharina Stanzel, Karin Orsel and Kathy Metcalf. Among our industry's best and brightest, this panel allowed the attendees to gain great insight from their perspectives and experiences, and as I have mentioned in the past, is a session that is always worth attending. Thanks again to our moderator and panelists. I know that we all left the session a little bit wiser for having attended.

The Gala Dinner was, as always, a great event. We had the honor to present Sabrina Chao of Wah Kwong Shipping with our 2018 Commodore's Award. She was welcomed to the ranks of the Commodores by Morten Arntzen and Philippe Louis-Dreyfus. Jack Noonan, the 2017 Commodore, played the straight man and presented the Commodore's Award to Sabrina Chao, to a standing ovation of the crowd of over 800 attendees. Commodore Chao's remarks were entertaining and very well received. We certainly hope that she will join us again at future CMA Conferences.

Our next CMA Luncheon will be on Thursday, April 26th. This is our Annual General Meeting, free to all of our members in good standing. We will present the State of the CMA, and vote on new Board members for the coming two years. We hope that you can all join us. Also, the CMA Golf Outing will take place on Monday afternoon, May 14th. Please reserve your places for the Golf Outing soon, as they always sell out quickly. 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

April

Thursday, April 26, 2018

CMA Annual General Meeting Luncheon

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

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

Free to CMA Members in good standing

May

Monday Afternoon, May 14, 2018

CMA Spring Golf Outing

Sterling Farms Golf Course

1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905

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

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