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
TBA
P& A
Lambros Papaeconomou
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

July 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Another July 4th has come and gone, kids are at camp, and summer is now in full swing. I would like to thank the speaker from our June luncheon, Mr. Scott Bates, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Connecticut Port Authority, for taking time out of his schedule to be with us. His presentation covered many issues concerning the ports and associated infrastructure in Connecticut, updated the status of a number of projects, and talked about issues even including traffic on I-95, and how different projects get funded (or not). It was a very enlightening afternoon, and the Q&A after the presentation was very interesting, too.

In the meantime, around the industry, there is a fair amount of discussion about new tariffs and the looming "trade war". Different sectors of the shipping industry are already in the midst of adjusting to the new, post-tariff environment in the aluminum and steels markets, from changes to trading patterns, to down-sizing stevedore work forces in some places. It is clear that we do not yet know how the newest tariffs, and related, retaliatory tariffs, will impact markets, but bit by bit, changes are coming.

For those keeping track, our next event is the CMA Summer Picnic at the Stamford Yacht Club, on Thursday, 12 July. We encourage all of our members to attend. This event is always filled to the brim with your fellow CMA members. Remember that among your fellow CMA members is an extended wealth of shipping knowledge, as well. This is a resource that I always remind our membership of, because I would suggest that it is not available elsewhere. Among our membership, I believe someone will have the answer to virtually any question. Please take advantage of the CMA membership roster that you have access to as a dues paying member of the CMA.

Our next event will be the Education Lunch, where the CMA Education Foundation will be presenting students with scholarships. The speaker will be announced in due course, but I can tell you that in the past, the speaker has generally been from among shipping's senior decision-makers, and has always been interesting. I encourage all of our members to attend the education lunch, not only because the speaker is always good, but also because the students at this event will all be hired by one of us upon their graduation, and that they will no doubt be smart and hard working. Today's students will be tomorrows CEO's, so please, come and meet them now. It is always a wonderful event.

Joe Gross
CMA
President

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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

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