The objects of the Association are to promote the mutual co-operation and assistance in the carrying on of the stevedoring business and activities related thereto.
Members – Special Members Article 4
The Association shall have Members and Associate Members. Any stevedoring organizations of good repute that have corporate personality shall be capable of being Members of the Association. Only the Members shall be Members within the meaning of the Law. Those who have represented a Member within the Association shall be capable of being Associate Members. Associate Members shall have no other rights than the rights that are conferred by or in virtue of the Association’s Articles.
The members are geographically subdivided into three groups, viz
a)the group “Europe”: by which is meant all the Members that have their corporate seat in that Continent and in the part of Africa that is situated north of the equator; b)the group “America”: by which is meant all the Members that have their corporate seat in North and Central America and in the Caribbean area; and c)the group “Southern Hemisphere”: by which is meant all the Members, that have their corporate seat in that area and in the whole of South America and Asia. The place of establishment of a business enterprise shall be determined by the place where it carries on its activities.
Admission Article 6
The General Meeting shall upon the proposal of the Association’s Board resolve on admission to membership. In normal circumstances this article shall in practice be implemented by the Secretariat circulating to all Members their recommendation for membership. In the event that after thirty (30) days no objections have been received, the applicant shall be deemed eligible and become a Member.
Membership will usually be restricted to one member per working area. These working areas to be defined by the Board, subject to ratification by the General Members Meeting. Application for membership from a stevedoring organization operating and carrying on business in an already defined working area will only be given consideration by the Board and will only be agreed to after consultation with a member(s) of the Council from that area. If agreement is reached the procedure of circulating the application to all members of the General Stevedoring Council will then be followed. It is clearly understood that not withstanding the number of members within a working area only one vote per area can be cast.
Termination of membership Article 7
Membership shall terminate:
a)upon the death of the Member or when the corporate body that is a Member ceases to exist;
b)by notice of termination given by a Member;
c)by notice of termination given on behalf of the Association. It shall be competent for such notice to be given when a Member has ceased to satisfy the requirements set for membership by the Association’s Articles; when it does not comply with its obligations vis-à-vis the Association; or when a body corporate that is a Member is wound up, as well as when the Association can reasonably not be expected to allow the membership to continue; the notice of termination shall be given by the Association’s Board.
d)By depriving the Member of its membership. A Member shall only be capable of being pronounced to have been deprived of its membership when it should act in conflict with the Association’s Articles, Rules or resolutions, or if it should cause harm to the Association in an unreasonable way. A notice of termination on behalf of the Association shall be given by the Association’s Board. Notice of termination of membership by a Member or by the Association shall only be capable of being given in writing, to take effect as at the end of the Association’s financial year and subject to due observance of a period of notice of two months. Membership shall, however, be capable of being terminated immediately if the Association or the Member can reasonably not be expected to allow the membership to continue. A notice of termination that is in conflict with what has been provided in the preceding paragraph shall result in the membership being terminated at the earliest date that is allowed, following the date for which notice of termination was given. A Member shall not have power by means of a notice of termination of its membership to defeat a resolution being operative vis à vis itself, whereby the obligations of a financial nature of the Members have been increased. A deprivation of a Member of his membership shall take place by the Association’s Board. Against a resolution to give notice of termination of membership by the Association on the ground that the Association can reasonably not be expected to allow the membership to continue, and against a resolution to deprive a Member of its membership an appeal shall be capable of being noted by the Member concerned to the General Meeting within one month after that Member has received the notification of that resolution. The Member shall in connection therewith as soon as possible be given notice in writing of the resolution with the reasons therefor. During the period that an appeal is capable of being noted and pending an appeal the Member shall be suspended. Should membership terminate in the course of the Association’s financial year, then the annual contribution shall nevertheless remain due payable as a whole. The rights and obligations of a Special Member shall at all times be capable of being mutually terminated by means of a notice of termination, provided however, that the annual contribution relating to the current financial year of the Association shall remain due and payable as a whole.