Monday, March 23, 2009

CMA Shipping 2009 Day 1

Today kicked off the 24th annual Connecticut Maritime Association Shipping conference and exhibition in Stamford, CT. With over 1,800 registered delegates this is the largest expo CMA has hosted to date!

The day started out with the Women's International Shipping and Trade Association luncheon and some industry meetings including a meeting by INTERTANKO. The keynote address was given by a distinguished panel including United States Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vivien Crea and Congressman Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Both Admiral Crea and Congressman Cummings addressed issue relating to the U.S. maritime sector. Admiral Crea announced a recent BIMCO informal survey supports the Coast Guard's efforts to treat seafarers more professionally during boardings and inspections while Congressman Cummings spoke about short sea shipping initiatives and piracy.

Tomorrow features additional sessions such as piracy, the world economy, a granular look at major shipping sectors, and dealing with a distressed market. The highlight of Tuesday will be the luncheon where the Professional Mariner Plimsoll Awards will be presented.

Amver will continuing blogging and Twittering the news from CMA. Stop by and see us in booth G-104 and say hello!

(Photo credit: USCG, Beverly Howard)

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