CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
John C. Hadjipateras

Chairman, CEO & President
Dorian LPG Ltd.
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
Q88 LLC
SECRETARY
Marina Critides
Navios Maritime Holdings
TREASURER
Louis Linde
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
COMMUNICATION
Jess Hurwitz
SOCIAL
TBA
TBA
P& A
Patrick Bähr
UPT United Product Tankers
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Cameron Amigo
SPI Marine
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 2019

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

December is always a good time to reflect a bit. I looked back at my article from December, 2018, when I said the following, "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." Of course, there was certainly nothing mind boggling about that statement, but here we are, one year later, and indeed, there has been a real flurry of activity over the past few months in order to make sure that ships are in compliance when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.

At our October luncheon, Jan Hagen Andersen, Business Development Director, DNV GL Maritime, said that he expected that some 50% of Owners would not be stemming any 0.5% sulphur FO until December, 2019. Although I suspect that firm data on this is not yet available, what we do know at this point is that there are regions where 2020 compliant bunker availability is presently quite tight, which will surely cause problems and challenges for some Owners.

However, like any new, disruptive change to an industry, these sorts of issues must be expected, and as with other such industry changes we have worked through in the past, within a few months, the entire deep sea fleet will be burning compliant bunkers or using scrubbers, and we will be back into a normal operating situation, albeit a better situation, with significantly lower sulphur emissions! As I have said in the past, we, as an industry, made the decision to do this, leading the world in global environmental initiatives, and within a few short weeks, the work will essentially be behind us, and we will be a cleaner industry for it!

I would like to remind you all that we are still working on the documentary called Sea States, with Tom Garber of Third Wave Films. We are very excited about this project, which will help to educate the public about our great industry - that we move nearly 90% of all goods globally, yet emit only about 3% of the worlds green house gasses, that our seafarers get good to market in spite of sailing through storms and facing pirates, that we are, in fact, leading the world in global environmental initiatives.

We are doing remarkable things, in our beloved industry, but no one is going to come knock on our door and ask us what we are doing, we need to tell them. This film, Sea States, is one way that we can get the word out. However, we are still in need of some funding, and we are making a final push for financial backing so that we will be able to premier this important film at the 2020 CMA Conference. I am asking that you consider helping us with this funding challenge. We need the final $34,000 to get this project fully financed. Please let me know if you have an interest in providing financial backing - there are some interesting opportunities at higher levels of funding.

Alternatively, Tom Garber has set up a "gogetfunding" site to help raise for those that might want to participate using a credit card rather than a check or wire transfer - here is the website: https://gogetfunding.com/sea-states-film/ Please consider participating in this project. It is very important for so many reasons. And, please pass the word - please post the "gogetfunding" link on your Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts!!!

In local news, Connecticut is moving forward with wind power. Connecticut recently struck a deal with Vineyard Wind of New Bedford, Mass to provide enough zero-emission power to supply some 400,000 Connecticut homes. The port of Bridgeport is set to see significant investment from Vineyard Wind for a facility for fabrication and final outfitting of equipment, as well as operations and maintenance. This should be a very exciting project to watch over the next few years, indeed!

We are so grateful to have had Jeff Pribor of International Seaways as our speaker at the November CMA luncheon at the Harvard Club in Manhattan. Jeff is always a great speaker, and of course, he did not disappoint, starting his presentation by donning a hat from his alma mater, Yale - a bold move! We had a full house, who were presented with a wide ranging talk by Jeff, which touched on many different aspects of shipping which all feed into the pool of data needed to keep International Seaways running smoothly and efficiently, and at the forefront in terms of green initiatives. Many thanks Jeff!

Thanks to everyone that attended our Holiday Party on December 10th. It is always so nice to have an opportunity to see so many old friends, and make some new ones! Remember that CMA's strength is in our membership, and we are always glad to be able to facilitate a great networking event for our membership!

Remember that CMA Shipping 2020 will soon be upon us, March 31 - April 2, 2020. We are working very hard to bring you an exciting and relevant series of panels and events for the Conference, and we are confident that you will not be disappointed! Aside from the usual work and excitement that I have about the upcoming Conference, it's a little bittersweet for me, as this will be my last Conference as CMA President.

I think a lot lately about all that CMA has been able to accomplish since it's inception, carrying on the work of past CMA Presidents during the period of my stewardship of this important organization, and initiating new projects to keep the CMA moving forward, well into the future. I count myself lucky to be able to stand on the very able shoulders of those that came before me, and to have worked with many dedicated CMA Board Members over the past few years. It's not the last time that I will thank those I have been lucky to work with, but it is always worth saying thanks - so, thanks to all of our past Presidents, our past and present Board Members, and all of the great folks at IMS and Informa.

Finally, I want to wish everyone a very joyous holiday season, and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020!

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 2020

Date to be Confirmed

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Speaker and 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

 

 

February 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Speaker: 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

March/April 2020

Tuesday, March 31-Thursday, April 2, 2020

CMA SHIPPING 2020

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

www.cmashipping2020.com

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

CMA NEWSLETTER
Published monthly and distributed via e-mail our newsletter keeps members in touch with CMA events, the markets, current issues
and future CMA plans. Join today and start receiving yours via e-mail, alternatively read it by clicking below
2019
Dec
Nov Oct Sep
August
July
June
May
Apr Mar Feb Jan
2018
Dec
Nov Oct Sep
August
July
June
May
Apr Mar Feb Jan
2017
Dec
Nov Oct Sep
August
July
June
May
Apr Mar Feb Jan
2016
Dec
Nov Oct Sep
August
July
June
May
Apr Mar Feb Jan
2015
Dec
Nov Oct Sep
August
July
June
May
Apr Mar Feb Jan
2014
Dec
Nov
Oct
Sep
August
July
June
May
Apr Mar Feb Jan