Copies of the papers presented at the 2019 plenary meetings and the minutes can be found below.

Delegate Attendance List

A list of the counties represented, and delegates attending, the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Welcome Address

Coverage of the welcome address to the 2019 Annual Meeting by Rear Admiral Richard Timme, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy at the US Coast Guard, can be found here. This link opens in a  separate website.

ECASBA Plenary Meeting

ECASBA Plenary Meeting Minutes 2019

European Update – a summary of recent actions in European maritime sector legislation. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS, Customs Working Group Coordinator Hilde Bruggeman (Belgium) and Dr. Alexander Geisler (Germany)

2020 European Shipping Week and ECASBA European Seminar – an update on the current arrangements for both events. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS

ECASBA Position Papers 2019/20 – an introductory presentation on the subject-specific papers developed by ECASBA. Presented by Marco Tak, ECASBA Chair.

Chartering & Documentary Committee Plenary Meeting (henceforth the Ship Brokers’ Committee)

Chartering & Documentary Committee Plenary Minutes 2019

2019 Ship Broker Survey – a presentation on the representation of ship brokers in member associations and the issues being addressed on their behalf. Presented by Mohamed El Mezouar, Committee Vice Chair

BIMCO Documentary Committee Report – an update on work currently being undertaken by the Documentary Committee of BIMCO. Presented by Søren Larsen, Deputy Secretary General.

INTERTANKO Documentary Committee Report – an update on work currently being undertaken by the Documentary Committee of INTERTANKO. Presented by Michele White, INTERTANKO General Counsel.

ITIC Claims Review  2019 – a summary of recent claims against ship brokers and ship agents. Presented by Andrew Jamieson MICS, ITIC Claims Director.

The 2020 Sulphur Cap, the Impact on Freight Rates – a presentation by Sam Eckett, Associate Editor, Freight Markets at S&P Global Platts

Liner & Port Agency Committee Plenary Meeting (henceforth the Ship Agents’ Committee)

The FONASBA/BIMCO Agency Appointment and General Agency Agreements – a summary of the current status of use of the two new documents. Presented by Committee Vice Chair Simone Carlini MICS

The FONASBA Quality Standard 2019 – a report on the associations and companies currently covered by the FONASBA Quality Standard. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS

The Ship Agent’s Role in Preventing the Trade in Illicit Goods – an introduction to the work of United For Wildlife and Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and FONASBA’s participation in both. Presented by FONASBA Past President John A. Foord FICS

Crusade towards Dangerous Goods Declarations – a presentation on the findings of his study by Young Agent & Broker Award Winner Stefan Gielen of MSC (Belgium).

The meeting also included a discussion panel entitled “Disruptive Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities for
FONASBA Members”. This opened with an introductory presentation by FONASBA Regional Vice President for Europe Antonio Belmar da Costa, following which Jason Kelly, Executive Vice President of Moran Shipping Agencies moderated a panel comprising Capt. John Konrad, CEO of gCaptain, Capt. Bryan Bender, CEO of, Evangelos Efstathiou, CEO of Skysail Advisors and Adrian Challinor, Founder of Osiris Consultants Ltd.

Host Association Seminar

The host nation seminar for 2019 featured a presentation by the Florida Ports Council that provided an overview of trade and developments at Port Manatee,  Pensacola and Tampa Bay.

Association Best Practices Committee Meeting

Association Best Practices Committee Plenary Meeting Minutes 2019

This newly created committee is dedicated to the exchange of views and best practice in the operation and financing of FONASBA member associations. At its inaugural meeting, FONASBA President Aziz Mantrach set the scene and then introduced the following speakers to present the experiences of their own associations in enhancing income generation:
Cristian Bennet Lira, AMANAC MEXICO
Rui D’Orey, AGEPOR Portugal
Gian-Enzo Duci, FEDERAGENTI Italy
Julio Delfino, Centro de Navegación Argentina

Council Meeting

Council Meeting Minutes 2019

President’s Introduction – a summary of developments across the Federation over the last year. Presented by FONASBA President Aziz Mantrach.

Finance Report – summary extracts from FONASBA’s formal annual accounts. Presented by Executive Vice President and Honorary Treasurer Botond Szalma.

Regional Reports – reports on the current status of membership, the FONASBA Quality Standard, Port Procedures Survey and other membership matters. Presented by the Regional Vice Presidents:
Mohamed Mouselhy – Africa
Javier Dulce – Americas
Takazo Iigaki – Asia
Antonio Belmar da Costa – Europe

Development Issues:
Education – a presentation on FONASBA’s current education and training initiatives. Presented by Education Vice President Capt. Jakov Karmelić.

FONASBA/WCO Customs Training – A short video by Dimitris Politopoulos of the World Customs Organisation to introduce the WCO Academy customs training programme. To view the video on YouTube, click on the thumbnail below.

Revision of the Annual Meeting format – a summary of the results of the survey carried out amongst FONASBA members, May 2019. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS.

External Relationships: a report on the activities undertaken by FONASBA in conjunction with other international maritime bodies. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS.

FONASBA Annual Meeting Genoa 2020 – a preview of FONASBA’s 51st Annual Meeting to be held in Genoa in 2020. Presented by Gian Enzo Duci, President of FEDERAGENTI. Please note this link opens a Prezi file. Executable files may therefore require to be downloaded for this link to function correctly.

FONASBA Annual Meeting 2021 – a video introduction to Antwerp, the host city for the 2021 Annual Meeting. To view the video on YouTube, click on the thumbnail below.