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Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award Deadlines Extended

The impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of the ship agency and ship broking professions has been unprecedented and the vital work being played by our members and their staff in ensuring that international trade continues in spite of the upheaval and disruption has been exemplary. Given the significant additional workload and restrictions we are all facing, it is perhaps not surprising that submitting synopses for the 2020 Young Agent and Broker Award is not a priority for our younger members right now.

With that in mind, and with the hope that the situation will begin to improve in the coming weeks and months, the decision has been taken to extend the closing dates for the various segments of the Award as follows:


  • Title and a short (maximum one page) summary of the scope and contents of the paper to be submitted to the Review Committee via the association and the FONASBA Secretariat ( by 4th May 2020
  • Review Committee to reply accepting the proposed paper, or suggesting amendments, by 15th May 2020
  • Completed papers to be returned to the Review Committee, via the Secretariat as above, by 13th July 2020
  • The Review Committee will select and announce the winner by 15th August 2020 (unchanged)

Furthermore, it has also been agreed that the Award will only go ahead if 5 or more completed papers are received by the Review Committee. Clearly it is not viable for an award such as this to be run with a very small number of entries. If the number of entries received does not exceed 5 therefore, papers received for this year will be held over to the next Award.

Further information on the Award can be found here.

FONASBA Joins Industry Group in Drafting IMO COVID-19 Recommendations

A high-level maritime industry group representing ship owners, ports, classification societies, P&I clubs and marine equipment manufacturers, as well as ship agents and brokers, has come together over the past week under the coordination of the International Chamber of Shipping to  draft a preliminary list of recommendations for the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This paper has now been endorsed by the International Maritime Organisation and has been issued as IMO Circular Letter No. 4204/Add.6, a copy of which can be found here.

FONASBA is pleased and proud to have been able to contribute to the drafting of this document, and by so doing to assist in ensuring that the maritime sector can continue to operate in the most efficient means possible whilst giving due regard to the need for robust and effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19: FONASBA Secretariat Arrangements

Due to the restrictions on travel put in place by the UK Government on Monday, 16th March to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and in common with many other organisations, the FONASBA Secretariat office will be closed until further notice. With immediate effect therefore, General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS and Assistant General Manager Victoria Marsh FICS, will be working from home.

Both our Secretariat email addresses, and continue to be monitored at all times and telephone calls should be directed to Jonathan Williams’ mobile number +44 7778 497707.

We will of course notify the reopening of the Secretariat office as soon as we are able to do so.

ECASBA Supports Opatija Ministerial Statement

Following the High-level Ministerial Conference held in Opatija, Croatia on 10th March, the country’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure issued a statement calling for the European Union to work towards the implementation of a 5 point plan for the future of Europe’s Waterborne Transport Sector.

The statement, issued on 11th March in the presence of European Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean, calls for action to:

  • Ensure a carbon-neutral and zero pollution waterborne transport sector,
  • Maximise the use of digital solutions to enhance connectivity and ensure seamless multimodal transport operations,
  • Ensure the competence of future European seafarers and inland navigation workers,
  • Achieve zero accidents in the maritime sector and
  • Ensure the EU maintains an effective and competitive maritime transport sector

Whilst recognising the actions already underway in Europe following the launch of the Green Deal, and through the NAIADES programme, TEN-T Network, European Maritime Single Window environment and similar actions, the statement makes it clear that where possible, agreement on these measures should be achieved at international level, through action in the International Maritime Organisation and the World Trade Organisation.

Welcoming the Ministerial Statement, ECASBA Chair Marco Tak said “ECASBA supports the actions set out in the statement and is committed to working with our parent organisation FONASBA and our European partners to achieve the ambitious but nonetheless achievable outcomes, for the good of both our ship agent and ship broker members and the wider maritime community. ECASBA and FONASBA are already active within the European and international maritime sectors on these matters and we will continue to strive to secure their implementation at the earliest opportunity”.

A copy of the Ministerial Statement can be found here.

Joint WHO/IMO Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Secretaries General of the World Health Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation issued a joint statement on 21st February calling on Member States to ensure that precautions against the spread of COVID-19 do not result in “unnecessary interference in international trade”.

A copy of the joint letter can be found here.


ECASBA has joined 14 other European Union maritime organisations in welcoming the von der Leyden Commission’s “Green Deal” initiative ( but has warned that implementation of same should not prejudice the ability of the European transport sector to compete globally.

The paper also called for the establishment of a comprehensive strategy for sustainable and smart mobility and for the elimination of administrative and regulatory burdens, including streamlining customs and other reporting formalities.

A copy of the paper can be found here.


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.


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.