European Ship suppliers Organization
The Chairman of OCEAN, Dirk J. Cupido, looks back at 40 years of OCEAN, the European Ship suppliers Organization and concludes that OCEAN's work is more relevant than ever before.

In 1976, what was then called the European Economic Community consisted of 9 member states, 8 of which were maritime nations, having seaports of various degrees of importance. The ships calling these ports were supplied with food and non-food consumables of all kind by a vast variety of small and medium sized businesses. These businesses were organized in national associations, all having the objective to preserve and maintain the interests of “the industry” vis-à-vis the national authorities. This was mainly about customs rules and regulations (and later the same for veterinary affairs) applicable on the vast variety of goods supplied. At the same time, of course, these associations had a social function.

14.12.2015 | Fernando Alves Pinto
by Fernando Alves Pinto, Vice-Chairman of OCEAN's Working Group Customs & Taxation
After adoption of the Delegated Acts (DA) and Implementing Acts (IA) of the Union Customs Code (UCC), the EU Commission will soon be starting discussions on the guidelines of the UCC. Guidelines are important to function as an aid to customs officials and economic operators alike to support the uniform implementation of the legislation.

There are five principal reasons why I believe that the harmonized treatment of ship supplies under the Union Customs Code, its Implementing and Delegated Acts & related Commission regulations should be mentioned in the UCC guidelines. 

27.11.2015 | OCEAN Secretariat
Dirk Cupido (NL) and John Davey (UK) to lead OCEAN into its 40th anniversary
During the OCEAN Board meeting of 27.11.2015 which took place in Brussels, Belgium, OCEAN Vice Chair Dirk Cupido from the Nederlandse Vereniging Van Scheepsleveranciers (NVVS) was elected by fellow Board members as chairman for the coming two years 2016-2017.

He succeeds Alfredo Tosato who did not seek re-election as chairman.

Cupido said he appreciates the confidence fellow board members had in electing him chairman. "I look forward to the future," Cupido said. "I think it's time we get ready to implement the Union Customs Code and make sure ship supply is mentioned in the UCC guidelines, and that's what I was elected to do."

Board members John Davey from the British Association of Ship Suppliers (BASS) was elected vice chairman.

Final preparations for 40th OCEAN birthday
The OCEAN Board meeting will take place on Friday, 27th November 2015, at the Sheraton Hotel at Brussels Airport.  On the day before, the OCEAN Working Group for customs, VAT and excise duty will discuss the impact of the adoption of the Delagated Act and quasi adoption of the Implementing Act of the Union Customs Code for the shipsupply industry.

The OCEAN Board will also prepare for OCEAN 40th anniversary in 2016. Vice-Chair Dirk Cupido commented: "Since the Board met last, important decisions have been taken in the European Union and proposals published! The Board will carefully examine the Union Customs Code and assess the impact for ship supply".

A new OCEAN Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer will also be elected for the years 2016-2017.

15.11.2015 | VP Jens Maagaard
A contribution from VP Jens Maagaard from the Danish Shipsuppliers Association
While most Danish ship suppliers are looking forward to the 1st of May 2016 where the new Union Customs Code (UCC) will apply, a lot of questions appear. What will change, when will new procedures be introduced, and how will it affect ship supply? VP Jens Maagaard from the Danish Shipsuppliers Association looks at the consequences of the UCC for Denmark.

Edition No. 66
The new The Ship Supplier has been published. Read all about the latest news of global ship supplying.

Presentation of the German Ship Suppliers Association
The German Ship Suppliers Association represents the interests of the ship supply industry and companies involved in tax-free trade throughout Germany vis-à-vis all government authorities at regional and national level. In this article, The Association presents its objectives and history, its publication of the German Shipsuppliers Register and what issues matter to them

Thoughts from the Chaiman
The Chairman writes to OCEAN members about the ISSA convention in Singapore and the Union Customs Code.

Edition 65
The new edition of The Ship Supplier has been published. Learn all about what matters in global ship supply.

by Oleg Butenko, Latvian Ship Suppliers Association
The Chairman of the Latvian Ship Suppliers Association takes stock of what the Latvian Presidency of the EU has meant for ship suppliers in the country and comments on the recent meeting of OCEAN in