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October 14
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

IBIA Biofuels Training Course

October 14 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

IBIA is pleased to collaborate with Argus as a supporting Association for the Argus Biofuels Europe Conference & Exhibition in London on 15-17 October 2024 and will deliver the IBIA Biofuels Training Course on 14 October 2024. 

This course will look at the technical, operational, regulatory and economic issues behind the adoption of Bio based marine fuels.

The first session will cover the general rationale behind all of the forseen alternative fuels for motor ships. This will be followed by a general look at the menu of Bio based fuels and the regulatory background. The afternoon sessions will cover FAME, HVO, Bio Methane and Bio Methanol in more detail, including remarks on quality, quantities and relative storage space to other alternative fuels. The afternoon will  conclude with the discussion of  the IMO shift to Well to Wake (or Life Cycle Assessment), the economics of alternative fuels and some predictions on the medium term developments.

Venue: Queen Elizabeth 2 Centre

Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE, United Kingdom

Course Director

Nigel Draffin served at sea as an engineer with Shell from 1966, coming ashore in 1979 working in the Shell International Marine’s New Building, Research and Operations departments where for 10 years he was responsible for the bunker purchase for the whole of the Shell fleet.  In 1996 he moved to Bunker broking, first at Gibsons then at LQM Petroleum Services where he was Technical Manager before retiring in 2015. He has sailed on and supervised the construction and operation of bulk carriers, oil tankers and gas carriers. He has acted as a consultant on technical issues for over 25 years and. He given expert opinions and is a supporting member of LMAA. A founder member of the International Bunker Industry Association serving as Chairman in 2012, and most recently as Treasurer (2022). He was re-elected to the Board in 2023 and became Treasurer again from April 2024. He was one of the authors of the JIP preparing the Guide to safe operation with 0.50% sulphur fuels (2019) and presented at the Ad hoc Expert GHG workshop in December 2023. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. He is the course director of the Petrospot bunkering courses and has presented many courses on bunkering  topics for IBIA, Malta Maritime, Gibraltar Port Operators and many others. He is a regular presenter at bunker conferences. He has written 13 books on Bunkering and Shipping published by Petrospot.