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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

INTERTANKO attends FONASBA's Annual Meeting in Varna, Bulgaria

The Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA) held its 2010 Annual Meeting last week in Varna, Bulgaria. INTERTANKO's Ports/Terminals Manager and Security Officer Gunnar Knudsen attended.


Of particular interest to INTERTANKO Members, as users of port agency services, was the debate which concluded that port agents worldwide need to provide top quality service, in response to the ever-increasing demands being placed on them.


The meeting expressed an ambition to expand the adoption of the FONASBA Quality Standard, which has so far been adopted by eleven out of the fifty one national FONASBA member associations, which means that further efforts are called for within the membership to expand this important quality criterion. INTERTANKO was the first NGO to give this Quality Standard its endorsement.


It was agreed that FONASBA should be made more visible on the international scene, for instance by enhancing its media strategy, and that it might be beneficial to work towards a formal education (with professional requirements) for port agents as a parallel effort to expand the adoption of the Quality Standard, thus further emphasising the value of agents' work.


It was likewise suggested that it would be beneficial to emphasise some of the possible liability consequences of using sub-standard agents, thereby removing some of the traditional focus on the level of agency fees and turning attention more towards agent quality.


The meeting was informed and discussed some new initiatives and facilities initiated by the Federation. Of particular note is the Liner & Port Agency Port Procedures Survey, a web-based facility being opened to the Federation's members.


INTERTANKO's Secretary to the Documentary Committee had submitted its customary report with an update on its Chartering and Documentary work for 2010. The report provided an overview of INTERTANKO's Model Clauses and focused in particular on the INTERTANKO Sanctions Clause, the INTERTANKO Ship-to-Ship (STS) Operations Clause, the INTERTANKO Deepwater Horizon Clause and the INTERTANKO Interim Ports Compensation Clause.


The report likewise mentioned that David Chapman of OSG Tankers UK Ltd. will be the new Chairman of the Committee, replacing Arve Ustgard of Teekay Shipping Norway, who has retired from Teekay with 23 years' service to the Committee. An amazing achievement indeed. Click here to view the report.


Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen