This issue comes out just in time for the biggest and most eagerly anticipated IBIA event: our prestigious Annual Dinner – the only way to start London’s hectic annual IP Week in style!
Our first IBIA conference this year will take place not long after in Tenerife. “IBIA’s Africa Bunkering Conference” hosted by Ports of Tenerife, will be held 20 – 22 March. Read more about this in the Africa Regional Manager’s report and preview the programme elsewhere in this issue. It promises to look at both global themes and how this region is adapting to the new low-sulphur era.
Soon afterwards, on 17-19 April, we are thrilled to be hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica for what is set to be one of the must attend regional events of 2018. “IBIA Caribbean Bunker Conference: Fuelling a new era in the Caribbean” will cover essential topics for all stakeholders within the bunker buying chain and give insight into
what the future holds for the Caribbean and the Americas
Also in April, our Singapore office is organising the IBIA Asia Gala Dinner, to be held on 26 April – find details in the Asia Regional Manager’s report.
Later, when spring is about to turn into summer, we are planning a one-day conference jointly organised with BMS United in Greece. “The Future of Shipping” will take place in Athens, at the Benaki Museum, on 30 May in the week before Posidonia, one of the world’s largest Shipping exhibitions. The conference will be preceded by an IBIA training event lead by Nigel Draffin, founding IBIA member and renowned author.
Other events are in the pipeline which we’ll tell you more about later, but we can reveal that the location for our Annual Convention in early November will be Copenhagen, the wonderful capital of Denmark. This country is home to some of the world’s biggest and most influential shipping and bunkering companies, making Copenhagen an ideal place for IBIA’s members to convene.
We hope to see you at one or more of these IBIA events during 2018. But before all this, we look forward to meeting up with around 1,000 industry professionals for the first big event of 2018 – our Annual Dinner. We are, as always, grateful to our sponsors, who have generously contributed to treating you to fine food and wine at the splendid ballroom at the Grosvenor Hotel on London’s Park Lane. Here’s to a great year ahead!
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