FEBRUARY 2024 – LAUNCHING THE YABA FOR 2024
BRAZIL TAKES THIRD WIN IN 2023 AWARD
Thiago Santos, Corporate Strategy Director at Unimar Shipping Agency in Brazil, is the winner of the 2023 Award. Mr. Santos entered a paper entitled: “ESG in the Shipping Industry: Impacts and Opportunities for Ship Agents”. He is the third winner of the award from Brazil, following the inaugural winner, Mr. Renan Queiroz, in 2015 and 2022 winner Nicolas de Souza.
Announcing the award, the Review Committee Chair, FONASBA Immediate Past President Aziz Mantrach, congratulated Mr. Santos on a detailed and carefully researched paper that looked at the impact of ESG on the ship agency sector from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. Mr. Mantrach also said the paper, which will shortly be published on the FONASBA website as part of an e-book containing all six entries, will prove very useful for ship agency companies looking to introduce ESG principles in their businesses.
Mr. Santos will receive prizes kindly sponsored by the Barcelona Shipping Agents’ Association (ACB), BIMCO and ITIC, whose support for the Award is gratefully acknowledged.
The runners-up in the 2023 Award were:
Augusto Cesar Silva de Aquino, Emmanuel Hugo Augusto Britos and Yasmin Belen Marizza of Argentina,
Amadeus Elias Machado jnr. of Brazil and
Elliot Atkins of Great Britain
The 2024 Young Agent of the Year Award, which is open to ship agents and ship brokers aged 40 or younger, will be launched towards the end of 2023 (www.fonasba.com/young-agentbroker-award) .
YOUNG AGENT AND BROKER AWARD 2023 OPENS
The FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker of the Year Award (YABA) 2023 is now open.
Since 2022, the Award has been open to anyone working in the ship agency or ship broking sector under the age of 40 at the time of submission of their completed paper to the Review Committee, latest 28th July 2023. Entries are therefore welcome from eligible individuals outside the FONASBA community.
Full details of the criteria for the 2023 Award, the procedure for entering and the deadlines for submission, can be found in the attached document.
SHIP AGENT FROM SANTOS TAKES 2022 YOUNG AGENT & BROKER AWARD
Nícolas Henrique Marques Esperança De Souza, of Wilhelmsen Port Services in Santos, Brazil is the winner of the 2022 Award with his paper entitled “A Technical Analysis of the Key Element Behind Ship Operations: Husbandry Services, Under the Remote Centralisation Scope”.
Nicolas is the second winner of the Award from Brazil, following the first recipient, Renan Queiroz from Fortaleza.
Announcing the winner, Mr. Mantrach said “My colleagues and I really appreciated the entry, it was just the type of paper we looked forward to receiving. We were particularly interested in the hypothesis that the Remote Centralization of Husbandry Services (RCHS) would be the revolution for husbandry services coordination, utilizing scale advantage and introductions to new digital solutions, ensuring effectiveness. That it did not forget to mention the need to develop ESG business principles was also noteworthy”. Mr. Mantrach also expressed FONASBA’s gratitude to prize sponsors BIMCO and ITIC for their ongoing support for the Award.
2021 SEES FIRST FEMALE WINNER OF THE YOUNG SHIP AGENT AND SHIP BROKER AWARD
Ms. Ana Ruiz García de los Rios, of Bergé Logistics, Madrid, took first prize in the 2021 Award with a paper entitled “The Impact of Technologies in the Maritime Sector from a Ship Agent’s Vision”. Ana is both the first female winner of the Award and the first from Spain. The Award was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Congratulating Ana on securing first prize, Review Committee Chair Gunnar J. Heinonen said “The introduction of new technologies will have a profound impact on the way ship agents work. Ms. Ruiz’ paper provides a clear and comprehensive overview of how current and anticipated developments will drive changes in working patterns and procedures. It covered a range of subjects, clearly explaining each one in detail. My Review Committee colleagues and I congratulate Ms. Ruiz on an excellent entry”.
Other entries for the Award this year were received from entrants in Bahrain, Belgium and Brazil.
As always, FONASBA thanks prize sponsors BIMCO and ITIC for their continued support of the Award.
2019 YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER WINNER ANNOUNCED
The winner of the 2019 Award is Stefan Gielen of Mediterranean Shipping Company, Antwerp. His paper, entitled “Crusade towards correct Dangerous Goods declarations” looked at the problems for shipping companies in securing correct and accurate DG data.
Philippe Oyen, Chairman of the Antwerp Shipping Federation, Gielen’s home association highlighted the issue, saying that: “Next to a correct weight declaration, the pursuit of a correct Dangerous Goods declaration for containers is a high priority for the many container agents”.
Gielen’s paper was extremely well received by the Award panel, with Chair Gunnar J. Heinonen stating: “It was an excellent, intelligent, informative and forward-looking analysis, spotting and analysing the problems of Dangerous Goods declarations”.
A copy of Stefan’s paper can be found here.
Four other papers we received this year, from Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Portugal.
FONASBA once again thanks our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC for their sponsorship of the Young Agent Award prizes for 2019.
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on Tuesday 21st August can be found here.
The 2020 Award will be launched later this year and further information will be provided on this page.
2018 YOUNG AGENT AWARD GOES TO PORTUGAL
Our congratulations this year go to Filipe Miguel Dias Martins (pictured below) of Navex Empresa Portuguesa de Navegação, S.A, Portugal, winner of the 2018 FONASBA Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award.
Filipe’s paper, entitled “The Shipping World in 2025 – a Road Map for shipping agent” looked at how advances in technology and disruptive influences would impact on the work of the ship agent in the coming decades. A copy of his paper can be found here.
The Chairman of the Award Review Panel, FONASBA Honorary member Gunnar J. Heinonen, said “My colleagues and I really appreciated Mr. Martins’ entry, it was an excellent, energetic and forward-looking analysis of the threats and opportunities for our profession. The interactive test he set readers at the end of the paper was also a novel addition to his entry. We congratulate him and the other entrants for their high quality papers”.
For those readers wishing to undertake the small challenge Filipe set at the end of his paper, further information can be found in this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gyNqeZ0fLww. Wikipedia also has historical information at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egg_of_Columbus
A further four entries for the Award this year were received from Bahrain, South Africa and two from Brazil.
FONASBA once again thanks our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC for their sponsorship of the Young Agent award prizes for 2018.
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on Tuesday 21st August can be found here.
GERMAN SHIP AGENT WINS 2017 YOUNG AGENT AWARD
FONASBA is pleased to announce that the winner of the Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker Award for 2017 is Niklas Soltow, a ship agent from Germany, pictured below:
His paper was extremely well-received by the judges, with Review Committee Chairman Gunnar J. Heinonen describing it as “just the type of paper we were expecting”. A copy of Niklas’ paper can be found here.
Close on the heels of Mr. Soltow’s paper was another excellent entry from Katy Aldrick from Kenya who won a Highly Commended award for her efforts. A copy of her paper can be found here. A further four entries were received from Argentina, Brazil, Croatia and a second from Kenya.
Mr. Heinonen said “All the entries again this year have proved that the concept of the Award is a good one. We will continue to build on the experiences of the first three years to develop the Award to make it even more interesting to the growing number of young ship brokers and ship agents who represent the future of our profession”.
FONASBA once again thanks our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC for their sponsorship of the Young Agent award prizes for 2017.
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on Monday 21st August can be found here.
FONASBA YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIP BROKER AWARD 2016
FONASBA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Young Ship Agent or Broker Award for 2016 is Tim Polson MICS, a shipbroker with Australian Independent Shipbrokers, a division of Asiaworld Shipping Services (Pty) Ltd, itself a member of Shipping Australia Ltd.
Tim’s paper was entitled “The Role of the Shipbroker in the Break-Bulk, Multipurpose & Heavy-Lift Sector” and analysed the unique role of a Shipbroker trading in a small niche market within the Multipurpose/Heavy lift (MPP/HLV) Shipping Sector. In announcing the award, the Chairman of the Review Committee, former FONASBA President and Honorary Member Gunnar J. Heinonen, said of the entry: “It was incredibly well written, using excellent and engaging examples. Polson has shown a good appreciation of the cargo and ship board operations relevant to the multi-purpose and heavy lift sectors and a depth of knowledge about the relevant ports. Furthermore he has recognised the need for the broker to maintain the core values of trust, integrity, authority and market intelligence, whilst at the same time seeking to expand on the range of services provided to the principal”.
Tim joined delegates and guests at the Gala Dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the 2016 Annual Meeting in London on Friday 21st October, where he received his prizes, as last year generously sponsored by BIMCO and ITIC, and addressed those present, including the Lord Mayor of London, Lord Mountevans. A copy of his speech can be found here.
2015 AWARD eBOOK PUBLISHED
An eBook containing all the entries for the 2015 Young Ship Agent and Ship Broker Award was published on Friday 8th January.
The impressive publication includes all seven entries for the inaugural award as well as introductions from the President, Glen Gordon Findlay, the Vice President for Education Capt. Jakov Karmelić and Award Review Committee Chairman Gunnar J. Heinonen. Both award sponsors, ITIC and BIMCO, are also represented. Details of how to enter the 2016 Award are also provided.
Writing in his introduction, Glen Gordon Findlay said “Reading the papers also demonstrates the passion that our younger members have for our industry and their concern that whatever the future influences there are on it, the ship agent and ship broker will continue to play a vital role in the effective and efficient movement of goods by sea. With this level of commitment and enthusiasm being shown by our younger members, we can be confident that our profession is in safe hands for many years to come”.
A copy of the eBook can be downloaded here: YOUNG AGENT AND BROKER AWARD 2015 EBOOK
FONASBA YOUNG SHIP AGENT OR SHIPBROKER AWARD 2015
A total of seven entries for the inaugural Young Ship Agent or Broker Award were received by the Award Review Panel. The papers were scrutinised over the summer by the Panel, consisting of former FONASBA President and Honorary Member Gunnar J. Heinonen (Chairman) FONASBA Vice President for Education Capt. Jakov Karmelic, and Charlotte Kirk FICS representing ITIC, one of the prize sponsors.
On 15th August, Mr. Heinonen announced that the winner of the Award was Renan Queiroz, a ship agent with Wilson Sons Ltda., of Brazil. Our congratulations go to Mr. Queiroz and also to the other six entrants for their excellent papers. Mr. Queiroz attended the FONASBA Annual Meeting in Vitória, Brazil in October where he received his prizes, which were generously donated by ITIC and BIMCO.
Renan Queiroz, winner of the 2015 Award, receives his prize from FONASBA President Glen Gordon Findlay at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Vitoria
A copy of the press release issued by FONASBA on 17th August can be found here.