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.
With the grounding of the Ever Given and the subsequent closure of the Suez Canal, shipping was once again front and center of the normal news cycle. What is striking, and even with experts on air and talking, there are instances of the ship being designated by the segment host as a tanker. Really? Anyway, it goes to show how little people know about how this industry works. I suppose that it can be said for many other industries as well. If there is a silver lining, that would be that the past year has really given the public a view into just how much international seaborne trade impacts every aspect of the economy and daily life.
It’s April, which means time for our Annual General Meeting. For the second year in a row, we will be voting and holding this meeting virtually. Full details in this newsletter. We have a great slate that has been nominated by our nominating committee, headed by Lorraine Parsons our current Education Chair. Before I mention the incoming slate, I want to recognize two departing board members. Firstly, Marina Critides who has served for 4 years as our Secretary. Marina did a great job on keeping meticulous notes of each board meeting and being a great CMA ambassador. Second, Jess Hurwitz leaves us after being on the board for 4 years as Communications Chair. Jess, no stranger to hard work, was not only instrumental in getting some great speakers for lunches, but for bringing the CMA into the 21st century with our new Membership Portal, Memberclicks. We will miss them both and appreciate all that they have done for the CMA. Thank them the next time you see them!
The nominating committee has proposed the following slate: For the position of Secretary, Antonia Lycouris of Fairfield Chemical Carriers will be taking over for Marina Critides. For the position of Communications Chair our current Membership Chair Paul Mazzarulli will switch to the vacating Communications Chair. To fill the open Membership Chair, the nominated candidate is Joe Gaudiano of Penfield Marine. The bios for Antonia and Joe have been previously distributed to the memberships.
Lots happening with the CMA. We are finalizing dates for our first webinar. We hope to hold one this month on topic of the Sea Cargo Charter, one of the many ESG initiatives that the industry is undertaking. Our golf outing, planned for 17 May, is sold out. I would like to think that we will be bringing you more good news in terms of live and in-person events, be it a summer picnic, monthly lunches, and the trade show. Needless to say, the situation is fluid but we can hope that at some point this year we can resume in-person events.
To enable the CMA to better serve our members, Kim will be responsible for all membership administration. So if you have any questions regarding your membership please feel free to contact Kim at the contact info below and she will be happy to help. TEL: +1 203-548-7444 FAX: +1 866-548-7720 EMAIL: email@example.com
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