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2022 closed with issue 56 of the New Horizon which reported on the following:

  • The appointment to the Executive Committee of Niklas Soltow of Germany as Vice Chair of the Ship Agent Committee and Julio Carrasco of Spain as a Co-opted member
  • The first meeting of the Executive Committee at the new FONASBA Secretariat and the virtual Council Meeting held to attend to the Federation’s financial affairs
  • The launch of the FONASBA Executive Committee Action Plan
  • The 2022 ECASBA European seminar held in Athens and co-hosted by the International Maritime Union
  • An announcement of the winner of the 2022 FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker of the Year Award, Nicolas Henrique Marques Esperança de Souza, of Brazil
  • An update on European maritime policy
  • Reports from member associations on their local and regional initiatives over the past year


Issue 55 of the Newsletter was issued in August 2022. Another detailed issue covered:

  • The Antwerp Annual Meeting
  • The election of a new President and Executive Committee
  • Publication of FONASBA’s Infectious Diseases Protocols
  • The appointment of the Standing Committee Vice Chairs and the members of the ECASBA Advisory Panel
  • An update on the FONASBA Quality Standards and the references to it in the UN/CEFACT Recommendation 45, Minimum Standards for Ship Agents and Ship Brokers and the soon to be released GENCON 2022 charterparty
  • The launch of two new education courses, one for agents in the tramp sector in conjunction with the Barcelona Ship Agents Association and the second for new entrants to the ship broking profession hosted by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
  • The regular update on European maritime policy developments
  • Picture pages covering the Antwerp Annual Meeting and the election of the new President, Javier Dulce of Argentina


The 54th issue of the FONASBA Newsletter was issued in December 2021 and covered a wide range of news, updates and new initiatives including:

  • A further postponement of the 2021 Annual Meeting due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19
  • Publication of the UN/CEFACT Recommendation 45, Minimum Standards for Ship Agents and Ship Brokers, a project led by FONASBA
  • The start of work on FONASBA’s Infectious Diseases Protocols, designed to protect ship agency staff when visiting ships under infectious disease outbreaks
  • Announcement of the winner of the 2021 Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker of the Year Award, Ana Garcia de los Rios of Spain
  • The launch of a new FONASBA/ACB Liner Shipping Transportation course
  • The issuing of FONASBA’s Sustainable Development Declaration
  • Relocation of the FONASBA Secretariat
  • A report on the actions of ship agents in supporting seafarer vaccination centres
  • An update on developments in European Union maritime policy

2022 Young Ship Agent or Broker Award Winner Announced

FONASBA is pleased to announce that Nicolas Henriques, a ship agent with Wilhelmsens in Santos Brazil, is the winner of the 2022 Young Ship Agent or Broker award. The press release issued today  and a copy of Nicolas’ paper can be found can be found below.

As always, FONASBA is grateful to BIMCO and ITIC for their continued support for the Award.


Nicolas Henriques: “A Technical Analaysis of the Key Element Behind Ship Operations: Husbandry Services, Under the Remote Centralisation Scope”

FONASBA Launches Infectious Diseases Protocols

FONASBA has formally published “Keeping Agents Safe On Board”, its Infectious Diseases Protocols that guide ship agents in the continued provision of services and support to ships and their crews during COVID-19 and any future Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Furthre information can be found here.

New Ship Broker Course Launched

FONASBA is pleased to announce the launch of a new, entry-level course for ship brokers, the FONASBA Certificate in the Fundamentals of Shipbroking. Developed for FONASBA by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the market leader in education for shipbrokers, the online course runs parallel, and is adminstered in a similar way, to the FONASBA Agent Diploma.

The course is available to employees of companies in membership of FONASBA national associations, or Associate member companies.

Full details of the course can be found here.


Issue 53 of the FONASBA newsletter was released in June 2021 and provided an end of year update on the actions and initiatives since the much more detailed May 2021 issue.

It therefore covered the following topics:

  • Rescheduling of the Antwerp Annual Meeting
  • The appointment of a Brussels representative for ECASBA
  • The start of a project by the Ship Agent Committee on protocols for ship agents attending vessels during infectious disease outbreaks
  • Expansion of the Quality Standard to more than 600 companies
  • The launch of the Young Agent and Broker Award 2021
  • FONASBA signing the Gulf of Guinea Declaration against piracy in the region

FONASBA Annual Meeting 2021 Postponed to March 2022

Concerns about the levels of COVID infections in Belgium in December, and the resulting imposition of restrictions on meetings and social events, led to the Executive Committee and our hosts NAVES and the Antwerp Shipping Federation agreeing to postpone the meeting planned for 30th November to 3rd December.

Following that decision, which subsequent events have proven to the be the correct one, negotiations were reopened with the Lindner Hotel, the conference venue, the Antwerp Stock Exchange, venue for the Gala Dinner, and the other social event hosts and we are pleased to report that the meeting has now been rescheduled for the week commencing 14th March 2022.

Further details of the rescheduled Annual Meeting can be found on the Events page here.

FONASBA Issues Sustainable Development Declaration

With the environmental and sustainability profile of shipping under scrutiny as never before, all the component sectors must play their part in achieving real reductions in emissions and enhancements in sustainability – and ship agents and ship brokers are no different.

Compared to the shipping and port sectors, for example, the overall emissions footprint of both professions is relatively small, but the role of the broker and agent in guiding, informing, and supporting shipowners and charterers, from the fixing of the vessel to completion of the port call, means they have a specific and influential role to play in ensuring that the voyage is as clean and green as possible.

With COP26 imminent, and to encourage the ship broking and ship agency sectors to take positive action to support the overall aims of reducing emissions and enhancing sustainability, FONASBA has issued a Sustainable Development Declaration. Equally applicable to those working directly in those professions as to the national associations that support and represent them, and to FONASBA itself, the Declaration provides guidance to enable ship agents and ship brokers in playing an active and effective role alongside other industry partners.

A copy of the Declaration can be found here

FONASBA Annual Meeting 2021 Launched

FONASBA’s 2021 Annual Meeting will be held in Antwerp, Belgium from 30th November to 3rd December, hosted by NAVES, the Belgian Ship Agents’ and Ship Brokers’ Association.

NAVES has established a dedicated website for the event that can be found at: It includes full details of the delegate and partner programmes, the conference hotel, information on travel to Antwerp,  current COVID-19 regulations, precautions and facilities and a host of other useful guidance. The website also includes links to the registration and hotel booking applications.