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
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
TREASURER
Louis Linde
Nothern Shipping Funds
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
SOCIAL
Mike McCormick
Odin Marine Group
P& A
Patrick Bähr
UPT United Product Tankers
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Rebecca Redstone
Odin Marine Group
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

January 2019

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

We have made it through yet another holiday season, and life is returning to normal after December's busy schedule of parties in Connecticut, New York, Houston and elsewhere. As I was reflecting on this a few days ago, I was reminded of a party I was at many years ago for colleagues and spouses, where the following statement was made by way of thanking the spouses in attendance, "Behind every successful shipping man is a really exhausted woman." I'll take this opportunity to bring this statement in line with the present day: "Behind every successful person in shipping are very supportive and understanding spouses, partners, children, friends and others." All of us in this industry, whether at sea or ashore, have worked on or missed birthdays, anniversaries, holidays or other family events. We do it because we love the business, but I think it's fair to say that not everyone would put up with our travels, on land or at sea, or our social demands, aspects of our lifestyle which are integral to how our business gets done. The "non-shipping" people in our lives certain put up with and do a lot so that we can do our work in this industry - I'm certain that we are all thankful for this.

Remember to mark April 2-4, 2019 in your calendar for our next CMA Shipping Conference. Click the link to the Conference on our website - the preliminary agenda is already available, and I am confident that you will find it interesting, relevant and timely. Topics will touch on new technologies, fuel, markets, maritime infrastructure, and more. I am confident that it will be a productive 3 days as always, with many opportunities to learn something new, meet some new people and catch up with old friends. We will be providing more information in due course.

Our next event will be the CMA Luncheon, on Thursday, January 24th. The speaker this month will be Bethann Rooney, Assistant Director, Port Department, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She will brief us on The Port of NY-NJ, facilities and plans. Hope to see many of our members there as we kick off our 2019 luncheon program.

Finally, in the past week, there have been a number of reports in the news that are a reminder to us all how complicated and dangerous the work of our seafarers is. In the past week, The MSC ZOE is reported to have lost some 270 containers in rough weather. Two vessels, the Yantian Express and the Sincerity Ace, were abandoned by their crews due to fires aboard, with the tragic loss of some of the crew of the Sincerity Ace. The Volga-Balt 214, a small bulker sailing from Samsun to Azov with coal, is reported to have sunk off the coast of Turkey with 2 reported dead and 4 reported missing of the crew of 13. As we start a new year of business, please always remember the seafarers, carrying out the deals that we are fixing, thousands of miles away from their homes for months at a time. This seems to have brought this months article full circle - all of the people, from those directly in our lives, to those out on our ships, that do so much so that we can get our work done in this industry, each and every day. Certainly, they are all deserving of our thanks.


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
January
Thursday, January 24, 2019

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Bethann Rooney
Assistant Director, Port Department,
The Port Authority of NY & NJ
who will give a briefing on
The Port of NY & NJ
and its facilities and plans.

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


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

February
Thursday, February 21, 2019

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Speaker: TBA

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
April
Tuesday, April 2-Thursday, April 4, 2019

CMA SHIPPING 2019

POWER

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

www.cmashipping2019.com

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