FONASBA issues regular standard agreements, contracts and advice.

The following documents are available to download from this site:

The FONASBA Normal Agency Services Summary

The Normal Agency Services Summary is a guideline document to assist ship agents and principals to agree on what services the agent will carry out for the normal port agency fee, thus avoiding disputes later on. This document lists the services which an agent would normally be expected to provide, although there is of course scope for them to be amended as required. The Summary links to, and supports, the Agency Appointment and General Agency Agreements, sharing the same activity headings and using common terminology.

FONASBA BIMCO General Agency Appointment Agreement GAA

The newest entry in the suite of agency appointment documents (December 2017)  is the General Agency Appointment agreement which is designed for longer term agency agreements than the AAA (see below) or those that cover a wider range of ports. The core form covers all the main terms of an agency agreement but in due course it will be supplemented by a range of trade-specific clauses that will further tailor the agreement to the specific needs of the sector. The form can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

As with the AAA, a set of explanatory notes have also been developed and same can be downloaded here.

It is anticipated that the AAA and GAA will now replace the previous agency agreements in every day use but they will remain available for the foreseeable future in there is a specific need for them.

Another FONASBA and BIMCO joint webinar was held on Thursday 5th April 2017 in which FONASBA President John Foord, BIMCO Documentary Committee member Han van Blanken and Luis Bernat FICS, a board member of the Danish Shipbrokers’ Association, discussed the new form and its practical applications.

The recording can be viewed below. It can also be downloaded from the BIMCO YouTube channel.

FONASBA BIMCO Agency Appointment Agreement (AAA)
Launched in January 2017, the FONASBA BIMCO Agency Appointment Agreement form is a new document designed to formalise the  appointment of a ship agent for a single port call or a relatively short series of calls to a limited range of ports. The form is suitable for use in all trades including bulk, (dry and liquid), liner, project and short sea services. The agreement form can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

FONASBA and BIMCO have also developed a set of Explanatory Notes to guide ship agents and their principals in the use of the new document. The notes can be downloaded here.

A joint webinar on the new Agreement was held on Monday 20th February in which FONASBA President John Foord FICS, BIMCO Documentary Committee member Han van Blanken and ITIC Claims Director Andrew Jamieson discuss the form with Pernille Kærvad Jacobsen BIMCO’s Manager, Contracts & Clauses. The recording can be viewed below. It can also be downloaded from the BIMCO YouTube channel.

FONASBA General Agency Agreement 1993
General agency agreement for liner services between liner principal and general agent. Recommended by BIMCO. Revised and adopted 1993. Superseded by the Standard Liner & General  Agency Agreement 2001

FONASBA Standard Liner Agency Agreement (revised and adopted July 1993) – Liner agency agreement between liner principal and agent, recommended by The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO).

FONASBA Standard Liner & General Agency Agreement 2001
This form combines and updates the previously separate Standard and General Liner Agency Agreements.

FONASBA International Brokers Commission Contract
Standard form agreement to be used between shipbroker and shipowner for payment of commission. Recommended by BIMCO.

A clause for insertion in agency agreements outlining and limiting the agent’s liability for the transmission of ISPS Code compliance information between the ship and shore authorities. Developed in association with ITIC.

FONASBA Sub-Agency Agreement
First Edition. Adopted October 1998. Approved by BIMCO.

FONASBA Sub Details Clauses
Clauses for insertion in firm offers or bids made at the time of charter negotiations.

FONASBA Time Charter Interpretation Code 2000
A Code to aid the interpretation of existing time charter party clauses and to assist in the resolution of a dispute.

The updated version of the guide to interpreting terms used in the calculation of laytime. Jointly issued by BIMCO, CMI, FONASBA and Intercargo

The following documents are available for download as draft copies:

Amwelsh 93 Charterparty– issued by ASBA
FONASBA Multi-purpose Charter Party 1982 (Code name: Multiform 1982). Alternative to General Voyage Charterparty.
Norgrain 73 Charterparty – issued by ASBA
Norgrain 89 Charterparty – issued by ASBA
NYPE 93 Charterparty– issued by ASBA