NEW ISSA PRESIDENT ELECTED AMIDST UNPRECEDENTED MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

ISSA – the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association – has elected a new President.

Abdul Hameed Hajah from Singapore will succeed Jens Olsen from Denmark when the latter retires at the end of the year.

At the Association’s Annual General Meeting in Panama the ISSA Assembly also elected two new Executive Vice-Presidents to its Board: George Saris from Turkey and Vladimir Koval from Ukraine.

In addition Mr Rocky Rocksborough-Smith from Canada was re-elected Senior Executive Vice-President and Mr Alfred Borg from Malta was re-elected Treasurer.

Retiring at the end of the year as well will be Wim van Noortwijk from The Netherlands, former President of ISSA and in recent years ISSA Assembly Member representing the Associate Membership. Mr Olsen, as retiring President, will now take over this role.

Mr Matti Kokkala from Finland will also be retiring from the Executive Board at the end of the year after many years valuable service as an Executive Vice-President.

Paying tribute to Mr Olsen’s two terms as ISSA President, Mr Abdul Hameed Hajah said: “Jens Olsen has worked tirelessly for the benefit of ISSA Members and launched a number of important and innovative initiatives.

“I fully intend to build on the foundations he has laid and I am glad that he will still be available to offer advice and encouragement to myself and the new team I now have the privilege to lead.”

Jens Olsen commented: “The winds of change are blowing not only in ship supply but the wider maritime community which our members serve.

“It has been hugely rewarding for me to have led ISSA for two terms as President and I am confident that Mr Hajah and the Board will join together to deliver the services and wider representational role that our members require.”

Innovation being ISSA’s watch-word, this year’s annual event was billed as much more of a Regional Meeting and attracted many members from South and Central America.

Delegates from 30 countries attended and focused on the subject of money: how to make it; how to keep it; how to recover it.

Many of ISSA’s top management were in Panama to hear President Olsen announce an unprecedented increase in the overall membership number.

Growth areas include the Indian sub-continent, China, Indonesia and much of Africa.

There was further good news in the number of ISSA Members boasting the ISSA Quality Certification, a Standard recognised and endorsed by the World Customs Organisation and InterManager and which can now be said to have achieved critical mass.

Mr Abdul Hameed Hajah and the new Executive Board take office on 1st January 2015

ISSA Encourages Ship Suppliers To Go Green

Ship suppliers are being encouraged to ensure “green” measures are central to their core business practices.

The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) is encouraging its members to implement green policies and achieve internationally-recognised environmental standards under its flagship Green ISSA initiative.

ISSA President Jens Olsen said: “We believe that the modern ship supply industry must have environmental considerations at the heart of its business practices and we encouraged to see that many of our members are already working towards achieving international environmental standards.”

ISSA, which has almost 2,000 members worldwide, is strongly encouraging its members to achieve the International Organisation for Standardisation’s ISO 140000 certification. Standards for environmental management systems are set out in ISO14001:2004, while ISO14004:2004 gives general guidelines for companies initiating environmental policies.

In addition to complying with international regulations, there are numerous ways in which ship suppliers can ensure their business takes proper consideration of environmental concerns including:
• Minimising waste
• Introducing biodegradable packaging
• Ensuring fridges and freezers are operating efficiently and economically
• Avoiding unnecessary delivery journeys to vessels
• Using vehicles with low emissions or that run on eco-fuels

Mr Olsen pointed out: “In addition to helping the environment, some of these measures can save companies money themselves – particularly by consolidating deliveries to ports which now charge fees of up to $100 per visit.”

Environmental measures are on the agenda for discussion during the forthcoming ISSA Annual Convention meeting in Cadiz, Spain, from May 25-26.

Access To Ships Tops Convention Issues

Access to ships was one of the hot topics raised at the recent 56th Annual ISSA Convention & Trade Exhibition which, for the first time ever, was held at sea.

The problem is a bone of contention worldwide with many companies encountering difficulties since the introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

“In some places you have to pay large amounts of money to take your supplies into the port while in other places people are having great difficulty getting in,” explained ISSA President Jens Olsen.

“Problems can arise when you have to have certification for every person going into the port. The bureaucracy is really increasing and you have to buy the certification in many places, so it is turning into a bit of a money machine.”

ISSA is pressing ahead with its campaign to highlight the issue and will raise it at the IMO Facilitation Committee’s 37th session in September. It is one of many objectives on Mr Olsen’s up-to-date ‘Road Map’ which sets out the Association’s aims for the next three years following his re-election as President at the Convention, held on a ship between Copenhagen and Oslo.

The Convention “surpassed all expectations” according to the President despite posing a logistical challenge: “There was a good, constructive spirit surrounding the Convention and since returning I have had a great response which has all been extremely positive,” said Mr Olsen.

It was also the first Convention to be held following the change in the ISSA Governance which saw the former ISSA Board dissolve itself to reform as the ISSA Assembly and the Executive Committee become the Executive Board.

Other re-elections to the Board were Treasurer Alfred Borg, Matti Kokkala, Chairman of the Finnish Ship Suppliers and Abdul Hameed Hajah, Hon. Secretary of the Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers. Rafael Fernandez, Chairman of the Spanish Ship Suppliers, also joins the Board.

Next year the 57th Convention will be held back on dry land in Cadiz, southern Spain from 25th to 26th May and preparations are already well underway.

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ISSA QUALITY STANDARD 2010 WINS WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION ENDORSEMENT

For immediate release September 8th, 2010
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The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association has received the finest endorsement to date of its efforts to improve the quality of global ship supply after the World Customs Organisation praised the progress it is making in upgrading its 2010 ISSA Quality Standard.

In a letter to ISSA President Jens Olsen, Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, of the WCO, said the ISSA Quality Standard 2010 “clearly demonstrates ISSA Members’ commitment to comply with all statutory requirements and to play a leading role in both facilitating the needs of the maritime industry while meeting the international and domestic requirements associated with vessel, port and supply chain security.”

He stressed that while the relationships between Customs administrations and companies involved in ship supply have never been more critical, it was clear that vessel delays cost big money.

“Initiatives such as the ISSA Quality Standard are important building blocks to ensure high levels of trust exist between Customs and Industry. The nature of the ship supply business is a unique one. Members of ISSA routinely import and export goods without the payment of Customs charges and generally have unfettered access to Customs controlled areas such as wharves and bonded stores, so they can go about their lawful business. As a direct consequence, it is not unreasonable of Customs to expect in return high levels of voluntary compliance with Customs and other legislation,” he wrote.

This endorsement by the WCO follows similar support forwarded by InterManager in July of this year. In a similar letter to the ISSA President, InterManager President Roberto Giorgi welcomed the upgraded ISSA Quality Standard and said it was very encouraging “to see that ISSA is determined to continuously improve standards of service provided”.

Quality of supply service has long been a cornerstone of ISSA’s work to improve the image of the industry and enhancements to its existing Quality Standard will take into account a number of fresh initiatives such as catering standards onboard ship; security aspects in light of ISPS and many environmental considerations such as avoiding the excessive use of packaging and better control of the disposal of toxic and carcinogenic material in port.

ISSA President Jens Olsen has already gone on record saying that he wants to encourage membership growth of ISSA through the development of ISSA’s Quality Standard so that it becomes a beacon for quality and an example to other sectors as to how to work with regulators to gain maximum benefit for member companies.

Mr Mikuriya added: “The ISSA Quality Standard 2010 provides a sound basis at a global level to guide national Customs administrations and ISSA Members in dialogue over appropriate procedures and processes to ensure compliance with controls, but also equally importantly to ensure the rapid facilitation of the legitimate requirements of industry with minimum intervention and ‘red tape’.

“The active involvement of ISSA in the WCO issues is highly constructive and greatly appreciated. I look forward to this relationship developing further in the future,” he confirmed.

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Notes for Editors
• ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.
• It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and has associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists.
• Quality operation is an essential pre-requisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.
• The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.

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Ship Suppliers Should Work With Ship Managers To Overcome Ship Owners Cash Flow Problems, Warns ISSA

Ship managers and ship suppliers “find themselves in the same boat” when it comes to dealing with ship owners’ cash flow problems, the head of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) has claimed.

Jens Olsen said now was the time for owners to be more upfront with their suppliers if they are experiencing problems as late payment can have disastrous effects on suppliers’ own cash flow and their ability to supply ships in the world’s major ports.

“Late payment, and in some cases the non-payment of ship supply invoices, is a growing concern for ship chandlers in the world’s ports and causes us further concern now we are in the midst of the global downturn and the slump in shipping movements,” he told delegates attending a shipmanagement conference in Limassol, Cyprus.

“We are working as an association to help our members by showing owners the impact their slow paying has on the ability of companies to continue to supply them. Other innovative ideas are under active consideration to get around this problem but it remains our principal cause of concern on behalf of our members.

“I believe the time has come for ship owners and managers to look upon their ship suppliers as partners without whom their vessels simply could not operate. You have to question whether you regard your supplier as an ally or as a foe: a partner or a necessary evil. I would hope the former in both cases,” he told delegates.

“We have touched on this issue of the impact of poor freight rates and tight cash flow on the ship supply sector. We sympathise with our manager colleagues who complain about the pressure they face from owners keen to pass on late payment issues down the line. We want to help but that does not mean ship suppliers should end up being the bankers to the managers and the owners.
“I know of one instance where a ship supplier member waited 12 months for a £1,000 payment only to be asked by the manager if he would finally accept discount terms on the heavily overdue
amount. Another ISSA member secured a court order payment for the late payment of a £25K bill only to be told that the debtor defaulted on his second £10 monthly payment,” Mr Olsen stressed

He said that as an industry, ship suppliers couldn’t continue to operate like this. “If the owner and the manager fail in their obligations soon you will have no suppliers left.

“Ship arrest is still an option but a trusting relationship can mean ships are supplied correctly and efficiently and the supplier gets paid. Ship suppliers are starting to consider more seriously, the legal route, but we are always open to negotiation and enhancement of the benefits of a relationship,” he concluded.
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Notes for Editors
• ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.
• It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists.
• Quality operation is an essential pre-requisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.
• The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.

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ISSA launches Green ISSA

For immediate release February 2nd, 2010
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GLOBAL SHIP SUPPLY BODY LAUNCHES GREEN ISSA AND ADVISES SUPPLIERS TO BE VIGILANT IN DISPOSING OF SHIPS’ WASTE

Ship suppliers must be at the forefront in putting the environment first when it comes to the services they provide ship owners and managers and they need to be more vigilant about the type and content of shipboard waste they may be asked to dispose of, the head of the world’s ship supply industry has warned.

Speaking at the launch of Green ISSA, Jens Olsen, President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) said suppliers needed to be fully aware of the complexities of international as well as regional and national legislation governing the disposal of hazardous and noxious substances.

ISSA has launched ‘Green ISSA’ to emphasise the ship supply industry’s acknowledgement of the importance that the environment plays in the global shipping industry.

He said: “Suppliers can find themselves caught up in a legal and legislative nightmare if they are pressurised to dispose of what they believe is harmless shipboard waste. In some instances, such waste can contain more than the suppliers bargained for. By agreeing to handle the waste they are then responsible for it and can face hefty fines or legal action. By that time the ship will have gone.”

“We want to make all our members, and the industry in general, aware of the importance of the environment and we encourage them all to start thinking green in everything they do. Whether it is the type and amount of packaging they use or the extent of their own carbon footprint. But it is the issue of garbage disposal that throws up the most complications, especially when suppliers are put under pressure to assist by their owning and management principals,” Mr Olsen said.

So concerned is ISSA about the issue that it is working on plans to include the environment as part of its ISSA Quality Plus programme.
ISSA President Jens Olsen has already gone on record saying that he wants to encourage membership growth of ISSA through the development of ISSA’s Quality Standard so that it becomes a beacon for quality and an example to other sectors as to how to work with regulators to gain maximum benefit for member companies.

“ISSA’s global membership is already being assessed according to the Quality Standards as will any new members wishing to join. In this age of self assessment and service transparency, ISSA has taken it upon itself to ensure that only those ship suppliers that carry the ISSA logo can be assured of the quality standards necessary to trade and to supply as demanded by our clients – the ship owners and the ship managers,” he added.
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For Further Information Please Contact:
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Notes for Editors
• ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.
• It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and has associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists.
• Quality operation is an essential pre-requisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.
• The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.

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MEP hosts Brussels Ship-Supply Summit

Yesterday Graham Watson MEP (Liberal Democrat, South West England and Gibraltar) met Stefan Ericson the President of OCEAN, Jens Olsen the President of ISSA, and other representatives of the shipping supply industry to discuss challenges facing EU Shipping.

During a one hour debate hosted by the MEP discussion focused on customs practices and security issues, particularly in the fight against crime; there was a presentation of the new OCEAN logo and launch of the new website.

“Over 750 companies employing a quarter of a million people are involved in supplying ships” the MEP said.

“It is important that their voice is heard by policy makers.”

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Shipserv And ISSA Strengthen Partnership

ShipServ, the leading maritime e-marketplace, has strengthened its partnership with The International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), the association representing nearly 2,000 ship suppliers worldwide.

Under the terms of an agreement signed at the ISSA54 Convention in Istanbul, ShipServ will work with ISSA on an ISSA “Zone” on ShipServ Pages, the online marine suppliers directory. ISSA members will also benefit from a special offer to join Pages.

Pages currently features more than 30,000 suppliers offering anything from stores and provisions to life saving equipment; from main engine spares to paint. The new agreement raises the profile of ISSA on Pages, highlighting its members to visitors.

“This cooperation represents an excellent opportunity for our members to reach new customers cost-effectively and trade efficiently,” commented Jens Olsen, ISSA President. “And as a progressive association it was important to us to have an influence in what added value services we are able to offer our members,” he said.

Maritime buyers use Pages to find suppliers for a wide range of uses, from locating new suppliers in unfamiliar ports to sourcing alternative suppliers for existing contracts. Trust is very often an issue in many transactions, especially when dealing with a new supplier. The ISSA Zone will exclusively feature those ISSA members signed up to Pages, giving prominence to a community of high quality, accredited maritime suppliers.

“Our community of buyers tells us that finding a new supplier is relatively easy but finding one you can trust is much harder,” said Paul Ostergaard, Founder & CEO of ShipServ. “With ISSA’s increased involvement with Pages, we can highlight those suppliers with ISSA accreditation, giving buyers greater peace of mind.”

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ISSA Backs Managers’ Call For Owner Transparency Over Late Payments – Maritime Executive, October 8th

The head of the trade body representing the world’s ship suppliers and chandlers has supported calls by InterManager President Roberto Giorgi for ship owners to be more upfront and transparent with their managers and suppliers when it comes to settling bills.

He will be seeking a meeting with the world ship managers’ body to look at ways both organisations can work together to ensure that cash flow problems can be minimised. Jens Olsen, President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), said ship managers and ship suppliers “find themselves in the same boat” when it comes to dealing with ship owners’ cash flow problems. Owners should be more upfront with their suppliers if they are experiencing problems as late payment can have disastrous effects on suppliers’ own cash flow and ability to supply ships in the world’s major ports, he warned.

Late payment, and in some cases the non‐payment of ship supply invoices, is a growing concern for ship chandlers in the world’s ports and has been a focus of attention for the new Presidency of the International Ship Suppliers and Services Association (ISSA).

“This causes us further concern now we are in the midst of the global downturn and the slump in shipping movements. We are working as an Association to help our members by showing owners the impact their slow paying has on the ability of companies to continue to supply them. Other innovative ideas are under active consideration to get around this problem but it remains our principal cause of concern on behalf of our members,” Mr. Olsen stressed.

“Ship managers and ship suppliers are in the same boat when it comes to relying on efficient cash flow. It is crucially important that ship owners are more open and transparent when they experience cash flow problems because only then can we try and resolve the situation,” he added.

ISSA is always encouraging ship owners and managers to look upon their ship suppliers as partners without whom their vessels simply could not operate.

The problem of the financial crisis and its effects on the shipping industry will be at the centre of the debate at next week’s International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) Convention in Istanbul.

ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world. It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists. Quality operation is an essential prerequisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world. The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.

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ISSA backs managers’ call for owner transparency over late payments

The head of the trade body representing the world’s ship suppliers and chandlers has supported calls by InterManager President Roberto Giorgi for ship owners to be more upfront and transparent with their managers and suppliers when it comes to settling bills. 

He will be seeking a meeting with the world ship managers’ body to look at ways both organisations can work together to ensure that cash flow problems can be minimised. 

Jens Olsen, President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA), said ship managers and ship suppliers “find themselves in the same boat” when it comes to dealing with ship owners’ cash flow problems. Owners should be more upfront with their suppliers if they are experiencing problems as late payment can have disastrous effects on suppliers’ own cash flow and ability to supply ships in the world’s major ports, he warned. 

Late payment, and in some cases the non-payment of ship supply invoices, is a growing concern for ship chandlers in the world’s ports and has been a focus of attention for the new Presidency of the International Ship Suppliers and Services Association (ISSA). 

“This causes us further concern now we are in the midst of the global downturn and the slump in shipping movements. We are working as an Association to help our members by showing owners the impact their slow paying has on the ability of companies to continue to supply them. Other innovative ideas are under active consideration to get around this problem but it remains our principal cause of concern on behalf of our members,” Mr Olsen stressed. 

“Ship managers and ship suppliers are in the same boat when it comes to relying on efficient cash flow. It is crucially important that ship owners are more open and transparent when they experience cash flow problems because only then can we try and resolve the situation,” he added. 

ISSA is always encouraging ship owners and managers to look upon their ship suppliers as partners without whom their vessels simply could not operate. 

The problem of the financial crisis and its effects on the shipping industry will be at the centre of the debate at next week’s  International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) Convention in Istanbul. 

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For further information, please contact:
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Sean Moloney                                                                     +44 (0) 1206 682124
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Spencer Eade
General Secretary                                                              +44 (0) 20 7626 6236

Notes for Editors

  • ISSA is the international trade association for the world’s ship supply sector with a membership of nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.
  • It has 43 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and associate members in 52 other countries where no national association exists.
  • Quality operation is an essential pre-requisite to ISSA membership and as a result, ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.
  • The Association was formed in 1955 and celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2005 of half a century of service to the maritime industry.

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ISSA54 Convention to debate how to prosper in this global slump

                                                                            

For immediate release

Sept 17th, 2009

 

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How best to survive the global slump by better understanding the needs of the owner, manager and the supplier will be at the centre of the debate at next month’s  International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) Convention in Istanbul.

Shipowners need to value the role of the supplier, claims the world’s leading ship supply association and speakers attending ISSA’s 54th Annual Convention and Trade Exhibition at the Polat Renaissance Istanbul Hotel from Oct 15th to 17th, will hear the views of some of the industry’s most prominent players on the matter, including Metin Kalkavan, President of the Turkish Chamber of Shipping; Andreas Droussiotis, CEO of the world’s second largest shipmanagement company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Sjur Agdestein, Managing Director of DVB Bank in Piraeus.

Dr. Oral Erdogan, Professor of Finance at Istanbul Bilgi University, will give the keynote speech, followed by an address by Binali Yildrim, Turkish Minister of Transportation.

Guy Morel, General Secretary of the global in-house and third party ship managers’ association InterManager, will put the case for the managers alongside Bert De Jager, Purchasing Manager with Kahn Shipping (Jumbo), Holland and Ali Cakir,  Deputy Manager of Purchasing at Besiktas Shipping, Istanbul in the annual ship owners and ship suppliers panel. Guy will also talk further on the subject of how shipping and ship supply can emerge stronger from the global downturn.

Anyone wishing to attend the ISSA Convention can do so by logging onto www.issa2009.org or by contacting the ISSA Secretariat on +44 (20) 7626 6236 or email at secretariat@shipsupply.org.

 

 

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