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

December 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Today I looked back at the December 2017 newsletter, to remind myself of where we were a year ago. Ballast water treatment regulation enforcement had recently started in the United States, agreements with our trading partners were changing and the 2020 sulphur cap was still two years away. One year from now, the shipping industry will likely have completed cleaning an unprecedented number of bunker tanks in anticipation of compliance of the sulphur cap regulation. At the same time, for those investing in scrubber technology, there are some evolving issues to contend with, namely banning the use of open loop scrubbers in a number of places, most recently by Singapore. So, as we look back at one year, and ahead to another, it's a reminder that our industry is constantly evolving to contend with pressures from both inside and outside. The one certainty is that things will always be interesting for us, and as out industry evolves, it keeps getting better and more efficient.

I am so sorry that I was unable to attend our November lunch at the Harvard Club, where we welcomed John Hadjipateras, Chairman and CEO of Dorian LPG as our speaker. We are so thankful for his participation - I have heard a great deal of positive feedback from that event. We really look forward to hosting this event each year in Manhattan, where we have the opportunity to bring an event closer to our Manhattan-based members. Thanks also to our Vice President, Chris Aversano, for hosting this event in my absence.

The Connecticut Maritime Association Holiday Party is only a few days away, on Tuesday, December 11th, at Sign of the Whale. The party is free to members in good standing, but all are asked to bring a toy for Toys for Tots. This is always a very well attended event, making it a great networking opportunity for our members, and a great evening of donations for the good people at Toys for Tots. We hope that all of our members will be able to attend for the evening.

Shipping 2019 is only a few short months away, which is a little bit difficult to wrap my head around at the moment. You might have noticed that the link to Shipping 2019 on the CMA website is already up and running, and you can book your spot any time for the Conference. We are already hard at work putting together the program for Shipping 2019, and we are confident that our members will find the program relevant and useful, and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank all of the CMA Board Members for their hard work and commitment to this great organization. The Board is made up entirely of volunteers, and we sure appreciate their willingness to take on this work on top of their day jobs and family commitments. Thanks also to the great folks over at IMS: Jim Lawrence, Lorraine Parsons and their whole crew, without whose top notch marketing skills the CMA would not be the globally recognized organization that it is today. As I have mentioned, 2019 is bringing some change to the CMA, particularly to the Conference, and for this we have partnered up with Informa. Working with Informa has been excellent, and their enthusiasm for the CMA and the Conference is wonderful. Finally, I want to thank all of CMA's members. The Board is here for the members, and of course, it's the membership that makes the CMA the great association that it has become. We are so appreciative of the support, feedback and participation of all of you, and we will continue to work our hardest to keep bringing you timely and relevant events and articles in 2019. Happy holidays to you all!

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

Speaker & Topic 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


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

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