FONASBA’s 2023 Annual Meeting took place in Amman, Jordan, from 16th to 18th October, hosted by the Jordan Shipping Association.

The Jordan Association made a short video overview of the meeting, which can be viewed below:

The presentations made during the plenary meetings of the Standing Committees, the Green Maritime Transportation seminar and Council Meeting, and the minutes, can be found below:

ECASBA Plenary Meeting

2023 European Developments Update: A summary of the main issues of EU policy affecting ship agents and ship brokers, presented by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS.

“Criminalisation of the Maritime Transport Chain”: A presentation by ECASBA Chair Marco Tak on the impact of drug smuggling on the shipping sector.

ECASBA Plenary Meeting Minutes

Ship Broker Plenary Meeting

“Geopolitics and Its Impact on Shipbroking”: Presentations by Mark Williams, Managing Director of Shipping Strategy Ltd., and Enrico Paglia, Research Manager of Banchero Costa Group.

“Managing Complexity Digitally”: Presentations by Giampiero Soncini, Managing Director of Oceanly, Alessandro Pescetto, Marine Digital Solutions Director of RINA and Alastair Stevenson, Head of Digital Analysis Group, Simpson, Spence & Young.

BIMCO Documentary Committee Update: A presentation by Stinne Taiger Ivø, Director, Contracts & Support at BIMCO, on work recently undertaken by the BIMCO Documentary Committee.

Ship Agent Plenary Meeting

“The Impact of the 3PFSP on the Ship Agent/Principal Relationship” A presentation by Dionysis Tzelepis, CEO, George Tsougkranis, Senior Vice President, and Alex Garroch, General Manager, at DA-Desk.

“The Container Sector, Future Trends, Market Developments and Regulatory Impacts – A video presentation by Dr. Yoram Sebba, President of the Israel Chamber of Shipping.

Inspiring our Future Plenary Meeting

“The Hidden Cost of Poor Quality Data”: A presentation by Stargo on the benefits of AI in enhancing data quality.

“Smarter Ports with Digital Twins” – Port of Antwerp Bruges – presentation by APICA

Association Best Practices Plenary Meeting

“Recognition of Ship Agents in Spain”: A presentation by ASECOB on their actions to enhance recognition of ship agents with the local authorities.

“ESG in the Shipping Industry”: A presentation by Thiago Souza dos Santos, Winner of the 2023 FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker of the Year Award.

Green Maritime Transportation Seminar

Introduction by HE Eng. Khalid Irani, Former Minister of the Environment, Former Chairman of the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature, Environment Adviser to HM King Abdullah on the Aqaba Marine Park project.

Presentations by the seminar speakers:

Mr. Medhat El Kady, Vice Chair, the Arab Federation of Chambers of Shipping, Chairman, the Egyptian International Forwarding Federation

Mathias Poulsen, Chief Commercial Officer, Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT)

Colin de Souza, Regional Head for South Asia of ONE Line – ONE & Our Green Strategy

Council Meeting

The presentation of items for consideration at the Council Meeting