A new chapter
IBIA Asia resumes activities after transition period.
It has been a few months of change for IBIA Asia – we moved out of our previous office premises, we had significant staff movements: Hello! I am Siti, the new Regional Manager for IBIA Asia, taking over from Alex Tang.
As our members may be aware, Alex Tang and Noraini Salim, IBIA Asia’s Office Manager who have been holding the fort for IBIA Asia over the past few years, left in April 2022. I would like to thank them for their services during their time with IBIA Asia and wish them all the best in their new endeavours.
Just a quick introduction of myself – I joined IBIA in July 2022, after more than 10 years with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA). At SSA, I held several different roles, including being the Secretary for the SSA Marine Fuels Committee, Mass Flow Meters Sub-Committee and Alternative Marine Fuels Sub-Committee. During the Covid-19 pandemic, I was also privileged to be part of a working group which led operational initiatives to facilitate crew change and seafarers’ vaccination in the Port of Singapore.
I am humbled to be given the opportunity to be part of IBIA during this time, where the future of fuels and energy is on the cusp of change. Collaboration between stakeholders is key during this time and I look forward to learn and work together with our members to find focused and practical solutions to meet the industry’s future needs. Whilst finding solutions to future demand is important, the transition between now and then is of equal importance and I hope that’s something we won’t lose sight of.
I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we paused conducting our courses during the transition period.
I am pleased to share that we are planning to restart our 2-Days Basic Bunkering Course (SS 600:2014 & SS 648:2019) and 2-Days Advanced Bunkering Course (SS 600:2014 & SS 648:2019) in August and September respectively. More details will be shared shortly via emails and on our website.
I would like to assure all of you that our courses remain a priority to us at IBIA Asia as much as it is for the industry, and our trainers are ready to share their knowledge and experience with people from the industry – existing and new.
I’m sure many of you will be pleased to note that after a hiatus caused by the pandemic, the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) is back as a physical event for the first time since. This biennial conference, to be held on 4-7 October 2022, is one of the world’s largest marine fuel events; and managed to attract more than 2,000 participants from across the globe at the last in-person SIBCON back in 2018.
Over the years, IBIA has been a strong supporter of SIBCON and it is no different this year – IBIA will be well-represented on the list of speakers over the three-day event!
In conjunction with SIBCON, I am pleased to share that IBIA is looking to bring back the golf event. We are still firming up the details and will keep members updated. Do keep a lookout for our updates! I look forward to meeting you, our members, during SIBCON, if not before!
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me should you wish to have a chat about the work of IBIA, our membership, or just to say hello!
Siti Noraini Zaini
Regional Manager, IBIA Asia
T: +65 6472 0916