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
TBA
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

September 2018

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

From time to time I look back at past articles from the CMA Newsletter, and I did so today. Last September, all eyes were on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia. The 2017 hurricane season was one for the ages, indeed, and as there has been so much discussion recently of the revised death toll in Puerto Rico from 64 to 2,975, it's made me think back to that series of hurricanes that hit the US Gulf, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands. Our extraordinary first responders performed their heroic work even while their own homes were being damaged or destroyed, providing us all with another example of the sort of commitment that should inspire us all doing more for our fellow citizens. At the same time, the revised death toll in Puerto Rico makes it clear that there is still more work to do. The best that we can hope for now is to learn from this enormous tragedy in order to prevent so many deaths from occurring again in the future.

Tariffs continue to be an issue for us, as well as something of a moving target, as the situation escalates and the United States and others increase this tariff or that in response to the actions of others. There is some uncertainty being reported regarding final destinations of some coal cargoes loaded in the United States and destined for China, and indeed a vessel called Underdog arrived at China with 63,000mt of US coal, only to drift off the coast of Nanshan for a week before finally being instructed instead to Yeosu, South Korea, where she will finally discharge her cargo. Don't expect this trade issue to be resolved any time soon.

Bunkers also remain in the news, but not only regarding the upcoming 2020 sulphur regulations. The past few months have seen numerous vessels supplied with bad fuel oil in such places as Houston, parts of the Caribbean, and Singapore. The US Coast Guard, Intertanko, and P&I Clubs have issued what I would generally describe as alerts highlighting the problems, but quite remarkably, the source of the contamination, reported to be phenol and styrene, which cannot be identified from standard bunker testing, remains unknown. There is great concern regarding this issue, and rightly so. At this point, there does not seem to be any real solution to this very difficult problem.

Our next event will be the CMA Education Awards luncheon on Thursday, September 27th. Our friend Jim Lawrence will be moderating a panel of former CMA interns who are now employed and fully involved in the Maritime industry. As always, I encourage all of our members to attend, and take some time to meet the scholarship winners - no doubt our members will be hiring these young people in the near future, so start to get to know them now! October's luncheon will be on Thursday, 18 October, and we will provide details regarding the speakers in the next few weeks.

The CMA Halloween Happy Hour will be at Sign of the Whale on Tuesday, October 30th this year, so mark this in your calendars now! We hope to see many of our members there for this event. We will have more specific details in the weeks to come about this.

We are pleased that this issue has some very interesting articles from our members, as well as an article on scrubbers written by a CMA intern, which I understand is quite excellent, although it's fair to say that there may be some bias on my part.

Finally, as always, please remember the great, living resource that is the CMA membership! As a member, you have access to the on-line membership roster. Take advantage of this resource. I believe that there is not a single question in shipping that cannot be answered by the people that we are so lucky to have amongst us in the CMA.

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
September
Thursday, September 27, 2018

CMA Education Awards Luncheon

Presentation of the
Annual CMA Education Awards

Plus

A panel of former CMA Interns now fully employed and involved in the maritime industry locally
(Panel TBA)

Moderator: Jim Lawrence
Chairman of Marine Money,
Partner of MTI Network,
President of IMS
2018 Seamen’s Church Institute
Silver Bell Award Winner

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II
2748 Post Road,
Darien, CT 06820

Open Bar: 12 Noon
Seating for Lunch 12:45 pm

Members $50 / Non-Members $60

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

October
Friday, October 19th

CMA 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 / Non-Members $60

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

CMA Halloween Happy Hour

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

From 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Sign of the Whale

6 Harbor Point Road, Stamford, CT 06902

Sponsored by the CMA with the first drinks on us up to $1,000 total and appetizers too!

Get in the spirit and dress for Halloween – there will be a Costume Contest and prizes! If not wearing a costume we ask for a $5 cash donation (for the CMA Education Foundation!)

No RSVP necessary – All CMA Members in good standing are welcome

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