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IBIA announces results of its 2023 board elections

Three candidates elected for three-year term starting April 1 are Claudia Beumer (VT Group), Jeroen De Vos (Peninsula), and Nigel Draffin (Consultant & Lecturer).





Members of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) have voted and decided which candidates, from a total of 11, should fill the three available positions in the 2023 board elections.

The 11 candidates in the 2023 IBIA board elections came from 11 different companies and backgrounds, and from nine different countries.

The three candidates elected for a three-year term starting April 1, 2023 are:

  • Claudia Beumer, VT Group, Netherlands
  • Jeroen De Vos, Peninsula, Gibraltar
  • Nigel Draffin, Consultant and Lecturer, UK

The election results were announced at the IBIA AGM on Monday 27 February, 2023.

Prior to the AGM, the current board of IBIA had formally re-elected the current chair, vice-chair and treasurer for another year.

The IBIA Board will be as follows on 1 April, 2023:

Chair: Timothy Cosulich, Fratelli Cosulich, Italy

Vice-Chair: Constantinos Capetanakis, Starbulk, Greece

Hon Treasurer: Adrian Tolson, 2050 Marine Energy, USA

Eugenia Benavides, Terpel, Colombia

Claudia Beumer, VT Group, Netherlands

Rahul Choudhuri of VPS, Singapore

Jeroen De Vos, Peninsula, Gibraltar

Nigel Draffin, Consultant and Lecturer, UK

Paul Maclons of AMSOL, South Africa

Valeria Sessa, Reseaworld, Italy

J. Stephen Simms, Simms Showers LLP, USA

Anna Stefanou, PMG Holding, UK

Nicolas Vukelja, Terramar, Panama

IBIA would like to thank all who signalled an interest in taking a more active role in the Association by standing for election to the board.

“Yet again, we saw a large number of high calibre candidates in the IBIA board elections; a testament to IBIA’s stature and relevance,” says Unni Einemo, Director of IBIA, adding: “We are very happy to see the return of Nigel to the Board, one of IBIA’s founding members and a well of knowledge, and we look forward to welcoming Claudia and Jeroen, both of whom are actively involved in the industry and can bring valuable insights.”

The board members whose elected terms come to an end at the end of March 2023 are Peter Beekhuis of Maersk Oil Trading (New Zealand) and Mustafa Muhtaroğlu of Energy Petrol (Turkey). Jesper Rosenkrans decided to step down from the Board of IBIA in July 2022 when he left Total Marine Fuels for a new role outside the bunker industry at TotalEnergies.

IBIA extends a huge thanks to our outgoing board members for their dedication and valuable contributions to the Association during their tenure.

“I would like to express my appreciation for Mustafa Muhtaroğlu, Peter Beekhuis, and Jesper Rosenkrans for their support and dedication to IBIA during their terms as Board Members. It was a pleasure to work alongside them and we count on their continued engagement within the Association,” says IBIA Chair, Timothy Cosulich.

He adds: “I also want to congratulate our newly elected Board Members Claudia Beumer, Jeroen De Vos and Nigel Draffin. I am confident your contribution will make a difference toward achieving IBIA’s goals”

Related: Voting for IBIA Board Elections 2023 open till 22 February

Related: IBIA Board Elections 2023 are now open


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Published: 1 March

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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