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March 15th in the Roman calendar was a day of settling debts, sounds a lot like Tax Day in the United States. William Shakespeare made the phrase famous as Julius Caesar was warned, “Beware the Ides of March”. Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15th.


Beware the Ides of March because CMA Shipping 2024 will be over by March 15! As the clock strikes midnight welcoming March 15th in the early hours, some will still be some celebrating at the After Glow in the hotel lobby. But you won’t want to miss all that happens before midnight at the conference, like the Commodore debate, the traditional passing of the hat at the Gala dinner to the new Commodore Michael D. Tusiani, the panel discussions of shipping’s hot topics, the numerous exhibits and various networking parties that surround the three days from March 12-14th. It’s not too late to grab a full, day or exhibit conference pass.  (


CMA EF and the CMA Shipping 2024 Conference and Expo


At CMA Shipping 2024 Conference, the winning student Business of Shipping Research Competition papers will be part of the program agenda and these students will be presented with cash prizes sponsored by d’Amico Shipping.  I thank my fellow reviewers for their time in reading all the submissions:  Chris Aversano (Veson Nautical, former CMA President); Cassia Bomer Galvao, Ph.D (Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University at Galveston); Joe Gross (Captain, d’Amico Shipping, former CMA President); Changqian Guan, Ph.D.  (Professor U. S. Merchant Marine Academy); Paul Szwed Ph. D. (Professor, Massachusetts Maritime Academy) and especially Professor Shmuel Yahalom, Ph. D (State University of New York Maritime College) who makes this research competition happen every year.


We are pleased to announce the winners of our Student Research competition:

1st Place – $2,500 -Katherine Mattikow, SUNY Maritime

for “A Novel Application of Artificial Intelligence for Liquid Cargo Loading and Discharge Operations” will be presenting on Day 3, Thursday March 14 of CMA Shipping 2024 from 10:05am until 10:15am in the main ballroom. Katherine makes history as the first repeat first place winner since the contest’s beginning in 2012.

2nd Place – $1,500-Joseph Jackson, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point for “Analysis of Congestion in the Port of Los Angeles” will be presenting on Day 2, March 13 at 11:55am until 12:05pm in the main ballroom.


3rd Place -$1,000 -Sam Winkler, Tyler Reistetter and Jackson Lynch, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point for “Impacts of Covid-19 on Ports and Shipping Industry”.

A video of their presentation will be available on the conference app, the post conference materials and the website.

Come listen and ask questions of our future maritime professionals!

The CMA Maritime Student Task Force takes the shape of a panel discussion this year, “Fine-tuning the Voice for the Maritime Industry” where on Day 3, Thursday March 14 in the main ballroom from 3:15pm -3:35pm a panel will share the results of a Maritime Social Media survey and discuss some of the most effective communication tactics for the maritime industry and ways to engage, interact, attract and retain talent.

Following the panel above, at 3:35pm join us when First10Forward awards a grant to the CMA Education Foundation in support of two $15,125 scholarships dedicated to women pursuing a maritime degree and a U.S. Coast Guard license. See the website for scholarship eligibility and application details.

On Thursday of the conference, several marine science high school students from Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk will be touring the exhibits and learning about maritime career options and career paths.

@the Conference – need to recharge your phone, take a break, or rest your feet? Stop by the CMA/CMA EF booth at #259.

2024 CMA EF Scholarships

We are accepting applications for our 2024 scholarships. Our applications will close on March 24, 2024, for all scholarships except the Nick Prize. Eligibility and applications can be found on the website ( In addition to the CMA’s regular scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 we are excited to announce the following new additions.

For this year, with a grant from First10Forward there are two $15,125 Scholarships dedicated to women pursuing a degree and a U.S.C.G. license.

The NickM. Kulukundis Memorial Prize – established in 2024 by CMA members Miles and Johnny Kulukundis and their families in memory of Nick M. Kulukundis. Nick worked in the offshore maritime sector in India for several years. The worldwide shipping industry was a significant part of Nick’s, his family and extended family’s lives. This annual prize would honor Nick’s memory with an amount distributed to a student(s) based in India pursuing maritime related education in India with a preference to those demonstrating financial need. Donations can be made at with a designation for the “Nick Prize”.  We thank those who have already donated in his name. This scholarship further extends and supports the CMA EF outreach and support of maritime related education.

Joining or Renewing Your CMA Membership?

Thank you to the following who donated to the CMA EF in January and February when joining the CMA or renewing their annual memberships: Beau Campfield, Dennis Kelly, Miles Kulukundis, Archibald Morgan, Max Morgan, Christopher Salmonese and Carleen Walker. Thank you for your donations to support student scholarships and internship stipends.

Spring Splash

Save the date for the annual CMA EF Spring Splash Fundraiser on May 22, 2024. Ripple, Splash, Wave sponsorships ($5,000, $2500 and $1,000) and individual tickets available.  All donations are tax deductible and are used for scholarships and internship stipends. More information to follow.

In the spirit of upcoming St. Patrick’s Day:

May you have love that never ends,
Lots of money, and lots of friends.
Health be yours, whatever you do,
And may God send many blessings to you!

See you at the conference and networking events!


Beth Wilson-Jordan
Executive Director
Beth@cma-edu. org