CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
John C. Hadjipateras

Chairman, CEO & President
Dorian LPG Ltd.
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
Q88 LLC
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
Navios Maritime Holdings
TREASURER
Louis Linde
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
SOCIAL
Joyce Wang
Eagle Shipping
P& A
Patrick Bähr
UPT United Product Tankers
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Cameron Amigo
SPI Marine
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

April 2020

President's Notes

After our 2019 Annual Meeting, I started to think from time to time about what I would write in my last remarks as CMA President. These remarks bear very little resemblance to what I generally thought I would be writing about.

Were it any other year, I would probably have focused quite a bit on the 2020 CMA Conference, which had been scheduled to take place just last week, long before people had ever heard of COVID-19. I would be fondly recounting the wonderful, productive sessions, the networking, and the many friends we get to reconnect with each year at our Conference. I would have talked about a sold-out Gala Dinner, where we were going to celebrate our 2020 Commodore, Lois Zabrocky. COVID-19 has, of course, changed all of this. Back in February, as the spread of the virus was gaining momentum, we made the decision to postpone the CMA Conference to June 29-July 1, 2020, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.

It occurred to me the other day, though, as I was feeling disappointed about postponing the CMA Conference, that it is really a luxury in this moment to be able to feel disappointed like this, and I turned instead to how much I have to be thankful for. It has been such an honor and pleasure to have been given such trust by the CMA membership to have been the steward of this august organization. Truth be told, I stand on the shoulders of those that preceded me, who established and set this organization on its course back in 1984. I have worked hard to surround myself with Board members who are smarter than I am, and who are not bashful about disagreeing with me. It hasn't always made my job easy, but I know that it has always led us to a better outcome for the organization.

The last four years, as CMA President, really have been a particular pleasure. I have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many people, across all sectors of the Maritime Industry. Ship Agents, Suppliers, Owners and Charterers, Service Providers of all sorts, from sales people up to CEO's. Surely, our industry must be among the most friendly of all, and that is one of the strengths of our organization. I also want to specifically thank and mention our friends at the US Coast Guard, great folks like Admiral Ray, Rear Admiral Nadeau, Rear Admiral Timme, Rear Admiral Thomas and so many others, who are all great supporters of the CMA. The commitment of these people and the USCG in general to the safety of our seafarers and our vessels is an inspiration. In addition to their responsibilities such as search and rescue, pollution response, PSC inspections, etc., they take their mandate to facilitate the movement of commerce with the utmost seriousness. Having interacted with them in different ways over the years, all I can say is that it has reinforced to me the importance of supporting the US Coast Guard as fully as I can, indeed as they support our industry. Make no mistake, when the going gets tough, these are the folks you want in your corner.

As you all know, our Annual Meeting had been scheduled for April 30th, 2020, when we would have elected new Board members, and I was to update the membership on the State of the CMA. Of course, given the circumstances, we have canceled the in-person meeting. However, considering the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves, we have made plans to vote on-line on April 30th, and the results of the election will be announced to the membership via email on the afternoon of April 30, 2020, along with the State of the CMA. Full details are in this month's newsletter, and in addition, we will send out reminders of the upcoming election over the next few weeks.

Finally, I have a whole lot of folks I want to thank. Past CMA Presidents - what is there to say? Especially in these past few months, I have reached out to them, and really appreciated their input as I have had to make decisions about how to deal with the COVID-19 situation, and I cannot thank them enough. All of the CMA Board members that I have served with since I first began as the Education Chair through my two terms as President have been great, all inspiring in their own way. All of these volunteer Board members do such a great job of managing their different CMA responsibilities, on top of their day jobs and family responsibilities. I cannot thank them enough for the commitment that they show day in, day out, to keep the CMA moving forward. Any success that I have had as CMA President over the past four years I surely owe to them, as they give so much of themselves to our organization. I have been so lucky to have received counsel from Jim Lawrence and Lorraine Parsons over the years, any time I have asked, and really, where would we be today without all of the great folks over at IMS, who have been the backbone of our events year after year. Kim Edwards, Compuledger and Informa - thanks to you all. I also need to thank the d'Amico family, whose support of me as CMA President, and of the CMA in general, I can only describe as enthusiastic. Thanks especially to my wife, Gerri, and our son, James, whom many of you know, for embracing my choice to work this second job over these past years - thanks so much for all of your patience and support.

Thanks, most of all, to our membership. You are all among a special breed, to be sure, a small and tightly knit group of very smart and hard working women and men who keep 90% of all goods moving around our planet, and working hard every day to do it more efficiently and economically, while presently accounting for less than 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. You are the thought leaders of our industry, implementing the agenda that has brought us cleaner oceans, ballast water treatment, significant reductions in sulphur emissions, and in the coming years, moving our industry to zero emissions. Shipping is at the tip of the spear regarding global environmental initiatives. We should all be so proud of this fact and tell everyone that we know about all of the work that we are doing to achieve these worthy goals. It has truly been an honor and a privilege to have worked for you all as President these past four years. The support that you have shown me, and the feedback that you have provided to me, have been meaningful to me in ways that I cannot even express. Thank you.

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
April

Thursday, April 30, 2020

WILL NOW BE ONLINE
Details to follow

CMA Annual General Meeting Luncheon

May

Monday Afternoon, May 11, 2020

CMA Spring Golf Outing

POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28

Sterling Farms Golf Course

1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905

Click here for more information

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

June

Monday, June 29 - Wednesday, July 1, 2020

CMA SHIPPING 2020

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

www.cmashipping2020.com

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

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