An interview with the OCEAN Chair Cupido
 On 23rd June 2016, the British public voted in favour of a Brexit, or exit, from the European Union (EU). Of the British electorate, 17.4 million (51.9%) casted their votes in favour of Brexit compared to 16.1 million (48.1%) in favour of continued membership with an overall turnout of 72.2%, which is higher than most expected. So what does this mean for the future of the UK and European ship supply?

The Greek Association re-joins the EU ship supplier family
European ship suppliers welcome the Hellenic Ship Suppliers & Exporters Association back into OCEAN during 40th anniversary celebrations in Brussels

Happy Birthday OCEAN
OCEAN, the representative body of the European Ship Supply sector, was formed in 1976 to represent the sector’s interests at European level.  40 years of cooperation in an ever more complex Europe is to us a significant milestone. OCEAN helt a celebratory lunch, in the heart of Europe, Brussels on 15.06.2016, the same month OCEAN helt its first meeting 40 years ago.

Happy Birthday OCEAN!

OCEAN welcomes the publication of the UCC guidance on ship supply
When European ship suppliers woke up on 1 May 2016, their professional world had changed. The Union Customs Code (UCC), a significant step towards the modernization of EU customs, serves as the new framework regulation on the rules and procedures for customs throughout the EU. Its substantive provisions entered into force on 1 May 2016. With it, did also new guidance for the ship supply industry.

Congratulations from ISSA President Mr Abdul Hameed Hajah
ISSA's President Mr Abdul Hameed Hajah, representing the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association and nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world congratulates OCEAN on the organization's 40th birthday.

The impact of customs legislation in the European ship supply sector
The impact of customs legislation in the European ship supply sector
Today, OCEAN publishes its first ever study on the impact of customs legislation in the European ship supply sector for download by any interested party. The aim of this study is to improve the understanding of the key characteristics of ship supply.

30.01.2016 | Jean Luc Meriaux
What’s new at OCEAN - A report from the Secretary General
 The year 2016 is an important year for OCEAN, as the European ship supply industry celebrates its 40th anniversary. It was on a Tuesday, 29th June 1976, that six ship supply national organizations from Common Market Countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, UK and the Netherlands) met for the very first time in Schiphol in the Netherlands. This was the foundation meeting of OCEAN, with the primary purpose to study a draft from the European Economic Community (E.E.C.) for the regulation for the supply of ships, trains and aero planes in international traffic...

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.