FONASBA ACB Liner Shipping Transportation Course

February 2022: New Course Added by Popular Demand

Despite a very short timeframe for registering students, the first edition of the above course, launched in September last year, attracted 45 entries, which was an excellent start to this new initiative.

Indeed, the support shown by FONASBA members was so enthusiastic that ACB, the Barcelona Ship Agents’ Association and hosts of the course, have decided not to wait for the next planned course (due in September 2022) but instead to run another edition, starting on 31st March and running through to 26th June. The closing date for registrations for this course is Wednesday, 23rd March.

Whilst the cost, duration and syllabus of this new course remain unchanged from that run in September last year, full details are provided in this attachment. As with the last course, companies wishing to register students should do so directly with ACB ( with copy to FONASBA (

September 2021: Inaugural Course Launched

FONASBA has joined with ACB, the Barcelona Shipping Agents’ Association (a member of ASECOB, the Spanish national agents’ federation), to offer an online modular course for agency staff in liner shipping. It is open to employees of company members of any of its Full Member associations and of Associate Member companies.

Unlike other FONASBA-supported courses, it has a set structure, comprising ten modules built around a series of video lectures provided by senior members of the Spanish liner shipping sector. Students also have access to a comprehensive set of supporting resources, including the opportunity to exchange comments and questions with the lecturers in a series of tutorials. To date over 500 students in Spain have successfully completed the course. In view of the delivery method, this course has fixed start and finish dates. The closing date for this course is Friday 17th September so applications should be made without delay. The next course will not be held until September 2022 so early registration is recommended.

The course is administered by ACB and full details of the course content, and duration, the lecturers, learning materials,  the fees payable and other information are provided in the course booklet that can be found here. The main points are summarised below. These can also be downloaded as an information flyer here.

Adequately and appropriately trained liner agency staff are vital for supporting your principals. FONASBA therefore recommends that your company enters its employees in this course.

Summary of course details: (See the course booklet for more detailed information).

Course Commitment:
It is anticipated that the course will take approximately 60 hours to complete all ten modules.

Course Fees:
The cost of the course, including all course materials and the module assessment fees is €600.00, plus VAT if applicable. Payment must be made by bank transfer (credit card payments are not possible) and details will be provided on registration. Entry to the course will only be provided once payment is received.

Student Registration:
It is not possible for students based in Spain to register for this course via FONASBA. Students in Spain should register directly with ACB.  Companies wishing to register their employees should do so by contacting ACB at: with a copy to FONASBA at: The email should include confirmation of which FONASBA national association the company is a member.

Study Programme:
Once registered, students will be contacted directly by ACB who will provide all the relevant information, including study resources, details of how to access the online lectures, contact details for tutors and the dates by which the module assessments have to be completed.

Notification of results:
The student will be notified by ACB on successful completion of the course and will receive a certificate and statement of completion.

Further questions:
Additional information on the course can be found at:

Alternatively, questions can be send to the course organisers at: