IBIA activities to shape the bunker industry in 2022

IBIA activities to shape the bunker industry in 2022

2021 was a year that taught us a lot, we became more knowledgeable and stronger

During 2021, we managed to connect more than 2,000 industry stakeholders, IBIA members and non-members, through our online conferences, training courses, members meetings and networking events. 

In January we organised the ‘Alternative Fuels in the Maritime Industry’ webinar in collaboration with the UK Chamber of Shipping. In February, we arranged for an online version of the IBIA Annual Dinner. We launched a two-part conference series;  ‘Bunkering & Shipping in Transition’ focusing on Europe, Middle East and Americas.

In November we put together one of our most successful Annual Conventions to date with the presence of the IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, who delivered a keynote speech and over 60 experts covering the most crucial issues of the industry. We also co-organised the ‘Fostering Bunkering Opportunities’ conference with Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) in collaboration with CELERO, including an IBIA Bunkering Training Course in Mauritius (our first physical event of the year).

We conducted surveys amongst members to help us improve our services, understand and meet your needs, and the Events working group met regularly to bring the agenda forward.

We continue running our online IBIA Bunkering Training Course (14 modules) as well as the new IBIA Basic Training Course for beginners.

We will also continue to run IBIA Members Meetings, conducted under the Chatham House rule, where our members have the opportunity to talk openly with other industry stakeholders.

A huge thanks to all our event sponsors during 2021: Shell, Peninsula, Intertek Lintec, Bunker Metric, BunkerChain, Helmsmam, ClearLynx, Nereus, Seahawk, Inatech, Bunker Metric, Cockett Marine Oil, Bunker One, Island Oil Holdings, Methanol Institute, Simms Showers, Starbulk SA, Petrol Ofisi and the Turkish Chamber of Shipping. Of course thanks also go to our media partner Ship & Bunker and our exhibitors: AMSOL, Prime’s Bunkersplus Services, Termoil and Terpel as well as to our supporting associations and media sponsors

All of the above has shown that regardless of the difficulties we all have faced in 2021, our industry, our community wants to keep connecting on a regular basis.

Saying that, we are pleased to announce that we have created an online Networking Members Platform that will enable our members to connect effectively with one another and being an active member to our community. The purpose of this networking platform is for industry experts to support each other both locally and internationally, collaborate and share knowledge and experience.  You can get to know IBIA members by using the IBIA Networking Platform to send messages, request a meeting and/or conduct a video call.  You can search for IBIA members by name, company, service or country. It is that simple. For those who wish to be part of this community, you can get in touch with us and become an IBIA member today.

Our events agenda for 2022 starts with the IBIA Annual Dinner 2022, which we are proud to host at the luxurious Grosvenor House in Park Lane in London, on 21th February 2022, after 2 years of absence due to Covid restrictions. The only way to start London’s IP week, is with our sold-out IBIA Annual Dinner; a well-established fixture in the bunker industry’s calendar. The high level of support and attendance received for this year’s event is overwhelming, which reflects the growth of the bunkering industry and the need to get back to together, physically. IBIA would like to extend its thanks to our Gold Sponsor Island Oil and Sea Crown Services,  our Silver sponsor Gulf Petrol Supplies, our Bronze sponsors ExxonMobil, Metcore and S&P Global Platts, our Supporters Amsol, Bunker Holding, Energy Petrol, Total, Terpel and Simms Showers as well as our advertising sponsors Petro Inspect and Propeller Fuels. 

Our next physical Conference ‘Going to Clean Ship Future’ powered by the Turkish Chamber of Shipping will take place in Istanbul, Turkey on 22nd June.  It will be a full day industry conference, which will host experts covering crucial topics such as Clean Shipping & Decarbonisation, Emission Control Areas (ECAs) designated under MARPOL Annex VI & New Regulations, Alternative Fuels, and EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) followed by a gala dinner.

Shortly after Turkey, we will host the IBIA Mediterranean Energy and Shipping Conference in Malta on 13th September, Prominent speakers will explore the benefits of green alternatives and environmental technologies which will carry the bunkering industry into the future and beyond.

Malta’s Maritime history stretches back over 7000 years. Its strategic location has meant that it always played a central role in shipping and trade in the region. The arrival of the Navy of the Knights of St. John in 1530 saw that Malta’s role as a shipping hub was forever established and this has gone from strength to strength right up to the present day. Hope to see you in Malta.

As we approach the end of 2022, the IBIA Annual Convention 2022 will take place on 15-17 November in Houston, USA. The need to reduce emissions of air pollutants like SOx and NOx has been driving the industry toward new types of cleaner-burning fuels. Going forward, the decarbonisation drive will have an even bigger impact. Which alternative fuels are currently in favour? How long will LNG remain part of the picture? When will we see the first large zero-carbon cargo ships, and how long will it take for these ships to become the majority? Join industry experts introducing what we should expect in the years ahead, how the new fuels will work in engines and what preparation needs to be done for the zero-carbon transition.

Should you wish to attend, speak or sponsor any of the above events please email me at sofia.konstantopoulou@ibia.net

For more information and how to secure your place in the above events, visit:


By joining IBIA you will become part of a global network of bunker industry experts who collectively form the world’s leading authority on bunkers. Not only will you have access to a wealth of information and insight (we publish newsletters and industry updates on current issues) which offer pragmatic advice for managing the industry’s challenges; members also have the potential to shape and influence both international and local legislation. Who is attending our activities: Shipowners Ship Managers, Refiners, Shipping Agents, Independent Suppliers, Bunker Traders, Storage & Blending, Law Firms, Credit and Finance Firms, Testing Agencies, Brokers, Major Oil Companies, Barge Operators, Oil Companies, Shipping Agents, Lubricant Suppliers, Charterers, Fuel Distributors, Bunkering Services.

Make sure you are part of this voice! If you and your company wishes to join the IBIA community, participate in the members meetings, actively contribute to our working groups, attend conferences and training courses, you can become an individual or corporate member now! You can access all information on our website www.ibia.net.

Get in touch with us at ibia@ibia.net

Sofia Konstantopoulou

Global Head of Marketing & Events

T: +30 6986 624 069

M: +44(0)7531 918 914

E: sofia.konstantopoulou@ibia.net

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