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FONASBA Enters Into Cooperation Agreement with European Short Sea School

During the 2015 ECASBA seminar in Brussels on 2nd March, FONASBA President Glen Gordon Findlay and Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping (2E3S) Director Eduard Rodes signed a cooperation agreement to work together in developing projects to enhance short sea shipping, coastal and inland navigation worldwide.


Pictured above, 2E3S Director Eduard Rodes (centre left) and FONASBA President Glen Gordon Findlay (centre right) with the signed agreement. Also pictured are FONASBA President Designate John Foord FICS (far left) and ECASBA Chairman Antonio Belmar da Costa (far right). Click on the image to view it in Hi-resolution.

A copy of the press released issued by FONASBA and 2E3S is available here: PRESS RELEASE – FONASBA-ECASBA-2E3S MARCH 2015

ECASBA supports European Shipping Week

ECASBA is proud to join with other European shipping organisations in announcing European Shipping Week, a new event aimed at demonstrating to the European Parliament, Council, Commission, policy makers and other stakeholders the breadth, depth and value of Europe’s shipping industry.

The inaugural Shipping Week will take place in Brussels in February or March 2015 and as a member of the steering committee, ECASBA will be closely involved in the development of the common events, which will include a welcome reception, a high-level conference and a gala dinner. ECASBA, along with the other organisations represented on the steering committee, will also be organising its own event during the week.

A copy of the initial press release issued by the steering committee members and event organiser Shipping Innovation on 31st July is attached and further details of the event will follow in due course.


FONASBA Launches Education Course Database

The full range of courses for shore-based shipping professionals provided by FONASBA member associations are now publicly available for the first time via this website. This unique resource brings short summaries of all the courses together in one searchable database, allowing  students and others to sort the information using a number of criteria as well as view all entries if so required. The data in each course template is provided and maintained by the relevant association and so a link is provided to the association’s own website from where much more detail can be obtained.

The course can be directly accessed via this link

A copy of the FONASBA press release announcing this latest education initiative can be found here: PRESS RELEASE – EDUCATION PAGES – MAY 2014

European Port User Group Addresses TRAN on Port Policy

On 21st January 2014, four of Europe’s main port user groups – ECSA, representing shipowners, CLECAT, freight forwarders,  ESC, shippers and ECASBA, ship agents and brokers – issued a joint letter calling on the European Parliament’s Transport Committee (TRAN) to ensure that the measures included in the European Commission’s fourth port package are not diluted by amendments to such an extent that the proposal is effectively neutered.

The four organisations said that the measures originally proposed were realistic, appropriate and addressed the main issues facing the European port industry. Furthermore, they said that by being rather less ambitious than its predecessors, this fourth attempt by the Commission to liberalise and open up the provision of services in ports stood a much better chance of being introduced. Doing so would bring about the changes urgently needed to ensure the European port industry was open, efficient and better able to support Europe’s economic development.

Since its publication, however, the provisions in the proposal have been subject to significant pressure from port and service provider groups who have both tabled a large number of amendments to the proposal in Parliament and also lobbied Member State governments.

The joint letter, however, calls on the TRAN Committee to resist pressure to water down the proposals.

A copy of the joint letter can be down loaded here: JOINT PORT USER GROUP LETTER TO TRAN – JAN 2014

2013 Laytime Definitions Published

FONASBA President Marygrace Collins has been working over the past year with colleagues from BIMCO, the Baltic Exchange and the Comite Maritime Internationale (CMI) to update the joint VOYLAYRULES document originally published in 1993 as a guide to interpreting words and phases relating to laytime. The revised document, now know as the Laytime Definitions of Charter Parties 2013, was approved at the BIMCO Documentary Committee Centenary meeting in Paris in May and has been published this week.
Concurrent with publication, the parties to the exercise have issued a joint press release, FONASBA’s version of which is available here. Also available for download is a copy of BIMCO’s Special Circular 8, which provides explanatory notes to, and the text of, the 2013 Definitions. Clearly this is a matter which is directly relevant to both our broking and agent members and we would therefore ask all associations to circulate the information to all their members.
The Definitions revision will also be the subject of a discussion during the Chartering & Documentary Committee plenary meeting at the Lima Annual Meeting, at which the Chairman of the BIMCO Documentary Committee, Karel Stes, will be present.

20th Association Accredited to FONASBA Quality Standard

In April 2013, FONASBA’s Executive Committee approved the draft criteria proposed for compliance with the FONASBA Quality Standard by APRAM, the Federation’s Moroccan association.

APRAM therefore becomes the 20th association accredited to the Quality Standard. A press statement issued by FONASBA to mark this significant milestone in the development of the Quality Standard as THE global standard for ship agents and ship brokers and a copy is available here.

Further information on the Quality Standard, the countries and companies covered by it and the minimum criteria required to be met by applicant associations can be found on this website here

20th Member Association Accredited to FONASBA Quality Standard

FONASBA’s Executive Committee this week approved the Quality Standard criteria proposed by its Moroccan member APRAM and so the association becomes the 20th to achieve the Standard. This is a significant milestone in adoption of the programme and one which was warmly welcomed by the entire membership. To mark this 20th accreditation, the attached press release (here) has today been issued by the Federation.

Recognised by BIMCO, Intercargo and INTERTANKO, the Standard is now accredited toFONASBA’s member associations in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain and the USA. Nearly 300 companies in those associations have now been approved under the programme The FONASBA Quality Standard has been awarded to independent agents operating in only one or two ports as well as those with country-wide networks.

FONASBA’s remaining member associations are being encouraged to adopt the Standard in order to allow ship owners and operators to utilise Quality Standard approved agents in as many ports as possible.

Ship Recycling Levy Threatens EU Maritime Trade

Proposals by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament to impose a levy on all ship calls at EU ports to fund sustainable ship recycling has been strongly opposed by a group of major European maritime sector organisations.

ECASBA joined with the European Community Shipowners Association (ECSA), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) the Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT), the European Boatmen’s Association (EBA), the European Dredging Association (EuDA) and the European Tugowners Association (ETO) in signing a joint letter to the Parliament calling for the levy to be abandoned.

Whilst welcoming the European Commission’s plans (Reg. COM(2012)) to implement the measures incorporated in the 2009 Hong Kong Convention on the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, the associations fear that imposing an additional cost burden on European ports would adversely affect their competitiveness whilst at the same time penalising shipowners who have already invested in vessels that comply with the Hong Kong Convention. Furthermore, introducing the levy may result in the main ship recycling states failing to ratify the Convention.

As well as supporting the letter, a copy of which can be found here, ECASBA has also called on its members to raise the issue with their national administrations and also their MEPS.

Concerns Over Delays to Customs Integration Expressed to Parliament and Commission

ECASBA has expressed its concerns about the failure of the “trilogue” (the joint decision-making body comprising the European Commission, European Parliament and Council) to reach agreement on the way forward for European customs integration. The trilogue met on 11th April but ultimately decided to postpone any further discussion for at least another four months. This further delay to the progress of customs integration, which is vital to enable the European transport industry to operate effectively, is extremely disappointing.

ECASBA has therefore taken the opportunity to express its views to both the European Parliament, via its IMCO consumer affairs committee, and to the Commission’s Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG-TAXUD). ECASBA’s twenty-one European Union member associations are also being asked to raise the issue directly with their own national administrations and their representatives in the European Parliament.

Copies of the letters are available here and here.