Unni Einemo, a respected and highly renowned journalist and analyst specialising in the marine fuel and shipping industries, will be joining the secretariat of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) as IMO representative, Media and Communications manager with effect from April 15, 2016.
A key member of the team that built up the Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping news services, Unni brings with her almost 20 years of industry experience and expert knowledge, in particular on regulatory affairs and fuel quality issues.
She joins IBIA at a time when the Association has been growing its membership and its activities, driven by a small and dedicated full time team with support from a diverse board consisting of industry professionals. Employing Unni will allow IBIA to further develop its multiple initiatives and bring in-house some of the tasks that are currently fulfilled by external resources.
Commenting on the appointment, Peter Hall, CEO of IBIA, says: “Unni’s experience will be invaluable in helping drive forward IBIA’s expansion on a number of fronts, developing World Bunkering, participation at IMO and in the technical groups, supporting the development of our communications policy and facilitating our work groups.
Unni says: “I’m very excited to take up this new role with IBIA. The Association has been carving out an increasingly important and influential role and, as a board member for the past two years, I have really come to appreciate the wide scope of work IBIA undertakes to serve and represent the industry. IBIA strives to work with all sides of the industry to find pragmatic, workable solutions to the challenges we face, and to educate and communicate effectively. These are ideals that I share, and I am looking forward to getting stuck in.
The International Bunker Industry Association (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 as the Board shall from time to time consider appropriate.
IBIA gained consultative status with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in November 2005 and is represented at all relevant meetings.
IBIA actively seeks to involve is members through its Annual Convention by educating and motivating members to conclude 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 Mass Flow Meter, Bunker Courses and its Bunker Cargo Officer qualification.