When can a bunker fuel be said to meet
a specific sulphur limit? Unfortunately,
the answer to this fundamental question
is not straightforward. There is a misalignment between the sulphur verification procedure prescribed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the one applied
in commercial contracts throughout the
marine fuel industry. This has been creating confusion and distress for bunker fuel buyers and sellers for years, resulting in friction and frequent disputes.
We are still in early spring as the summer edition of World Bunkering goes to print, so let’s start with the first big event of the year: Around 1,000 marine industry professionals joined us for IBIA’s annual dinner on February 20 at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. What an enjoyable evening that was! Please turn over the page to see a selection of pictures from this memorable evening.
During March, IBIA’s secretariat and IBIA board members took part as speakers at a number of events. Our IMO Representative and Communication manager, Unni Einemo, presented at the 9th Chemical & Product Tanker Conference in London. IBIA’s chairman Robin Meech and board member Eugenia Benavides spoke at the Panama Maritime XIII World Conference & Exhibition, which included a bunker session organised by IBIA. Our Singapore office, meanwhile, held a joint event with the Methanol Institute and Lloyd’s Register, and board member Nigel Draffin presented on behalf of IBIA at FUJCON 2017.
Come April, a forum co-hosted by IBIA and the UK Chamber of Shipping was on our schedule in London with the theme “2020: Getting down to business”. At the time of going to press, the programme sees our Chief Executive, Justin Murphy, set the scene; Unni will provide an update on IMO’s activities; IBIA board member Michael Green will talk about fuel quality and John Stirling, who has just stepped down from the board, will provide the supplier’s perspective. Not long after, Unni, Robin and John will participate as speakers at the 38th International Bunker Conference taking place on the 5 star cruise ferry Color Fantasy on a two days roundtrip voyage between Oslo, Norway and Kiel in Germany. Around the same time, Justin will fly to Singapore to participate in the IBIA Asia Gala dinner that takes place during Singapore Maritime Week.
Springing into May, Justin and Unni plus IBIA’s company secretary Trevor Harrison look forward to taking part in the 8th International Istanbul Bunker Conference, alongside Robin and board member Nigel, speaking on a variety of subjects at the conference in this beautiful city located on a major waterway.
Mid-May we are excited to co-host a one day forum with the Port of Rotterdam on May 16, in conjunction with the Platts European Bunker Fuel conference in Rotterdam (17-18 May). This will provide delegates with first-hand information on how to improve efficiency and transparency in bunkering with the application of technology, including the use of mass flow meters, digitalisation of the bunker delivery note and more. We will be book-ending the Platts conference with an IBIA Port Forum in the afternoon of 18 May, an invitation-only event for ports to exchange ideas and provide feedback on the development of IBIA’s Port Charter.
As May draws to a close, Unni will have the honour of participating in a high-level strategic panel at the DNV GL conference on 29 May, a day ahead of the bi-annual Nor-Shipping shipping trade fair. The theme will be “2020 and beyond – Playing your cards right”.
A month later, on 29 June, Simon Neo, Regional Manager Asia, will give a keynote speech at Platts’ inaugural Bunkering & Storage Asia Conference, talking about the challenges of bunkering in Singapore and the region. We round off the spring and summer season at IBC’s 8th Bunkering in Asia conference on 26 to 27 in Singapore, where Justin has been invited to speak.
There will be time for a breather during August before we launch into the final leg of the year with plans taking shape for events during September, October and November. Check our website (http://ibia.net/events/) for announcements and updates.
Mark your calendars now for the IBIA Annual Convention! Our flagship event, aimed at all our members globally, will take place from 6 to 10 November in Singapore. We hope to see as many of you as possible there as this will be a great opportunity for you to participate in shaping IBIA’s agenda and direction.
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