feels as though summer is near! The cold, rainy days seem
to be behind us, and warmer days are expected ahead, and so
our community will soon be settling into the somewhat quieter
week was the Seamen's Church Institute annual Silver Bell's
Award Dinner. It is always such a great event, and an opportunity
to better understand all of the great work that SCI are doing
for our seafarers. SCI awarded the Silver Bell Award to WISTA,
the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rear Admiral Phil Greene,
Jr. (USN-Ret) of Tote, Inc., and the Lifesaving Award (posthumously)
to Mr. Kendall G. Chen, Chairman of Energy Group Inc. Congratulations
to all of the awardees, and particularly as we have been speaking
much more about diversity in the shipping industry, we are
so glad to see the Silver Bell Award going to WISTA, who are
doing great work to change the demographics of our industry
for the better.
so pleased to welcome Rear Admiral Kevin Cook (USCG-Ret) as
the speaker at our May luncheon. He is the Executive Director
of GTT-North America, and his presentation was titled "The
Rising Tide of LNG as a Marine Fuel." As we are presently
in the midst of preparing for the upcoming Sulphur emissions
regulations, this was a very timely topic, indeed, and Admiral
Cook was able to present our members with a wealth of information
on the subject.
CMA luncheon will be on Thursday, June 13th, and we are pleased
to welcome Jack Noonan, our 2017 Commodore, as speaker, for
the annual CMA Education Awards Luncheon. As always, I strongly
encourage everyone to attend this event. It's a great opportunity
to meet the young people who will someday be the decision-makers
of our industry, and the students and their parents are so
appreciative for the opportunity to meet those already in
the industry. Please, come to the event, and take some time
to meet and chat with the future of our industry. You may
find it to be very rewarding. Our next luncheon will be in
September, as usual.
of our Commodores made the news recently, as well. Sabrina
Chao, our 2018 Commodore, was recently elected as President
Designate of BIMCO. She will be taking over from BIMCO's first
female President, Sadan Kaptanoglu, as President in 2021.
To quote BIMCO's press release, Kaptanoglu commented on
this appointment; "BIMCO has always been ahead of its
time, and today I am standing here not alone, but with our
president designate Sabrina Chao as the biggest proof of how
BIMCO embraces change. One woman President could have been
seen as a show or project - but two, one after the other,
is undisputable evidence of that change. I have the Immediate
Past President, the Board of Directors and our members to
thank for making this a reality." Getting back to
this year's Silver Bells Award winner, WISTA, this is a well
deserved and timely choice by SCI, indeed.
our Annual Summer Picnic will be on Thursday, July 11th, at
the Stamford Yacht Club. This continues to be one of my favorite
CMA events each year. The venue is lovely, it's always so
well attended, there is always plenty of lobster and beer,
and hopefully, we will have great weather. Remember that the
CMA is YOUR organization, and its strength is in its membership.
Don't miss opportunities to join us for the Summer Picnic,
luncheons, and other events, catch up with old friends, and
make some new ones. We will see you there!