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 – September 2020
Writing this update has been a challenge of late. Mostly it has been about negative news that comes from the impact of COVID 19 not only to the shipping industry, but to the global community at large. This past month alone has seen more bad news for shipping than what we would normally read about in a year. These range from the bulk carrier that ran around Mauritius, the livestock carrier that sank in the Far East, and of course more recently, the fate of the refugees on the Maersk tanker. At least on that last point, the refugees have finally been moved from the Maersk ship that took them in, but only after nearly a month on board and calls from several publicly traded shipping firms for an intervention to solve this issue.
Of course, the ongoing problem of crew that have extended contracts beyond norm, as well as those crews that cannot get onto ships to work remains to the forefront of all in our business. What a mess and unfortunately there does not seem to be an end in sight. Things are better, yes, but by no means are things ‘back to normal’ for these crew.
There is some good news and that is we will be able to hold the annual CMA golf outing on September 28th. While there will be all of the restrictions in place for the state of Connecticut and for golfing in Connecticut we expect all to have a good time. As of this moment, the outing is sold out and we thank those members that can join.
We also continue to forge ahead with our virtual CMA conference, to be held as part of the first annual North American Shipping Week October 12-16, with the CMA portion 14-16. For the first time we have partnered with another show, ShippingINSIGHT, which is being held the 12th-14th. I cannot stress enough that for those of you unfamiliar with that show that you look at it and sign up. It is a great show with timely and well thought out content focusing on technical/operational issues and innovation that dovetails nicely into the CMA show. Plus, the show’s Chief Evolution Officer is Carleen Lyden Walker, who is a long time CMA member, and supporting her would be fantastic. Please reach out to Carleen for more information (email@example.com)
Thank you and stay safe
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.
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, you wish to renew your membership, or join the CMA, please feel free to contact Kim using the form to the right or the contact info below and she will be happy to help.
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