• 2018 February 28 12:20

    New chairman and board members announced at IBIA’s AGM

    The next chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and the result of board elections were announced at IBIA’s AGM on Monday 19 February, a few hours before more than 1,000 marine fuel professionals gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane for the 25th IBIA Annual Dinner.

    After two years serving as the Chairman of IBIA, Robin Meech of Marine and Energy Consulting will be passing on the baton to Michael Green, Global Technical Manager at Intertek Shipcare, who is currently the Vice Chairman.

    Henrik Zederkof, a Senior Director at Bunker Holding A/S, will take over as Vice Chairman of IBIA. Martin Laue Brodersen from the Danish shipping company Torm, who joined the board on 1 April 2017, will take over from Eugenia Benavides, Marine Director of Terpel S.A. as Treasurer.

    Ten candidates were up for election for four board positions. The four board members that were elected for a 3-year term are industry consultant, author and lecturer Nigel Draffin (re-elected), Patrick Holloway of law firm Webber Wentzel Attorneys (re-elected), Adrian Pask of BP Marine and Nicolas Vukelja of Terramare.

    Robin Meech and Eugenia Benavides have both now served as board members for the maximum time allowed under the Association’s bye-laws and have to step down.

    The changes to the board take effect on 1 April 2019.

    Welcoming guests to IBIA’s 25th annual dinner on Monday evening, Chief Executive Justin Murphy emphasised that even in our age of electronic exchanges, people remain at the heart of the industry, which is why it is so important for IBIA to facilitate connections, whether it’s via technology or in person. He told members that the IBIA website will soon be re-launched and a new membership management system will be implemented – both of which will improve the interface with members. Moreover, there is potential for new regional membership branches.  All of this will contribute to the many ways in which members can engage with IBIA’s working groups to deliver value to the industry. Two concrete examples of this are the Supplier’s Guide to Best Practice, which will be presented to the 72nd session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protecion Committee for its consideration in April, and the Ethics Working Group, which is gaining traction with the development of the IBIA Code of Ethics.

    Speaking at the dinner, Robin Meech praised the professionalism of IBIA’s Chief Executive, Justin Murphy, and the enthusiastic and effective secretariat in London, Singapore and South Africa in helping to raise the Association’s profile. “It has been an honour to be chairman of IBIA for the past two years. They have been an interesting two years,” he said. “I have great pleasure in passing the baton of the chairmanship of IBIA to Michael Green who I know will accelerate the rate of growth of the influence and value for money for our current and new membership.”

    “I can’t possibly begin to convey to you what an honour and a privilege it is to stand before you this evening as the incoming Chairman of IBIA,” Michael Green told the dinner guests.

    Both Meech and Green said IBIA is now in its strongest position for quite some time, highlighting that the Association is proactive and forward thinking, and has made significant contributions at the International Maritime Organization. “The fact that we find ourselves with IBIA in such a position of strength at this current time is very reassuring given all of the concerns surrounding what is expected in the coming years,” Green said.

2019 June 26

18:31 Dolphin Drilling business completes financial restructuring and appoints new management team
18:11 Jacobs wins contract to help build the largest shipyard in the Arabian Gulf
18:09 Senior officials from Kenya Coast Guard Services are undergoing training at national workshop in Mombasa
17:52 LUKOIL commissions two wells at V. Filanovsky field
17:30 Term of office of Sergey Baryshnikov, Rector of Makarov University, extended for 5 years
17:06 Saudi Aramco signs 12 agreements with South Korean partners worth billions of dollars
16:41 Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes major maintenance programme on OSV Deep Arctic
16:23 Nordic Engineering wins competition on development of technical design for 6-8 MW icebreaker
15:49 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker returned to Murmansk after its 50th voyage to North Pole
15:35 OOCL chooses Navis Stowage Planning Software StowMan for its container ship fleet
14:52 MacGregor works together with MSC to maximise performance and reduce emissions
14:50 IMO celebrates 30 years of outstanding legal training
14:26 North Sea Port conducts quay-inspection test using underwater robot from Asset.Insight.
14:03 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion signs contract on the conversion of a dredger ‘Samuel de Champlain’
13:52 EU NAVFOR Somalia takes part in Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in Western Indian Ocean and Plenary Session of CGPCS
13:24 Sergey Larionov elected as General Director of Lena United River Shipping Company
12:51 Igor Tonkovidov elected as Chairman of Novoship BoD
12:27 Port of Rotterdam Authority to invest over 3.5 million euros to optimise the Wilhelminahaven
12:00 Nevsky Shipyard certified in “Military Register” Voluntary Certification System
11:58 Closing of MacGregor's TTS acquisition postponed to Q3 2019
11:35 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approved project on development of bunkering base at commercial seaport of Murmansk
10:57 Yamal LNG shipped first LNG cargo to Japan
10:18 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.42% to $65.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.94% to $58.95
09:59 IAPH South East Asia and Oceania Region meets in Kuala Lumpur in August
09:44 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning June, 26
09:33 Bunker prices increase at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,280 points

2019 June 25

18:06 VARD orders seawater cooling for newbuild cable layer
17:34 ABP Humber Estuary Services (HES) purchased new £600,000 survey vessel
17:06 Q-Flex vessel sets delivery benchmark in Turkey
16:28 Awilco LNG posts vessel and contract update
16:22 Zhatai Shipyard to be provided with RUB 4.1 billion of budget investments in 2019–2021
15:59 Maersk introduces Maersk Spot, a new fully online product that simplifies the buying process for customers
15:15 NCSP Group announced decisions made at annual general shareholders' meeting
14:51 IMO: committed to implementation
14:20 ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer
13:37 MAN B&W dual-fuel engines pass half-million hour milestone
12:59 ECSA celebrates the Day of the Seafarer
12:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:58 Fuel technologies in the spotlight at ABS Hellenic Technical Committee
11:39 Dickson obtains status of international port
10:58 MEYER WERFT hands over Spirit of Discovery to the British cruise line Saga Cruises
10:42 Concordia Damen ships 18 hulls from Shanghai to Rotterdam
10:24 Gender equality is the theme of Day of the Seafarer 2019
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.81% to $63.66, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.88% to $57.39
09:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 25
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,258 points

2019 June 24

18:05 Training Montenegro to combat oil spills
17:50 Four cruise ships visit the Port of Riga at the same time
17:27 Finnish Government proposes supplementary appropriation of EUR 40 million for basic infrastructure management
17:05 Austal delivers third guardian class patrol boat to the Australian Department of Defence
16:47 Incat Crowther announces contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry
16:46 Construction and operation of dual-fuel ships has low economic efficiency – USC President
16:45 Maersk Drilling completes sale of jack-up Mærsk Giant
16:24 USC set to build floating electricity-generating facilities running on LNG supplied by bunkering ships
16:03 Van Oord and Mammoet enter into cooperation with scale-up Verton
15:45 United Shipbuilding Corporation to launch the first LNG-powered ferry for Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line in late July
15:30 United Shipbuilding Corporation establishes USC-Propulsion and USC-Interior subdivisions
15:03 MOL signs deal on a long-term charter contract to utilize "MOL FSRU Challenger" for Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project
14:42 New USC Vice-President, Civil Shipbuilding, to get into office on 10 July 2019