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20 August 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 22:36 GMT+2

April 23, 2019

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Fifty years ago to London the FONASBA is founded

The international Federation of the marine agents and the broker will officially celebrate the event to October to Miami

Fifty years from on April 23, 1969 are passed when to London, to the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers near the Baltic Exchange, delegated that they represented Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Norway, Holland, Sweden and Western Germany then decided the institution of the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA), than from then it is the only international organization to represent marine the marine agencies and the broker of all the world.

From the eleven initial European associates, the FONASBA, that it still has its headquarters to the Baltic Exchange, now counts on the adhesion of 62 nations for a total of beyond 5.000 associate companies. Today the Federation, which primary organization of the marine field, participates actively to the Maritime work of the International Organisation (IMO), of the World Customs Organisation let alone of the UNCTAD and the UNCITRAL. Moreover European committee of the Federation, the ECASBA, is recognized by the EU commission as organism of representation of the professionals who work as marine agents or broker. Through these ties, and collaborating also with other organizations of the marine field between which Baltic Exchange, BIMCO, CMI, Intercargo, Intertanko, IPCSA and ITIC let alone the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the FONASBA does so as that the voice of its associates is listened to the highest levels in the atmospheres in which the decisions are assumed that have an impact on the international field of the shipping.

FONASBA, besides to speak on behalf of the marine agents and about the broker, works also in order to assure high levels of practical of professional conduct through the introduction in the 2007 of own Quality Standard, that it covers 33 associate nations by now and almost 500 companies, with the objective of giving to the shipowners and to the charters the guarantees of which need when an agent or a broker names. Moreover the Federation gets ahead initiatives in the field of the formation, between which that which allows to achieve the diploma of Agent FONASBA.

In occasion of today's the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Federation and in sight of the official celebration of its institution, than anniversary of the FONASBA, the president of the Federation will hold to October to Miami in occasion of the assembly, Aziz Mantrach, has evidenced the meaningful progresses completed from the organization until from its foundation and has expressed the engagement to assure that "next the fifty years begin in the best possible way. Therefore - Mantrach has explained - we will continue to develop ulterior initiatives to support of our associates and will continue also to widen is the associative base of FONASBA that our infuence in the total marine field. They are absolutely aware - it has emphasized - of the pressures that come from our associates and the my twenty-seven predecessors in the president role and I am determined not to disappoint neither ones neither the others. The current managing committee, the secretariat and the undersigned therefore are totally engaged to guarantee that FONASBA continues in its way of development".

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