To be a one point global shipping information port, offering fair and equitable business opportunity to members.
By fostering harmony and promoting cooperation, it seeks to become a trusted platform for international business collaborations and also a focal point for advice, consultation and dialogue on matters concerning the global shipping industry.
To be a world class, global shipping information exchange, representing the common interests of member ship owners and agency
Why Join W.W.S.A. ?
- Exclusivity per region or country
- Club of professionals, all new members are pre-qualified with references checked
- global network
- low annual contribution.
- Low one time entrance fee
- High level interactivity
- Two major events
- Guest speakers
- Free of charge conferences
- Eye to eye meetings
- Booths at main Breakbulk events.
- Mobile app to ease contact information
Board of directors
Anthony Durot, Chairman, Boeckmans NV, Belgium.
Chairman of Boeckmans België nv and is a founding member of WWSA. Graduated as Master in Economics, started in shipping in the early 70ies, became Managing Director of Boeckmans in 1979. Boeckmans which was a shipping & forwarding agent in Antwerp developed into a a larger shipping company offering the services of : ship agency, logistics, chartering, ship operating, ship management. He is a member of the board of directors of the Antwerp Shipping Federation (Agents Association) and the Belgian Shipowners Association.
Francisco Barranco, Vice-Chairman, Suardiaz, Spain.
Francisco Barranco, Commercial Manager at Logistica Suardiaz, Vice Chairman at W.W.S.A., President at “The International Force group LTC, is a broad experienced shipping & logistics manager on the Iberian Peninsula. Starting in Shipping on the 80ies stepping from Custom Broker Co, Stevedoring and Logistics, through Heavy Cargo expertise. Under the professional leadership of Francisco Barranco, Suardiaz specialises in Ro-Ro maritime services, mainly vehicles and semi-trailers. Apart from its own fleet of regular Ro-Ro Car-Carrier ships, it also operates chartered ships according to clients’ needs. With local presence in Spain, France and Morocco, it operates in European and African ports, mainly for the automotive, textile and agricultural food industries. Suardiaz is a pioneering Spanish company in operating “Ro-Ro Car Carrier” ships in Europe.
Christian Mehrtens, Mehrtens & Schwickerath GmbH, Germany.
After successfully accomplishing his studies of Business Administration at the University of Hamburg and working in various ship owner as well as freight forwarding companies, Mr. Christian Mehrtens joined the company M+S Mehrtens & Schwickerath GmbH in 1992. In the year 2000 he took over the helm of M+S, which nowadays, as well through affiliated companies, offers a quite diversified portfolio of shipping and transport related activities. Throughout his career Mr. Christian Mehrtens was board member of various associations, amongst others the Shipbroker Association of Bremen.
Godwin Xerri, Focal Maritime, Malta
Mr. Godwin Xerri is presently Managing Director of Focal Maritime Services Co. Ltd and Delta Container Services Ltd as well as Director of MBL Shipping Agency. He is also the CEO and one of the founding member of Combined Maritime Services Limited which is Malta’s leading multi-disciplinary specialist in maritime consultancy. In the past he served as Managing Director of Sea Malta Co. Ltd and as director on various Boards of corporations and companies including Malta Freeport Corporation, Bank of Valletta International and Tug Malta Co. Ltd. Throughout his career in the maritime and logistics industry he has remained involved in the academic sphere through regular lecturing at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) and the Institute of Transport and Logistics as well as through involvement in the UK Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers, of which he is a fellow.
Kurt Neumann, General Manager, W.W.S.A. Belgium.
Kurt Neumann, General Manager of W.W.S.A., started his successful career in the freight forwarding and ship agency business. He worked 16 years for several international freight forwarding and Ship agency companies and built a wealth of experience in operational as well as commercial activities in the sector. In combination of this experience and passion for IT, Kurt switched career in the early new millennium and started his privately owned international IT company. The focus of this company was developing software for the small & medium sized freight forwarding and shipping industry. Over the last years he built experience as IT consultant for global freight forwarding networks. The main objective of being a managing director of W.W.S.A is for Kurt, Daily management, sharing experience and bringing the club to the next level of networking.
Fadi Ghossoub, ISA Logistics
Fadi Ghossoub graduated from HEC Montreal, after 3 years of work, he went to London to attend a Msc. In Shipping Trader & Finance at CASS Business school. He started working as a tanker broker at Liquitransport in Montreal. He then move to the Middle East to start his own shipping agency in 1997. Since then ISA-Logistics acts operate shipping agencies in Lebanon and Algeria, while also active in ship brokerage and chartering from the Far East and Black Sea to the Middle East and Mediterranean sea.
Gracijan Necmescal, T.P.G. Slovenia
World Wide Shipagencies Association (WWSA) aims to present to Shipowners, Charterers and Operators a reliable network of unrelated, independent and highly professional multimodal agents in order to provide instant information and back-up to the shipping and transport world whenever required. Through the constant screening of the participating Members, both financially and by performance, WWSA can guarantee a reliable, financially sound expert partner in any of the countries where she has member-presentation.
To date the organization counts more than 40 members, representing more than 40 countries.
To sum up, WWSA has 3 clear objectives
Creating an enormous think tank of independent agency companies that are not affiliated to major carriers Creating a channel open to communication on a 24 x 7 basis Forming an international nucleus for developments
World Wide Shipagencies Association ( WWSA ) was established in September 2007. Several ship agents took the initiative to create WWSA, a registered Antwerp based non-profit association, being a co-operative of professionals, offering an alternative to similar associations in the maritime sector.
Through the mutual co-operation of its registered members, WWSA is able to create an exclusive, readily accessible and updated global data bank. Connected members can then exchange information about the ports they cover, general information about changing rules and regulations related to shipping, and also changing legislation in the countries that they operate in.
This dialogue enables a member of a particular country, to access and profitably use insights on the shipping industry of a co-member belonging to another country. Any information needed in connection with the relationship with principals or otherwise, becomes available with just a phone call to a fellow member.
WWSA also encourages members to exchange information and/or leads with fellow members about new initiatives of known ship owners, like a new service or changes in existing agencies in any one of their ports of operation, in order to assist the other members in obtaining the relevant business.geographies. This makes it a rich source of real time shipping information from across the globe, lending its voice credibility, exclusivity and virtually guaranteeing performance.
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