IBIA achieved NGO consultative status with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2005. This gives IBIA the right to attend IMO meetings to represent our industry’s interests and provide relevant expertise to IMO’s work and deliberations.
We continuously scrutinise IMO proceedings on all matters affecting our members to ensure that the interests of the bunker industry are heard. IBIA is active at the IMO through written submissions, interventions from the floor and participation in working groups during IMO meetings. We also take part in IMO Correspondence Groups to progress work on agenda items between meetings.
IBIA keeps an eye on a broad range of IMO issues and attends several meetings every year. The Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Maritime Safety Committee are the main meetings that deal with subjects of relevance to the bunkering industry. We also attend a number of IMO sub-committee meetings, in particular PPR (Pollution Prevention and Response), to monitor and provide input to developments of relevance to IBIA members.