IBIA Asia at Singapore Maritime Week (SWM)
I am writing my report straight after the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) and our IBIA Asia Dinner 2023.
The theme for this year’s SMWI was Ambition Meets Action. It has been a week of whirlwind of thought-provoking discussions and presentations centred around accelerating decarbonisation and digitalisation in the maritime industry.
There’s truly nothing like the hustle and bustle of Singapore Maritime Week where good company, good food, good cheers, and even greater minds and ideas converge.
Held physically for the first time since 2019, I was very pleased to see the overwhelming support for the IBIA Asia Dinner. It was a little less grand than our dinner in London, but I hope our members and guests enjoyed catching up with industry partners and friends at the cosy and intimate setting.
In my opening remarks, I shared with our members the two priorities which I set for myself here in Asia: training and engagement.
When I first joined IBIA nine months ago, one of the top priorities was to resume our training programme. Training remains a key priority for us here at IBIA as we move towards a greener and sustainable future. I spoke about the need for IBIA to work together with our members, and relevant stakeholders, towards talent transformation. That means asking how can we not only train our future manpower but also how can we train our existing people. TThey will need to adaptthe changes that are happening in the bunker industry, especially on the decarbonisation pathway.
We want to be part of your journey, so please do reach out to me to share your thoughts on how we can do so together.
Engagement is another priority I set for myself. Over the past few months I have taken the opportunity to meet some of you, to introduce myself and more importantly, to understand how IBIA can support, and work together with you in this region . I will continue to do just that. It is also crucial, now more than ever, for the industry to be prepared for and face the new challenges associated with a greener and sustainable future. I hope IBIA can be the avenue to that future for our members.
I’d like to express our greatest appreciation once again to our IBIA Asia Dinner sponsors – our gold sponsor, Equatorial Marine Fuels Services Management Ltd and our silver sponsors, Oilmar DMCC and TFG Marine Pte Ltd.
Most importantly, to you, all our members, thank you for your support in our activities in Asia, especially forour courses. We are a small team here in Asia, but we want to be part of your journey so thank you for giving us the opportunity to do so.
I look forward to meeting some you in Dubai in November at our IBIA Annual Convention 2023!
Siti Noraini Zaini
Regional Manager, IBIA Asia
T: +65 6472 0916