Carlini said the model contract had “created a strong agreement that allows agents and operators to focus on core business, build closer ties and not worry about potential litigation or legal issues.” FONASBA Standard Liner Agency Agreement (revised and adopted in July 1993) – Line agency agreement between the line leader and the agent, recommended by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). Parties to the agreement may choose their requirements from a list of functions including traditional port or general agencies and ship management, distribution and marketing, as well as other niche and ad hoc services. The most recent GAA complements the Agency`s Appointment Agreement (AAA), which was launched earlier this year, and aims to cover the appointment of an agent for a longer period or on a wider range of ports than the AAA. FONASBA / ITIC ISPS Code Clause A clause of inclusion in agency contracts that defines and limits the agent`s liability for the transmission of ISPS compliance information between the vessel and the coastal authorities. Developed in collaboration with ITIC. Aaa and GAA should now replace existing agency agreements in their day-to-day use, but they will remain available for the foreseeable future as they have specific needs. Over the past two decades, the practice of signing agency contracts has declined considerably, as functions have changed – for example, port agency companies can only cover or operate for line companies. Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – A new draft standard general agency agreement, which includes a comprehensive list of functions that have been concluded between shipowners and operators and shipping agencies, has been launched. And from BIMCO`s point of view, it`s just as important to adapt agency agreements to make them more user-friendly.
The Agency`s appointment contract contains a number of standard provisions for the appointment of an agent for a single port call. The contract is concluded between the representative and a shipowner, ship operator, charterer or manager and sets out the benefits to be provided and the remuneration to be paid. This contract was published on January 9, 2017 and is the last edition. The copyright in the Agency`s appointment agreement belongs to FONASBA. The publishers are BIMCO and FONASBA. BIMCO`s 2,100 members have about 400 agents or agencies worldwide, while FONASBA represents national ship and ship facilitator associations in 58 countries. “Litigation costs time and money,” said Francis Sarre, chairman of BIMCO`s documentation committee. “We hope that this new agency representation contract will facilitate more fluid working practices and help avoid differences of opinion between operators and representatives throughout the sector.” BIMCO and FONASBA, the global organization representing ship brokers and ship agents, have once again banded together to create a new general agency agreement for port agents, shipowners and ship operators commanding port agency services. The general agency agreement was developed for the provision of selected agency services over a period of time in a given area or territory. It is designed to be used in all trades and can be tailored to the individual needs of the parties.
This contract was published in December 2017 and is the last edition. The copyright of the agreement on the General Agency is on the part of FONASBA. The publishers are BIMCO and FONASBA. Founded by the International Association of Shipowners BIMCO and FONASBA, the organization that represents ship brokers and shipping agents around the world, it was created in response to the increasingly complex needs of modern navigation and the increasing number of disputes.