IBIA CEO Quits to Join Saudi Seaport
International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) chief Cliff Brand resigns to become Marine Director, King Abdullah Economic City Seaport. International Bunker Industry Association has announced that it is searching for a new chief executive following the resignation of its Chief Executive Cliff Brand. Cliff Brand will be leaving the organisation on 28 March, 2013. IBIA board member Trevor Harrison will act as interim chief executive until a replacement is found, having previously acted as IBIA chief executive for 15 months during 2011/12.
IBIA appoints interim Chief Executive
Trevor Harrison has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). The move follows the recent resignation of Ian Adams, the former Chief Executive. Trevor Harrison is a member of the IBIA Board, a barrister of more than 30 years' standing and author of the just published book, Legal Issues in Bunkering. He is undertaking the new role on a part-time basis in addition to his principal activities as a maritime arbitrator and commercial mediator. IBIA Chairman Bob Lintott said: “In his capacity as an IBIA Board Member and before that as an Association member, Trevor has worked closely with the Secretariat on many different matters over the past few years.
New Book on Legal Aspects of Bunkering
Petrospot Limited has recently published Legal Issues in Bunkering: An Introduction to the Law Relating to the Sale and Use of Marine Fuels: a new book by barrister and legal consultant Trevor Harrison. The book offers an accessible overview of the legal aspects of bunkering, distilling salient points and summarizing the more arcane elements of the subject. The book is not intended as a substitute for professional help or casebooks on shipping law, but it will certainly educate the reader about the key legal topics and, importantly, guide him in the right direction should a contract go wrong.
IBIA to Engage in LNG Issues
The International Bunker Industry Association's (IBIA) board has taken a formal decision to “become more closely engaged in LNG matters”. The move was announced at last week's IBIA's Annual Convention, held in Barcelona, by its acting chief executive Trevor Harrison. He told delegates that the association would become more involved in the ongoing discussions on LNG as a fuel at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The potential of LNG as a fuel for merchant ships received considerable attention. Several speakers referred to the issue while addressing industry concerns about the 2015 implementation of the 0.1% sulphur content cap in bunkers used within Emission Control Areas (ECAs). In addition one session was entirely devoted to the prospects for widespread use of LNG.
IBIA Appoints New Directors
Following an election, the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed Robin Meech (Marine and Energy Consulting) and Ciric Cheung (Fratelli Cosulich Bunkers HK) to its board from 1 April 2012. They replace previous IBIA chairman Mike Ball (Gearbulk UK) and Mustafa Muhtaroglu (Energy Petrol) who have served seven and nine year terms of office respectively. Trevor Harrison was re-elected to serve another term. The announcement was made at the IBIA Annual Dinner in London by Vice Chairman Nigel Draffin who, as previously announced, becomes Chairman on 1 April.
IBIA to deliver Enhanced Bunkering Course
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has appointed the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) as one of two bodies to be the training service provider of its Enhanced Bunkering Course for Cargo Officers in Singapore. From 1 July 2012 all new cargo officers will be required to not only be familiar with the requirements of the Singapore Standard on Bunkering (SS 600), but also to have successfully completed the Enhanced Bunkering Course, prior to working independently on board bunker tankers. Existing cargo officers will be required to attend and successfully complete the course by 30 June 2013. The move is part of MPA’s on-going efforts to enhance cargo officers’ professionalism and competency.
Bunkering Safety Training in Singapore Introduced
From 1 July this year all new cargo officers will be required to not only be familiar with the requirements of the Singapore Standard on Bunkering (SS 600), but also to have successfully completed the Enhanced Bunkering Course, prior to working independently on board bunker tankers. Existing cargo officers will be required to attend and successfully complete the course by 30 June 2013. The move is part of MPA’s on-going efforts to enhance cargo officers’ professionalism and competency. IBIA, along with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), has run a cargo officers’ course since 2009, to enhance cargo officers’ technical knowledge on bunkering related shipboard operations as well as to raise general awareness of maritime security and personal safety.
IBIA Seeks New Chief Executive
The International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) has announced that it is seeking a new Chief Executive to run the organisation from its Southampton headquarters. The 600 member trade association has been run by IBIA board member and maritime arbitrator Trevor Harrison on an interim basis since the resignation of its previous Chief Executive last year. “Representing interests from across the entire marine fuels industry at the highest level represents an exciting opportunity for someone with extensive shipping or oil industry knowledge.
Adams, Chief Executive of IBIA
Ian Adams has been appointed the first ever Chief Executive of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) following the decision to change from a 25-member Council of Management to an executive structure headed by a Board of Directors. Adams was formerly Secretary-General of IBIA which, since its formation in 1993, has been governed by a Council of Management. The decision to restructure was unanimously agreed by members at the IBIA convention in Cape Town in November last year.
Marine Fuel Quality Improving -IBIA
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) noted an improvement in bunker quality from across the marine fuels supply chain thanks in part to a campaign launched by the association. Addressing an audience of more than 1,000 marine fuel buyers, suppliers and traders at the association’s annual dinner in London last night, IBIA Chairman Jens Maul Jorgensen said that the early results for 2015 show that there has been a marked improvement in bunker fuel quality with 8% of samples found to be off-spec compared with 10% in 2014. These results are based on samples taken by testing company Intertek ShipCare. “Test figures for standard…