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NEW HORIZON ISSUE 52

Published to coincide with the end of the 2020/21 financial year, this issue reflcted on the following topics:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the maritime sector, and in particular on ship agents and ship brokers
  • The succesful webinar programme held instead of a physical Annual Meeting
  • Membership news
  • An update on FONASBA’s education and training programme
  • Approval of the revised UNCTAD MInimum  Standards for Ship Agents
  • The launch of the “Inspiring our Future” Committee
  • An update on developments within ECASBA, including the appointment of a Brussels representative and the launch of the ECASBA Declaration on e-Maritime, Single Windows and Digitalisation
  • A reminder of the 2021 Day of the Seafarer and the 2021 IMO World Maritime Day Theme

Seafarers Deserve Support

Following the success of their previous video, “Ships Make the World Go” (see below) our colleagues at BIMCO have now launched another, this time entitled “Seafarers Deserve Support”. This new video not only reiterates the role of international shipping in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and enabling global recovery, and the concern felt by the international maritime community at the ongoing crisis in carrying out crew changes, but also highlights the danger faced by crews from piracy.

As with the previous video, “Seafarers Deserve Support” is an urgent appeal to governments and authorities to recognise the vital importance of seafarers to the global economy and to ensure they can stay safe at sea and be allowed home at the ends of the contracts.

We are pleased to be able to promote this video in raising awareness of these issues and to support the call for action in putting appropriate measures in place to mitigate them without delay.

FONASBA also congratulates BIMCO on another powerful and thought-provoking video.

Ships To Sound Horns Again For Seafarers Day 2021

Last year’s first “Ships Sound Their Horns” campaign was incredibly successful in bringing attention to the plight of seafarers resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, those issues are ongoing and, in many cases, have been exacerbated by the closure of borders and further bans on international travel following the detection of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The international maritime community is therefore supporting a repeat of the campaign as a means of reminding legislators and the general public of the importance of international maritime transport to the global economy and well-being. Accordingly, ships are being encouraged to sound their horns at midday in their location on 25th June, the International Day of the Seafarer.

Since the very early days of the pandemic, FONASBA has fully supported, and contributed to, the efforts of the maritime community to raise awareness of the plight of seafarers stranded on vessels beyond the end of their contract period, and of their replacements who are unable to join their vessels, and continues to work with the other associations to bring this about. We are therefore proud to support this action again this year.  A new video has been released by the International Chamber of Shipping to emphasise this message and it can be seen below, or via the link: https://vimeo.com/549298838

The campaign is also being broadcast on social media, using the hashtag: #ShoutOutForSeafarers

NEW HORIZON ISSUE 51

The New Year 2021 issue, which can be downloaded here, looked back at the preceding six months, including:

  • The 2020 Virtual Council Meeting
  • The creation of the Inspiring our Future (Digitalisation and Automation) Committee
  • The FONASBA Committee webinar programme
  • Further progress on the UNCTAD Minimum Standards review
  • COVID-19
  • A membership update
  • The status of the Quality Standard

NEW HORIZON ISSUE 50

Issued at the end of FONASBA’s 2019/20 financial year, this issue provides a short summary of the major events and actions undertaken in the preceding twelve months.  A copy can be downloaded here.

The contents include reports on:

  • The 50th anniversary Annual Meeting in Miami in October 2019
  • The appointment to the Executive Committee of Dr. Dureid Mahasneh as Regional Vice President for the Middle East and South Asia
  • Welcoming eleven new members
  • The launch of the WCO and ICC education programmes
  • Expanding the Quality Standard to more than 40 countries
  • An update on the UNCTAD Minimum Standards project
  • Success in making changes to the EU Veterinary Checks regime
  • A summary of actions taken in conjunction with international association to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on maritime transport

FONASBA Supports IMO World Maritime Theme 2021

With seafarers being very much in the front line of international actions to address the COVID pandemic, it is timely that IMO has made the seafarer the centre of its 2021 World Maritime theme. This theme will be promoted and publicised through a number of initiatives and actions throughout 2021, the first of which is a series of interviews with serving seafarers.
As IMO states in the introduction to the first video, an interview with British Chief Engineer Matt Forster, “this video series will share the insight and experiences faced by seafarers during the pandemic, reflecting a clear need to raise awareness of seafarersʹ vital role in world trade and increase their visibility”. The video can be found on IMO’s YouTube channel and below.
FONASBA strongly supports this message. It, and the link to the video should be shared as widely as possible amongst the maritime community, the press and, perhaps more importantly, with the national authorities responsible for ensuring that seafarers are recognised, firstly as human beings and secondly for the role they play in keeping us all warm, fed and watered. Hopefully seeing some faces, and hearing their stories, may at last convince those in authority to recognise seafarers as essential or key workers and redouble their efforts to allow crew changes to take place easily, quickly and effectively.

ECASBA Issues e-Maritime Declaration

FONASBA’s European Committee, ECASBA, has issued a public statement outlining its main priorities for the establishment of effective, comprehensive, and workable single windows at national and European level. The statement brings together the views that ECASBA has regularly expressed in its discussions with the European Commission and other industry bodies, at conferences and seminars and in published articles.
A .pdf copy of the statement can be downloaded here.

“Ships Make The World Go”

Our colleagues at BIMCO launched a short video that makes clear the importance of international shipping to our current way of life and the vital role played by seafarers and everyone else in the maritime community in keeping the world fed, warm and moving. The video has been generously provided by BIMCO for use by the global shipping sector and we are pleased to support their actions. It is a powerful message that needs to be spread as widely as possible amongst national governments, authorities and the wider public.

The video can be viewed below:

ANNUAL MEETING 2020 – PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

As a result of COVID-19, the 2020 FONASBA Annual Meeting is being held virtually, with the meetings spread across a period of three months, from November 2020 to February 2021.

Whilst the Council Meeting was held as a formal meeting, the plenary meetings of the Standing Committees are being held as webinars and therefore no minutes were taken.

Copies of the papers and presentations given at the Council Meeting and Standing Committee plenary webinars can be found below:

Council Meeting:

Delegate Attendance List

Council Meeting Agendum

President’s Welcome

Minutes of the 2019 Miami Council Meeting

Annual Meeting 2022, Presentation by the Bahrain Shipping Agents Association

ECASBA Brussels Representation

Regional Reports:
Africa
Americas
Asia
Europe
Middle East and South Asia

Finance Report

Articles and By Laws Revision

Election of Officers

Education Report

External Relations Report

Annual Meeting 2021, Presentation by NAVES, Belgium

Council Meeting Minutes

Association Best Practices Committee Plenary Meeting:

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“Inspiring our Future” (Digitalisation and Automation) Committee Plenary Meeting:

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A recording of this webinar can be watched below:

Ship Agent Committee Plenary Webinar

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A recording of this webinar can be watched below

Ship Broker Committee Plenary Webinar

A recording of this webinar can be watched below.

European Committee (ECASBA) Plenary Webinar

A recording of this webinar can be watched below.

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