THE International Bunker Industry Association
(IBIA) has opened an Asian
regional office in Singapore, home to the largest bunkering market in the
world. The office will be staffed by IBIA representative Kam Wah Chong, who
is tasked with increasing IBIA's Asian membership.
Don Gregory, IBIA's new chairman, says, "Singapore is the largest bunkering
hub in the world, with sales reaching 23.6 million tonnes in 2004. The
Singapore MPA also leads the way in setting standards for the marine fuels
supply chain, with initiatives such as CP60 and CP77 greatly improving the
quality, accountability and image of the bunker industry in the region. IBIA
already has a large membership across Asia. The new office will help serve
those members and also help us gain more members. An Asian presence makes
sense, broadening IBIA's appeal and putting us at the heart of developments
in the industry globally."
Ian Adams, IBIA secretary general, says: "It is a sign of IBIA's strength
that we are increasing our presence and setting up a base in the largest
bunkering market in the world. Having our finger on the pulse of the bunker
industry in Singapore, as well as being close to the rapidly expanding
economies of China and India will be of benefit to our members."
Kam Wah Chong says
: "Establishing a presence in Singapore means IBIA can get
to the heart of regional issues that affect the Asian bunkering industry. We
look forward to closer co-operation with the Singapore MPA, suppliers,
traders and buyers, as well as everybody else that has an interest in the
bunker industry across the region."
Contact details for IBIA's Singapore office are:
Asia Regional Office
391A Orchard Road
#13-08 Ngee Ann City Tower A
Tel: +65 683 85 441
Fax: +65 683 85 441