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The Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2017 conference and expo is set for a banner week in Stamford, as the event takes place March 20-22.

The event brings together the international shipping community, with a large exhibition, three tracks, 15 conference sessions and over 2,500 attendees expected.

A host of experts are scheduled to speak on many topics that are shaping the future of the maritime industry.

A number of cruise lines are expected to attend what is a who’s who gathering of the North American shipping industry.

The Connecticut Maritime Association has worked to put together a conference program with direct relevance. These sessions are best associated with the goal of delivering immediate commercial, technical, regulatory or strategic value to the industry and its global participants, said the group.

The event starts on Monday, March 20 with opening remarks by Capt. Joseph D. Gross, President, Connecticut Maritime Association and Dry Operations Manager, d'Amico Shipping USA; followed by a Keynote address by Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, United States Coast Guard.

Panel discussions touch on everything from cyber security to emissions, alternative fuels, big data, operational challenges, regulatory compliance, human resources and much more.