The bunkering industry and its shipping industry customers will be gathering in Hamburg, 3-7 November for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) annual convention and forum. Taking place just weeks ahead of the implementation of European laws on the sulphur content of marine fuels, the event features over 30 expert speakers who will be looking at new fuels, emerging markets, quality and integrity and compliance with the latest regulations.
IBIA chief executive Peter Hall said:
“The management of marine fuels is at the top of every shipping company’s agenda with so many questions surrounding new fuel types, ECA compliance, quality and testing. Our unique four day event takes place during the week of the Hamburg Eisbeinessen, a huge maritime industry gathering and will help to clarify many of the issues facing shipping company executives.”
The packed programme kicks off with a full day forum on 3 November titled “Bunkering in 2015 and Beyond” which provides delegates with a holistic view of the industry today covering legislation, pricing, quality, fuel switching and sampling.
The convention opens on 4 November with an address by Dr Hermann Klein, CEO of leading German shipowner ER Schiffahrt, followed by presentations from European refiners, surveyors, owners and ports. Much of the discussion will focus on the implications of the European ECA which comes into force on 1 January 2015.
The Singapore Maritime Authority will also use the convention to explain its mass flow metering initiative. Earlier this year the Authority announced that from 2017 it will be mandatory to use a mass flow metering system for marine fuel oil bunkering in Singapore.
All the events will be held at The Grand Elysee Hotel in Hamburg from November 3 to 7. Press passes are available on request.
The event is supported by the German Shipowners Association and the Ship Brokers and Traders association, IBIA has put together a comprehensive programme.
The International Bunker Industry Association exists to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry.
The Association currently has over 650 organisations within its membership representing all within the marine fuel supply chain – “from the wellhead to the engine”.
IBIA exists to represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with international and national policy makers, legislators and other stakeholders.
We review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation.
Our objective is to increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry.
We represent the Marine fuels supply industry at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
IBIA actively seeks to involve its members through its technical work groups, regional forums and annual convention to conclude on major issues and topics of the time, creating the “IBIA Position” to present to IMO and to industry.
IBIA champions the continued development of professionals within the bunker industry through its training programme and publications