World Bunkering is the
official magazine of IBIA

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) was formed in 1992 to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the bunker industry. Today, it provides a central point of information and training for the entire industry, including suppliers, buyers, traders and related services.


World Bunkering features news, views and comments on all aspects of the bunker industry, from technical developments to commercial management, as well as exclusive previews and reports from IBIA events.

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Industry News


Banle Energy Launches Its First Biofuel Bunkering Operation In Hong Kong

Hong Kong July 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On July 14, 2023, Banle Energy International Limited, a subsidiary of CBL International Limited (NASDAQ: BANL) (the “Company”), partnering with ASB Biodiesel (Hong Kong) Limited and Seven Seas Oil (Hong Kong) Limited completed our very first B24 biofuel bunkering operation in Hong Kong, with Saybolt as an international independent inspection and testing service provider to monitor the whole process in order to ensure both quality and quantity.

July 17, 2023

Industry News

Bunker tanker crew kidnapped

Six of the 16-strong crew of the Liberian-flag bunker tanker Monjasa Reformer were kidnapped and held hostage for five weeks after the ship was boarded by pirates on 25 March, about 140 nautical miles West of Port Pointe-Noire, Democratic Republic of Congo.

June 5, 2023

Industry News

Latest developments from around the global marine fuel sector

One million tonnes of bunkers “are off spec” Off-specification and non-compliant fuels, totalling more than a million tonnes a year, can cost ship operators as much as $50,000 per incident according to a new report.

“make it more vital than ever that ship operators receive the correct advice and oversight on bunker procurement and refuelling operations”.

December 6, 2022


IBIA Asia Report

Use of Mass Flow Meters (MFM)

I am pleased to note the announcement from the Port of Rotterdam and Port of Antwerp-Bruges mandating the use of mass flow meters (MFM) from 2026 onwards.

December 2, 2023

IBIA Africa Report

Navigating growth, engagement and opportunities

IBIA continues to help Africa’s bunker industry advance, focusing on growth, training, and expanding our geographical footprint.

December 1, 2023



Major contamination incidents

Ship breakdowns and significant problems follow Houston bunker stems.

September 7, 2023


Batteries in a box

Containerised battery room awarded type approval.

September 5, 2023

The Corvus BOB has a standard ISO Container footprint
Banle Energy_First Biofuel Operation in HK


Biofuel use grows.

An increasing number of successful biofuel bunkering operations are being reported worldwide.

September 1, 2023


In July, I’ve had the opportunity to be at the Ocean Expo Ningbo where I had meaningful conversations with industry leaders, exchanging ideas, and gaining valuable insights into the latest trends and opportunities in China.

September 10, 2023

IBIA Africa

IBIA Africa Bunker and Shipping Conference

Paving the way for sustainable growth in Africa’s maritime industry

September 7, 2023

IBIA Members' Meetings and upcoming events

Paving the way for the global bunker industry’s future

September 5, 2023

Simon Bennett

Staying global

Long-serving Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Simon Bennett explains to David Hughes why he believes achieving a renewed, strengthened IMO decarbonisation strategy is vital

June 10, 2023

Road To Recovery

The invasion of Ukraine continues to impact the Eastern Mediterranean, but the region is also looking to the future, John Rickards writes

June 1, 2023

The Turkish market has had a rough year ©Hans Birger Nilsen/CC-BY
Wärtsilä methanol engines offer a route to maritime decarbonisation. ©Wärtsilä

Getting ready, staying flexible

As methanol bunkering becomes a reality, Singapore is preparing for the possibility of a methanol bunker spill. Meanwhile, methanol is starting to be seen as an option for the cruise industry

May 25, 2023

Managing Biofuels

The use of biofuels instead conventional marine fuels is growing quickly, but there are challenges when using them onboard ships

May 20, 2023

Alfa Laval's biofuel-ready separator. ©Alfa Laval
Fit4Power solution reduces bore size of two-stroke engines while improving combustion efficiency for lower emissions. ©Wärtsilä Corporation

Derating two-stroke engines

New system aims to extend the CII compliance lifetime of merchant vessels

May 16, 2023

Adding carbon capture

Shipowner orders SOx scrubber with potential for retrofit to remove CO2

May 15, 2023

CC unit installed on a K Lione vessel ©K LIne
CC unit installed on a K Lione vessel ©K LIne

Carbon capture depends on economic case

New LR report indicates adoption of onboard carbon capture systems is dependent on the economic feasibility for maritime supply chain stakeholders

May 10, 2023

Biofuel 'insetting'

GoodShipping and Samskip offer shippers CO2 reduction

May 8, 2023

Switch to Zero particpants show off their cerificates ©RoyBorghoutsFotografie-280323
Switch to Zero particpants show off their cerificates ©RoyBorghoutsFotografie-280323
Bunker measuring system mandatory in Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam ©Ries van Wendel de Joode
Bunker measuring system mandatory in Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam ©Ries van Wendel de Joode

Mandatory measuring
for ARA ports

Authorities for Rotterdam, Antwerp and Zeebrugge and plan to make the bunker market “more reliable” in move welcomed by IBIA

March 8, 2023

Cruising along

The use of biofuels is increasing and technology is being developed to meet the specific requirements of this new fuel

March 5, 2023

Goodfuels bunkers AIDAprima with 100% biofuel. ©Goodfuels
Goodfuels bunkers AIDAprima with 100% biofuel. ©Goodfuels
Nigel Draffin
30 Years LOGO

IBIA, how did we get here?

Nigel Draffin recalls the International Bunker Industry Association’s first 30 years

February 15, 2023

Burning hydrogen

Shell and Alfa Laval in hydrogen boil-off gas project

February 12, 2023

INNOVATION Alfa Laval Gas Combustion Unit
These ships will be will be part of the world’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage value chain. ©Northern Lights.
These ships will be will be part of the world’s first full-scale carbon capture and storage value chain. ©Northern Lights.

Support for carbon removal

New report highlights “crucial” role of CO2 removal in global decarbonisation

February 10, 2023

Going with the wind

New design of rotor sail to provide wind-assisted propulsion

December 22, 2022

KR has awarded design approval for Hyundai Heavy Industrys Hi-Rotor. ©KR
Azane Fuel Solutions floating bunker terminal. ©Azane

Taking on ammonia

The bunkering terminals that will be required for the widespread use of ammonia as a marine fuel are starting to emerge

December 14, 2022

Going for 100%

New ro-ro design concept based entirely on compressed hydrogen as fuel

December 10, 2022

Pic for Fuel Cells
The new Wärtsilä 25 medium-speed 4-stroke engine, ©Wartsila
The new Wärtsilä 25 medium-speed 4-stroke engine, ©Wartsila

Ready for anything

With many uncertainties surrounding the choice of alternative fuels to achieve decarbonisation, projects are underway to ensure expensive marine engines have the flexibility to use a range of fuels

December 9, 2022

Two-stroke challenge

Chevron supplies first stem of 40 BN

Category II lube oil

December 8, 2022

Lubricants. Clean Piston.
Clean piston - It is vital for cylinder oils that have Category II status to have excellent performance, centred on their cleaning ability. ©Chevron

Major survey looks into need for bunker licensing

IBIA, supported by BIMCO, launch survey to assess industry views on licensing and Mass Flow Meters as tools to improve transparency in the marine fuel sector

February 8, 2022

Keeping the digital ship safe

Modern bunker ‘barges’ are in reality high tech ships with increasingly sophisticated electronic systems on board

February 10, 2022

©International Chamber of Shipping

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