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
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
Inchcape Shipping Services
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Moira Whalen
Marine Money
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 2017

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

CMA's Shipping 2017 is now in the history books, and what a great event it was. All of our events are meant to bring our community together, but of course it is the Conference that draws us together in a more unique way than our purely social events.

Let me thank again all of the participants, panelists and sponsors without whom the Conference would simply not exist. This is the event at which we get to see all of our extended membership and CMA friends, and exchange ideas with them. This years seminars were all so interesting, and each was important in its own way, as we work together to move the industry forward. I only heard one complaint this year, from several people, which was that there were too many seminars that people wanted to attend, and picking was proving to be difficult. It's the best complaint that I can imagine.

We had policy makers in our midst, from the US Coast Guard, Intertanko, and Intercargo. Ship Owners. Senior management from Class Societies, legal experts, technical experts, analysts, traders. You name the sector, and there was someone with us as a representative. As CMA President, all I can say is that it was a truly humbling few days. The caliber of the people in attendance is a testament to the caliber of our membership, and the reputation of the Conference as an event where news can be made amongst all of the seminars and discussions.

If you were lucky enough to attend the Gala Dinner, you were treated to some pretty entertaining speeches by Rich du Moulin, Robert Bugbee, and of course, our 2016 Commodore, Paddy Rodgers. Jack Buono, retired now, but previously of ExxonMobil, and also one of Jack Noonan's Kings Point classmates, made a surprise presentation to our new Commodore, of some historical significance.

The star of the evening was, of course, Jack Noonan, CEO of Chembulk Tankers, and our 2017 Commodore. People have been talking about Jack's speech since the event, and with good reason. What is so different about Jack, is that he seems to identify himself as a Mariner first, and then as a Ship Owner, because he came from the ships. It is something that I can relate to, as well, as can any of us lucky enough to have started our careers at sea. His respect for and strong relationships with those manning his ships came through loud and clear in his remarks that night, and let's face it, without those unique men and women keeping our remarkable ships operating day in and day out, we wouldn't be in this business.

What made Jack's speech, and focus on the seafarers, even more interesting, was the number of times I heard seminars turning to seafarer issues at various seminars during the week. Whether the seminar was about technology, regulatory compliance, market sector analysis, just as examples, it seemed that at some point the issue of the seafarer came up. At the Commodores' Roundtable (do NOT miss this in 2018 if you haven't yet attended this event) a great deal of time was spent among the participants discussing the seafarers, concerns about them, importance of them, etc. As a seafarer myself, noticing all of this attention to the seafarers who continue to ply the seas left me with a very good feeling, indeed.

Finally, no commentary about the CMA Conference would be complete without also thanking the CMA Board, and Lorraine Parsons, Jim Lawrence and all of the folks at IMS, without them, our Conference would not have ascended to the level of international importance that it has. Very few of us ever get to see a lot of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make the Conference happen, and with Lorraine, Jim and IMS manning their posts, they make it all look simple and seamless, and that is a real testament to their expertise and professionalism. We cannot thank them enough.

Joe Gross
CMA
President

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