The Bulgarian Association of Ship Suppliers (BSSA) was established on 24.11.1995 under the name of ASSOCIATION OF BULGARIAN SHIP SUPPLIERS. The aim of the association is to unite and coordinate the interests of traders engaged in the ship supplying; to support and protect the economic interests of the ship suppliers, to assist and support its members in implementing and improving their specific business of servicing ships in Bulgarian ports. BSSA represents the interests of its members in front of the government authorities and institutions, owners and other organizations.

BSSA is a member of ISSA – International Ship Suppliers Association, OCEAN – European Association of Ship Suppliers, BCS – Bulgarian Chamber of Shipping and KRIB – Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria.

The Association was formed in 1955. ISSA is the international association representing nearly 2,000 ship suppliers throughout the world.

We have 40 national associations of ship suppliers as full ISSA members and associate members in 51 other countries where no national association exists.

ISSA members have to undergo a rigorous vetting procedure before gaining admittance. Our members and the goods and services they offer can be found in every major port in the world.

Ship supply is recognised as very much a “relationship” business. To ensure fair trading and best practice ISSA has developed a set of Conditions, which form the basis of any supply contract. To strengthen the relationship between ship supplier and buyer still further, ISSA drew up a Code of Ethics, which Members abide by to ensure the highest standards are applied in day-to-day operations.

BULGARIAN UNION FOR CUSTOMS AND FOREIGN TRADE SERVICES (BUCFTS) is a non-profit organization established in 1995. The Union Is a voluntary. independent. non-political, democratic, professional organization, that unites all antities, which in good faith and in accordance with the Bulgarian legislation offer comprehensive assistance for customs services, foreign trade and exchange of information, which meet the requirements to operate regardless of their nationality, political orientation, religion, race, sex. and capital origin.

The Union has proven the opportunity really to Improve and Integrate the efforts of customs agents in Republic of Bulgaria. The efficiency and professionalism of our members led up to the closure of circle: “client-documentation – administration – customs agency -public warehouses – national information system”. BUCFTS represents the general position of all companies and establish direct link to the state administration, government institutions and organizations.

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Suppliers serve their customers better and find new customers and markets.

ShipServ works with a buyer’s existing ship management software and helps shipowners and managers reduce their OPEX. This typically improves procurement productivity by 30%.

OCEAN – the European Ship Suppliers Organization – is the voice of the ship supply 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 over 750 ship chandlers (more than 250,000 jobs) who supply a wide range of goods to several hundred thousand 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 shipping industry.

IMPA was formed in 1978. Over the past 39 years the association has grown significantly and now represents over 850 members from across the world; ship owners, operators and managers’ account for Purchaser members and manufacturers and ship suppliers make up Supplier members.

The council of IMPA are not paid for their role within the council and the association is run primarily as a ‘not for profit’ organisation seeking to benefit members and their organisations through the creation of industry initiatives and products and services.

Bulgarian national association of shipbuilding and shiprepair (BULNAS) was established at 28.04.2009 as a voluntary non-profit association with objectives to support and represent the interests of shipbuilding and ship repair industry before the state, local and international authorities and administrations as a member of CESA (Community of European Shipyards’ Associations) – since 01.06.2012 SEA Europe asbl (Ship and Maritime Equipment Association).

BULNAS has 46 members, including all shipbuilding and ship repair yards and also other enterprises in the area of marine and offshore business in Bulgaria. BULNAS members employ 4 300 permanent staff and also about 5 000 sub-contractors.

In 2018, we successfully embed the new version of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System to Bureau Veritas Certification.

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