IBIA Members' Meetings and upcoming events

Paving the way for the global bunker industry's future

September 5, 2023

Explore recent members meetings and upcoming events by IBIA, as the global bunker industry shapes a sustainable and collaborative future, focused on transparency and strategic priorities.

I am excited to share the latest updates on our recent events and upcoming gatherings that highlight our commitment to shaping the future of the global bunker industry.

Recently, we held two highly engaging and well-attended members meetings. The first meeting covered IBIA’s upcoming stance on the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 107) meeting and provided a comprehensive review of the measures to enhance fuel oil safety. IBIA Director and IMO Representative Unni Einemo, in one of her last duties prior to leaving IBIA, chaired this meeting and offered a preview of the upcoming ISWG-GHG 15 and MEPC 80 meetings. The insights provided during this meeting were crucial in driving our commitment to safety and environmental protection in the industry. The recording of this meeting has been made available to our members on our website.

The second members’ meeting was dedicated to the Digitalisation Working Group presentation led by Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director of ZeroNorth Bunker. This working group’s contributions will be instrumental in providing actionable recommendations for the deployment of digital solutions along the bunker value chain. Their structured approach in mapping the bunker value chain sets a clear path towards our digitalisation objectives, encouraging innovative and creative thinking across industry players.

As you read this article, we are currently in Ghana for the much-anticipated IBIA Africa Bunker and Shipping Conference. This remarkable event brings together key leaders and government insights, including Honourable Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Energy of Ghana, and Dr. Harry T. Conway, Chair of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) amongst many other esteemed speakers. Together, we are shaping a sustainable future for Africa’s maritime industry, paving the way for transformative growth in the region.

As we embark on a new era in the bunker and shipping industry, the IBIA Annual Convention 2023 promises to be an event of immense significance, set to take place in Dubai. Under the theme “Steering the industry towards transparency: Navigating the future of energy,” this Convention will be a pivotal moment in addressing the critical issues facing the global bunker and shipping industry.

The convention will feature a comprehensive programme that dives deep into crucial topics shaping the industry’s trajectory. Participants can expect insightful discussions on the changing landscape of maritime regulations, exploring the latest updates and potential impacts on the industry. Moreover, the role of the Middle East in global bunkering will be analysed, shedding light on the region’s growing influence in the market.

The IBIA Annual Convention 2023 in Dubai will include the evolution of bunker quality, sustainability in shipping, carbon indexing and offsetting, pricing and financial challenges, digital transformation, and navigating geopolitical tensions in the industry. Discussions will focus on the latest advancements and standards in ensuring bunker fuel quality, innovative approaches for greener practices in shipping, strategies to address carbon emissions, optimizing financial strategies amid uncertainties, cutting-edge technologies for enhanced operational efficiency, and understanding the impact of geopolitical dynamics on the industry. The convention promises to be an insightful and transformative event shaping the future of the global bunker and shipping industry.

We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated IBIA Annual Dinner 2024, taking place at the luxurious Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London. This prestigious black-tie affair promises unforgettable networking opportunities and memorable experiences. Connect, engage, and celebrate with influential professionals, thought leaders, and key decision-makers within the industry at this exclusive event.

I must express my sincere appreciation for the unwavering work of the dedicated Events Working Group, of which I have the honour of chairing alongside esteemed IBIA Board Members, namely Adrian Tolson (Owner 2050 Marine Energy), Eugenia Benavides (Marine Fuels Director Terpel S.A.), Steve Simms (Principal, Simms Showers LLP), Anna Stefanou (Finance and Credit Manager, PMG Holding), and Claudia Beumar (Global Account Manager, VT Group). This group of industry leaders plays a pivotal role in ensuring that IBIA delivers conferences and events of the highest quality, aligned with our strategic priorities of transparency, education, membership engagement, and effective representation at IMO and policy-making levels. Their time, expertise, and unwavering dedication ensure that our events continue to elevate the global bunker industry, fostering collaboration and driving meaningful progress.

There are myriad opportunities to get involved with IBIA, and we invite you, as IBIA Members to encourage industry colleagues to join IBIA as we strive to be the true voice of the global bunker industry. Together, we can create a sustainable and prosperous future for the maritime sector.

As we continue to make strides in shaping the industry’s future, we remain dedicated to driving positive change and fostering collaboration among industry players. We eagerly anticipate the success of our ongoing events and look forward to welcoming you to our future gatherings.

Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to be an integral part of our conferences and engagements, should you be interested in speaking or sponsoring you may reach out to me directly.

Prepare to be part of a transformative journey as we pave the way for the global bunker industry’s future.

Tahra Sergeant

Regional Manager: Africa; Global Marketing and Events

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