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IBIA Caribbean Conference

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Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Mrs Brady, Nigel Draffin, Georgette Kounalakis Bell, Justin Murphy, Sofia Konstantopoulou, George Kontogeorgis and  Eric Deans

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and their partner The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) have reported that the recent IBIA Caribbean Bunker Conference was a success!

CEO Justin Murphy and the Director General of the MAJ, Rear Admiral (Retired) Peter Brady, stated that they were pleased with the conference’s outcome, “not only because we had a robust attendance but also because it provided the opportunity for local stakeholders to network and interact with overseas players on a variety of topical issues that impact the future growth and development of the industry globally and, by extension, in Jamaica”.

Admiral Peter Brady, Justin Murphy, and The Hon.Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science Energy and Technology

IBIA partnered with MAJ to stage the three-day conference including a Bunkering training course delivered by Nigel Draffin, at the Hyatt Ziva Hotel in Montego Bay, St James, from April 17 to 19.

The event also enabled local stakeholders to showcase Jamaica’s maritime industry, its plans and future prospects with a view to attracting further investments.

The authority’s Director for Legal Affairs, Bertrand Smith, explained that the conference was held in Jamaica for three main reasons — to educate maritime stakeholders on legislative changes for the industry; promoting Jamaica as a serious bunkering location; and providing networking opportunities to sector interests.

Tour of Ports in Jamaica

He said the conference also incorporated a training component, which served to assist participants at various levels to better understand the industry.

“It brought together regulators, port authorities and suppliers to understand the nature of bunkering, regulatory requirements, operational requirements, the nature of fuel and, essentially, an introduction to bunkering, which will enable the regulators, the attorneys who will have to give advice and the private stakeholders to understand,” he explained.

 IBIA Conference and Training in Greece

BMS United has partnered with the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)  to offer “A Glance into the Future of Shipping”. Set in the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture in Athens, on Wednesday 30th May, the conference will offer delegates a unique opportunity to hear about key issues affecting the industry and to participate in a lively debate.

BMS, as one of the world’s leading maritime solution providers, and IBIA, the voice of the global bunker industry, have arranged a dynamic and interactive series of discussions around diverse topics, which will cover a broad spectrum of points at issue, but with a specific emphasis on future challenges for the Shipping Industry:

  • The IMO’s 2020 Global Sulphur Cap
  • Digitalisation and Future Ship Design
  • Future Prospects: Risk management and Shipping Economics

Also, on Tuesday 29th May the International Bunker Industry Association, will host an industry-leading training course with the renowned NigelDraffinauthor of 12 books on Bunkering, for the first time in Greece!

The training will take place  at the prestigious Piraeus Marine Club Akti Miaouli 51, 185 36, Piraeus.


Prices: 120 Euros per session, 190 Euros  for both sessions (Includes lunch and coffee breaks)

*Certificate of Attendance will be provided

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