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ANNUAL MEETING 2018 – PRESENTATIONS AND MINUTES

Opening Presentation

Mexican Ports Today – A presentation by Fernando Gamboa, General Director of Promotion and Port Management, General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine, the Secretariat of Communications and Transport

ECASBA Plenary Meeting

2018 European Customs Update – A summary of recent developments in EU customs legislation – Hilde Bruggeman, ECASBA Customs Coordinator

ECASBA Position Papers – An introduction to the launch of ECASBA position papers on specific topics – Marco Tak. ECASBA Vice Chairman

The European Maritime Single Window Environment 2018 – A review of recent developments in electronic ship reporting – Jonathan C. Williams FICS, General Manager

Chartering & Documentary Committee Plenary Meeting

BIMCO Documentary Committee Update – An overview of the work of the Committee in 2018, presented by Søren Larsen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General

INTERTANKO Documentary Committee Update – A summary of recent documentary issues under consideration by the INTERTANKO Committee, presented by Michele White,  General Counsel

ITIC Claims Review 2018 – A summary of issues giving rise to claims against shipbrokers and agents by Andrew Jamieson, ITIC Claims Director

Liner & Port Agency Committee Plenary Meeting

Technologies and Impacts on Shipping Agents – a presentation on the anticipated impacts of blockchain and other new technologies on the ship agency profession – Andre Zanin, Executive Director of FENAMAR

Reviewing the UNCTAD Minimum Standards – an introduction by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS to FONASBA’s project to review and update the UNCTAD Minimum Standards for Ship Agents

FONASBA Quality Standard 2018 – a summary of the current status of the Quality Standard and its coverage of associations and companies

Developments in E-Maritime – an update on the current status of the IMO and European Maritime Single Window projects – Jonathan C. Williams FICS, General Manager

Member Association Seminar – “The International Scene”

The presentations made during the member association seminar organised by AMANAC:

Considerations on Port Development and Global Tendencies – Jorge Duran, Secretary, the Inter-american Committee on Ports

Actual Legal Concerns in the International Maritime Industry (Unmanned Vessels) – Juan Carlos Merodio López, Senior Partner M&L Estudio Legal

Council Meeting

Reports from FONASBA Regional Vice Presidents on membership, Quality Standard and other activities in their regions over the past year :

  • Africa and the Middle East – presented by Aziz Mantrach, Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East
  • The Americas – presented by Javier Dulce, Regional Vice President for the Americas
  • Asia – presented by Takazo Iigaki, Regional Vice President for Asia
  • Europe – presented by Antonio Belmar da Costa, Regional Vice President for Europe

FONASBA Education 2018 – an update on the status of FONASBA’s education programmes and initiatives – Capt. Jakov Karmelić, Education Vice President

FONASBA² – details of the new members-only website for companies in membership of FONASBA associations – Jonathan C. Williams FICS, General Manager

External Relations – a summary of FONASBA’s relations with international organisations, other industry bodies and other relevant entities – Jonathan Williams FICS, General Manager

Annual Meeting Miami 2019 – a presentation by Jeanne Cardona of ASBA (USA) Inc. on the location and programme for the 2019 Annual Meeting.

Group Photos

Photographs of the delegates and new executive committee members present at the Cancún Annual Meeting

2018 Delegate Photo

2018 – 2021 Executive Committee

FONASBA VICE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS PORTUGAL SHIPPING WEEK

FONASBA VICE PRESIDENT SUPPORTS PORTUGAL SHIPPING WEEK
As Executive Director of the Portuguese ship agents’ association AGEPOR, our colleague Antonio Belmar da Costa, (who is also FONASBA’s Regional Vice President for Europe and Chairman of ECASBA), was recently invited to appear in a short video message supporting the first Portugal Shipping Week which will take place in September 2018. (https://portugalshippingweek.com).

Antonio’s video can be viewed below. FONASBA and ECASBA are supporting organisations for Portugal Shipping Week 2018.

ECASBA 2018 EUROPEAN SEMINAR – BARCELONA

Copies of the presentations given by speakers at the ECASBA European Seminar held in Barcelona in June 2018 entitled “Ship Agency 2.0 – disruption or just business as usual?” can be found below:

“Ship Reporting 2.0, getting it right this time?”

General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS on the new proposal for a European Regulation on Ship Reporting Formalities

“Customs Policy and Ship Agency 2.0, a clash of cultures or constructive cooperation?”

A presentation by the Deputy Director General of Spanish Customs, Nerea Rodríguez Entremonzaga

“Shipping 2.0, the new technologies and their impact on agents”

Technical solutions for ship agents, presented by Santiago Gómez of Solport Sistemas

“The Blockchain Technology” a presentation by Dr. Miguel Ángel Pesquera González of the  University of Cantabria

“Cruise 2.0, new possibilities for the industry?”

Presentations by:

Santiago Garcia Milá, Deputy Executive Director, the Port of Barcelona

Alfredo Serrano, National Director for Spain, the Cruise Line Industry Association

“Multimodality 2.0, a plan for the future.”

The viewpoint of Juan Riva, CEO of Grupo Suardíaz

“Smart & Digital Ports” – a presentation by Ana Arévalo,
Commercial Manager, the Port of Barcelona

NEW HORIZON ISSUE 44

The latest FONASBA Annual Update was published at the end of June 2017 and is available for download here

The contents include:

  • New Members
  • Scretariat News
  • Container Weighing
  • Education, Young Agent or Broker Award
  • Quality Standards
  • Port Procedures Survey
  • Membership Surveys
  • Standard Document Update
  • Member Association Visits
  • Social media
  • Dubai Annual Meeting
  • ECASBA Seminars
  • Relations with International Organisations
  • European Developments
  • Young Members’ Group
  • Photo pages

FONASBA NAMED AS “BEST MARITIME ORGANISATION” AT 2018 SHIPTEK AWARDS

FONASBA is honoured to have been recognised as the “Best Maritime Organisation” at the 2018 SHIPTEK International Maritime Awards event held in Dubai on 1st May 2018. FONASBA was represented at the awards ceremony by Nayana Nandkumar, our Deputy Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East and Manager of the Dubai Shipping Agents Association.

Thanking SHIPTEK for the Award, FONASBA President John A. Foord FICS said that it was very welcome, and much appreciated, acknowledgement of FONASBA’s standing as a high-profile and effective international maritime organisation.

Please find below photographs of Nayana receiving the award from Dr. Rashid Alleem, Chairman of the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) and joining with the other prize-winners on the night.

FONASBA/BIMCO GENERAL AGENCY AGREEMENT WEBINAR – 5th APRIL 2018

FONASBA and BIMCO are once again joining forces the present a webinar on the new General Agency Agreement form launched earlier this year.  It will take place at 10.00 a.m. Central European Summer Time (08.00 GMT) on Thursday 5th April. As with the joint webinar on the Agency Appointment Agreement last year, FONASBA President John A. Foord FICS and BIMCO Documentary Committee Member Han van Blanken will discuss the details of the new document and then answer questions from Luis Bernat FICS of the Danish Shipbrokers’ Association.

Anyone wishing to view the webinar is invited to register using the online form that can be found at: https://ukbimco.doodle.com/poll/yczr6wzf6mwb5bxx

Further information on the webinar can be found on the flyer here.

For those unable to view the webinar live, a recording of it will be available via this website shortly after the transmission. Further information will follow.

“@FONASBA.COM” EMAIL ADDRESSES HIJACKED FOR PHISHING

It has come to our attention that some “@fonasba.com” email addresses, which are only issued to serving members of the Executive Committee and the Secretariat, have been hijacked for “phishing” purposes. We have managed to avoid this for many years but it was inevitable that our domain would be targeted at some time. As a result, any email that appears to come from such an address that does not look or read right should be carefully checked (a useful  series of tests is listed in this guidance note) before clicking on any of the embedded links or opening any attachments.

Unfortunately it is not possible to automatically block or restrict these emails. We apologise for any inconvenience or concern this may cause and thank you for your vigilance in checking any suspect emails.

FONASBA AND BIMCO LAUNCH NEW AGENCY AGREEMENT

FONASBA and BIMCO have today (Tuesday 5th December) launched the latest in its suite of agency documents, the General Agency Agreement (GAA). Complimenting the Agency Appointment Agreement (AAA) launched earlier this year, the GAA is designed to cover the appointment of an agent for a longer period, or over a wider range of ports, than the AAA.

The GAA is in the same box-format as the AAA and shares common terms, layout and other features designed to ensure the two documents are consistent and interchangeable.

Further information on the new form, including sample copies and a set of explanatory notes, can be found here.

2017 FONASBA ANNUAL MEETING – PRESENTATIONS and MINUTES

ECASBA Plenary Meeting

Minutes of the 2017 ECASBA Plenary Meeting

ECASBA Brussels Representation

An initial proposal by ECASBA Chairman Antonio Belmar da Costa for the appointment of a Brussels representative for ECASBA.

Chartering & Documentary Committee Plenary Meeting

Minutes of the 2017 Chartering & Documentary Committee Plenary Meeting

ITIC Claims Review 2017  

An update from Andrew Jamieson, Claims Director of ITIC, on the issues giving rise to claims by ship brokers and ship agents in the last year.

BIMCO Documentary Committee Update 

A presentation by Francis Sarre, Chairman of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, on the documents under discussion by the Committee over the past year.

INTERTANKO Documentary Committee Update

Michele White, Legal Counsel to INTERTANKO, summarises the recent work of the INTERTANKO Documentary Committee .

The Shipbrokers’ Facebook page 

An introduction by Mohamed El Mezouar, Vice Chairman of the Chartering & Documentary Committee, to the new Facebook page dedicated to shipbrokers and shipbroking issues.

Liner & Port Agency Committee Plenary Meeting

Minutes of the 2017 Liner & Port Agency Committee Plenary Meeting

CIANAM Range Committee Report

A report on recent activity in CIANAM, the regional ship agents’ association for the Americas.

The FONASBA Quality Standard

An update on the status of the Quality Standard, presented by FONASBA General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS

The FONASBA/BIMCO General Agency Agreement 

An introductory presentation by Simone Carlini MICS on the new agency appointment document being developed by FONASBA and BIMCO

E-Maritime Update 

A presentation by Jonathan Williams on the current status of the e-Maritime programmes by IMO and the European Commission.

Container Weighing Update 2017 

A summary of the present state of container weighing one year on from the implementation of the SOLAS VI.2 Regulation amendments.

Council Meeting

Minutes of the 2017 Council Meeting

Reports from FONASBA Regional Vice Presidents on membership, Quality Standard and other activities in their regions over the past year :

  • Africa and the Middle East – presented by Aziz Mantrach, Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East
  • The Americas – presented by Javier Dulce, Regional Vice President for the Americas
  • Asia – presented by Takazo Iigaki, Regional Vice President for Asia
  • Europe – presented by Antonio Belmar da Costa, Regional Vice President for Europe

FONASBA Education Update. Presentations on two new education initiatives:

The FONASBA Agent Diploma 

An update by Jeanne Cardona of ASBA

The SAIL Programme 

An introduction to a new education and work exchange programme by Antonio Belmar da Costa, ECASBA Chairman

FONASBA Website Update 

Details of two new developments to enhance the value of the FONASBA website, presented by Jonathan Williams.

The Arab Federation of Chambers of Shipping  

A presentation by AFCS Chairman Admiral M. Hatim El Kady on the recent work of the Federation.

Annual Meeting 2018 

An update by Felipe Bracamontes Venegas, President of AMANAC on the programme for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Cancun.

Annual Meeting 2019

A copy of the presentation by Jeanne Cardona of ASBA introducing Miami as the location for the 2019 Annual Meeting

Other presentations and papers will follow in due course.