CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Robert Bugbee
Scorpio Group
PRESIDENT
Ian Workman
Trans-Tec Services, Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT
Tony Backos
Pyxis Holdings Inc.
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
Clemente Shipping USA LLC
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Brian Robinson
Penfield Marine LLC
COMMUNICATION
Nora Huvane
Marine Money International
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
UNI Americas
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
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.

 
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President's Notes
Events

September 2014

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

In previous Newsletters I have mentioned how electronic communications have made such huge advances over the last few decades, changing our lives in so many ways.

My family vacation this year was a cruise, starting from Cape Liberty in New Jersey, to Bermuda and back, but hurricane Cristobal had other ideas.

When we were approximately two thirds of the way to Bermuda, the various computer projections congealed to indicate that the storm would give Bermuda a serious side swipe for the few days that we would be at berth and, in all probability, the swell on the days either side of our stay would make our approach and departure exceedingly unpleasant for those with stomachs of a sensitive nature.

So, "for our safety" our Captain diverted the vessel and we spent a day in Cape Canaveral and a day in Nassau before returning to Cape Liberty.

Can you imagine how it must have been in the days of sail and early days of power when it was not possible to see over the horizon? When there were no satellites bouncing communications worldwide? No storm tracking? You get the idea. How brave were those who ventured into this wide unknown? This really made a huge impression as we cruised on calm seas, when, just over the horizon, a hurricane raged.

Thank goodness for the power of communication and weather routing.

In the latest excerpt of "My Life in the Royal Navy", my grandfather describes how, with bullets flying around and the "chanting" of thousands of "coolies" they kept in touch with the British Consulate by using a portable wireless and the American Consul-General by semaphore.

Isn't it amazing how we can now communicate with and control an unmanned aircraft with a keyboard from the other side of the world?

Communications have contributed so much to the world-wide development of the Maritime Industry.

Ian Workman
President

Event Calendar
September

Thursday evening, September 25, 2014

CMA 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration

Burning Tree Country Club

120 Perkins Road

Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

7:00 pm – Cocktail Reception on the lawn (weather permitting)

8:00 pm – Dinner and Dancing

Carriages – Midnight

Black Tie

Silent Auction to benefit the CMA Education Foundation

Tickets: $250 per person

Tables of 10 - $2,500

Available in advance only – limited capacity

Click here for more info

For reservations please contact Lorraine Parsons Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3717 or email conferences@cmaconnect.com

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