Bringing together a diverse group of individuals within the maritime industry, the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), plans to host its annual Trade Show and Conference from March 17-19, 2003 at the Westin Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn. Touting a "fragile freight market, a contentious geo-political environment, commodity deflation and criminal environmental prosecutions," as some of the reasons for the current demanding state of the shipbuilding marketplace, CMA plans to produce its largest ever exhibition
, which will focus on a discussion of ideas and issues, that will aim to tackle some of the most critical and pertinent issues in today's shipbuilding industry.
With delegates, sponsors and exhibitors attending the conference from more than 50 countries, the exhibition reinforces its existence as the conference "that brings the decision makers together" and the exhibition where "business gets done."
A customized conference program, coupled with diverse global exhibits showcasing a variety of services, equipment and innovations, will provide attendees the opportunity to build myriad of contacts while focusing on the future of this ever-changing industry.
Some of the most distinguished and respected individuals in the maritime industry will be presenting their views on a variety of topics. The CMA will also be presenting its annual Commodore Award at the Gala Dinner, which will be held on the exhibition's final night of Wednesday, March 19. The Award, which is distributed to an "individual who has significantly contributed to the dynamism, growth and development of the maritime industry," will be distributed to Stelios Haji-Ioannou, chairman easyGroup, hailed for his revolutionary efforts on impacting the transportation industry.