The winner of the 2021 FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Broker Award is Ana Ruiz García de los Ríos of Berge Logistics in Madrid. Further informnation can be found here.
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
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.
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
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
- A membership update
- The status of the Quality Standard
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
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:
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:
Association Best Practices Committee Plenary Meeting:
“Inspiring our Future” (Digitalisation and Automation) Committee Plenary Meeting:
A recording of this webinar can be watched below:
Ship Agent Committee Plenary Webinar
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.