CONNECTICUT MARITIME ASSOCIATION
CMA
Officers & Board
COMMODORE
Paddy Rodgers
CEO, Euronav NV
PRESIDENT
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
VICE PRESIDENT
Chris Aversano
Braemar ACM
SECRETARY
Jasmine Alvarado
TREASURER
Nick Sofos
Groton Pacific Carriers
MEMBERSHIP
Greg Kurantowicz
Axeon Specialty Products LLC
COMMUNICATION
Jonathan Koren
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
SOCIAL
Ryan Jurewicz
Inchcape Shipping Services
P& A
Capt. Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company
EDUCATION
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
E-Media
Moira Whalen
Marine Money
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 2017

PRESIDENT'S NOTES

Your CMA got off to an excellent start in 2017 with a very interesting presentation at our January luncheon by Stefanos Kazantzis, Senior Shipping & Finance Director at McQuilling Services. He brought great insight and perspective to the topic of Oil Market Trends and Directions for 2017. I have no doubt that all in attendance walked away having heard something new and interesting.

There is really no shortage of activity in and around the shipping industry at the moment. Elaine Chao took office as Secretary of Transportation on January 31st, while we still await Wilbur Ross' confirmation as Secretary of Commerce. I know we are all keen to find out what having people so closely connected to international shipping might mean for our industry. President Trump is working to fast-track approval of the Keystone and Dakota Oil Pipelines, easing access to inland refineries and the US Gulf for shipment. The USCG will be holding it's final El Faro hearing in early February.

The first legally imported cargo imported from Cuba to the United States arrived on a Crowley container ship last week. President Trump followed through on his promise to withdraw the United States from the TPP. I could go on…

What does all of this mean? It means that markets are moving and changing, and our industry will rise to meet all of the challenges that these changes present. Such disruption of the status quo will bring with it new challenges, opportunities, markets and technologies.

This brings me, seamlessly, to our February 23rd luncheon, where our speaker, Bob Kunkel, will present "Disruptive Sustainability, Shipping from the eyes of technical geeks." I can promise you a fascinating presentation, as Bob, who seems to have limitless energy and exciting ideas, is quite literally moving shipping technology in new directions.

Finally, we are quickly approaching March, and CMA's annual conference titled "Capitalizing on a Changing Industry." This year's focus, like that of Bob Kunkel's presentation, is about change. Change is the one constant we have always faced in this industry, from ancient triremes, full rigged sailing ships, coal fired steam ships, and now, increasingly efficient motor vessels. We hope to see you all there.

Joe Gross
CMA
President

Event Calendar
FEBRUARY
Thursday, February 23, 2017

CMA Monthly Speaker Luncheon

Disruptive Sustainability,
Shipping from the eyes of technical geeks

Robert N. Kunkel, President,
Alternative Marine Technologies (Amtech)

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
Monday, March 20-Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CMA SHIPPING 2017

Capitalizing on a Changing Industry

Hilton Hotel, Stamford, CT

http://www.cmashipping2017.com

For reservations please contact Emilie Engh at Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 or
Lorraine Parsons at Ext 3717 or
email conferences@cmaconnect.com or EEngh@marinemoney.com

APRIL
Thursday, April 27, 2017

CMA Annual General Meeting Luncheon

Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s II

2748 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820

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

Free to CMA Members in good standing

For reservations please contact Emilie Engh at Tel: +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3725 EEngh@marinemoney.com

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