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Tahra Sergeant, IBIA Africa Regional Manager


It is encouraging to see that Africa’s Maritime Industry is making positive steps to ensure the region is aligned with international standards by 2020 says IBIA’s Regional Manager, Tahra Sergeant

It has been a busy few months for the IBIA Africa office. With 1 January 2020 looming, the regional team has committed to remain available to government and industry in supporting its needs. The efforts of the bunkering industry and associated sectors to ensure the continent is 2020 ready are encouraging.

We are pleased to announce that Chrystel Bassett-Simmonds, Chairperson and co- founder SAMF and Managing Director Lavin Energy Ltd. has joined the IBIA Africa Executive Committee. Chrystel brings with her a wealth of knowledge in trading, trade structure, innovative solutions and business development and will be a welcomed addition to our already strong Executive Committee which includes IBIA Board Member Patrick Holloway, Partner, Webber Wentzel; Paul Maclons, Managing Director, African Marine Solutions (AMSOL); Grant Bairstow , Head HSSE, Aviation & Marine Technical and Audit, Vivo Energy; Professor Trevor Jones, Kwazulu Natal University and Niall Kramer, Executive Director, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA). Over the next few months the Committee will be adding members from the West and East coasts of Africa to further extend the reach and support to our African Membership. IBIA’s 4th Regional Conference in Africa returned to Cape Town, home to the very first IBIA Africa Conference. The event brought together the African and international bunker industry to create a platform for engagement with industry and government, shared learning and networking.


The conference delegates were welcomed by Dumisani Ntuli, Acting Deputy Director General: Maritime Transport, who stressed the importance of Africa benefitting from the maritime activities around its coast. With 99 delegates and speakers from 15 different countries, the programme supported by our 24 speakers was robust and covered a large spectrum of the bunkering industry, focusing largely on the latest updates on the legislation and guidelines from the IMO, the requirements of industry, Africa’s readiness and what the future will hold as we move towards a cleaner and even more environmentally friendly industry through a lower sulphur regime. A few of the positives and challenges can be summarised as follows:


Astron Energy confirmed that Gas oil, VLSFO and HSFO will be available in Cape TownVLSFO will be available in Algoa Bay (confirmed by the three current offshore suppliers)Monjasa West Africa will be fully 2020 ready from the last quarter of 2019 with VLSFO being available Small scale LNG in sub Saharan Africa is seen as a major opportunity, and the whole African coast could be supplied within 5 years, opening up prospects for LNG bunkering The need for supporting IMO 2020 was highlighted, and showed that even without legislation in place, compliance will likely still be high
Port Louis, Mauritius and Walvis Bay, Namibia were highlighted for their progressive port development and formulation of national and regional policies Primary focus for Ghana is supply of MGO in port

Special thanks our delegates, speakers and sponsors, without their participation and contribution IBIA would not be able to host such a successful event. We would like to recognise the following companies for the sponsorship support and contribution: SABT (South African Bunker Trading); SAMF (South African Marine Fuels); AMSOL (African Marine Solutions); FFS Refiners and Webber Wentzel.

The conference was preceded by a 1-day Intermediate Bunker Training Course hosted by TNPA (Transnet Port Authority) at the Port Control Tower.

The Course Director was IBIA Board Member, Nigel Draffin who was supported by IBIA Board Member and IBIA Africa ExCo representative Patrick Holloway of Webber Wentzel, and our Director and IMO Representative, Unni Einemo. With a record 30 students from seven countries, the trainers highlighted the basics and drilled down into the reality and complexities of the industry changes being brought on by the global 0.50% sulphur cap taking effect from the start of 2020. We were very proud to host two students from Lawhill Maritime Centre, Simon’s Town, which is educating the future leaders in shipping and bunkering. Lawhill Maritime Centre was established in 1995 and introduces students to the maritime industry in their last three years of secondary schooling. The industry focused education improves the school leaver’s chance of finding employment.


The week before the 4th IBIA Africa Conference, SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) convened a two-day National Workshop in Cape Town on implementing the 0.50% sulphur limit (MARPOL Annex VI) hosted by Sobantu Tilayi, Acting Chief Operating Officer of SAMSA. As IBIA’s Regional Manager for Africa, I presented to local government and industry an overview of the South African bunker industry’s readiness for the low sulphur emission regulations. Outcomes of the workshop can be summarised in a few bullet points (for more information please contact me).


VLSFO will be available in South Africa in time for 1 January 2020 Climate Change Bill is in the process of being promulgated Ships on the South African register will ensure they comply with the regulation IBIA promotes improved knowledge and standards in the industry and lobbies for effective, pragmatic and workable regulations. IBIA in Africa supports this mission statement and will support our membership and industry in these positive steps.


Tahra Sergeant
Regional Manager, Africa
T +27 412 1593
Mobile +27 (0)79 990 7544
E tahra.sergeant@ibia.net


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