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 to build a community 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 2020
I think it can be an understatement to say that we are living in strange times. So, while it might be strange to talk about the golf outing and the upcoming CMA trade show, I guess we will just chalk it up to 2020.
On Monday September 28th, we held our annual CMA golf outing at Sterling Farms Golf Course in Stamford, Connecticut. While we normally have this event in the spring, the fall weather cooperated and we had a great turn out. Even though the number of players was limited due to COVID related restrictions, all there had a good time. We thank everyone who participated, and we expect that this will return to its normal timing in May of 2021. Watch this space and our website: https://cmashipping.org/ for details.
As we turn the calendar and are now in October, we get ready to host our annual CMA Shipping Conference and Trade Show October 14-16. I am excited that we can bring this virtual show to you. What makes this special, is that the CMA has partnered with SHIPPINGInsight to host together the first North American Shipping Week October 12-16. There is still time to register for both programs. Participating in both will cover a full spectrum of topics that are not only relevant today, but that have long lasting implications for the entire maritime space. Of course, the capstone event for our show is our Commodore Celebration. This year we are honoring Lois Zabrocky, President and CEO of International Seaways. While it will not be the normal fanfare and drinking of aquavit, we expect fun and revelry, regardless.
Not to be forgotten, please stay diligent about the plight of seafarers who continue to struggle with being stuck at sea. I was not thrilled spending over 120 days at sea during my first tour, I could not imagine the period at sea some of these mariners are subjected to now. For those that have influence or a voice, please use it loudly to press those who can implement change, to do so.
Stay safe out there,
President’s Notes – August 2020
Sometimes you pick up some clichéd sayings and discover that they are with reason. A commonly used one that a co-worker often quoted during my broking days was ‘Expect the Unexpected.’ I think that could be the theme for 2020 as every day we are faced with not only the unexpected but the unprecedented.
Before we get into the CMA business part of this note, I would like to remind everyone again that this industry is still experiencing a major crisis involving seafarers and getting those with overdue contracts, home. Do what you can. Be an advocate. Point it out to colleagues, management, investors, and friends, whoever will listen that there is a real plight going on. It’s just not in front of us all day long. Any part that you can do will only help.
As announced earlier in July, we are pleased to say that the CMA trade show will go on…
and will be 100 percent virtual. This will be part of the North American Shipping week, taking place 12-16 October. We are excited to partner with SHIPPINGInsight, the Fleet Optimization and Innovation Platform to bring you an even broader scope of topics all covered in one week. As events have dictated and in order to attempt to bring to you a live show, we are already planning our 2021 trade show for next October as well. While this is a deviation from the normal March/April time frame you have all been accustomed to for over 35 years, we hope that you all understand that by announcing a show now for next October, it gives us the best chance to have an in-person program. We hope that sometime in the future we revert back to our normal slot. But for now, that will be October 2021.
On a good note, we hope to have an updated website and membership platform up and running soon. The website will continue to provide information about events, contain the newsletter and job board, in a more eye appealing layout. It will also have link to our updated membership portal. That portal will allow for a better membership experience and hopefully allow us to bring you, the community, better and more relevant content and events.
Keep in mind – membership is $100 per year. This is one of the lowest price points in the industry. We hope that you continue to support the CMA and have friends and colleagues join as well. This will help us ‘keep the lights on’ as we navigate our way through this period.
Thank you and we hope you all continue to be safe and healthy.
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