Murphy Takes Up Role as Chief Executive of IBIA
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has introduced its new Chief Executive, Justin Murphy, who akes up his new position from February 13, 2017. From 2013 to 2015, Murphy was CEO of Brightoil Shipping, Singapore and Executive Director at HKSE listed Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Ltd, an Energy conglomerate with bunkering and ship owning divisions. Prior to that, Murphy held director and board positions at several firms involved in shipping, including Teekay, AET, and a stint as head of shipping at Macquarie Bank.
IBIA Develops Bunkering Procedure Guidelines
A set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for surveyors has been developed by the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) to help the industry manage new regulations, standardize best practice and build trust in the market, IBIA announced. IBIA said the guidelines have been developed in response to the introduction of the Singapore Mass Flow Meter (MFM) Technical Reference or TR 48:2015 launched on February 16, 2016, in support of the mandatory use of MFM systems for all marine fuel oil (MFO) deliveries in Singapore with effect from January 1, 2017. The Marine and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) requires all bunker suppliers…
Canada Non-resource Exports to Surge in 2016
Canadian non-resource exports should post healthy gains this year, the country's trade financing agency said on Monday, a development the central bank is counting on to help revive an economy hobbled by weak global energy prices. Export Development Canada predicted the consumer goods, automotive and aerospace sectors would post double-digit growth in 2016 on the back of a robust U.S. economy. Industrial machinery exports should advance by 7 percent, it said. Overall exports are seen rising a modest 2 percent this year, held back by a 14-percent drop in the value of energy shipments. Canada is a major energy exporter and has been hit hard by slumping crude oil prices.
IBIA Develops Bunker Course with South Shields Marine School
The International Bunker Industry Association, (IBIA) has joined with South Shields Marine School at South Tyneside College, to develop a course unit on bunkering essentials for merchant navy cadets and engineering officers taking their Class one and Class two certificates of competency. The course has been developed in close partnership with the college, and explains the fundamentals of the bunker industry, the key regulations affecting shipping today, the challenges and industry developments…
IBIA Joins Trident Alliance for Global Sulphur Cap
With the introduction of the 0.50% Global Sulphur Cap is drawing near and very little attention is being paid to how it will be enforced, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has joined hand with the Trident Alliance to share serious concerns about the future enforcement of the Global Sulphur Cap and also decided to work together on this important issue. Highlighting the potential scale of the enforcement task, Anna Larsson, Chair of the Trident Alliance said: "The 0.1% sulphur limit in Emission Control Areas has now been in place for over a year…
IBIA Celebrates 23th Annual Dinner
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed three new members to its Management Board and one new member to the IBIA in Africa Board. The appointments were announced at the Association’s 23th annual dinner, which was held on February 8 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Heralding the beginning of International Petroleum week, the prestigious event attracted a record number of attendees, with over 1100 bunker industry professionals at the dinner, despite the gloomy state of the industry.
IBIA Forum to Examine Bunkering with New Fuels
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) will be holding a forum entitled: ‘Bunkering with new fuels – Building on strong foundations’ as part of London International Shipping Week, on Wednesday 9 September. The event will include presentations from Mark Bell from SGMF (Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel), Michael Green, Global Technical Manager for Intertek Lintec, Armelle Breneol EAME Marine Fuels Logistics Advisor for ExxonMobil, Vyacheslav Mischeko from Argus Media and Nigel Draffin maritime consultant and author. The speakers will address the latest topical issues, in particular the availability of ECA compliant fuels…
IBIA to Hold Regional Forum in Gibraltar
The Port of Gibraltar will showcase its bunkering and marine services at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Regional Forum, February 24-27. The forum, which takes place at Gibraltar’s Sunborn Hotel, will include a workshop on bunkering; a session focusing on mega yacht and leisure services; an overview of bunkering in the Mediterranean as well as updates on IMO’s steps to improve fuel quality, IBIA’s port charter initiative, visits to bunkering barges and a reception at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Speakers include representatives from Peninsular Petroleum, World Fuel Services, Intertanko, Vopak, Vemaoil and Aegean.
IBIA Offers Industry Support in Wake of OW Bunker Collapse
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has announced a series of measures to support companies and individuals impacted by last week’s collapse of OW Bunker. In Singapore, IBIA will be taking part in dialogue sessions led by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to ensure continuing smooth bunker operations. IBIA stands ready to offer this service to other companies potentially impacted in European ports. The association is also offering professional career support services to those individuals who have lost their jobs. IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall said, “This is an unprecedented occurrence and our thoughts are with the very large number of competent hardworking ex-employees now urgently in need of support and industry contact.
IBIA Welcomes MEPC Bunker Compromise
The compromise solution on the issue of ensuring bunker quality agreed at the 67th meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) has been welcomed by the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). Submissions by IBIA addressing sulphur compliance issues and quality control had called for a series of practical measures including a licensing scheme and for the Bunker Delivery Note (BDN) to be a more useful document containing information on the specification of fuel ordered. Although these proposals were not implemented, MEPC 67 agreed to establish a correspondence group to develop draft guidance for assuring the quality of fuel oil delivered for use on board ships…
IBIA Appoints New Events & Membership Manager
The International Bunkering Industry Association (IBIA) says it has appointed Stephen Hoare as its new events & membership manager at its Southampton office. The role involves developing the association’s conferences, seminars and dinner as well as growing its global membership base. Welcoming Stephen Hoare’s appointment, IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall said: “Stephen has a strong professional background in developing events and membership. He has great international experience and will help build our portfolio of professional events and membership around the world.
IBIA Appoints Robin Meech Vice-Chairman
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) says it has appointed Robin Meech as its new vice-chairman for a one year term of office. An independent and well respected bunker industry consultant, Robin Meech is a former bunker buyer and author of several books for the marine fuel sector. Meech replaces Jens Maul Jorgensen who became IBIA chairman on 1 April, 2014. Welcoming Robin Meech’s appointment IBIA chief executive Peter Hall said: “Robin Meech has been involved with IBIA for many years and always brings a knowledgeable commercial perspective to the association.
New Bunker Industry Chairman Focuses on Supply Quality
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) informs of the appointment of Jens Maul Jorgensen as its Chairman for 2014/15. He replaces Simon Neo who has completed his one year term of office. IBIA say that Jens Maul Jorgensen is Director of Bunkers for German dry bulk shipowner, Oldendorff and has 24 years of shipping industry experience, now leading a team of six purchasers and 14 inspectors worldwide servicing 566 vessels. Jens Maul Jorgensen added: “Off-spec bunkers are a serious problem which the industry needs to get to grips with.
IBIA Urges Bunker Suppliers to Adopt ISO Fuel Specs
In a bid to improve bunker quality across the marine fuel supply chain, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) informs that it has called on marine fuel suppliers to adopt the ISO 2010 specifications for bunkers. Despite having been introduced four years ago to improve bunker standards, it is estimated that only a quarter of bunker suppliers are currently supplying in accordance with the 2010 specifications. “ECO vessels are now entering the market equipped with engines which are more sensitive than vessels have ever had before.
IBIA Seeks Greater Bunkers Specs Take-up
In a bid to improve bunker quality across the marine fuel supply chain, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called on marine fuel suppliers to adopt the ISO 2010 specifications for bunkers. Despite having been introduced four years ago to improve bunker standards, it is estimated that only a quarter of bunker suppliers are currently supplying in accordance with the 2010 specifications. Addressing 1,127 attendees from the shipping community at the annual IBIA dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Monday, February 17), IBIA Vice-Chairman Jens Maul Jorgensen said, “ECO vessels are now entering the market equipped with engines which are more sensitive than vessels have ever had before.
IBIA, SAMSA to Bring Offshore Bunkering to South Africa
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has announced that it will be working with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) to develop a Bunkering code of practice for the supply of fuel from offshore barges. Offshore bunkering is currently banned in South Africa, but SAMSA is taking steps to open the market to offshore providers. SAMSA has granted provisional permission to Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc to deliver intermediate fuel oil (IFO) in Algoa Bay OPL area. The agreement is subject to Aegean Marine meeting the terms of Act 6 Section 21 (1) (b) of the Marine Pollution (Control and Civil Liability Act 1981).
Bunker Industry Supports 2015 Fuel Availability Review
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) says it supports the UK government’s call for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to bring forward its review of the availability of 0.50% sulphur fuel. As more and more locations declare ECA requirements, the latest being Hong Kong this week, the greater the demand for low sulphur fuel. IBIA considers that the shipping industry needs some definitive dates to plan implementations on board; the same information is required for the refining industry and the bunker sector. Uncertainty around dates is likely to delay crucial investment decisions and IBIA believes that the shipping and oil industries need clarity.
IBIA Welcomes Early IMO Fuel Availability Study
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) supports the UK government’s call for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to bring forward its review of the availability of 0.50% sulphur fuel. As more and more locations declare ECA requirements, the latest being Hong Kong this week, the greater the demand for low sulphur fuel. The shipping industry needs some definitive dates to plan implementations on board; the same information is required for the refining industry and the bunker sector.
IBIA Sends Bunker Wake-up Call to South Africa
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called on the South African government to realise the potential of the ship refuelling market in its ports and the impact this will have in supporting regeneration. Speaking at the recent African Ports Evolution conference in Cape Town, IBIA chief executive Peter Hall told delegates that whilst more than double the number of vessels move around the Cape of Good Hope than transit the Straits of Gibraltar, the South African bunkering market has declined whilst Gibraltar’s continues to grow. Last year around 600 ships a day moved around South Africa, whilst the volume of bunkers sold in Durban hit a twenty year low with 1.1m tonnes traded in 2012.
Gibdock Opens Doors to Royal Visitor
As part of a three day Royal tour of Gibraltar in June, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex set time aside to inspect work under way at Gibdock, the territory’s strategically located repair and conversion yard. Accompanied by Gibraltar Governor, Sir Adrian Johns and Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, the Earl was welcomed by the Minister for the Port, Neil Costa, Gibdock Chief Executive, Joe Corvelli, Commercial Director, Richard Beards, Finance Director, Paul Singleton, and Production Director, John Taylor.
Hearing Examines Containers
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee conducted a Hearing on Cargo Container Security