A note from Tahra Sergeant – Regional Manager, Africa.
As we enter into the third quarter of 2015, IBIA Africa has successfully supported training in South Africa and the development of a regional Forum in Mauritius to be hosted in October of this year.
We recently held a successful training forum in Cape Town, South Africa at Webber Wentzel’s offices attended by well over 20 candidates. IBIA Africa hosted the Basic Bunkering Course over one and a half days, with classroom based training at Webber Wentzel’s offices and on site Port visit and on site session with the local Port Authority. This is the first time in 3 years that we have run the course and our attendees ranged from First Engineers to Bunker support teams and lawyers. Jon Hughes of SABT, Dian Esterhuyse of Unical and Patrick Holloway of Webber Wentzel took the candidates through the basics of bunkering from the commercial aspect, to the technical side and ending in the reality of claims and disputes. The feedback from the course is encouraging and we look forward to hosting the same course in Durban, South Africa in September this year.
To end the training, we invited the candidates and members to attend a members’ luncheon at the Royal Cape Yacht Club where our esteemed colleague Professor Trevor Jones presented his updated research into the recent decline and potential economic growth of the bunker supply activities in and around Durban Port cluster. To highlight some of the topics covered in Professors Jones’s report:
Why are these BUNKER callers so important …because they SPEND in the local port economy!
- Port’s marine infrastructure;
- TNPA marine services;
- Ships’ agents;
- Ship chandlers and suppliers;
- Transport services (crew transfers etc);
- Occasional ship repair services;
- Medical services etc etc; and of course on
- Ships’ bunkers and barge supply
How might Durban regain its historic role as a bunker port?
- Dedicated berths a challenge, but a strategic item on berth planning radar (competition with repair, hull-cleaning, arrested vessels etc.);
- Berthing more challenging with Pier 1 infill?
- Marine services provision not too shabby?
- At least retention or extension of (small) port dues discount for bunker callers (rethink the 12-hour window?);
- Tug/pilotage incentives? Horizontal equity a problem, but link to cost and berths? – new Regulator perspective
- Address Storage capacity issues
Off the back of a successful regional forum based in Gibraltar, IBIA Africa have been working together with the Mauritius government and CELERO, an independent logistics group based in Mauritius to develop a regional forum. The aim of the event is to highlight the importance of the Mauritius as a bunkering port and to show case what Mauritius has to offer as a port.
Mauritius: A bunkering hub, driving the ocean economy is the title for the Africa forum to take place in October.
The forum sees the Mauritian Government supporting IBIA to produce a regional forum consisting of 2 days training and a 1 and a half day forum culminating in a half day port tour.
The forum will cover subjects such as:
- Mauritius as a growing bunker supplier and hub
- The world and regional bunkering scene
- What’s happening with Regulation and Quality in the fuel supply chain
- Fuel Quality Chain and the Port Charter
- Modern look at the bunkering business, with the regional bunker suppliers explaining their operations.
- Short presentations by the principal bunker suppliers providing an overview of capability in the region
See the IBIA website for full details and to book tickets.