European Ship Suppliers Organization

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Lobbying Costs

25,000€ - 49,999€

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.5 Fte (2)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Ship Suppliers Organization   (OCEAN)

    EU Transparency Register

    52916966911-90 First registered on 08 Oct 2011

    Goals / Remit

    OCEAN – the European Ship Suppliers Organization - is the voice of the Ship Supplying Industry of Europe. Founded in 1976 under the French Title: “Organisation de la Communauté Européenne des Avitailleurs de Navires”, today OCEAN concentrates its work on achieving an optimum business climate for European Ship Suppliers and on strengthening the competitiveness of the industry as a whole.

    Our Organization plays an important role in creating better understanding of the Ship Supply industry in Europe. Our organization is committed to transparent and open communication and inclusive dialogue between our members and European policy-makers.

    Today, we represent many hundreds of Ship Chandlers who supply a wide range of goods to several hundred thousands ships annually in most of the 1,200 merchant ports throughout the 70,000 km of the European coastline. Ship Suppliers provide a 24-hour service throughout the year and are an essential element of modern maritime trade and a vibrant (...)

    Main EU files targeted

    Customs (Union Customs Code - Delegated/Implementing Acts), VAT, Trade, Export controls


    Head Office
    The Baltic Exchange, 1 St Mary Axe
    London EC3A 8BH
    EU Office
    Rue de la Loi, 81A 4th floor
    Brussels 1040


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    The office in Brussels employs 3 part-time people to be directly or indirectly in charge of representing OCEAN including the Secretary General, the Policy Advisor, and secretarial/administrative support.

    The Organization has two secretariats: in London (office for the administration and the running of the organisation) and in Brussels (our European affairs and advocacy office). The Administrative Secretary in London is Mr Sean Moloney ( and the Secretary General in Brussels is Dr Karsten Maier (

    OCEAN is also a Committee of ISSA - the International Shipsupply and Services Association - recognising the global nature of our trade.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Trade and business associations

  • Networking


    - OCEAN is a Committee of ISSA (International Shipsuppliers & Services Association)

    - OCEAN is a member of the Trade Contact Group (TCG) of the European Commission.

    - OCEAN entertains informal business relations with other trade associations of the TCG and participates in the International Trade Committee of Eurocommerce.

    - OCEAN takes part in SAGMaS - the advisory group of DG TREN on Maritime Security.

    - OCEAN takes part in LANDSEC - the EU expert group for land transport security of DG MOVE.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Promotes their own interests or the collective interests of their members

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    25,000€ - 49,999€

    Major contributions in closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for closed year

    None declared

    Intermediaries for current year

    None declared

    Closed year Costs

    25,000€ - 49,999€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    Excise Contact Group #E02806# #Member #C#Finance, Civil society, Employees/workers#Stakeholders Advisory Group on Maritime Security #E01087# #Member #C#Industry#Trade Contact Group#E02134# #Member #C#Industry#Expert Group on Land Transport Security#E02821# #Observer #C#Industry

    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities

    Guidelines for ship supply under Union Customs Code (UCC)

    Other activities

    We are active in the following EU policy areas:

    Treatment of ship supply under European Customs legislation
    European ship supply is greatly affected by European Customs legislation. This is because of the specialized nature of the ship supply operations.

    OCEAN points out that tax and duty-free ship supply are fundamental for European Ship Suppliers and must be maintained. This is important for both excise duties and VAT.

    Export Control
    This is an area which is important to ship suppliers and to the nature of their business.

    Veterinary Issues
    European Ship Suppliers import many goods from third countries to cater for the international crew onboard of vessels. As such, European Ship suppliers are affected by COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 97/78/EC of 18 December 1997 laying down the principles governing the organisation of veterinary checks on products entering the Community from third countries. For OCEAN, it is important to come to a more simplified and flexible legislation by putting the Directive’s contents to the test, notably where it concerns the working environment of our industry (Articles 12 and 13). Items/articles of the Directive which should be rewritten in our opinion include the Storage system, Control & monitoring system, Storage regime EU approved & for transit approved products, Supply to vessels outside EU territory with a veterinary certificate, Missing veterinary certificates, 100% entrepot exit control.

  • Meetings


    1 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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