countdown has started for CMA's Shipping 2019! It seems like
only yesterday that we were celebrating our most recent CMA
Commodore, Sabrina Chao, Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime
Holdings Ltd., at the Gala Dinner. It is hard to believe that
in just a few short weeks, she will be back in Stamford to
pass the famous Commodores hat along to our next Commodore,
John Hadjipateras, Chairman, CEO and President of Dorian LPG,
Ltd. Please join us for the Conference April 2-4, 2019 at
the Hilton Hotel.
of this year's CMA Conference is "Power: Economic and
Environmental Sustainability; How a revolution in marine fuel
regulations and digital technology will reshape every aspect
of the global shipping industry - from shipowners to charterers,
financiers to lawyers, port state control, vendors, managers
and beyond. Sustaining the Environment and Profitability."
Our industry is truly in the midst of so much change, some
of which is incremental, but some of which is quite disruptive.
From block chain to scrubbers, those in our industry are having
to make very consequential decisions to respond to the different
forces pushing and pulling our industry forward.
take a few minutes to go to our website at www.cmaconnect.com
where you can click on the "Shipping 2019" button
and download the latest edition of the agenda. We are confident
that you will find value in the many different sessions that
are being presented this year, as well as numerous networking
opportunities where you will be able to catch up with old
friends, and meet new ones! We believe that the CMA Conference
will provide the most "bang for your buck" of any
shipping event in the USA, and we certainly hope to see you
take this opportunity, also, to dispel a rumor that is finding
its way through the CMA Community. As Mark Twain said, "The
reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." So, too,
are the reports that 2019 will be the last year that the CMA
Conference will be held in Stamford. Indeed, as I have told
those of you who have asked me, as part of our due diligence,
the CMA Board has considered whether we should move the Conference
to New York or elsewhere on a fairly regular basis. Among
our most important responsibilities is to make certain that
we maintain the quality of the Conference, and the value that
it provides to our members and other delegates that attend
at many different factors in this regard, such as how staying
in Stamford or moving might affect those who have been attending
and supporting the Conference for many years, and also how
a move might be able to help us to grow the Conference, and
would this be a positive or a negative in the long term, etc.
Rest assured, we take our responsibility to manage the Conference
to the best of our ability, and to maintain its position as
the largest and best shipping conference in the United States
very seriously, and would not consider such a venue change
unless and until we felt it was the right time and in the
best interest of the CMA, its membership, and the Conference.
With this said, I can tell you that the 2020 CMA Conference
will be in Stamford, from March 31 to April 2, 2020, so mark
it in your calendars!
luncheon speaker was Daniel Wilson, Director of Strategy and
Operations for TradeLens, and although I was unable to attend,
I heard plenty of positive feedback from others who were there.
February seems to have turned into our "blockchain"
luncheon month over the past couple of years, and considering
the fact that blockchain is certainly popping up more and
more in different aspects of our industry, we are certainly
glad to be able to bring in experts to speak to our membership.
you missed it, we had an article in our February newsletter
about a documentary called "Seastates" which will
tell the story of the critical role shipping plays to move
90% of the worlds goods, our commitment to the environment,
the skill of the seafarers, and will hopefully help to educate
the public which is largely unaware of what we do, and frankly,
how well we do it! The CMA is proud to be involved in this
project, and the film's producer, Mr. Tom Garber, will be
at the CMA Conference this year. He is still working on securing
a few key sponsorship positions for this important project,
so I would encourage you to take a few minutes to stop by
and see him at his table, and learn more about what he is
doing. In the meantime, you can visit his website at www.thirdwavefilms.com/seastates.html
to see you all at the CMA Conference in April, and of course
hope that you will also encourage your colleagues and business
partners to join us as well! On behalf of your CMA Board,
we are looking forward to hosting this exciting and valuable
Conference for you all!