IBIA hosts reception preceding Posidonia

IBIA hosts reception preceding Posidonia

IBIA hosted a distinguished reception in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, 2 June, at the Official Residence of the South African Embassy. This event provided a remarkable opportunity for the global bunker industry to convene and for IBIA to strengthen its ties with members and the shipping and marine energy industries who travelled to attend the Posidonia exhibition.

The reception was graced by the presence of Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, underscoring the international significance of the gathering.

The sponsors of the reception were: Agataz Energy, Coral, FECO – Salalah Oman, Oilmar and Sohar – Port and Freezone.

IBIA will return to Athens later this year, to host its Annual Convention from 5-7 November. This event is a cornerstone for the global bunker and shipping industry, promising insightful discussions and networking opportunities.

‘We remain committed to IBIA’s expansion plans in all decision-making centers regarding the future of the marine energy industry represented by IBIA. Only through the participation of our members and the synergies we create will this vast industry be able to decisively influence growth. I deeply thank the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa for her hospitality, kind words and the opportunity to learn about the relevant plans and aspirations of South Africa.’ Constantinos Capetanakis, IBIA Chair, and Bunker Director of Star Bulk.

‘As bunkers are relevant to shipping more than ever, it is only natural for IBIA to actively participate and be present in Posidonia, a global shipping event.  We are privileged that her Excellency the Ambassador of South Africa, provided her residence to welcome the maritime community and form stronger networking ties between shipping and the bunkers & energy industries.’  Alexander Prokopakis, Executive Director

‘To meet the requirements to develop, maintain and expand South Africa’s status as a maritime nation, programmes such Operation Phakisa (our Presidential Oceans Economy Programme) have been implemented to stimulate maritime awareness amongst South Africans. Given the volume of shipping off the coast, South African ports are ideally poised to offer a wide range of services including ship repair, stores and crew change facilities. South Africa is the strategic African hub for maritime operations in the South-South trade corridor from Asia to the East Coast of South America, and for the connector routes along the East and West Coast of Africa.’ Dr Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela, Ambassador of South Africa to the Hellenic Republic.

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) represents the global bunker industry and provides a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and advocacy.

About the Embassy of South Africa:

The Embassy of South Africa aims to advance and promote collaboration between Greece’s Maritime Sector and the South African maritime industry focusing on maritime higher education and training, Cadetship and employment, Research and innovation, Maritime administration, Marine manufacturing, Shipping decarbonisation, and new business development.

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