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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. (

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


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


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 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 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:

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.


It has come to our attention that some “” 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 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.


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.


FONASBA is pleased to announce that the winner of the Young Ship Agent or 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.