Formed in 1992, IBIA has a worldwide membership across the bunker industry value chain, including ship owners, bunker suppliers, traders, brokers, testing and surveyor companies, credit reporting companies, lawyers, port authorities & journalists. It provides an international forum to address the issues and concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry. IBIA promotes improved knowledge and standards in the industry and seeks to involve, motivate and engage with its members through events, working groups and information to ensure mutual learning and understanding. IBIA also lobbies for effective, pragmatic and workable regulations. It has consultative NGO status at the IMO and is present at all meetings of MEPC, MSC & relevant sub-committees.
IBIA represents the industry at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a consultative non-governmental organisation. IBIA was represented on the Expert Panel in 2007 which reported to IMO about the implications of proposed revisions to MARPOL Annex VI. IBIA attends all meetings of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) and a number of Sub-Committees.
IBIA has also been granted “liaison status” with the International Standards Organisation (ISO). This enables IBIA to contribute to discussion regarding ISO 8217 and ISO 13739.
Aims of the Association
- To provide an international forum for bunker industry issues
- To represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with national and international policy makers, legislators and other groups and bodies
- To review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation
- To increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry
- To provide services and facilities for members and others as the Board shall from time to time consider appropriate
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