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CMA Shipping
37th Annual Expo & Conference
March 29-31, 2022Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

37th Annual Expo & Conference
March 29-31, 2022,
Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA


How a revolution in marine fuel regulations and digital technology will reshape every aspect of the global shipping industry - from shipowners to charterers, financiers to lawyers, port state control, vendors, managers, brokers…and beyond.

Heads of State Summit:

Risks and Strategies for Profitability and Environmental Sustainability

During this annual, one-of-a-kind gathering, leaders of the world’s most substantial shipping trade organizations will share their agendas and strategies for achieving economic and environmental sustainability.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to become informed on the key issues and opportunities affecting international maritime trade; with sessions and insights ranging from geo-politics to trade, safety to data security, and from technology disruption to increasing regulations.

Heads of State Sessions Include:

Topic areas:

  • CMA President’s Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Address: Countdown to Compliance of IMO 2020 and What’s Next
  • Leadership and Innovation – How the US Continues to Shape the World’s Maritime Energy Future
  • Shipping’s G-6 Summit: Strategic Initiatives Speed Round

Our speakers include:

  • Joe Gross, President, Connecticut Maritime Association and Dry Operations Manager, d’Amico Shipping USA Ltd.
  • Admiral John P. Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, United States Coast Guard
  • Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President & CEO, ABS
  • Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director, INTERTANKO
  • Angus R. Frew, Secretary General & CEO, BIMCO
  • Guy Platten, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
  • Dr. Kostas G. Gkonis, Secretary General, INTERCARGO
  • Admiral John P. Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, United States Coast Guard

Creating climate wealth

The movement to decarbonisation has created the largest opportunity in recent history for ship-owners and managers to instigate change for the good of the climate and create impactful revenue increases. Make sure you are on the right side of change and using regulatory change as an opportunity (and not an onerous obligation) to improve your output, streamline your energy usage and increase your profits.

Hear from owning, chartering and industry operating, engineering and professional giants on their visionary strategies for creating economic value and demonstrable environmental progress.

Creating climate wealth sessions

Topic areas:

Ambitious Environmental Goals and Improving Business Performance: New Fuels, New Tech, New Solutions

Exploiting Decarbonization Opportunities: The Challenge: Trade, Economics & Disruptive Trends

Accepting the Challenge: Marrying an environmental imperative with commercial skill.

Wealth Creation or Capital Destruction: What the Commercial Markets are Telling Us Today

Speakers include:

  • Christopher L. Aversano, Vice President, Connecticut Maritime Association and Vice President, Business Development, Q88 LLC
  • Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO, Maritime, DNV GL and Vice Chairman, IACS
  • Dr. Arlie Sterling, President, Marsoft Inc.
  • Jeffrey D. Pribor, Senior Vice President & CFO, International Seaways, Inc.
  • E. Baron Bigler, Senior Vice President, IRI / The Marshall Islands Registry
  • Robert J. Dillon, President, John F. Dillon & Co., LLC
  • John Keeshan, Senior Director, Simpson Spence Young
  • Jan-Willem van den Dijssel, Managing Director, Cargill, Inc. – Ocean Transportation
  • Justine Fisher, Vice President, Senior Research Analyst, Goldman Sachs
  • Cathleen Barber Moran, Senior Chartering Manager, NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV
  • Alexander Saverys, CEO, CMB Group
  • Paolo d’Amico, Chairman, d'Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A. and Chairman, INTERTANKO
  • Martin Crawford-Brunt, CEO, RightShip
  • Matthieu de Tugny, President, Marine & Offshore Division, Bureau Veritas

Marine Fuel Winners & Losers: $1 Trillion Industry at the Fulcrum of Change

Marine fuel is a $1 trillion business – and it is on the precipice of a once in a generational change due to IMO regulations. This represents an opportunity for extreme wealth creation for some, but poses deadly risk for those caught on the wrong side of change.

Bunkering Sessions Include

Topic areas:

  • Houston fuel contamination problems – are there lessons to be learned in relation to 2020?
  • IMO 2020: Compliance and enforcement
  • Fuel change management plans: what do operators need to focus on when preparing for 2020?
  • What does 0.50% sulphur fuel look like: compatibility, stability, storage and handling?
  • What are the questions that bunker suppliers and buyers should be asking?

Speakers include:

  • Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Managing Director & Publisher, Petrospot Ltd.
  • Tim Wilson, Principal Marine Consultant Engineer, FOBAS, Lloyd’s Register
  • Jeffrey G. Lantz, Director, Commercial Regulations & Standards, United States Coast Guard
  • Steve Bee, Group Commercial Director, VPS Testing & Inspection
  • Charlotte Røjgaard, Global Technical Manager, Bureau Veritas, VeriFuel
  • Michael Green, Global Technical Manager, Intertek ShipCare and Chairman, IBIA
  • Rasmus Jacobsen, Managing Director, Monjasa Inc.
  • Pablo di Nieri, COO, Integr8 Fuels

Opportunities in the Jones Act and US Flag markets

The Jones Act and U.S. Flag are complex, capital intensive markets that must balance national security with commercial success. In this session, which will also serve as a primer, topics such as how we meet national security needs, future manpower recruitment, de-congest our coastal roads, build our USCG ice breakers, support our yards and suppliers, balance political interests, compete in international commerce, find finance for all this...

CMA Education Foundation Competition

Visions for the future presented by the authors of CMA Education Foundation Award winning papers.

The Human Element and Best Shipmanagement Practices

Crew are essential to the shipping industry. The technical management of vessels and care for crew are essential to safety, environmental protection and profitability. What the best are doing about ensuring those standards, supporting our seafarers and preparing for the future...

Human Element Sessions Include:

Topic Areas:

  • Your Crew: Recruiting, Training, Caring investment with important returns
  • An Overview of the Collaborative Supports Provided Mariners by the Global weave of Maritime Ministries, and what these supports can provide seafarers, managers, manning agencies and owners
  • The Happiness Index
  • Mental Health Care for Mariners, both Blue Water and Inland
  • 10 Essential Maritime Recruitment Trends in 2019

Speakers include:

  • Henrik Jensen, Founder & Managing Director, Danica Group
  • Gordon Cooper, Business Development, FutureCare Inc.
  • Dr. Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA)
  • Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications
  • Martin Bennell, Managing Director, Faststream Recruitment Group
  • Benjamin K.F. Wong, Head of Transport & Industrial Sectors, Invest Hong Kong
  • Admiral Michael A. Alfultis, USMS, President, SUNY Maritime College
  • Martin Bennell, Managing Director, Faststream Recruitment Group

The Commodore Debate

Industry leaders discuss the industry and where it may be mid-21st century

Topic Areas will include:

  • Decarbonization
  • Digitalization and New Tech Networks
  • Securing Capital for a Safe Future
  • Regulatory Normalcy, What is this?
  • Our People
  • Logistics: A Revolution or Evolution

Commodore speakers

Moderator:  Jack Noonan, President, Binnacle Maritime LLC & CMA Commodore 2017


  • John C. Hadjipateras, Chairman, CEO & President, Dorian LPG Ltd. & CMA Commodore 2019
  • Sabrina S.M. Chao, Executive Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Ltd. & CMA Commodore 2018
  • Øivind Lorentzen, III, Director, Northern Navigation LLC & CMA Commodore 2012
  • Paul Pathy, President & CEO, Fednav Limited
  • Jeremy Grose, Chief Executive, The Standard Club Ltd

Tech Success Stories from the finance incubators behind them

An $11 trillion industry has attracted some of the tech industry’s best and brightest.  It is easy to understand why, save a billion here and a billion there and soon you are talking real numbers!  But where has talking tech hit the deck plate? Are incremental process changes delivering the return expected both economically and environmentally?  Come hear how the funds investing see the future.  Strategies and lessons learned from the tech, finance, environmental and commercial leaders.

Money for Maritime – Opportunities and Challenges in Ship Finance

The CMA tri-state region is home to enormous pockets of creative, risk tolerant, successful sources of capital which has expanded the routes it takes to invest in shipping, an industry with an infinite need for capital.  From credit funds to venture capital for regulatory driven solutions like financing scrubbers; from evolving ship brokerages combining new tech data efficiencies to raising finance; from M&A inspired ship management companies to acquisitions of larger suites of profitable service verticals; From liquid K/S style ownership to commodity finance and derivative investments...How are these successful investment approaches altering or likely to alter the industry and how are you participating?