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(14.2.17) BIMCO will be hosting a joint webinar with FONASBA on the new Agency Appointment Agreement form on Monday 20th February at 13.00 GMT (14.00 CET/08.00 US East Coast). FONASBA President John Foord FICS, ITIC Claims Director Andrew Jamieson and BIMCO Documentary Committee Member Han van Blanken will introduce the new form, discuss its implications and uses for ship owners and ship agents and then take questions sent in by the audience. This will then be followed by a short presentation by General Manager Jonathan C. Williams FICS on the FONASBA Quality Standard. Full details of how to register for the webinar can be downloaded from the FONASBA website at: www.fonasba.com/documentation

(16.12.16) Kiel-Canal authority has just announced that following lock chambers at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed due to maintenance works :

Monday / 19.12.2016 = Big New South lock from 08:00-12:00 hrs.

Tuesday / 20.12.2016 = Big New North lock from 08:00-13:00 hrs.

Wednesday / 21.12.2016 = Big New South lock from 08:00-13:00 hrs.

In this period only one big lock is in operation at Kiel-Holtenau.

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(3.3.2017) The EU has an overall competitive regime in place for fiscal and social measures as well as quality registers and a strong skills base. This combination supports the current status of the EU as an attractive location for shipping activities. To develop further growth in European shipping, the EU however needs to adapt this framework into a comprehensive, globally oriented shipping policy that aims to improve the EU’s competitiveness as a location for international shipping. That is the principal conclusion from a study by Monitor Deloitte that benchmarks the overall EU policy framework for shipping with policies of five international shipping centers. The study was commissioned by ECSA as input for the ongoing review of EU shipping policy, which started in 2015 with a mid-term review of the 2009-2018 Maritime Transport Strategy. The results of the study were presented this afternoon at a press conference held in the context of European Shipping Week. The Monitor Deloitte study compares the overall EU policy framework for shipping with policies of Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai and Vancouver. The benchmark exercise is based on eight criteria: taxation and fiscal incentives, availability of professional services, regulatory, economic and political factors, skills, flag attractiveness, ease of doing business, legal framework for vessel exploitation and availablilty of finance.

The study is available from the ECSA website:

http://www.ecsa.eu/9-latest-news/300-eu-shipping-policy-is-solid-but-needs-a-stronger-global-orientation-to-sustain-further-growth

(9.1.17) FONASBA and BIMCO are pleased to announce the launch of a new Agency Appointment Agreement document. This new form, which is based on BIMCO’s tried and tested box layout, provides a simple yet clear and effective means of confirming the details of an agency agreement for an individual or short series of port calls. Many agency appointments are agreed on the basis of a telephone conversation or simple exchange of emails and this new form formalises that exchange by clearly setting out the details of both parties, the basis of the remuneration and, importantly, stating the responsibilities and obligations of the parties to the agreement.

The agreement was drafted over a period of some eight months by a small group comprising senior members of FONASBA and BIMCO. After completion, the document was presented to, and approved by FONASBA’s Council at its London Annual Meeting in October 2016 and BIMCO’s Documentary Committee at its meeting in Copenhagen the following month. With the formal approval of both organisations, the document is now ready for use by ship owners, ship operators and ship agents worldwide. It can be obtained from FONASBA’s website (www.fonasba.com/documentation) or through BIMCO’s IDEA system (https://www.bimco.org/Contracts-and-clauses/IDEA).

John Foord FICS, chairperson of FONASBA’s drafting group (and now the Federation’s President) said that the new form would bring clarity and certainty to the process of appointing agents and ensure that both parties are fully aware of their responsibilities and obligations. He said FONASBA would be urging its national associations to encourage the widest possible use of the new form amongst their member companies.

Han van Blanken, chairperson of the BIMCO team said "Our objective was to devise a comprehensive, but easily understood, framework contract for use when making port agency appointments, particularly in bulk and tramp trades. I am pleased to say that working with an experienced group of shipping professionals we have achieved that aim and I have every confidence that the new contract will quickly be accepted as the industry standard." BIMCO and FONASBA will be joinly presenting a webniar on the new Agency Appointment Agreement on the 20th February.