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Developments Afoot

Regional manager Tahra Sergeant also notes developments in South Africa’s bunker sector

IBIA’s Africa Bunkering Conference was held in in Tenerife from 20 to 22 March this year, hosted by Ports of Tenerife. With some 100 international and regional attendees, the conference was opened by Ports of Tenerife’s Commercial Director, Airam Díaz, and IBIA’s Chief Executive Officer Justin Murphy.

Delegates participated in panel discussions with industry experts on the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap, learnt about Tenerife’s future in LNG, gained insight into growth opportunities in Africa and heard from major ship owners on their plans for technology and fuel strategies.

In addition to this IBIA offered our industry-leading training course lead by Nigel Draffin, where 18 mature students were engaged in the developments of new fuels and technology along with the current needs within the bunker market. Our delegates also enjoyed a tour of two of Tenerife’s ports, local wine tasting and a spectacular

gala dinner!


The Ports of Tenerife says it is emerging as an important hub for bunkering supply in this area of the mid-Atlantic, located only a few miles off the West Coast of Africa and close to Europe. “This event helped Ports of Tenerife to increase the awareness of Tenerife and provided a great opportunity to explain the advantages of our well sheltered anchorage area and our commitment to develop the bunkering operations,” our conference host said.


Tenerife has approved attractive discounts off the ship tax of up to 40% for bunkering only operations, and it is possible that this will be increased up to 75% or even 98% depending on the activity and the certificates provided regarding quality and/or environmental friendliness. “In this line, our vision is to promote the switch to more environmentally friendly types of fuel and make easier for ships to meet the requirements as per the new 2020 IMO regulations,” according to Díaz.


Special mention needs to be made of our sponsors: Peninsula Petroleum, Maurilog, Ports and Logistics Advisory, Alphaship, Why Tenerife, Cepsa and Procexca. We would also like to thank our past Chairman, Robin Meech for his contribution as speaker and Chair of

the conference.

Course Director, Nigel Draffin presenting to the Bunker Course attendees. ©Nigel Draffin

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