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Regional Manager Simon Neo reports on the recent gala dinner and changes to the composition of the IBIA Asia Executive Committee known as the ExCo

There were some changes to the IBIA Asia ExCo for the new term starting from April. Douglas Raitt of Lloyd’s Register FOBAS, and Richard Ho of Consort Marine have both departed from this group of individuals committed to supporting IBIA’s work in Singapore.

Douglas decided to go because his scope of work has expanded and he would not be able to contribute as much time and effort to supporting IBIA as he would like to. Richard Ho, meanwhile, has left Consort Marine to join ONE as Deputy General Manager of Marine Fuels, and his new employer was not prepared to support his continued involvement with an association. They will be replaced by Junko Mikano of BP Singapore and Daniel Wang of SK Energy for this new term. We would like to thank Douglas and Richard for their contributions and welcome our two new ExCo members.


IBIA Asia Gala Dinner
The IBIA Asia Annual Dinner was held at the Fullerton Hotel Ball Room in Singapore on April 11, attracting a total of close to 230 guests seated at 22 tables. The first ever IBIA Asia Gala dinner was held in 2010 , and has been a success every year since. We attribute this to the support of a variety of companies and organisations active in our industry and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). This is a dinner where all the industry stakeholders gather, meet new friends and catch up with old friends.


Our Guest of Honour for the event was Capt. Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), MPA. Timothy Cosulich, Chairman of the IBIA Asia ExCo, welcomed guests to IBIA Asia Gala Dinner, which has become a key feature during Maritime Week in Singapore. The new ExCo was also presented to the guest during the dinner.


IBIA Asia presented a bursary of S$14,000 to students of Marine Studies at Nanyang Technological University during the dinner, a tradition that has been honoured since 2012 using funds raised by past events to help maritime students from less
privileged backgrounds.

Training & event participation
The IBIA Asia office offers specialised training for the bunker sector in Singapore with MPA-certified courses. We run both a Basic Bunkering Course and an Enhanced Bunkering Course covering the Singapore Standard, SS600 and the Mass Flow Meter technical standard, TR48. Our courses attracted of total of 47 trainees over the course of February, March and the first week of April, which is an encouraging start to the year.


Meanwhile, Argus Media has invited IBIA to speak at seminars in Beijing and Shanghai from 6 to 10 May 2019, where I will be speaking on the topic of IMO 2020. We see this as a good opportunity to introduce IBIA to a wider audience in China.


Simon Neo
Regional Manager Asia
T: (+65) 6472 0916
Email: regionalmanagerasia@ibia.net


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