28606 members and growing – the largest networking group in the maritime industry!

LoginJoin

Friday, February 15, 2019

Connecticut Maritime Association News

Sea States: Documentary on the Shipping Industry to debut in Spring 2019

Sea States, a new documentary film on the importance of the shipping industry is currently under production by Third Wave Films. Endorsed by the Connecticut Maritime Association, and the Marine Industry Foundation, the film is being funded by key stakeholders in the maritime community.Sea States will show how shipping is the life blood of our global economy. Despite the fact 90% of all consumables arrive by ship, the public remains unaware of the value of this hidden, yet massive industry.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime and IACS Chairman, speaking at CMA Shipping 2018 (Photo: DNV GL / CMA Shipping 2018)

Ørbeck-Nilssen Sets Out Transformation of IACS at CMA

Speaking at Shipping 2018, the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA) annual conference, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime and IACS Chairman, looked at some of the initiatives taken at the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) that were changing the organization. “It is my duty and honor to encourage the world’s biggest classification societies to pull together to adapt to this rapid pace of change and create a strong foundation for IACS as the leading maritime technical association,” Ørbeck-Nilssen said.

Gautam Kashyap, Thome’s Vice President for Business Development Photo Thome

Thome's Strategies Outlined at CMA

Gautam Kashyap, Thome’s Vice President for Business Development, outlined the group’s strategies for success at the 2018 Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Shipping 2018 conference. “Ship Management is changing and the right mix of digitalization, automation and data analytics are key criteria towards providing greater efficiency, transparency and value-added services to clients in the future,” he said. Ship managers will need to invest heavily in new technology to keep up with changes in the market and Thome has already started this process by developing an Operations Hub…

Sabrina Chao, Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd.

Wah Kwong Maritime's Chao is 2018 CMA Commodore

Award to be presented March 14, 2018 at the conclusion of the CMA’s Shipping 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition. Ms. Sabrina S. M. Chao, Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd. has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2018. Ms. Chao follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. The 2018 Commodore Award will be presented on March 14, 2018 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and trade exposition…

Marshall Islands Registry is "Number Two"

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT. International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) have provided administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry since 1990. "This is a very significant milestone for the RMI Registry," said Bill Gallagher, President, IRI. "A strong legislative framework, customer driven service ethos, and a commitment to quality have all been key to our continued success," he continued.

Karin Orsel (left) President and CEO of MF Shipping Group, will be the keynote speaker at WISTA USA’s tenth annual luncheon, kicking off the CMA Shipping 2015.  (Photo: http://www.managementfacilities.nl)

MF Shipping’s Orsel to Keynote WISTA Luncheon

Karin Orsel, a prominent leader in the shipping industry and President and CEO of MF Shipping Group, will be the keynote speaker at WISTA USA’s tenth annual luncheon, kicking off the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 conference. The luncheon is scheduled for March 23, 2015 at the Hilton Stamford in Stamford, Connecticut. “We are pleased that Karin Orsel will be sharing her experiences as a business owner and thought leader in the maritime industry,” said Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, WISTA USA President and Total Marine Solutions owner/founder.

Hughes to Lead Assent’s Maritime Business Development

Assent Medical Cost Management has named Renee Hughes as the Senior Business Development Executive. Hughes will direct business development for domestic and international maritime bill review and negotiation for Assent. She will target P&I clubs, ship owners, ship managers, maritime adjusters, cruise lines and maritime attorneys utilizing Assent’s proprietary model that combined financial and medical applications involving bill review and negotiation. Prior to joining Assent Medical Cost Management…

Captain to Recount Refugee Rescue at CMA

Captain Joshua Bhatt is a featured speaker at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 Conference in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in the Harbor Point Room (Lobby Level). The captain and his crew are responsible for the rescue of more than 500 refugees who were onboard a human trafficking ship from Northern Africa to Europe in October 2014. The Captain’s presentation on March 25 at 4 p.m. will be part of a larger international shipping industry examination of the still growing tragedy.

CMA to Host Cyber Security Panel

U.S. Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards for the United States Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship is slated to moderate a special session of a panel discussion consisting of a Coast Guard Rear Admiral and shipping industry professionals on critical cyber security issues and concerns for the industry. The session will be held at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 Conference in Stamford on March 24 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, Glen Rooms.

  Tor E. Svensen, CEO of DNV GL-Maritime (Photo courtesy of DNV GL)

DNV GL - Maritime CEO Addresses Cybersecurity at CMA 2015

“Ships and offshore structures are becoming more and more interconnected,” said Tor Svensen, CEO DNV GL - Maritime, when taking the stage at this year’s CMA (Connecticut Maritime Association) event in Stamford, CT. Cybersecurity in the maritime and offshore industry was also up for discussion at this year’s CMA Shipping event during a session with the US Coast Guard, ship owners and class representatives. In the past, critical network segments onboard vessels used to be kept isolated. This has changed. “This is a weak spot,” said Svensen.

Gerardo Borromeo (L) and George Hoyt (R) (Photo: InterManager)

Intermanager Places Human Element

The international ship managers’ body, InterManager, has reaffirmed its support for the welfare of seafarers, described as the “heart and soul” of shipping, at The Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2016 Conference. Moderating the morning session on Wednesday, entitled ‘How can crews stay connected?’, Gerardo Borromeo, President of InterManager heard from impassioned maritime stakeholders on how access to a good Internet connection has become a major concern of crews and, more widely, the shipping community.

Image:  International Registries, Inc

Republic of the Marshall Islands Maintains Qualitative Edge

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) received preliminary information regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) Qualship 21 list during Intertanko’s North American Panel meeting. The meeting, which took place on day one of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA’s) Shipping 2016 conference, was the largest attended North American Panel meeting to date. Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG presented the preliminary results showing the RMI on the Qualship 21 list for 2016.

Logo

ISS Roll-out of its Cargo and Agency Platform, YourISS2

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, is driving a global roll-out of its new cargo and agency platform, YourISS2. Designed to increase efficiencies, standardise processes and documents and enhance service delivery, the innovative platform also gives ISS customers the transparency and data they need for instant, informed business decisions, cost savings, performance and trade analysis. With Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, Bahrain…

Paddy Rogers, CEO of Euronav NV (Credit / Copyright: Susanne Habuka)

Paddy Rodgers Named CMA 2016 Commodore

Award to be presented March 23, 2016 at the conclusion of the CMA’s Shipping 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition. Mr. Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav NV has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2016. Rodgers follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. The 2016 Commodore Award will be presented on March 23, 2016 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and trade exposition, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

Jack Noonan, CEO, Chembulk Tankers

Noonan Named CMA's 2017 'Commodore'

This morning CMA announced that Mr. John D. “Jack” Noonan, CEO of Chembulk Tankers, has been named as the CMA Commodore for the year 2017. Noonan joins a presigious list of previous award winners, including Ole Skaarup, Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, George Livanos, Phil Loree, Thomas Moran, Gregory Hadjieleftheriadis, Helmut Sohmen, Gerhard Kurz, William O’Neil, Richard du Moulin, Per Heidenreich, Marc Saverys, Frank Tsao, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Peter Georgiopoulos, C. Sean Day, Torben Jensen, Morten Arntzen, John Fredriksen, Capt.

From left: Eugene O'Connor, Timothy Semenoro and Robert O'Connor

Montgomery McCracken Adds 3 Maritime Attorneys

Montgomery McCracken announced the addition of three attorneys to the Maritime and Transportation practice group in the firm's New York office. Eugene J. O'Connor and Timothy Semenoro join as partners and Robert E. O'Connor joins as an associate. All three were previously at the maritime law firm of Chalos O'Connor, LLP, where they worked on cases involving the Rickmers Genoa and MSC Flaminia. Eugene O'Connor has nearly 40 years of experience in maritime and environmental law…

  Karin Orsel, President and CEO of the Shipping Group (Photo courtesy of MF Shipping Group)

WISTA USA Announces Karin Orsel as Keynote Speaker for Tenth Annual Luncheon

Karin Orsel, President and CEO of MF Shipping Group, will be the keynote speaker at WISTA USA’s tenth annual luncheon, kicking off the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 conference. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 on March 23rd in Ballroom II of the Hilton Stamford. “We are pleased that Karin Orsel will be sharing her experiences as a business owner and thought leader in the maritime industry,” stated WISTA USA President and Total Marine Solutions owner/founder Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons.

Managing Shipping & Risk with New Variables

Outside investors and other variables change the way that shipping firms manage risk. Investable assets include ships, freight and even the hedging of bunkers. "Shipping is now an investable asset,” was an important observation by analyst Tyler Rosenlicht, a research analyst at investment fund packager Cohen & Steers, speaking at the recent Capital Link conference on master limited partnerships (MLP) – a vehicle increasingly seen in shipping deal structures. Traditionally, shipping was a closed self-regulating game where everyone knew each other and therefore reputation mattered.

Walter J. Brudzinski

Profile: Coast Guard Administrative Law Judge Brudzinski

Just recently, we had an opportunity to discuss the Coast Guard’s Administrative Law Judge Program with its Chief Judge, Walter J. Brudzinski. Judge Brudzinski has been a Coast Guard Administrative Law Judge since 2003 and was appointed Chief Judge in June 2013. We caught up with him this summer in Washington and asked him to describe what an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is, what the Coast Guard’s ALJ Program does, how he got to be where he is, and his vision for leading this Program. There are thirty federal agencies with Administrative Law Judges, including the Coast Guard.

Matthew J. Thomas: Photo credit Blank Rome

Maritime Attorney Matthew J. Thomas Joins Blank Rome

Matthew J. Thomas has joined Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the maritime, international trade, and public contracts group. Blank Rome inform that Mr. Thomas has more than twenty years of experience in maritime and international trade regulation and government affairs, representing leading shipowners, energy and trading companies, ports, P&I clubs, shipyards, and marine terminal operators. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Thomas was a maritime attorney at Am Law 100 and 200 firms…

Future Care, Yale School of Medicine to Host CMA Panel

This Seminar will be held at the Connecticut Maritime Association Exhibition in Stamford, Connecticut, at 3 p.m. EST on March 19, 2014, in the Charter Oak Seminar room. The distinguished panel of experts will discuss the growing prevalence of shipboard telemedical diagnosis and treatment and its effect on the immediate and long term health care of the international seafarer. The panel discussion will kick off with remarks by Christina DeSimone, CEO of Future Care Inc. The panel discussion will featureMartin Slade…

Crewtoo Launches Online Maritime Jobs Board

Crewtoo, an online network dedicated to seafarers, launched an online maritime jobs board. Founded by KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc. (KVHI), Crewtoo, which says it has more than 100,000 members,  is premiering the service today in Stamford, Connecticut, at Shipping 2014, the annual shipping conference and exhibition of the Connecticut Maritime Association. The Crewtoo jobs board is integrated into the Crewtoo site and enables seafarers to simply change a setting on their profile to state that they are available for work…

CMA Names Tsakos 2015 Commodore

Capt. Panagiotis N. Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos, Founder of the Tsakos Group, has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2015. The award, given each year to a person in the international maritime industry who has contributed to the growth and development of the industry, will be presented on March 25, 2015 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and trade exposition, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.

Esben Poulsson

Fast Growing Asia Needs a Strong Unified Voice

With Asia’s dynamic, robust and increasingly affluent economies helping to keep the international shipping industry buoyant, “the need for a unified Asian voice has never been more important”, Esben Poulsson, Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Shipping Association told delegates at the influential Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) conference this week. Speaking on “The Fast And Furious Pace Of Change In Asia”, Poulsson advised the packed conference hall that the projected growth for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is 5.2% this year and 5.6% in 2015…

Kataraina Stanzel, WISTA leadership team and Academy Cadets (photo credit: Gail Karlshoej)

INTERTANKO CEO Keynotes WISTA Luncheon

At the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2014 conference held March 17-19, WISTA USA President Alexandra Anagnostis, President/CEO of Total Marine Solutions, welcomed INTERTANKO’s Managing Director, Katharina Stanzel, as the keynote speaker at its ninth annual WISTA USA luncheon on March 17, kicking off the CMA’s Shipping 2014 conference. This annual luncheon was another sold-out event, and also featured recognition of Jeanne Grasso’s service as President of WISTA USA for the past five years.

Two Maritime Students Earn SUNY Chancellor’s Award

The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College announced Friday that two student cadets, Julia Paxton of Sebastopol, California, and Brandon Baranyar of Fairfield, Connecticut, have been selected as recipients of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Paxton and Baranyar both are members of the College’s Regiment of Cadets, and both are scheduled to graduate from SUNY Maritime next week. In a ceremony held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center last month, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L.