We are Proud to Announce the CMA EF Business of Shipping Winners of 2024

Sponsored by d'Amico Shipping

1st Place ($2,500)
Katherine Mattikow, SUNY Maritime

Paper entitled: “A Novel Application of Artificial Intelligence for Liquid Cargo Loading and Discharge Operations

2nd Place ($1,500)
Joseph Jackson, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point

Paper entitled: “Analysis of Congestion in the Port of Los Angeles

Winners of the 3rd place are Sam Winkler, Tyler Reistetter and Jackson Lynch, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point for “Impacts of Covid-19 on Ports and Shipping Industry”.

3rd Place ($1,000)
Sam Winkler

3rd Place ($1,000)
Tyler Reistetter

3rd Place ($1,000)
Jackson Lynch

CMA Education Foundation Business of Shipping Competition

The Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) and the CMA Education Foundation annually seek papers written by students attending US colleges and universities with programs and/or courses on the shipping industry, international trade, marine transportation, marine science, and marine engineering.  Students must be working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

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The Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) and the CMA Education Foundation (CMA EF) are seeking entries from students attending American maritime colleges and universities with programs and/or courses that deal with shipping, international trade and marine transportation.

The Connecticut Maritime Association, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 and has an educational mission. It is an association of individuals representing every aspect of shipping and international trade, both ship and cargo interests. The CMA Education Foundation, a 501c3 non profit, was established in 2011 to expand and grow the educational outreach mission of the CMA.

To qualify a student must be an individual working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a US university.

All papers are to be original manuscripts and the topics should have practical application to industry problems, issues, or policies. Papers will be reviewed by teams from academia and industry. Three papers will be selected and awarded certificates.

Submit your paper before the dead-line via email only. Feel free to contact Shmuel Yahalom if you have any questions.

Submit to: Shmuel Yahalom, Ph.D.
Distinguished Service Professor
State University of New York, Maritime College
6 Pennyfield Ave.
Throggs Neck, NY 10465
Phone: 718 409 7290
Email: syahalom@sunymaritime.edu

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All topics of the “Business of Shipping” are acceptable. Possible topics that students may wish to explore might include:

  • Financial pressures and survival among owners of ships – tankers, bulk carriers, containerships
  • The supply chain impact on maritime operations and maritime business
  • Imbalance between the supply of, and the demand for, ships and their implications
  • Global warming and its effect on the output of agricultural goods and demand for bulk carriers
  • Global maritime policies such as those covering safety, environmental emissions, invasive species and ballast water issues, market competition, etc.
  • Regulation, enforcement and governance in the maritime field
  • Energy – oil, gas, coal, wind, solar – what are its effects on the shipping industry?
  • Vessel operating issues – for example, crew recruiting, retention and education
  • Ship waste disposal, environmental ship scrapping, population growth and migration and their impact on demand for resources
  • Piracy – risks, results and solutions
  • The environment – regulations and technological solutions
  • Cyber security and data protection for vessel and shore-side offices
  • Others, such as: the Maritime Labor Convention, emission issues and technological solutions

Business of Shipping Recent Winners!

We are grateful to d'Amico International Shipping for sponsoring our Business of Shipping Competition