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IBIA’s purpose is to continually support the bunker industry by working closely with all stakeholders, and ensuring good quality information through events and training, says Sofia Konstantopoulou, IBIA’s Global head of Marketing & Events

Since the beginning of the year and because of the historic changes in the industry, IBIA has also been entrusted by numerous external parties globally to actively contribute, support and promote their events. This is a great opportunity for us to offer our expertise and reach out to our members in different regions.

Back to our activities. Within the first quarter of 2019 we held the IBIA Annual Dinner, and this year we did things differently. We successfully introduced a new online platform giving guests the opportunity to meet online before, during and after the Dinner. This innovative networking tool has proved that IBIA both develops personal relationships and leads by example using the latest technological means to maximise advantages for the industry stakeholders. Also, we couldn’t resist the idea of giving a twist to our traditional speeches, so we came up with a Star Wars themed video. People called it ‘captivating’ and we believe that we managed to communicate our messages to our 1,000 guests in an engaging way. IBIA would like to extend thanks to our Diamond sponsor S&P Platts, our Silver sponsor Gulf Petrol Supplies and our Bronze sponsors BP Marine and Total. We hope you enjoy the pictures from this memorable night!


In April, Bunkernet in partnership with IBIA successfully organised a half day conference during the East Med Marine Exhibition in Limassol, Cyprus. The exhibition has been the leading Technical Marine and Oil & Gas exhibition in the Eastern Mediterranean for over 15 years. This was an opportunity to further discuss the 2020 sulphur cap regulation implications almost half a year before the official implementation date.


Simultaneously, IBIA Asia hosted more than 200 people, both local and international IBIA members, at the Annual Asia Dinner, offering an A-Class platform for networking opportunities. You can read more about it in the IBIA Asia report.


IBIA Africa is excited to announce our next training day and conference which will be held in Cape Town at the Royal Cape Yacht Club 28 – 30 May 2019. This will be our 4th Regional Conference in Africa; check out the IBIA Africa report for more details.


Soon afterwards on 18 June, the UK Chamber of Shipping and IBIA will join forces for a half day conference in London at the premises of the UK Chamber Shipping, to discuss the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap, often described as a once-in-a-generation disruptor to shipping’s commercial environment. It is a hotly anticipated conference, taking place just after the IMO meetings where pending issues are expected to be finalized. The conference will cover 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 open loop wash water. We have designed this conference to help shipowners get up to speed on everything they need to know to ensure compliance with the regulation. It will also provide the opportunity to those attending to exchange views on challenges and how others are preparing.


A networking drinks reception will be held following the event.


Set to be one of industry’s landmark events of 2019, 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 takes place from September 10-13, 2019 at the Iberostar Grande / Suites Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Positioned at a key point on the global IMO 2020 timeline when the majority of vessels will have just begun their transition to 0.50% bunker fuels, ICBC will be one of the first events where delegates can benefit from real world experiences of the reality of IMO 2020.


ICBC features an ambitious programme focusing on the Caribbean and related bunkers markets including USGC, Panama, and beyond. It will provide critical insight, training, and networking opportunities for all stakeholders including shippers, carriers, suppliers, traders, port authorities, regulators, NGOs, brokers, lawyers, surveyors and academics.


On September 10, IBIA is also offering its Bunkering Training Course with renowned Course Director and IBIA board member, Nigel Draffin – Author of 12 books on Bunkering.


The IBIA Annual Convention 2018 in Copenhagen was rated as the #1 conference of 2018 in the global shipping industry by AllAboutShipping.co.uk. The IBIA Annual Convention 2019 promises to be even better! IBIA would like to welcome you to the IBIA Annual Convention 2019, on 22-24 October 2019, at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski and Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the banks of the Bosphorus
in Istanbul, Turkey.


The IBIA Annual Convention is one of the most anticipated bunker and shipping events, held annually in different countries around the world, with highly acclaimed speakers, sponsors and delegates.


In addition to our two-day IBIA Convention and Exhibition, delegates have the opportunity to join our industry-leading IBIA Bunker Training Course and a workshop. Attendees, just like IBIA’s members, will encompass every part of the bunker industry value chain from well to stack, as well as associated service providers, authorities and relevant experts. IBIA has arranged a dynamic series of sessions in diverse topics which will cover a broad spectrum of issues, with an emphasis on the future challenges facing the bunker and shipping industry. We will also have exclusive social events for our delegates. We have secured a private tour of the Hagia Sophia, a stunning and historically significant building in the heart of Istanbul, as well as a luxury Bosphorus boat trip. The IBIA Annual Convention 2019 will be hosted by the Turkish Chamber of Shipping and supported by the Turkish Bunker Association. We would like to thank our Gold sponsor IstanbulBunker 2020 Group, our Silver sponsor Peninsula and our individual sponsors Cockett Group, Asmira Bunker and Terpel.


We will conclude our series of events with a conference which will run with our new partner, the Americas Gas and Power Summit. The conference will take place on 13 November 2019 in Panama, the regional hub for global 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.


This year will see renowned personalities of the shipping community joining forces to elevate IBIA’s events. We warmly invite you to participate in our conferences and/or training opportunities, as we believe you will find them driven and beneficial.


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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