FOSFA’s Educational Activities in 2017

FOSFA’s residential Trade Education programmes held at the Royal Holloway University of London in Surrey once again received continuing support from the membership with 23 delegates, representing 13 countries, attending the Middle Managers Course in June, and 61 delegates, representing 17 countries, attending the Basic Introductory Course in September.

The Middle Managers Course covered a variety of topics presented by experienced speakers coming from different sectors in the trade and services. The week-long course gave the delegates an insight into shipping and shipping market conditions, maritime and documentary fraud, piracy, an update on contracts, flexitanks, arbitration and handling compliance from a superintendent’s perspective.

Mr David Jackson, of LMC International, provided an afternoon session on “Where are Agricultural Prices Heading?”, which attracted the full attention of the audience, and Mr David Mielke, of Oil World, gave a full-on presentation on the “Fundamentals of the Veg Oil and Biofuels Market”, extending into “future challenges, risks and opportunities”. Both presentations were very informative and highly regarded by the delegates.

With the aim of assessing the delegates’ efforts and achievements during the course, the delegates were assigned a course project. This year’s project addressed the effects of globalisation on our trade, and the pros and cons of the evolving dominance in today’s market structures.

Middle Managers Course – June 2017 

The Basic Introductory Course provided delegates with the elementary aspects relating to international trade of oilseeds, oils and fats, covering contracts, contract documentation, shipping, trade finance, technical matters and dispute resolution (arbitration).

Delegates took part in interactive and group exercises, including a much enjoyed mock appeal. Delegates also received presentations from Ms Renee van Schijndel, of Croda Industrial Chemicals, giving a detailed introduction into oleochemicals and Mr Svend Foyn-Bruun, of Odfjell, on the shipping market from an owner’s perspective.

Basic Introductory Course – September 2017

Delegates on this course underwent assessment exercises so that their progress of learning could be evaluated.

The culmination of the delegates’ efforts on both the June Course and the September Course was celebrated at an Award Ceremony Luncheon, held at the impressive Tallow Chandlers Hall in the City of London in October, where winners able to attend from each course were presented with certificates for their achievements by the Master of the Company, Mr James Long.

The 2017 award winners were –

Middle Managers Course

Mr Maarten Lamers (Noba Vital Lipids) – Tallow Chandler’s Gold Medal Winner
Miss Anne Kathrin-Pahlau (ADM Germany GmbH)
Miss Eugenia Oribe (Fit Firtensol Independent Company)
Mr Hasan Ozkan (Elita Gida San Ve Tic AS)
Mr Barry Howard (ADM (UK) Ltd)
Miss Ferawaty (IOI Global Services Sdn Bhd)
Mr Mikkel Rosgaard Wenoe (AAK Denmark AS)
Miss Juliana Yeo (Neste Singapore Pte Ltd)

Basic Introductory Course

Mr Sean Allen (ADM Erith Ltd)
Mr Denny Cobianchi (FEDIOL)
Mr Vuk Kopanja (ADM Erith Ltd)
Miss Catherine Lefevre (Sogoscol FR SA)
Miss Ashley Hu (Constitution Global Exports)
Mrs Chiara Petrocchi (Bertuccelli Mediazioni Srl)
Miss Laura Verstelle (Vopak Terminal Vlaardingen BV)

Award Winners 2017 

It is increasingly looking as though only the Basic Introductory Course will be programmed in 2018 (September), with a change of emphasis for the mid-year course (to be rebranded the Advanced Course) being scheduled for 2019 and then held every other year thereafter.

The provisional dates for the September course are Sunday 9 – Friday 14 September, to be once again held at the Royal Holloway University, in Surrey, UK (and a relatively short distance from London Heathrow Airport).

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