The following national associations are Members of OCEAN:

The Spanish member of OCEAN is  AESMAR - Asociación Española de Suministradores Marítimos - The Spanish Ship Suppliers Association 




The Italian member of OCEAN. is A.N.P.A.N. - Associazione Nazionale Provveditori Appaltatori Navali - The Italian Ship Suppliers Association


Associazione Nazionale Provveditori ed Appaltatori Navali
Piazza di San Matteo, 15/5
Genova (Italy)






The Portuguese member of O.C.E.A.N. is the Associação Portuguesa de Fornecedores de Navios - the Portuguese Ship Suppliers Association

Bulgarian Ship Supply OrganisationBulgarian Ship Suppliers Association
Address: 1 Primorski blvd.
9000 Varna, Bulgaria
Tel.: 359 52 683 656
Fax: 359 52 683 155

The Bulgarian Association of Ship Suppliers (BSSA) was established on 24.11.1995 under the name of ASSOCIATION OF BULGARIAN SHIP SUPPLIERS. Its founders are Mr. Vassil Ivanov Vasilev, Dimitar Petkov Petkov and Georgi Nikolov Petrov. The aim of the association is to unite and coordinate the interests of traders engaged in the ship supplying; to support and protect the economic interests of the ship suppliers, to assist and support its members in implementing and improving their specific business of servicing ships in Bulgarian ports. BSSA represents the interests of its members in front of the government authorities and institutions, owners and other organizations.

BSSA Presentation of 2018
Article on BSSA (26.03.2018)


at Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
339 Saint Andrews Street, P O Box 53124, Limassol CY-3300, Cyprus
Documents regarding Cyprus Ship Supply
Cyprus Customs Code

  The Danish member of OCEAN is the
  Dansk Skibsleverandor Forening
  Danish Ship Supply Association

Member of the OCEAN Working Group Customs & Taxation: Mr. Michael Kristensen



The Estonia member of OCEAN is the Eesti Laevavarustajate Uhing
The Estonia Shipsuppliers Association


The Belgian member of OCEAN is the
Koninklijke Belgische Beroepsvereniging der Scheepsbevoorraders
Union Professionnelle Royale Belge des Approvisionneurs de Navires
Royal Belgian Shipsuppliers Association



Association Webpage:

The Royal Belgian Shipsuppliers Association (Koninklijke Belgische Beroepsvereniging der Scheepsbevoorraders) commemorates 70 years of valuable and important service in November 2010.

The Association is fondly remembered as one of the founding fathers of OCEAN, the European Shipsupply Organization and ISSA, the International Ship Suppliers Association and during its long and illustrious history has served its members and the ship supply industry well. Whether it was supervising the distribution of rationed goods intended for ship supplies just after the war or negotiating the ship suppliers’ stance relating to Value Added Tax in 1968, the Royal Belgian Shipsuppliers Association has been there. So effective and impressive has the work of the association been over the years, that in February 1990 King Boudewijn of Belgium recognised its work by bestowing it with the title of Royal Association. More information on the Association´s webpage:

The Latvian member of OCEAN is the Latvian Ship Suppliers Association


The Maltese member of  OCEAN is the
Malta Ship Suppliers Association



The Dutch member of OCEAN is the Nederlandse Vereniging van Scheepsleveranciers - the Dutch Ship Suppliers Association



Nederlandse Vereniging van Scheepsleveranciers

Postbus 147
3220 AC Hellevoetsluis




+31 8778 40127


+31 8483 26780





The Finnish member of OCEAN is the Suomen Laivakauppiaitten Yhdistys r.y., the Finnish Shipsuppliers Association.

Interview with Matti Kokkala (courtesy of The Ship Supplier ISSUE 28)

How did you get into ship supply and what contributions and skills do you bring to ISSA?
In 1919 my grandfather Albert Ottonen started a shipchandlery company in Uuras near Vyborg (which is in Russia today) but after the Second World War the family moved the business to Rauma on the west coast of Finland until it was sold in 1976. I started a year later as a salesman in Rauma and became branch manager in 1980. By 1994 I had joined ME Group Ltd’s perishable goods division as a director. I became managing director of the ME Group Ab (Sweden) in 2002.
I have been a board member of the Finnish Ship Suppliers Association since 1995 and president since 1996. Joining the ISSA board in 1996, I and was elected an ISSA Executive Vice President in 2002. I have been an OCEAN board member since 1995. What skills do I bring to ISSA? I am a realist and have a broad vision and understanding of the Scandinavian Ship Supply market. I started my ship supply career with cargo vessels but now run a businesses with a broad clientele (cargo vessels, passenger
ships, diplomatics, export etc).

How important is OCEAN it and how does it dovetail with ISSA?
Like all associations, it gives you just as much as you are prepared to put in. OCEAN is not all about meetings as there is a lot of background work going on as well. It is a vital component of the European Ship Suppliers industry when it comes to debating and advising on common elements such a Brussels. It makes life a lot easier when we can have an active input into the legislation. OCEAN enjoys extremely good relations with ISSA which has long supported it and will hopefully continue to do so in the future.

History of the Finnish Shipsuppliers Association (from THE SHIPSUPPLIER Edition 28)
Trying to forge an existence as a ship supplier just after the Second World War was not an easy one so when seven Finnish ship supply companies gathered together in Helsinki in 1946 to establish the Finnish Ship Suppliers Association they must have wondered how they would have coped. "In those days ship supply was a tough industry," said Matti Kokkala, chairman of the Finnish Ship Suppliers Association. "There was shortage of everything and the companies were mainly small
family businesses. To put it into context, it was difficult to travel to the capital for a few days for a meeting and to then be ready to sit to the same table with your fiercest competitor for the first time must have taken a lot of courage and foresight," he added. But the deed was done and these forward-looking gentlemen managed to establish the association that operates so successfully today. But what was the reason behind the move: what prompted them to take this momentous step?

Well according to Matti, there were three main reasons:
• better possibilities to purchase fresh meat for ships provision
• possibility to invoice transportation costs from the vessels
• contact point when working with the authorities

Now 60 years on (2006), while the strategy plans may have altered somewhat and the membership changed, the association is still operating on behalf of its members. As Matti pointed out: "We still worry about those three very important factors our forefathers pointed out." The Ship Supply business is very different today that it was all those years ago. We now talk about logistics and just-in-time and specialised warehousing; everything must be as effective as it can be to be able to survive. Ships are modern, there is only a limited crew onboard and with ship turnround times crucial, harbour times for only a couple of hours. Inquiries and orders come and go via satellites, everything must be just as the customer ordered. But we wouldn´t have it any other way. One of the bedrocks of out members´ business is the passenger traffic to our neighbouring countries. Last year 9.7 million passengers travelled between Finland and Sweden and 6.1 million to Estonia. Another important vessel sector are the traditional cargo ships that regularly visit Finnish ports: as many as 40,209 ships visited our ports last year. During the last few years we have also had a lot of transit deliveries to Russian destination, especially new cars.

When talking about Finland, you have to remember that we are almost an island, with all cargo coming and going by sea. The FSSA has been active in a number of important areas over the years. Besides the fact that we have built up close contacts with the local authorities and other interest groups we are active members of ISSA and OCEAN, attending their meetings on a regular bases.




The Swedish member of OCEAN is the Sveriges Skeppshandlareförbund -
The Swedish Ship Suppliers Association.




The French member of OCEAN is the Syndicat National des Approvisionneurs de Navires (SNAN)- French Ship Suppliers Association

The German member of  OCEAN is the Verband Deutscher Schiffsausrüster e.V. -  German Ship Suppliers Association

The GERMAN SHIPSUPPLIERS ASSOCIATION represents the interests of the ship supply industry and the companies involved in tax-free trade throughout Germany vis-à-vis all government authorities; it advises and informs members on all commercial issues, informs them on current topics in its newsletters, and endeavours to improve the knowledge of the general public on ship supplying, and to enhance the good reputation of the German ship suppliers. It, therefore, attaches great importance to the membership of reputed companies with a long tradition and experience in the business. The Association was founded in 1947 in Hamburg, and is still based there today.

At present there are some 150 ship supply companies in Germany, the vast majority being members of the German Shipsuppliers Association. Membership includes general suppliers, technical suppliers, wholesalers and manufacturers of electronics, food, beverages, tobacco and luxury goods, duty-free shops and owners of cruise ships and excursion liners. Most members operate small and medium size businesses, employing between 10 and 30 people; the largest companies have more than 100 employees.

Many of the German ship supply companies have been established for decades, and some are more than 100 years old, having survived all the difficulties throughout that period. As ship operation becomes more technical and more automated, ship supply is getting more and more complicated too, and that has led to further specialisation. At the same time, this development gives ship suppliers an increasingly important role to play as specialised traders, giving an extremely wide range of services for maritime transport. Ship suppliers have become an indispensable element in port operations.

Please find more information on the Association´s web site

Membership of OCEAN is open to national ship supply organisations within the European Union and individual ship supply companies if no national organisation exsist. For more details about membership within OCEAN, contact the Secretariat. OCEAN also cooperates with ship supply associations in candidate countries for EU membership and involves them in its work.