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:
AUTHOR AND REVIEW COMMITTEE TIMETABLE:
- 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 (email@example.com) 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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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.
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.
FONASBA is pleased to announce that it has linked up with the World Customs Organisation to offer company members of its national associations discounted access to the range of customs training courses provided by WCO. Further information can be found via this link: http://www.fonasba.com/world-customs-organisation-customs-training-courses
Entries are now open for the 2020 Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award. Applicants must be aged under 40 at the time of making their entry and be employed by a company that is a member of FONASBA national association or is itself an Associate or Club Member.
As in previous years, candidates are invited to submit a short (one page) synopsis of the subject and coverage of their proposed entry to the Review Committee, this year by 31st March 2020.
The 2020 Award entry criteria, can be found here. Synopses and entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
FONASBA marked its 50th anniversary with the launch at the Miami Annual Meeting of a book entitled “FONASBA, the First Fifty”, which reviews the history of the Federation since its foundation in London in 1969, examines its current role and then looks forward to the next 50 years. It includes contributions from all of FONASBA’s current past Presidents, the Chairs of its Committees and the winners of the Young Ship Agent and Ship Broker award.
Copies of the book are being presented to all FONASBA member associations and to all the contributors. An electronic copy of the book can be downloaded from Dropbox using this link. Please note that this is an 86mB file so may take a significant time to download.
Information on the FONASBA/BIMCO General Agency Agreement, covering long term or multi-port agency appointments, can be found here.
Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation across the European Union on Friday, 25th May, FONASBA has developed and issued policies codifying how it complies with the Regulation provisions. Copies of these policies can be downloaded here.