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Mark your calendar for all the information you need for these historic changes, says Sofia Konstantopoulou, IBIA’s Global head of Marketing & Events

On 18 June, IBIA and the UK Chamber of Shipping joined forces for a half day Conference at the premises of the UK Chamber Shipping, to discuss the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap, a once-in-a-generation disruptor to shipping’s commercial environment.

The highly anticipated conference took place less than six months before the 0.50% sulphur limit takes effect and just after the IMO meeting where pending issues were finalized. The Conference covered topics related to availability, enforcement, handling of new fuels, reporting of compliance issues and mitigation of safety issues, fuel disputes, scrubber installations and discharge of washwater from open loop systems. We designed this conference to help shipowners get up to speed on everything they need to know to ensure compliance with the regulation. It also provided the opportunity to those attending to exchange views on challenges and how others are preparing. IBIA and UKCoS delivered a high standard event which attracted more than
100 people.


Next came our IBIA Africa Conference, held in Cape Town from 30 July to 1 August. We are happy with the success of this event, which you can read in the IBIA Africa report. IBIA Africa will deliver its 5th regional conference in 2020. As we go to print, we are in the middle of preparations for our next conferences this year, and there’s much to get ready for.


The IBIA Caribbean Bunker Conference (ICBC) – The Caribbean Journey to 2020 Compliance – is hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and presented in partnership with Ship & Bunker. ICBC will take place from 10-12 September, at the Iberostar Grande / Suites Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


The event is positioned at a key point on the global IMO 2020 timeline when many vessels will have just started their transition to 0.50% sulphur bunker fuels, and is therefore one of the first events where delegates can benefit from this real world experience of IMO2020’s impact.ICBC features an ambitious programme focusing on the Caribbean and related bunker markets. It will provide critical insights, training, and networking opportunities for all stakeholders including shippers, carriers, suppliers, traders, Port Authorities, regulators, NGOs, brokers, lawyers, surveyors and academics.


Key among the discussion points will be an exploration of what the impact of the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation will be for bunker buyers, suppliers, and operators in the region, particularly with respect to compliance solutions, enforcement, and the availability of new fuels. In addition to providing an understanding of the cost of IMO 2020 for stakeholders, ICBC will also showcase the current regional bunkering infrastructure and look at what the future holds for the Caribbean and the Americas bunker markets. On 10 September, IBIA will also offer its Bunkering Training Course and in addition to that delegates will have the opportunity to join IBIA’s ETHICS workshop, a continuation of the IBIA Code of Ethics.


IBIA has once again partnered with BMS United to present a conference offering delegates a unique opportunity to hear about key issues affecting the industry and to participate in lively debate. Greece-based BMS and IBIA are working together to arrange dynamic and interactive panel discussions around diverse topics including the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap, digital technology and risk management.

We are also proud to announce that IBIA is the official partner of the Second Edition of the Americas Gas and Power Summit (AGPS 2019) which will take place in November 2019 in Panama, the regional hub for LNG and Energy. It has been developed as a platform for gas and power cooperation in the Americas with the participation of key regional and international stakeholders along the entire gas value chain.


You can join IBIA in Panama for an exciting one-day conference that precedes the 2nd Americas Gas & Power Summit. You will hear from IBIA’s Director, Unni Einemo who will explain the legislation and guidelines from the IMO, and what is required from stakeholders as we move towards a cleaner and even more environmentally friendly industry. She will be joined by several industry specialists covering topics ranging from new fuels to the latest technology.


Last year’s IBIA Annual Convention welcomed a record-breaking number of attendees from all over the world, bringing together close to 200 stakeholders from across the sector, including bunker buyers/consumers, bunker providers (oil majors, independent suppliers, traders), regulators, port authorities, various service providers and consultants to forge connections, exchange views, educate and prepare for the changes ahead. It was rated as the best conference globally by llaboutshipping.co.uk.


IBIA is delighted to be holding our

Annual Convention 2019 at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul, Turkey, on the shores of the Bosphorus strait on 22-24 October. Our theme this year is “Connecting East & West to Get 2020 Straight”.


So what will we take from this year’s Convention? Are we ready for 2020? Preparation is the key to success, and the good news is that many in the industry are preparing. We will hear from the supply side, as well as find out about new technology solutions and support systems which are available and increasingly gaining traction. And while it is clear that shipowners and operators have many concerns about the 0.50% sulphur limit, we will have operators who will talk about how they are planning and preparing for every step toward full compliance by 1 January 2020; including tank cleaning and effective fuel management. IBIA again will run its Bunker Training Course and the ETHICS Workshop, as our plan is to prepare everyone for a journey towards a cleaner industry which we can feel proud to be part of.


We would not be able to do anything without the support of our sponsors, supporting organisations and media sponsors. We would like to thank them all separately and together and promise them that we will continue offering the platform for new business opportunities.


If you want to become a speaker, sponsor or find out more about our events, you can contact Sofia Konstantopoulou at sofia.konstantopoulou@ibia.net.

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