ECASBA European Seminar 2017 – Registrations Now Open

Registrations are now open for this year’s ECASBA European Seminar, which is being held in Brussels on 28th February as part of the 2017 European Shipping Week event.


The programme for the event, which takes up the overall Shipping Week themes of “Safe, Sustainable, Smart”, will cover recent developments in the use of digital technologies to enhance the movement of goods around Europe by the most efficient and effective methods. The programme, which can be accessed here, also covers developments in e-Maritime as well as in customs policy. As ever, this event is open to FONASBA members from around the world as well as those based in Europe.

As at the last two seminars, the programme will comprise a morning session for ECASBA delegates only and an afternoon session where we will be joined by our colleagues from the European Commission and other European associations.

The event will conclude with dinner at L’ Atelier where we will be joined by our speakers and other invited guests.

Online registration is now open via this link. We look forward to seeing you all in Brussels next month.

FONASBA Annual Meeting 2016


The 2016 FONASBA Annual Meeting, hosted by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, took place the week commencing Monday 17th October 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Riverside in London’s Docklands. FONASBA member associations can download copies of the presentations given at the plenary and Council meetings from the Members’ Area of this website.

FONASBA supports London International Shipping Week 2017

For the second time, FONASBA is proud to act as a supporting organisation for London International Shipping Week which takes place in September 2017. Although still more than one year away, preparations for LISW 2017 are already well underway and a list of events, and details of the supporting organisations, can be found at:

London Shipping Week

FONASBA supports Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2016

FONASBA is pleased to act as a Supporting Organisation for the 8th edition of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East – the maritime meeting place for the Middle East, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, and as part of Dubai Maritime Week, will take place from 31 October – 2 November 2016 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE.

The 3 day programme is a firm fixture in the industry’s calendar, where attendees can network, visit the international exhibition and sign up for a dedicated conference programme.
FONASBA members can enjoy a 20% discount off SMME conference session rates (excluding ISSA 2016 Convention). To register to attend,  click here:

For more information, please visit


FONASBA Supports METRANSLOG 2016, the  Middle East Transport & Logistics Exhibition

FONASBA is pleased to act as a supporting organization to METRANSLOG 2016 – Oman’s only and Most Comprehensive Exhibition on Transport & Logistics will be held from 5 – 7 September 2016 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre, Seeb, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The event is also supported by our member in Dubai, the Dubai Shipping Agents Association.

The Expo will showcase the entire spectrum of Transport & Logistics products and services from: Airport & Aviation, Rail and Metro, Ports and Maritime, Ship Building and Repair, Road Infrastructure, Tunneling  and Underground Infrastructure, Smart City, Urban & Public Transport, Parking, ITS & Traffic Management, Transport Solutions and Management, Commercial Vehicles-Heavy and Light, Logistics, Cargo & Supply Chain, Storage, Warehousing & Materials Handling, Special Economic & Free Trade Zones, Oil & Gas Transportation, Storage & Handling, ICT Solutions, Safety and Security.

ME-TRANSLOG is supported by the MOTC-Ministry of Transport and Communications, PACA-Public Authority for Civil Aviation Oman, OAMC-Oman Airports Management Company, Royal Oman Police Customs Authority, Muscat Municipality, Ithraa – Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development, PEIE-Public Establishment for Industrial Estates, Riyada – Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development.

The other supporters are UKTI – United Kingdom Trade and Investment, Middle East Association UK, The Netherlands Embassy, GS-1 Saudi Arabia and OABC – Oman American Business Center, Acclaimed associations such as IHMA – International Harbor Master’s Association, IRU – International Road Transport Union, Logistics Executive, Oman Road Safety Association, Oman Road Transport Association and Supply Chain and Logistics Group are also supporting the show. The strategic partners are ISCEA – International Supply Chain Education Alliance, whereas the research partners are Oxford Business Group.

The Diamond Sponsors are: Port of Duqm, Port of Sohar, Port of Salalah, Sohar Free Zone, C. Steinweg Oman LLC, Oman International Container Terminal, Mwasalat – Oman National Transport Company and Khazaen Logistics Company.

The Platinum Sponsors: Al Jarwani Hospitality-The Logistics partner and Oman Shipping Company.

The Gold Sponsors are: IHE-International Heavy Equipment and John Menzies Aviation PLC.

Associate Sponsors are: Kuehne + Nagel, National Ferry Company, PTV Group, TATI Oman -Technical and Administrative Training Institute and Wared Logistics

FONASBA members wishing to attend the event, or obtain further information, can do so via this link:


Previous Events

 ECASBA European Seminar  2016

ECASBA’s 2016 European Seminar took place at the headquarters of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)  in Lisbon on Thursday and Friday 26th/27th May.

This extremely popular event saw more than seventy ECASBA delegates and guests from the Portuguese maritime community come together to debate issues relating to the role of the ship agent in the logistics chain as well as the introduction of the Union Customs Code and the impact of mandatory container weighing.

As usual, the presentations made at the seminar are available for download from the Members’ Area of this website and some photographs can be found on FONASBA’s Facebook page at:

FONASBA Annual Meeting 2015

FONASBA Annual Meeting 2015 - Vitoria, Brazil

The 2015 Annual Meeting  saw more than 70 delegates and partners travel to Vitória in Brazil’s Espirito Santo state to attend the meeting.  A full work programme and a series of social events were held during the week. Highlights included participating in the sun-down ceremony at the base of the Port Captain, a visit to the Tuburao iron ore loading facility operated by Vale and, at the Gala Dinner on Friday 16th, the presentation of the inaugural Young Ship Agent or Shipbroker Award.

Copies of the presentations made at the meeting are available for download from the Members’ Area of this website and photographs of the meetings and social events can be found on FONASBA’s Facebook page at:

ECASBA European Seminar 2015 – Brussels


“ECASBA’s 2015 European Seminar, held in Brussels on 2nd March as part of
the inaugural European Shipping Week, was a significant success, both in
terms of delegate participation and the level and quality of the
presentations and discussion panels. During the seminar, nearly 40 delegates
representing almost all ECASBA member associations, discussed the future
work programme of the European Commission, recognition and licensing of the
ship agent, customs developments and short sea shipping. Those discussions
were enhanced by the participation of senior members of the European
Commission, including Fotis Karamitsos, Deputy Director General of DG-MOVE,
Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit for Ports and Inland Navigation at MOVE
and Dr. Panayota Anaboli, Head of Section at DG-TAXUD.

In a change to the usual format, the short sea shipping session, which
lasted all afternoon, was jointly supported by the European Shortsea
Network, who invited their members to attend. A number of other
organisations also took part, having seen the event listed in the European
Shipping Week event calendar. The seminar ended with the first public
presentation of the results of a survey on the evolution of EU and
International shipping undertaken by the University of Antwerp and two
consultancy firms.

The day concluded with a dinner hosted by ECASBA during which delegates and
speakers were joined by guests including Domingos Fezas Vital, the
Portuguese Ambassador to the European Union, Markku Mylly, Executive
Director of the European Maritime Safety Authority and colleagues and
friends from the Commission and our partner organisations in Brussels.

The following day ECASBA, represented by Chairman Antonio Belmar da Costa,
FONASBA President Glen Gordon Findlay and General Manager Jonathan Williams
participated in the European Shipping Week conference, with Antonio Belmar
da Costa speaking on one of the panels. ECASBA members Lara Tropia, from
Italy, Berit Blomqvist, Sweden, and Jesper Sebbelin, Denmark, were also

Copies of the presentations given at the seminar are available for download
from the Members’ Area of the website and photos of the seminar and
conference have been uploaded to the Flickr page”.



The 2014 Annual Meeting took place the week commencing 6th October in Gothenburg, hosted by the Swedish Shipbrokers’ Association. The meeting was extremely successful, with more than 100 delegates and guests from 28 member associations and 5 Club members attending. Copies of the presentations given during the plenary meetings of ECASBA, the Chartering & Documentary and Liner & Port Agency committees, the Swedish seminar and the Council Meeting are now available for download from the Members’ Area of this site.

ECASBA European Seminar 2014 – Naples


ECASBA’s ninth European Seminar took place on 25th and 26th June in the Italian port city of Naples. The event – which was generously supported by our Italian association, FEDERAGENTI – was a major success, with more than 50 delegates attending. Copies of the presentations given during the seminar are now available for download from the Members’ Area of this site.


Lima, Peru
FONASBA’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Lima was another resounding success and congratulations go to our colleagues at APAM, our Peruvian member association, for their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to providing another excellent event. Copies of the presentations given at the Plenary Meetings and the seminar are available for download in the Members’ Area.

ECASBA European Seminar 2013 – Hamburg

The 2013 ECASBA seminar was hosted by the German Shipbrokers’ Association, ZVDS, in Hamburg in May 2013. Presentations are now available to view in the Members’ Area.

43rd Annual Meeting Venice


The 2012 Annual Meeting took place in Venice during the week 8th – 12th October hosted by FEDERAGENTI.
More than 160 delegates and partners from more than 30 countries attended the meeting, making it one of the largest Annual Meetings for many years.
Reports of the meeting, together with photographs, are available in the Members’ Area.

ECASBA Brussels Seminar

6-7 June 2012

Presentations are now available to view in the Members’ Area.

European Maritime Day 2010

ECASBA Workshop Presentations

ECASBA hosted a workshop at the 2010 European Maritime Day event in Gijón, Spain, entitled “The Ship’s Agent IS the Port Single Window”. The presentations made by the speakers are below:

  1. An Introduction to FONABA– Tonny D. Paulsen, FONASBA President.
  2. The Role of the Ship Agent – Antonio Belmar Da Costa, ECASBA Chairman.
  3. Bringing it all Together, ECASBA, the FONASBA Quality Standard and the Single Window – Jonathan C. Williams FICS, FONASBA General Manager.
  4. The MARMEDSA Group – D. Jordi Trius, General Director of Marmedsa Group Agencies.
  5. The Port of Gijón Community  – Adriano Cadrecha, General Manager of the Gijón Port Community.
  6. The Suardiaz Group – Ivan Ojeda, Director Logistica Suardiaz.