Press Releases

(3.10.2018) UNCTAD published the new Review of Maritime Transport. Of cource with the our New ConTex for the Container sector.;

On March 9th, 1918, in the middle of the 1st World War the remaining shipbrokers in Altona, Bremen, Danzig, Hamburg, Königsberg, Lübeck, Stettin and Wismar combined their activites to gain influence with the then German Imperial Government and founded the German Ship Brokers' Association. This was the foundation for the nearly 100 year history of the Association. Even though the profession as a shipbroker is by far older and has been part of the maritime industry already for centuries, with the foundation of the German Ship Broker's Association a confederation on a national was established that is still active next to all the regional confederations.

In the past 100 years many changes took place in the different fields of the profession. Wars, economic crises and local protectionism marred foreign trade and traditional markets were lost. Two times the local shipbrokers started anew after lost wars. Technical innovations revolutionized the job and the international communication. Letters and later the telephone were for years the standard in communication. Now second-by-second electronic data transfer is the new normal.

In spite of all the changes and challenges over the past 100 years, one should not forget that ships and the shipping industry will be part of logistics for years to come and therefore the profession as a shipbroker will survive as long as it will master the future challenges such as the digitalisation with as much bravura as the ones before.

The main purpose of the ZVDS is to promote the joint professional interests of German ship brokers and ship agents, without imposing any restrictions or supervision on the economic freedom of the individual companies. The ZVDS handles all concerns of the business that are of a general nature, representing the interests of all its member companies. This work includes relations with the authorities and other national associations and institutions. The ZVDS provides advisory services and represents the interests of ship brokers and ship agents vis-á-vis the Federal German authorities, institutions and professional associations.

To celebrate the 100 anniversary of the German Ship Brokers' Association there will be a reception in connection with the general meeting for members and guests on the 18th April 2018.

(03.01.2018) The competent federal authorities reminded ship owners, operators, masters and persons-in-charge that the annouced speed limit system governing the speed of vessels on the river Elbe would come into operation on January 2, 2018. There will be speed controls from January 2, 2018 (trial phase). Violations will be punished from April 1, 2018. The speed limits are imposed to avoid negative impacts on the environment. For further information please contact your local agent. 

(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:

(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 ( or through BIMCO’s IDEA system (

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.

(24.8.16) Der Zentralverband Deutscher Schiffsmakler e.V. (ZVDS) bedankt sich bei Herrn Clint Mark Pantel (CMA CGM (Deutschland) GmbH), der es mit einem qualitativ hochwertigen Beitrag als einziger deutscher Teilnehmer in die Endausscheidung beim FONASBA YOUNG SHIP / BROKER AWARD 2016 schaffte. Herr Pantel hat damit die deutsche Maklerschaft in diesem internationalen Wettbewerb würdig vertreten. Mit seiner Arbeit „IN-LAND CONTAINER TERMINALS (DRY PORTS) - An option to reduce the intermodal congestion in the Port of Hamburg?“ setzte er sich mit der Frage auseinander, wie die vorhandene Infrastruktur im Hamburg Hafen optimal genutzt werden kann. Dabei untersuchte Herr Pantel die Bedeutung von Inlandterminals zur Entlastung der Straßeninfrastruktur sowie zur Erhöhung der Produktivität des Hafens durch die Güterverlagerung von der Straße auf die Schiene und auf Bargen.

Der FONASBA Young Ship Agent / Broker Award war im Jahr 2015 vom internationalen Schiffsmaklerverband FONABSA zusammen mit der BIMCO und ITIC gestiftet worden, um junge Agenten / Broker zu motivieren, sich im Rahmen von wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten mit der Rolle des Schiffsmaklers im Zusammenhang mit aktuellen maritimen Themen auseinanderzusetzen.

Leider kann es letztlich nur einen Gewinner geben. Und in diesem Jahr geht der Award nach Australien. Nach Durchsicht der eingereichten Arbeiten erklärte die Auswahlkommission Herrn Tim Polson (Asiaworld Shipping of Australia) zum Sieger des Wettbewerbs, dessen Arbeit den Titel: „The Role of the Shipbroker in the Break-Bulk, Multipurpose & Heavy-Lift Sector“ trägt.

(23.5.16) The MSC agreed that while there should be no delay in the implementation of the SOLAS requirements, it would be beneficial if Administrations and port State control authorities could take a “practical and pragmatic approach” when enforcing them, for a period of three months immediately following 1 July 2016. This would help ensure that containers that are loaded before 1 July 2016, but transhipped on or after 1 July 2016, reach their final port of discharge without a verified gross mass and it would provide flexibility, for three months immediately after 1 July 2016, to all the stakeholders in containerized transport to refine, if necessary, procedures (e.g. updated software) for documenting, communicating and sharing electronic verified gross mass data.

Notwithstanding the above, the MSC emphasized that the stability and safe operation of ships, including the safe packing, handling and transport of containers, is not limited to the provision and use of VGM information and is also covered by a number of SOLAS regulations, including SOLAS regulations VI/2.1, VI/2.2 and VI/2.3, and other IMO instruments, amongst others.

MSC.1/Circ.1548 will shortly be available to download from the IMO website: 

FONASBA Launches 2016 Container Weighing Survey Update. The results of the March 2016 update of the Container Weighing Survey are now available for download here.

FONASBA is pleased to announce the publication of an eBook containing all the entries for the 2015 Young Ship Agent and Ship Broker Award.

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 Karmeli? 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:            

Following from the success of the first Young Ship Agent or Ship Broker award, FONASBA is pleased to announce today (16th November 2015) the launch of the 2016 award, which is once again generously supported by our colleagues at BIMCO and ITIC. The criteria for the award are unchanged so in summary we are once more inviting employees (aged 40 or under) of companies that are members of a FONASBA national association or directly employed by a FONASBA Club or Associate Member to submit a paper of up to 10,000 words on a subject related to the ship agency or ship broking professions or the wider maritime sector. The detailed award criteria, including the relevant deadlines for submitting initial summaries and the finished paper, can be downloaded here.

The winner of the Award will be invited to attend the Gala Dinner at the 2016 Annual Meeting in the London to receive their prize. The Award Review Committee look forward to receiving your entries and to making the 2016 Award another very successful event.

All questions relating to the Award criteria, eligibility or other matters should be addressed to Sara Robeznik at their FONASBA Secretariat: