Association of Ship Brokers & Agents (USA) Inc.
MAY 2014

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Message from Jeanne

We have had a very busy start to 2014.  As you will see from the photos below, members enjoyed another great ASBA/Baltic reception with close to 200 in attendance. It was so very nice to see so many members from all over the country in Stamford at this event which kicks off the CMA Shipping event.   An excellent group of members and their guests enjoyed our annual New York area golf outing.  I want to give a shout out to west coast members, John Ellis and Jennifer Montgomery of Pacific Rim Shipbrokers, who traveled from Bainbridge Island, Washington to host a foursome. Despite a weather pattern that has developed on our golf outing dates, lots of rain the night before and early morning that clears by tee time, a great time was had by all.

Spring has been busy for me as well.  I attended the National Association of Maritime Organizations meeting in Washington, D.C. where we have the pleasure of discussing relevant issues with headquarters staff from CBP, Coast Guard and MARAD.  The CIANAM Annual Meeting (Americas group of the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents) was hosted in Guayaquil, Ecuador where I was joined by Mike Ogle, our Agency Affairs representative, and Marygrace Collins as President of FONASBA.  National and international contracts made through ASBA's participation in these associations has proven to be invaluable in advancing many of the objectives of our members.

One last note of interest, I was invited by a member who serves on Associate Member Committee of INTERTANKO to address their General Council in New York City on May 7. Our ASBA Certification celebrates its 10 year anniversary in 2015.  We took this opportunity to address the General Council, update them on the status of our Certification and the FONASBA Quality Standard and recommend (challenge) INTERTANKO to do more to recognize quality agency service providers in the USA and 21 other FONASBA country member associations who are now issuing the Quality Standard.  Remember, member agents pay significantly more each year to renew their certification.  NOW is the time for the industry to embrace "quality" by asking the following question, "Has the agency company been awarded the ASBA Certified or FONASBA Quality Standard?", as step one in their agency vetting process.

The Cargo Conference committee is busy at work coordinating another great program. Registration is now open, September 24-26, Eden Roc, Miami Beach.  
Hope to see you all there!

Many thanks for your continued support.  Enjoy the summer months. 


March 17, 2014 - Stamford, CT
May 8, 2014 - New York Country Club
September 24 - 26, 2014

Eden Roc - Miami Beach, FL

ASBA Website for full details and Registration Form

Confirmed Speakers
Keith Kavanagh - Rio Tinto Marine
Berthold Kren - LaFarge SA
Neil McLaughlin - DVB Transport (US) LLC
Thank You Sponsors
Baydelta Maritime
BLT Chembulk Group
Blue Water Shipping Company
Crescent Towing
Foss Maritime Company
Gemini Tankers LLC
Glander International Bunkering
Inchcape Shipping Services
L&R Midland, Inc.
J. Lauritzen (U.S.A.), Inc.
Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
Navios Maritime Holdings, Inc.
Norton Lilly International
Port of Pensacola
Poten & Partners, Inc.
The Selinger Gorup
Transmarine Navigation Corp.
The Maritime Executive
Click event name for more details.
Aug. 8                YSBA - Yankee Game and BBQ
                     Yankee Stadium, NYC

                     Eden Roc, Miami Beach, FL

Sept. 11/12       SHIPPING INTENSIVE 1 - Two-Day Live Seminar - Stamford, CT
Sept. 25/26       SHIPPING INTENSIVE 1 - Two-Day Live Seminar - Lagos, Nigeria
Oct. 9/10           SHIPPING INTENSIVE II - Two-Day Live Seminar - Stamford, CT
Oct. 24               AGENCY - One-Day Live Seminar and Webinar - New Orleans, LA
Nov. 6/7            SHIPPING INTENSIVE I - Two-Day Live Seminar - Houston, TX




JCW Chartering, Inc. - March, 1974 - 40 Years
MID-SHIP Marine - March 1, 1974 - 40 Years 
McAllister Towing & Transportation - 1864 - 150 Years


A scam has come to their attention which has resulted in pre-funded port costs being diverted to a fake bank account.  In each case the party due to make the payment has received an email advising that the agent's bank account is inoperable because of their annual audit.  The message is sent using an email address very similar to the agent's address.  Details of a different bank account are given for the payment.  By the time the agent reports the pro forma disbursement account has not been paid, fraudsters have already stolen the money.   
Dry Cargo Broker
US Pacific Northwest
NAODAN is seeking to employ an experienced, motivated and ambitious broker with three plus years of demonstrated Handy dry cargo broker experience for our Seattle office.  The broker candidate should have experience in the chartering handy size vessels with a good network of contacts among the leading chartering organizations.  Candidates should also preferably have some operational background.  The position requires fluency in English, computer literacy, good communication skills and a willingness to work in a team environment.  This is a unique opportunity to work for one of the most noted brokerage companies in the Pacific region for specialized dry bulk cargoes and living and working in one of North Americas most livable cities.  Competitive salary and benefits.  
Please apply with strict confidence to:


Doric Shipbrokers USA LLC
400 Kelby Street, 15th Fl.
Fort Lee, NJ  07024
Tel: 201-268-5970
Fax: 201-482-0981

Foss Maritime Company
2 Hemlock Street, Beverly, MA  01915
Tel: 800-426-2885


Monjasa Inc.
Harbour Square, 700 Canal Street
Suite 22D
Stamford, CT  06902
Tel: 203-276-6300
Fax: 203-484-3580

Wallem Americas Inc.
411 N. Sam Houston Pkwy., Suite 280
Houston, TX  77060
Tel: 281-377-8175
Fax: 281-605-1777

Bertling Logistics, Inc.
8120 NW 84th St., Miami, FL  33166
Tel: 305-805-2285
Fax: 305-805-2295

Gemini Tankers LLC
281 Tresser Blvd., Suite 501
Stamford, CT  06901
Tel: 203-602-6778
Fax: 203-547-7000

NS United Shipping (USA) Inc.
301 Route 17 North, Suite 210
Rutherford, NJ  07070
Tel: 201-384-2101
Fax: 201-866-8066
Congratulations Students!
Home Study Course

Diego Hinojosa                       Erica Rycroft
Kelsey Host                           Matthew Sweeney
Simon Jacques

Shipping Intensive I

Bryan Cardona                       Sarkis Nahigian
Jorge Del Ray                        David Peraza
Kaird Durocher                      Michael Wooters
Duncan Little                          Norris Wright
Sean McMonagle
Miguel De Jesus Medina Ruiz

510 Syvlan Avenue, Suite 201
Englewood Cliffs, NJ  07632
Tel:  201-569-2882  -  Fax:  201-569-9082
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