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Nı́colas Henrique Marques Esperança De Souza is Young Ship Agent/Broker 2022

FONASBA has announced Nı́colas Henrique Marques Esperança De Souza, of Wilhelmsen Port Services in Santos, Brazil as the winner of its Young Ship Agent or Broker Award for 2022.

His paper was entitled “A Technical Analysis of the Key Element Behind Ship Operations: Husbandry Services, Under the Remote Centralisation Scope”.

Nicolas is the second winner of the Award from Brazil, following the first recipient, Renan Queiroz from Fortaleza. Previous winners were based in Australia, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, and Spain.

The Award was introduced in 2015 with the aim of encouraging members of the ship agency and ship broking profession aged 40 or younger to further their academic and practical training and education by researching and writing a thesis-standard paper on a maritime-related subject of their choice.

The 2022 Award’s five entries were reviewed and judged by FONASBA Past President Aziz Mantrach of Morocco, Dorte Bisgaard, and Mark Brattman of prize sponsor BIMCO and ITIC, and Capt. Jakov Karmelić, FONASBA’s Vice President for Education.

Announcing the winner, Mr. Mantrach said “My colleagues and I really appreciated the entry, it was just the type of paper we looked forward to receiving. We were particularly interested in the hypothesis that the Remote Centralization of Husbandry Services (RCHS) would be the revolution for husbandry services coordination, utilizing scale advantage and introductions to new digital solutions, ensuring effectiveness. That it did not forget to mention the need to develop ESG business principles was also noteworthy”.

Mr. Mantrach also expressed FONASBA’s gratitude to prize sponsors BIMCO and ITIC for their ongoing support for the Award.

Young Ship Agent or Broker 2022 - Nı́colas Henrique Marques Esperança De SouzaAcknowledging his award, Mr. Henriques said “I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to participate in YABA 2022 and to all parties involved in this award who made this possible.

At the age of 23, I can say this is one of the greatest professional achievements I have ever had.

I am very proud to be the second winner from Brazil and the first of Wilhelmsen group worldwide”.

The other entrants for the 2022 Award were:

  • Amina Atmani, Wilhelmsens Algiers
  • Ralston Edema, GAC, Bahrain
  • Kostas Politis, ARKAS Hellas, Piraeus
  • Thiago Santos, UNIGROUP, Santos

Shipping and Freight Resource congratulates Nı́colas Henrique Marques Esperança De Souza on this achievement and also to other nominees. 


FONASBA is the only organisation representing the global ship agency and ship broking professions. Established in 1969 it now has 78 members in 65 countries, including all major maritime and trading nations. Its remit is to “promote and protect the professions of ship agency and ship broking worldwide”, a task which it undertakes through dialogue with its member associations and its consultative status with IMO, UNCTAD, UNCITRAL and the World Customs Organisation, as well with the European Commission and other regional bodies.

FONASBA also enjoys reciprocal memberships with the Baltic Exchange, BIMCO, the Comité Maritime International, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, the International Port Community Systems Association, indemnity insurer ITIC and the Shipbrokers’ Register and works closely with all other maritime sector bodies, both internationally and in Europe. www.fonasba.com

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