Celebrating 30 years of progress

Celebrating 30 years of progress

Marking our 30th anniversary, we reflect on the year’s milestones, fostering innovation and shaping the future of the industry in 2023.

In February, the IBIA Secretariat and its Board of Directors took the opportunity to express their heartfelt appreciation to our members and their guests at the IBIA Annual Dinner 2023. The dinner which celebrated our 30-year anniversary, welcomed over 1,000 attendees to an enchanting evening at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The dinner’s success can be attributed to the generous support of our members and sponsors, including Sing Fuels, Arte Bunkering, BP Marine, Sea Crown Services DMCC, Gulf Petrol Supplies, O Bunkering, Green Fuels, Zero North, Baseblue, Drumo Coin, Petro Inspect, Propeller Fuels, Reseaworld, and Terpel. In addition, our invaluable partnership with media partners contributed to a delightful and memorable evening.

The Annual Dinner served as a platform for industry professionals to celebrate the IBIA’s milestones and reflect on the future of the bunker industry. The strong turnout and positive atmosphere demonstrated the unwavering commitment and unity of IBIA’s members, instilling confidence in the continued growth and evolution of the industry in the years to come.

Just a few weeks ago we hosted the IBIA Mediterranean Energy and Shipping Conference in Genoa, Italy. The conference brought together industry leaders and experts from across the region to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Mediterranean bunker industry. Delegates included shipowners, bunker suppliers, port operators, and regulators, who participated in panel discussions and a delightful dinner held at the Villa lo Zerbino.

One of the highlights of the conference was the session hosted by IBIA’s Chair, Timothy Cosulich when Soren Toft, CEO of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) provided his insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the shipping industry.  His informative and thought-provoking comments and presence at the conference underscored the importance of collaboration and dialogue between industry leaders.

The conference covered a range of topics relevant to the industry, including the regulatory landscape, bunker fuel quality, and the latest developments in sustainable fuels. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from leading experts and discuss the challenges facing the industry in a collaborative setting. The conference was a great success and demonstrated the value of bringing together industry leaders to discuss important issues facing the industry.

In addition to our physical events, IBIA is committed to providing our members with access to online resources and events. The upcoming IBIA Member meeting will focus on training in the bunker industry and promoting diversity in the workforce. This member meeting is an important opportunity for members to discuss these important topics and share best practices for promoting a diverse and skilled workforce in the industry.

We are also excited to announce the upcoming IBIA Convention in Dubai. This event will bring together industry leaders from around the globe to discuss the latest developments and challenges in the bunker industry. The convention will feature panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities that will help to foster collaboration and innovation in the industry. We encourage all stakeholders in the industry to join us in Dubai for what promises to be a valuable and productive event.

In addition to our events, IBIA is also committed to providing our members with access to a range of online resources. These resources include industry news, training materials, and working groups. IBIA is committed to promoting collaboration and innovation in our industry and is working hard to provide our members with these resources. 

Finally, we would like to highlight the success of our recent IBIA Americas Town Hall Meeting. This virtual event brought together the IBIA Americas Regional board, members and industry players from across the Americas to discuss the latest developments and challenges faced in the Americas bunker industry. The meeting was a great success and demonstrated the value of online events in promoting collaboration and innovation in the industry.

We are committed to providing our members and industry with access to valuable resources and events that promote collaboration and innovation in the bunker industry. From physical events like the recent Mediterranean Energy and Shipping Conference to online resources and events, we are working to provide our members with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in this ever-changing industry. We encourage all members to stay engaged and participate in the many events and resources available through IBIA.

We want to express our heartfelt appreciation for your steadfast commitment and enduring support. Your remarkable contributions have made the start of 2023 an outstanding one, marked by the launch of numerous successful initiatives. As we move forward, we are excited to sustain this momentum of success and advancement. We are confident that, united, we will continue to drive innovation and growth in the bunker industry. Thank you for your loyalty and for being a vital part of our continued progress.

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Tahra Sergeant
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