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 email@example.com
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker of the Year Award is Stefan Gielen of MSC Belgium, based in Antwerp.
Stefan’s paper, entitled “Crusade towards correct Dangerous Goods declarations – A comprehensive overview of the current document flow” was described by the Award Review Committee Chairman, FONASBA Past President and Honorary Member Gunnar J. Heinonen as being “an excellent, intelligent, informative and forward-looking analysis, spotting and analysing the problems of Dangerous Goods declarations. It was well set out, well referenced and provided much food for thought for the challenges of future development”.
As is customary, Stefan received his prizes, once again very generously sponsored by BIMCO and ITIC, during the Gala Dinner held at the close of FONASBA’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Miami. Pictured below Stefan Gielen, centre left, receives his prizes from, left to right, Education Vice President Capt. Jakov Karmelić, Award Winner and BIMCO Documentary Committee Chair Francis Sarre.
Coverage of the welcome address to the 2019 Annual Meeting by Rear Admiral Richard Timme, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy at the US Coast Guard, can be found here. This link opens in a separate website.
ECASBA Plenary Meeting
European Update – a summary of recent actions in European maritime sector legislation. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS, Customs Working Group Coordinator Hilde Bruggeman (Belgium) and Dr. Alexander Geisler (Germany)
2019 Ship Broker Survey – a presentation on the representation of ship brokers in member associations and the issues being addressed on their behalf. Presented by Mohamed El Mezouar, Committee Vice Chair
BIMCO Documentary Committee Report – an update on work currently being undertaken by the Documentary Committee of BIMCO. Presented by Søren Larsen, Deputy Secretary General.
The meeting also included a discussion panel entitled “Disruptive Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities for
FONASBA Members”. This opened with an introductory presentation by FONASBA Regional Vice President for Europe Antonio Belmar da Costa, following which Jason Kelly, Executive Vice President of Moran Shipping Agencies moderated a panel comprising Capt. John Konrad, CEO of gCaptain, Capt. Bryan Bender, CEO of Portcall.com, Evangelos Efstathiou, CEO of Skysail Advisors and Adrian Challinor, Founder of Osiris Consultants Ltd.
This newly created committee is dedicated to the exchange of views and best practice in the operation and financing of FONASBA member associations. At its inaugural meeting, FONASBA President Aziz Mantrach set the scene and then introduced the following speakers to present the experiences of their own associations in enhancing income generation: Cristian Bennet Lira, AMANAC MEXICO Rui D’Orey, AGEPOR Portugal Gian-Enzo Duci, FEDERAGENTI Italy Julio Delfino, Centro de Navegación Argentina
President’s Introduction – a summary of developments across the Federation over the last year. Presented by FONASBA President Aziz Mantrach.
Finance Report – summary extracts from FONASBA’s formal annual accounts. Presented by Executive Vice President and Honorary Treasurer Botond Szalma.
Development Issues: Education – a presentation on FONASBA’s current education and training initiatives. Presented by Education Vice President Capt. Jakov Karmelić.
FONASBA/WCO Customs Training – A short video by Dimitris Politopoulos of the World Customs Organisation to introduce the WCO Academy customs training programme. To view the video on YouTube, click on the thumbnail below.
External Relationships: a report on the activities undertaken by FONASBA in conjunction with other international maritime bodies. Presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS.
FONASBA Annual Meeting Genoa 2020 – a preview of FONASBA’s 51st Annual Meeting to be held in Genoa in 2020. Presented by Gian Enzo Duci, President of FEDERAGENTI. Please note this link opens a Prezi file. Executable files may therefore require to be downloaded for this link to function correctly.
FONASBA Annual Meeting 2021 – a video introduction to Antwerp, the host city for the 2021 Annual Meeting. To view the video on YouTube, click on the thumbnail below.
Mexican Ports Today – A presentation by Fernando Gamboa, General Director of Promotion and Port Management, General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine, the Secretariat of Communications and Transport