The impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of the ship agency and ship broking professions has been unprecedented and the vital work being played by our members and their staff in ensuring that international trade continues in spite of the upheaval and disruption has been exemplary. Given the significant additional workload and restrictions we are all facing, it is perhaps not surprising that submitting synopses for the 2020 Young Agent and Broker Award is not a priority for our younger members right now.
With that in mind, and with the hope that the situation will begin to improve in the coming weeks and months, the decision has been taken to extend the closing dates for the various segments of the Award as follows:
AUTHOR AND REVIEW COMMITTEE TIMETABLE:
- Title and a short (maximum one page) summary of the scope and contents of the paper to be submitted to the Review Committee via the association and the FONASBA Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 4th May 2020
- Review Committee to reply accepting the proposed paper, or suggesting amendments, by 15th May 2020
- Completed papers to be returned to the Review Committee, via the Secretariat as above, by 13th July 2020
- The Review Committee will select and announce the winner by 15th August 2020 (unchanged)
Furthermore, it has also been agreed that the Award will only go ahead if 5 or more completed papers are received by the Review Committee. Clearly it is not viable for an award such as this to be run with a very small number of entries. If the number of entries received does not exceed 5 therefore, papers received for this year will be held over to the next Award.
Further information on the Award can be found here.