IBIA’s board members and Secretariat have been busy since our May newsletter, teaching courses, speaking at conferences and other events, and helping to promote IBIA at the Posidonia maritime exhibition.
Much of this activity happened in late May at Petrospot’s Maritime Week Americas (MWA) in Florida, US and at the Platts European Bunker Fuel Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
IBIA board member Eugenia Benavides of Terpel chaired an IBIA Basic Bunker Course in English in connection with MWA 2016. She gave the commercial session, while the technical session was given by Rolando Garzaro from Gt Bunkers Guatemala and the operational session was given by Jose Digeronimo from VT Shipping Panama. Eight delegates were there to benefit from the course. You can see them all in this photo (courtesy of Nigel Draffin).
Three IBIA board members were on the programme at MWA, doing multiple presentations and taking part in a panel. Technical Consultant, Lecturer and Author Nigel Draffin did a keynote presentation on coping with the global sulphur cap and also spoke about ISO 8217: what’s new and why it matters. John Stirling of World Fuel Services spoke bunker measurements and claim trends. The most recent addition to IBIA’s board, Steve Simms of legal firm Simms Showers LLC spoke about the chaos continuing post OW, and the pros and cons of the BIMCO standard bunker contract, and also presented IBIA’s rapid resolution scheme
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Henrik Zederkof of Dan-Bunkering did a keynote presentation at the Platts conference in Rotterdam regarding Europe’s bunkering industry today, while Unni Einemo from IBIA’s Secretariat spoke about the impact of the global sulphur cap, whether it comes in 2020or2025, and the pressures on the industry to cut CO2 emissions in the wake of the Paris climate deal.
While in Rotterdam, Unni was also invited to participate in a video for the Port of Rotterdam. Shot during a river cruise in the port area, the video features interviews with Hapag-Loyd bunker purchaser Norbert Kock, VPS managing director for Europe Ron Pluut, and yours truly. You can see the video at this link: https://youtu.be/a90x6vUYPNk
As you may recall from the May newsletter, IBIA’s Board Member Commodore Bob Sanguinetti, CEO and Captain of the Port of Gibraltar, attended a stand at the huge maritime exhibition Posidonia in Athens, Greece at the start of June. He took the opportunity to speak with bunker suppliers and ship owners/operators about the impact of the global sulphur cap and other industry issues. Board member Mustafa Muhtaroglu of Energy Petrol was also at Posidonia and spoke to many bunkering and shipping professionals about industry issues and IBIA’s role.
As if Nigel didn’t do enough already, he also shared his wisdom at the Portuguese energy firm Galp Energia’s Atlantic Meeting 2016, in Porto in May – as seen in the photo here below.