Here you will find all the relevant information about our organization, our industry, and the European policy environment in which our industry operates. I am especially proud of the regular News Articles written by our membership, covering a wide range of interesting topics. They keep you informed about our vibrant industry, what we do and who we are. What's even better, as our webpage is mobile enabled, you can read about OCEAN anywhere, anytime.
On 14 June 2016 we celebrated our 40th anniversiary in Brussels. It was 1976 that we came together to raise awareness of our industry and particularities. It was a special event, which we will remember for a long time to come. I welcome you to join us on our journey!
Happy Surfing and Happy Birthday OCEAN!
OCEAN - Chairman
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.