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2017 FONASBA ANNUAL MEETING – PRESENTATIONS and MINUTES

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

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

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 YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR BROKER AWARD 2017

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.

2017 ECASBA SEMINAR BRUSSELS – PRESENTATIONS

Customs Issues Update

Hilde Bruggeman, coordinator of the ECASBA Customs Working Group, provides her latest summary of developments in relation to the Union Customs Code and other related issues

Customs Issues Update

The Reporting Formalities Directive Review 2017 – Where Do We Stand?

FONASBA General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS provides an update on progress towards a comprehensive review of the Directive

Reporting Formalities Directive Review 2017

The European Maritime Single Window

Capt. Peter Langebein, ECASBA representative on the e-Manifest Pilot project group, summarises the current state of the project

EMSW – The Agent’s View

Eventually Logistics Will Disrupt

A presentation on the threats posed by increasing logistics movements in Europe and a novel approach to solving them. A presentation by Alex Van Breedam, CEO of TRI-VIZOR

Eventually Logistics Will Disrupt – Or Be Disrupted

The Maritime Single Window – The Port Community System Operator’s View

A presentation by Richard Morton, Secretary General of the International Port Community Systems Association on the PCS’ view of the current state of the European Maritime Single  Window

Digitalisation and Simplification, the effect on the ship agent and the logistics chain

Other presentations will follow shortly

FONASBA/BIMCO WEBINARS ON AAA FORM AND THE QUALITY STANDARD

On 20th February, FONASBA was invited by BIMCO to participate in a webinar on the new Agency Appointment Agreement form and the FONASBA Quality Standard. The webinar was extremely well supported with over 300 participants  registering to view it.

In the first section, FONASBA President John Foord FICS, BIMCO Documentary Committee member Han van Blanken and ITIC Claims Director Andrew Jamieson discussed the new AA form, its development and its anticipated usage. They also responded to a number of questions sent in from the audience.

Following that, FONASBA General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS discussed the background to the Quality Standard, the requirements for obtaining it and the current level of implementation worldwide.

A recording of the webinar is now available but for the sake of clarity it has been split to show the two subjects separately. Both can be downloaded from this website.

The AAA recording can be found on our Documentation page here and the Quality Standard section here. Both are also available on the BIMCO YouTube channel.

FONASBA is very grateful to BIMCO for their generosity in hosting the two webinars and for their enthusiastic support for both the development of the AAA document and of the Quality Standard since its launch in 2007.

 

VNC INTERVIEWED ON QUALITY STANDARD SUCCESS

NIEUWSBLAD TRANSPORT JANUARY 2017

The influential Rotterdam-based shipping and logistics publication “Nieuwsblad Transport” this month interviewed Marco Tak of Dutch ship agents association VNC. The article specifically highlighted the enthusiasm with which the ship agency sector in the Netherlands has supported the introduction of the FONASBA Quality Standard. With the Standard only having been accredited in the Netherlands in September 2016, the number of companies currently approved to the Standard now stands at 22, with more expected in the coming weeks and months. The names of those companies are listed on the Quality Standard page of this website, and in the “Nieuwsblad Transport”article. More detailed information can be downloaded here.

Photographs of the ceremony held in early January to mark the award of the certificates to the first Dutch companies can be found on the VNC website and the “Nieuwsblad Transport” interview with Marco Tak (in Dutch) can be found here.

FONASBA and BIMCO Launch New Agency Appointment Agreement

On 9th January 2017, FONASBA and BIMCO issued the new Agency Appointment Agreement form, a new document designed to formalise the appointment of a ship agent for a single port call or short series of calls to a single port or limited range of ports.

A copy of the press release issued jointly by FONASBA and BIMCO can be found here and a copy of the new form and its accompanying Explanatory Notes can be found on the Documentation page of this website here.

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ECASBA JOINS NEW EUROPEAN MARITIME SECTOR ALLIANCE

FONASBA’s European Committee, ECASBA, has joined the newly established “I AM Logistics and Connectivity for Growth Alliance”. This new body emerged from an initiative by FEPORT, the European Federation of Private Port Operators, to bring together an extended coalition of mainly European maritime industry organisations, representing a wide spectrum of sector and disciplines, with the aim, as the attached press release states, of boosting and enhancing European multimodal and logistic connectivity through direct engagement with EU decision makers and agencies. The size of the alliance, comprising twenty of the largest maritime organisations (the names of the founders can be found in the press release – see below), should ensure that it gets its voice heard at the highest levels. That size will also mean that some policy actions will not be supported by all of the members and so there will be the opportunity for associations to opt out of a particular issue.

The alliance was officially launched at the second of FEPORT’s Annual Stakeholder Conferences which took place in Brussels on 6th December and ECASBA was present. A plenary meeting of the alliance members is scheduled for spring 2017, at which time the priorities for the initial series of actions will be determined. It is however anticipated that the Combined Transport Directive (92/106/EEC of 7 December 1992 on the establishment of common rules for certain types of combined transport of goods between Member States) and the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Connecting Europe Facility will be two topics under discussion.

ECASBA will actively participate in the work of the alliance.

A copy of the launch press release can be found here

THE NEW HORIZON – ISSUE 43

The latest FONASBA Annual Update was published at the end of June 2016 and is available for download here

The contents include:

  • Container Weighing
  • New Members
  • Education, Young Agent or Broker Award
  • Quality Standards
  • Port Procedures Survey
  • Membership Surveys
  • Standard Document Update
  • Member Association Visits
  • Website Advertising
  • Social media
  • Annual Meetings  – Vitória, London
  • ECASBA Seminars
  • Relations with International Organisations
  • European Update
  • Photo pages