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
Joyce Wang
Eagle Shipping
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

February 2020

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

We are one month in to the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap Regulation! I think it is fair to say that six months ago we were all so focused on cleaning tanks and installing scrubbers, that the other side of January 1st seemed far, far off, yet here we are. With the transition now behind us, our attention has now turned fully to the other challenges of Sulphur emission reduction, which is primarily the low Sulphur fuel itself.

We knew that there would be issues with compatibility and stability, and so none of this should be a real surprise to anyone. With testing labs working hard to turn around samples as quickly as possible, we all wait as patiently as we can for sulphur and sediment test results, among others. New to the scene in recent weeks are a number of articles regarding black carbon emissions. It seems that according to a report recently submitted to the IMO, aromatics found in blended VLSFO cause an increase in the emission of black carbon, which although short lived in the atmosphere, is thought to contribute significantly to global warming. We are at the very early stages of this discussion, but apparently it is on the agenda of the next MEPC meeting coming up in March. However, with all of this said, I am confident that we will overcome all of these issues related to consuming VLSFO.

We were so pleased to have had Cynthia Hudson make a presentation to our membership at the January CMA luncheon. Cynthia gave a fascinating presentation regarding cyber security in our industry. It was a real eye opener, without a doubt! Considering that the US Coast Guard require that any incidents of a cyber breach on a vessel in US water report the incident to the National Response Center, it is a clear indication that they consider a breach to be as significant an issue as an oil or chemical spill, and fair enough! This may be an area where it will take some time for the industry culture to catch up with the reality of the threat of cyber breaches, but we will get there, rest assured.

The CMA Conference is just around the corner - it begins next month! We are very busy finalizing the agenda and speakers, and it's going to be great! There will be sessions on IMO 2020, the challenges we are facing on the Mississippi River, sanctions, automation, the Jones Act, blockchain, and vessel optimization. For the first time, we have put out a call for papers, and so we will have selected authors presenting their work at the Conference. I will start to remind all of you now, that you also should not miss the Commodore Debate on Thursday afternoon. It is such a great opportunity to hear what some of our esteemed Commodores think about the market and the industry. How often do any of us have a chance like this? We are also delighted that on Thursday evening, we will be presenting Lois Zabrocky, President and CEO of International Seaways, with our Commodore Award! If you didn't hear about it yet, International Seaways is the first company in the United States to arrange financing in line with the Poseidon Principles - a clear indication that both Lois, and Jeff Pribor, the CFO, have fully "bought in" to today's environmental reality in the shipping industry. There is indeed business and financial opportunity to be found in the IMO's decarbonization goals, and International Seaways seem to be embracing this idea.

Finally, please be sure to take a moment to read the remembrance of Antonio Litman, written by Lorraine Parsons, in this month's newsletter. Antonio worked at International Registries, and founded Virginia's House of Hope, which has done so much to help underprivileged children over the years. Although I didn't know Antonio too well, every time I met him he seemed to have a smile on his face, and enthusiasm about what he was doing, and that's a real gift to share. He will be missed by many.

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
February 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Coronavirus;
Planning and Risk Management

Speaker: Dr. Art Diskin,
Medical Director, Future Care

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

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