ECASBA’s first physical European Seminar since 2020 took place in Athens on 25th October, hosted by the International Maritime Union, our member in Greece.

More than 30 ECASBA delegates and members and guests from the IMU met to discuss the latest developments in European maritime policy as it impacts on ship agents and ship brokers.

The morning session featured updates from ECASBA Chair Marco Tak, General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS, ECASBA Brussels representative Frank Janssens and ECASBA Vice Chair Jean-Pascal Bidoire.

The afternoon session was organised by the International Maritime Union and concentrated on developments of specific interest to the Greek community. The speakers comprised:

  • Antonios Venieris, President of the International Maritime Union in Greece
  • Vassilios Logothetis, Vice President of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
  • Dimitris Iatrides, Executive Director of the Hellenic Ports Association
  • Tassos Vamvakidis, Commercial Manager of the Piraeus Container Terminal
  • Dr. Thanasis Karlis, Strategic Planning & Marketing of the Piraeus Port Authority and
  • George Maronidis, Managing Partner of Maronidis & Associates Law Firm

The afternoon session closed with a panel discussion on matters of interest to shipbrokers, with FONASBA Ship Broker Committee Chair Fulvio Carlini FICS in conversation with Capt. Nick Pentheroudakis, Honorary President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers’ Association.

Copies of the presentations given during the seminar can be downloaded below.

Morning Session:

Introduction of the new ECASBA AP and policy objectives for the current term: ECASBA Chair Marco Tak

2022 European Developments Update: General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS

UCC Update/Wise Persons Report: The Impact on Ship Agents: ECASBA Brussels Representative Frank Janssens

Recognition of Agents Update: ECASBA Vice Chair Jean-Pascal Bidoire

Afternoon Session:

“The EU Emissions Trading Scheme, a White Knight for the Environment and a Black Knight for EU-Based Transhipped Cargoes?”: Antonios Venieris, President, the International Maritime Union