2019 YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER WINNER ANNOUNCED
The winner of the 2019 Award is Stefan Gielen of Mediterranean Shipping Company, Antwerp. His paper, entitled “Crusade towards correct Dangerous Goods declarations” looked at the problems for shipping companies in securing correct and accurate DG data.
Philippe Oyen, Chairman of the Antwerp Shipping Federation, Gielen’s home association highlighted the issue, saying that: “Next to a correct weight declaration, the pursuit of a correct Dangerous Goods declaration for containers is a high priority for the many container agents”.
Gielen’s paper was extremely well received by the Award panel, with Chair Gunnar J. Heinonen stating: “It was an excellent, intelligent, informative and forward-looking analysis, spotting and analysing the problems of Dangerous Goods declarations”.
A copy of Stefan’s paper can be found here.
Four other papers we received this year, from Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Portugal.
FONASBA once again thanks our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC for their sponsorship of the Young Agent Award prizes for 2019.
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on Tuesday 21st August can be found here.
The 2020 Award will be launched later this year and further information will be provided on this page.
2018 YOUNG AGENT AWARD GOES TO PORTUGAL
Our congratulations this year go to Filipe Miguel Dias Martins (pictured below) of Navex Empresa Portuguesa de Navegação, S.A, Portugal, winner of the 2018 FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award.
Filipe’s paper, entitled “The Shipping World in 2025 – a Road Map for shipping agent” looked at how advances in technology and disruptive influences would impact on the work of the ship agent in the coming decades. A copy of his paper can be found here.
The Chairman of the Award Review Panel, FONASBA Honorary member Gunnar J. Heinonen, said “My colleagues and I really appreciated Mr. Martins’ entry, it was an excellent, energetic and forward-looking analysis of the threats and opportunities for our profession. The interactive test he set readers at the end of the paper was also a novel addition to his entry. We congratulate him and the other entrants for their high quality papers”.
For those readers wishing to undertake the small challenge Filipe set at the end of his paper, further information can be found in this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gyNqeZ0fLww. Wikipedia also has historical information at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_of_Columbus
A further four entries for the Award this year were received from Bahrain, South Africa and two from Brazil.
FONASBA once again thanks our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC for their sponsorship of the Young Agent award prizes for 2018.
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on Tuesday 21st August can be found here.
FONASBA YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER AWARD 2018
Entries are now open for the 2018 Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award. Applicants must be aged under 40 at the time of making their entry and be employed by a company that is a member of FONASBA national association or is itself an Associate or Club Member.
As in previous years, candidates are invited to submit a short (one page) synopsis of the subject and coverage of their proposed entry to the Review Committee, this year by 1st March 2018.
GERMAN SHIP AGENT WINS 2017 YOUNG AGENT AWARD
FONASBA is pleased to announce that the winner of the Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award for 2017 is Niklas Soltow, a ship agent from Germany, pictured below:
His paper was extremely well-received by the judges, with Review Committee Chairman Gunnar J. Heinonen describing it as “just the type of paper we were expecting”. A copy of Niklas’ paper can be found here.
Close on the heels of Mr. Soltow’s paper was another excellent entry from Katy Aldrick from Kenya who won a Highly Commended award for her efforts. A copy of her paper can be found here. A further four entries were received from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and a second from Kenya.
Mr. Heinonen said “All the entries again this year have proved that the concept of the Award is a good one. We will continue to build on the experiences of the first three years to develop the Award to make it even more interesting to the growing number of young ship brokers and ship agents who represent the future of our profession”.
FONASBA once again thanks our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC for their sponsorship of the Young Agent award prizes for 2017.
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on Monday 21st August can be found here.
FONASBA YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER AWARD 2017
Entries are now open for the 2017 Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award. Applicants must be aged under 40 at the time of making their entry and be employed by a company that is a member of FONASBA national association or is itself an Associate or Club Member.
Whilst largely unchanged from the previous two years, the 2017 criteria do include for the first time both a number of suggested topics which candidates may wish to consider and a minimum limit of 5,000 words in order to ensure the entries cover their chosen subjects in sufficient detail to ensure that they are consistent with the requirement that they make a positive and well- researched contribution to FONASBA’s knowledge resources.
We would stress that the topics mentioned in the criteria are for guidance only. There is no obligation whatsoever on entrants to write on one of those topics, the subject choice remains with the candidate at all times.
As in the previous two years, candidates are invited to submit a short (one page) synopsis of the subject and coverage of their proposed entry to the Review Committee by 1st March 2017
FONASBA YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER AWARD 2016
FONASBA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Young Ship Agent or Broker Award for 2016 is Tim Polson MICS, a shipbroker with Australian Independent Shipbrokers, a division of Asiaworld Shipping Services (Pty) Ltd, itself a member of Shipping Australia Ltd.
Tim’s paper was entitled “The Role of the Shipbroker in the Break-Bulk, Multipurpose & Heavy-Lift Sector” and analysed the unique role of a Shipbroker trading in a small niche market within the Multipurpose/Heavy lift (MPP/HLV) Shipping Sector. In announcing the award, the Chairman of the Review Committee, former FONASBA President and Honorary Member Gunnar J. Heinonen, said of the entry: “It was incredibly well written, using excellent and engaging examples. Polson has shown a good appreciation of the cargo and ship board operations relevant to the multi-purpose and heavy lift sectors and a depth of knowledge about the relevant ports. Furthermore he has recognised the need for the broker to maintain the core values of trust, integrity, authority and market intelligence, whilst at the same time seeking to expand on the range of services provided to the principal”.
Tim joined delegates and guests at the Gala Dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the 2016 Annual Meeting in London on Friday 21st October, where he received his prizes, as last year generously sponsored by BIMCO and ITIC, and addressed those present, including the Lord Mayor of London, Lord Mountevans. A copy of his speech can be found here.
2015 AWARD eBOOK PUBLISHED
An eBook containing all the entries for the 2015 Young Ship Agent and Ship Broker Award was published on Friday 8th January.
The impressive publication includes all seven entries for the inaugural award as well as introductions from the President, Glen Gordon Findlay, the Vice President for Education Capt. Jakov Karmelić and Award Review Committee Chairman Gunnar J. Heinonen. Both award sponsors, ITIC and BIMCO, are also represented. Details of how to enter the 2016 Award are also provided.
Writing in his introduction, Glen Gordon Findlay said “Reading the papers also demonstrates the passion that our younger members have for our industry and their concern that whatever the future influences there are on it, the ship agent and ship broker will continue to play a vital role in the effective and efficient movement of goods by sea. With this level of commitment and enthusiasm being shown by our younger members, we can be confident that our profession is in safe hands for many years to come”.
A copy of the eBook can be downloaded here: YOUNG AGENT AND BROKER AWARD 2015 EBOOK
FONASBA LAUNCHES THE YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER AWARD 2016
Following from the success of the first Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker award, FONASBA has now launched the 2016 award, which is once again generously supported by our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC. The criteria for the award are unchanged so in summary we are once more inviting employees (aged 40 or under) of companies that are members of a FONASBA national association or directly employed by a FONASBA Club or Associate Member to submit a paper of up to 10,000 words on a subject related to the ship agency or ship broking professions or the wider maritime sector. The detailed award criteria, including the relevant deadlines for submitting initial summaries and the finished paper, can be downloaded here: YOUNG SHIP AGENT-BROKER AWARD 2016 – CRITERIA v2 JANUARY 2016.
The winner of the Award will be invited to attend the Gala Dinner at the 2016 Annual Meeting in the London to receive their prize. The Award Review Committee look forward to receiving your entries and to making the 2016 Award another very successful event.
All questions relating to the Award criteria, eligibility or other matters should be addressed to Sara Robeznik at the FONASBA Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
FONASBA YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIPBROKER AWARD 2015
A total of seven entries for the inaugural Young Ship Agent or Broker Award were received by the Award Review Panel. The papers were scrutinised over the summer by the Panel, consisting of former FONASBA President and Honorary Member Gunnar J. Heinonen (Chairman) FONASBA Vice President for Education Capt. Jakov Karmelic, and Charlotte Kirk FICS representing ITIC, one of the prize sponsors.
On 15th August, Mr. Heinonen announced that the winner of the Award was Renan Queiroz, a ship agent with Wilson Sons Ltda., of Brazil. Our congratulations go to Mr. Queiroz and also to the other six entrants for their excellent papers. Mr. Queiroz attended the FONASBA Annual Meeting in Vitória, Brazil in October where he received his prizes, which were generously donated by ITIC and BIMCO.
Renan Queiroz, winner of the 2015 Award, receives his prize from FONASBA President Glen Gordon Findlay at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Vitoria
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on 17th August can be found here.