CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Jack Noonan
CEO, Chembulk Tankers
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

February 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

President's Notes

February is always a busy month in the CMA world. We are neck-deep in organizing the final details for Shipping 2018, which will take place on March 12-14. I am confident that it will be an excellent event, as always, with something for everyone. There are sessions focused on regulatory issues, changing market dynamics and disruption, technology, strategic planning, finance, and more. Our panelists and speakers include senior US Coast Guard officials, Corporate Directors, the heads of international shipping associations, economists, analysts, Owners, Charterers, Brokers, and more. The program can be found here http://www.cmashipping2018.com/Shipping2018programWeb.pdf and may change a bit between now and then, so I would encourage you to check again from time to time.

We were very pleased to have had Joshua Shapiro, COO of Liberty Maritime Corp, speak at our January lunch, and he did not disappoint. The room was filled, and I know that we all walked away with lots of new information to consider, and certainly with an increased level of concern regarding the topic of cyber security issues. Joshua ended his presentation with a video about cyber security that I described at the time as both terrifying and strangely entertaining, and I would urge you all to spend six minutes watching it: http://www.fidrafilms.com/maritime-cyber-security-training-educational-resource/

As CMA President, I was asked by Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy to be a member of a new advisory group he created, called the Long Island Sound Advisory Council. There are about 20 members, and I was not surprised to find that most members are from environmental organizations, but three or four of us come from the commercial sector. Considering that the CMA is not a political organization, I went into this with the idea that this would be an opportunity to build some bridges, and provide some expertise to those who may not fully know or understand our industry, the challenges that we face, and the work that we do in order to comply with domestic and international regulations (which may not always be in sync), and to operate our vessels as responsibly and efficiently as we can.

The meeting was very interesting and gave me some new insight into how parts of our federal government work, but as I suspected, the conversations I had after the meeting officially ended were even more interesting. After the meeting, I spent about an hour chatting with four or five other Advisory Council members, primarily about ballast water issues, a topic that one of them had brought up. They seemed genuinely interested in what these regulations mean for us, and were especially interested to learn that the US regulations and the International regulations differ, and how this fact makes implementation more challenging for all of us in the shipping industry. It was a gratifying exchange, and I'm looking forward to continuing these sorts of discussions at our next meeting in April. It's also a great reminder that all sorts of people know who and what the CMA is, including Senator Murphy, and recognize that there is value in having us participate in such a forum.

Our next luncheon will be on Thursday, February 22nd, and we will be announcing the speaker in due course. Shortly thereafter will be Shipping 2018, and I hope to see all of our members at these upcoming events!

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

February
Thursday, February 22, 2018

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Mr. Mitul Dave

CEO, Shipowner.io

The first blockchain based ship owning investment platform. Access to the platform will be via Ship Industry Participation (SHIP) tokens created on Ethereum blockchain with a high level of transparency.

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 per person
Non-Members: $60 per person

March
Monday, March 12
to Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CMA SHIPPING 2018

"Profits and Values"

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

http://www.cmashipping2018.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

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