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FONASBA Annual Meeting 2017


Delegates representing 32 Member countries and 3 Club Members attended the 2017 Annual Meeting in Dubai, hosted by the Dubai Shipping Agents Association. FONASBA was particularly pleased to be able to welcome representatives from its two newest members, the Republic of Congo and Sudan, who were only elected to membership in the  week preceding the meeting.

Also present were observers from the Arab Federation of Chambers of Shipping and prospective members from other ship agent and ship broking associations in the region.

The minutes of the plenary and Council meetings held in Dubai, together with copies of the presentations made during those meetings, will be uploaded to the Members’ Area of this website shortly.

AMANAC Annual Ship Agents Conference 2017

FONASBA is very pleased to give its support to the 2017 Annual Ship Agents Conference being held at the Conference Centre in Mazatlán, Mexico from 27th to 30th September.

This is the 23rd conference organised by our colleagues from AMANAC and each one has built on the success of its predecessors and the event is now one of the major maritime events in central America.

Further information on the Conference is available via this link or directly from AMANAC at:

FONASBA supports Seatrade Middle East Awards ceremony

FONASBA is pleased to support the Seatrade Middle East Awards ceremony 2017. This event takes place in Dubai on 9th October 2017. Further information can be found at:


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. Preparations for LISW 2017 are now well underway and a list of events, and details of the supporting organisations, can be found at:

London Shipping Week

ECASBA European Seminar 2017 Looks to the Future

ECASBA’s 2017 European seminar took place at the Hotel Silken Berlaymont on Tuesday 28th February 2017 as part of European Shipping Week (ESW).


Taking up the theme of the 2017 ESW: “Safe Smart and Sustainable”, this year’s event looked closely at both the impact of digitalisation and harmonisation on the ship agency sector and the wider subject of the future of liner and short sea shipping, both of which are vital for the future prosperity of the European ship agency community.

During the morning session, which was only open to ECASBA members, delegates received updates on the current status of implementation of the Union Customs Code from Customs Working Group coordinator Hilde Bruggeman, on the present status of the planned review of the Reporting Formalities Directive 2010/65 from General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS and a detailed overview of the work being undertaken by the Commission and industry in order to introduce the “e-Manifest” by Capt. Peter Langbein, one of ECASBA’s representatives on the Commission’s e-Manifest Working Group.

The morning session concluded with an interesting and thought-provoking presentation by Alex van Breedam of consultants TRI-VIZOR on the future for the European logistics industry in the face of steadily increasing demand and a commensurate reduction in the capacity to handle it. Reconciling these diametrically opposed factors will require some novel thinking and the presentation certainly gave some food for thought.

The afternoon session, which was open to colleagues from other organisations and attended by representatives of ECSA, ESPO, FEPORT and the World Shipping Council, as well as DG-MOVE, enjoyed two engaging and informative discussions.

The first was a high-level panel discussion on the future of liner and short sea shipping over the medium term. Hosted by Alfons Guinier, the former Secretary General of ECSA, the panel comprised Paul Kyprianou, External Relations Director of short sea operator the Grimaldi Group, Eugène Vanfleteren, Managing Director of CMA-CGM Belgium, John A. Foord FICS, President of FONASBA and a director of JSA Global and Kestrel Shipping, the biggest independent liner agent in the United Kingdom and Rui D’Orey, CEO of Horizon View Shipping, a major liner agent in Portugal.

The second session looked at e-Maritime from the perspective of the regulators and the port community systems providers. Presentations from Sandro Santamato, Head of Unit D1 at DG-MOVE, Markku Mylly, Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Authority and Richard Morton, Secretary General of the International Port Community Systems Association set the scene and the panel discussion that followed was moderated by Dr. Alexander Geisler, Managing Director of the German Shipbrokers Association, ZVDS.

Following the seminar, delegates, guests and speakers attended the traditional closing dinner, where the guests of honour were Maria-Manuela Cabral of DG-TAXUD and Dimitrios Theologitis of formerly Head of Unit D3 at DG-MOVE. Both Cabral and Theologitis are standing down from their present positions (Cabral is moving elsewhere in the Commission and Theologitis has retired after 32 years’ service) and the occasion was taken to thank both of them for their support for ECASBA over the years and to present them with leaving gifts.

The 2018 ECASBA seminar will be held in Barcelona as guests of our member in Spain, ANESCO.

Following the seminar, ECASBA Chairman Antonio Belmar da Costa, General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS, as well as Berit Blomqvist of the Swedish Shipbrokers Association, Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Jesper Sebbelin FICS of the Danish Shipbrokers Association, attended the European Shipping Week Conference and Gala Dinner.

Copies of the presentations made at the Seminar are available for download from the Members’ Area.

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 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 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:


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.