Officers & Board
Sabrina S. M. Chao

Executive Chairman,
Wah Kwong Maritime Holdings Ltd.
Joseph Gross
D’Amico Shipping USA Ltd
Chris Aversano
Marina Critides
Louis Linde
Nothern Shipping Funds
Greg Kurantowicz
Associated Asphalt
Jess Hurwitz
Mike McCormick
Odin Marine Group
P& A
Kevin Breen
Charles R. Weber Company
Rebecca Redstone
Odin Marine Group
CMA Ambassador (Asia)
Larry Liu
Charles R. Weber Company.
Donald B. Frost
D.B. Frost Associates,Inc.
Lorraine Parsons
I.M.S., Inc.
Kim Edwards
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

October 2018


Welcome to Q4, 2018! It seems that we are already in the home stretch of the year - hard to believe.

The issue of bunkers seems to be seeping into so many conversations in our community these days, and for good reason. The IFO contamination issue is vexing, indeed, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel in terms of a solution, or even a conclusive understanding of the origin of the issue. Until a few months ago, the only conversations I ever had that had to do with tans revolved around vacations at beaches. Now, of course, conversations in our community about "tans" refer to Total Acid Numbers (TAN), and whether or not engine damage might be expected if the fuel is consumed. It would seem that Charter Party clauses and the max allowable amount of TAN as per the ISO 8217:2010 spec have not yet caught up to the little that we have learned thus far in terms of how to deal with this very difficult, and potentially catastrophic, problem that has already affected numerous vessels globally.

The other bunker issue is, of course, the impending Sulphur cap. I suspect that by this time next year, some Owners may have already stemmed their last supply of IFO, and will be in various stages of preparing their vessels to consume only LSMGO. For those with scrubbers, of course, it will just be business as usual - maybe. It is fair to say, however, as with any disruptive change to an industry, there are likely challenges we may not yet fully understand, whether Owners choose to switch to LSMGO or continue to burn IFO and use scrubbers. CMA member Keith Heard was kind enough to bring a publication from the International Chamber of Shipping to my attention this week: "Provisional Guide to Shipping Companies and Crews on Preparing for Compliance with the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap." Thanks to Keith for pointing this out, and to the International Chamber of Shipping for putting together an interesting overview of what we can expect going forward, and also for making it available on their website free of charge. Here is the link:

Our October lunch, this time on Friday, October 19th, will be bunker-centric as well. We have put together a panel of industry experts to lend their views and experience on the topic of IFO contamination, and I would suggest that it is not to be missed. Bob Kunkel, of Amtec and Harbor Harvest, will be moderating, and our panelists will be Kevin Cote of Innospec Fuel Specialties, James Power of Holland & Knight, Monjasa Speaker TBN, and John Walker of Braemar Technical Services. Please bring your questions on this topic, as it's fair to say that it's not often any of us have the chance to share a banquet room with the broad and relevant expertise that we are so pleased to have put together for our members.

Our education lunch in September was a great success. Jim Lawrence moderated a panel of former CMA Interns, who were able to share the experiences that they had with the students and other guests in attendance. The CMA Education is doing a great job supporting students on their way to joining us in the Maritime industry. It is exciting to note that the CMA Education Foundation has also reached a point where they hired Christeen Bernard Dür as Executive Director earlier this year. You may have had the pleasure of meeting her at the CMA Summer Picnic this year. She brings considerable experience with nonprofits with her, and so is just the right person to expand the impact of the Education Foundation going forward. Please keep the Education Foundation in mind if you are looking for an organization to support - they are doing important work that benefits not only students, but our whole industry!

Our Halloween Happy Hour is coming up very soon! Please join us on Tuesday, October 30th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Sign of the Whale. The first $1,000 of drinks and appetizers are on us, and if you come in costume, entry is free of charge. If you show up dressed only as a shipping professional, however, we ask that you make a $5.00 contribution to the CMA Education Foundation when you arrive. However, there is good reason to come in costume - prizes for best costumes include restaurant gift cards and much more! Many thanks to Inchcape Shipping Services, Moran Shipping and Q88 for sponsoring the prizes.

Finally, our annual Manhattan luncheon will be on November 15th this year, so make a note on your calendars. We will be sending out information about this event in due course.

Joe Gross
CMA President

Event Calendar

For Reservations for all CMA Events please call Lorraine
at +1.203.406.0109 Ext 3717
or email


Note that our October speaker lunch will take place on

Friday, October 19th

Friday for this one as so much else is happening that week and we wanted to avoid conflict where possible.

We will feature a hot topic – contaminated fuel oil, and a panel of experts will help us navigate the latest on this. Come join the conversation!

Friday, October 19, 2018
(Yes a Friday for this one)

CMA Speaker Luncheon

Off-Spec Bunkers
What the experts are saying?

A Panel Moderated by
Bob Kunkel
President of AmTech

and featuring

Kevin Cote
Marine Technical Sales Manager,
Innospec Fuel Specialties

James Power
Partner, Holland & Knight

John Walker
Managing Director, Braemar Technical Services

Rasmus Jacobsen,
Managing Director, Monjasa Americas

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

Cash Bar: 12 Noon
S eating for Lunch 12:45 pm

Members $50 / Non-Members $60


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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