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You could sea the future and sea potential in the next generation at the CMA Shipping 2024 conference. SUNY Maritime graduate student Katherine Mattikow shared her patented idea for the use of artificial intelligence in loading and discharge operations. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy first classman, Joe Jackson delivered his analysis of port congestion at the Port of Los Angeles. Katherine and Joe were first and second place winners of the CMA EF’s Business of Shipping Research Competition and awarded cash prizes sponsored by d’Amico Shipping for their research.


On Wednesday, several students representing Massachusetts Maritime’s International Business program attended the conference. Thursday, fifteen high school students and their teachers from Brien McMahon High School’s marine science program toured the exhibit booths and interviewed exhibitors. Upon returning to their classroom, they made presentations on their findings.  Their teacher, Eva Bartush, said, They learned so much and had such amazing conversations with the people there.  They kept talking about the advice that they were given about making connections in the industry.   They (people at the conference) really left a lasting impression on the students in such a positive way.” Lastly high school student, Nick Calise, graduate student Katherine Mattikow, former CMA EF intern and now gCaptain, Josh Guerrlich, and Seafarer Social founder Carl King shared their opinions on maritime social media and how to reach, attract and retain the next generation of seafarers and maritime professionals. The future is bright!


Representing First10Forward, Lois Zabrocky presented me with a check 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.

Third place winners of the Business of Shipping competition, Sam Winkler, Tyler Reistetter and Jackson Lynch, students at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, were unable to present their paper “Impacts of Covid-19 on Ports and Shipping Industry” at the conference. They were awarded their checks and certificates by Professor Guan at Kings Point on March 26, 2024

Thank you to Glenn Floyd and Christopher Sandvik who donated to the CMA EF in March when joining the CMA or renewing their annual memberships. Your donations help fund scholarships and internships stipends.


Spring Splash

Join us at the Greenwich Water Club for the annual CMA EF Spring Splash Fundraiser on May 22, 2024. Ripple, Splash, Wave sponsorships ($1,000, $2,500 and $5,000) and individual tickets ($125) are available.  All donations are tax deductible, and proceeds from the event are used for student scholarships and internship stipends. Whose making ripples already? Monjasa, International Registries/Marshall Islands, The American Club, and Veson Nautical. Who’s making a Splash? Dorian.

We received a record number of scholarship applications this year. Your help in meeting these needs by donating is greatly appreciated. Stay tuned to meet our scholarship award winners and sea the potential in our next generation of seafarers and maritime professionals!


Cheers to spring!

Beth Wilson-Jordan
Executive Director