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IBIA appoints new chief executive

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The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed Captain Peter Hall* as its new chief executive.  A former CEO and harbour master of the Gibraltar Port Authority, Peter Hall’s 40 year career in the shipping industry has encompassed a wide range of roles including 18 years at sea, operations manager of a towing company and harbour master. 

Taking up his new appointment at the beginning of April 2013, Peter Hall will be replacing current chief executive, Cliff Brand, who has been head-hunted to be the marine director of the new King Abdullah Economic City Port in Saudi Arabia.

Welcoming Peter Hall’s appointment IBIA chairman Nigel Draffin said: “Peter Hall takes on the role of chief executive at an exciting time for IBIA and his skills and experience are a natural fit. He succeeds Cliff Brand who has already set in motion our development plans for the next few years. Peter will build on these plans and refine them so that we continue to grow and meet the needs of our membership which represents all sectors of the marine fuel business. We warmly welcome him aboard.”

Peter Hall commented:  “I am looking forward enormously to taking on the role of chief executive of IBIA. I see IBIA as a unique and crucial voice representing the interests of all involved in the supply and use of marine fuels. I am under no illusions that this will be a very demanding role; there is much to do, both for the membership specifically, and the industry as a whole but I am excited by the challenge and stimulated by the enthusiasm I have already experienced among IBIA’s elected board members.”

Cliff Brand said:  “It is with considerable regret that I am moving on from IBIA.I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the association and it reassures me to know that in Peter I am handing over to a first class operator. This is in fact the second time that I have had the pleasure of being succeeded in a role by Peter; the first occasion was in Gibraltar in 2008, so there is a strong sense of déjà vu in what is happening. I wish Peter and IBIA every success as the association continues to pursue its strategies for membership growth and increasing the value of services provided to members.”

*Captain P W Hall – career summary
Following 18 years in the Merchant Navy (1972-1990), mainly on board tankers and six years as master of survey and inspection vessels, Peter came ashore, initially as operations manager for a towage and salvage company and then took up various roles in port management.
In 1994 Peter joined the Bristol Port Company, initially as quality and safety manager with a focus on oil and gas terminal operations. His role was quickly expanded to include the overall petro-chemical  terminal management. As the port grew he became involved in oil and gas terminal development and a number of marine operations. He rose to the position of being the harbour master responsible for planning safety and support.
During this time he augmented his practical experience by studying with the Open University and Open Business School culminating in an MBA-“Competent Manager”.  He was also a guest lecturer at the UK fire training college delivering a marine perspective on port emergencies.
In 2008 Peter succeeded Cliff Brand as CEO and harbour master of the Gibraltar Port Authority
Captain Hall is a member of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He is also the marine director of the Vine Trust – an enabling charity that connects people to change lives.

About IBIA IBIA exists to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry; to represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with national and international policy makers, legislators and other groups and bodies; to review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation; to increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry; to provide services and facilities for members and others.
IBIA gained consultative status with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in November 2005 and is represented at all relevant meetings.
IBIA actively seeks to involve its members through its annual convention by educating and motivating members to concur on major issues and topics of the time, creating the “IBIA Position” to present to IMO. IBIA champions the continued development of professionals within the bunker industry through its Basic and Advanced Bunker Courses offered around the world and its specialised Bunker Cargo Officer training courses in Singapore.
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