IBIA’s 2023 begins with a bang!

IBIA’s 2023 begins with a bang!

IBIA’s upcoming events are enjoying an enthusiastic reception, a testament to the trust and support of our members

2023 has started with a great success for the IBIA marketing and events team! Not only are we celebrating our 30-year anniversary, in a record first, the IBIA Annual Dinner for 2023 is fully sold out six weeks prior before the much-anticipated event. They say start the year as you would like it to end and we are thrilled to say that is what has happened.

The much-anticipated IBIA Annual Dinner finds a new home for 2023, at the elegant and modern Park Plaza Westminster Bridge for an unforgettable celebration and black-tie evening shared with just over 1,000 of our members and their guests. As a well-established fixture in the bunker industry’s calendar, we are looking forward to welcoming our valued members and their guests for an evening of networking and sharing our very special anniversary.

We could not have achieved this success without the support of our members as well as the invaluable support from our sponsors, namely Platinum sponsor: Sing Fuels Pte Ltd, Gold sponsors: BP Marine, Arte Bunkering and Sea Crown, Silver sponsors: O Bunkering and Gulf Petroleum Supplies, Bronze sponsors: ZeroNorth and Green Fuels International and our Advertising sponsors: Terpel, Reseaworld, BMS and Drumo Coin.

In April we are hosting the second IBIA Mediterranean Energy and Shipping Conference in Genoa, Italy. We are honoured to have Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa, as well as Paolo Signorini, Chairman of the Genoa Port Authority as our Keynote Speakers. Our agenda is almost complete and the conference will focus on Regional Dynamics, Emission Regulations / Clean Shipping & Decarbonisation, and Financing Bunker operations in current market conditions. A panel will explore the importance of leadership in the bunker industry. We already have several key industry players confirmed as speakers and sponsors and look forward to an information-rich programme. This is definitely one not to be missed! The conference will end with a special gala dinner at the beautiful Villa Lo Zerbino.  

Also in April, there will be the opportunity to join IBIA Asia in Singapore as part of IBIA’s celebration of 30 years as an association. This is IBIA’s most prestigious networking event in Asia and one of the highlights of year.  Following the successful IBIA Asia Annual Dinner 2019, IBIA Asia will be hosting the dinner in Singapore on Thursday, 27 April 2023 at the beautiful Parkroyal Collection, Marina Bay, Singapore.

The IBIA Asia Gala Dinner has been part of the Singapore Maritime Week’s social scene for many years. The highly successful event attracts about 200 players in maritime and bunkering industries, not only from Singapore but also from many countries in the region. The gala dinner has also become an annual social event which the industry looks forward to for a night of toasts, good cheer and gourmet delights.

And here is another date for the diary. The 4th IBIA Africa Conference 2023 will take place in mid-2023 in West Africa. We will be announcing more detail just as this publication hits your desks, so look out for updates soon.

Last but certainly not least, the IBIA Annual Convention 2023 will take place in Dubai on 7-9 November. With the support of a newly formed Middle East Regional Board, chaired by Colin Holloway, Global Head – Technical at Cockett Marine, we look forward to a very successful, informative and well attended Convention.

I echo my colleague Sofia’s sentiment, that we are so very grateful to our members who trust us with their business and to represent our members as the voice of the global bunker industry. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our members, sponsors, speakers and delegates as they help us spread the word to boost our efforts.

It is a great privilege to work alongside you and our Global and Regional Boards, Secretariat, Working Groups and members to further the success of IBIA and I look forward to a very successful 2023 being at your service along with Stefan Tiu, who joined the team for this year while Sofia is on maternity leave.

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Tahra Sergeant
Regional Manager: Africa; Global Marketing and Events
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The above is the IBIA Events & Marketing report for the Q1, 2023 issue of World Bunkering, the official magazine of IBIA.

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