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With the official launch of this website on 1 January 2016 we also kick off 40th anniversiary celebrations. It was 1976 that we came together to raise awareness of our industry and particularities. I hope you can join us for our celebratory event which is scheduled for the summer, exactly 40 years after our first Board meeting.
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.
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.
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.
The OCEAN Board will also prepare for OCEAN 40th anniversary in 2016. Vice-Chair Dirk Cupido commented: "Since the Board met last, important decisions have been taken in the European Union and proposals published! The Board will carefully examine the Union Customs Code and assess the impact for ship supply".
A new OCEAN Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer will also be elected for the years 2016-2017.