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IBIA Board Elections 2024: Call for Nominations

There will be two vacancies and these elections are an opportunity for IBIA members to seek election to the board and take part in the running of the Association, says IBIA.

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The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) on Tuesday (14 November) said it was arranging an election to replace board members whose term will be ending on 31 March 2024. 

IBIA said there will be two vacancies and these elections are an opportunity for IBIA members to seek election to the board and take part in the running of the Association.

Members of IBIA are invited to propose candidates for election who in their opinion will make a meaningful contribution to the running of the Association. 

“Prospective Board Members should be aware that being a Board Member is not just a titular position; they are expected to take an active part in the activities of the Association,” it said. 

Prospective candidates should also look at the Bye-Laws, particularly the parts of Section 14 that deal with the election process.

Candidates for the election to the Board must:

     •        Consent to stand for election

     •        Be paid-up members of the Association

     •        Be proposed and seconded by paid-up Members of the Association

     •        Complete and return the nomination form

Completed forms must be delivered to the secretariat no later than Thursday 14 December 2023 Please return via email to [email protected] the completed nomination form as (i) a signed PDF and (ii) in Word format for processing.

Nominations received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Note: Copies of the Responsibilities of IBIA Board Members can be found here and to download the nomination form, visit IBIA Board Election Nomination Form

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Published: 15 November 2023

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IWSA invites maritime stakeholders to participate in small vessel wind propulsion survey

IWSA launched a new survey to understand why wind energy use is increasing in small vessel segments and to ascertain what barriers may be holding back further expansion in wind-powered vessels.

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IWSA invites maritime stakeholders to participate in small vessel wind propulsion survey

The International Windship Association (IWSA) on Friday (3 May) announced the launching of a new survey to gather insight from the industry to understand why wind energy use is increasing in small vessel segments and to ascertain what barriers may be holding back further expansion in the number of wind-powered vessels.

IWSA said the number of small vessels sailing using wind as their primary energy source or using wind-assist wind propulsion technology has been increasing steadily in recent years. Over the last few months there has been a further uptick in interest and vessel launchings.

“IWSA’s aim in surveying the industry and disseminating gathered insights from vessel operators’ and cargo owners’ shared experience is to assist harbours/ports in better understanding the sector,” it said in a statement.

“In addition, seafarers interested in engaging in the sector will also be better informed, as will the vessel operators that employ and train them.”

Respondent feedback from small vessel owners operating vessels that use wind energy plus insights from other relevant stakeholders will be published by IWSA in a Small Wind Propulsion Vessel publication.

Gavin Allwright, Secretary General of IWSA, said: “The results of this survey will help inform IWSA’s future work around wind propulsion deployment in the small commercial vessel sector both in developed and lesser developed regions of the world where maritime transport can be absolutely critical.”

“The aim of the resulting Small Wind Propulsion Vessel publication will be to help to facilitate discussions and debate around the issues facing the sector helping to bring together the network further and identify areas that require collective action at an industry, market and policy/regulatory level.”

Stakeholders in any small vessel segments of the industry are invited to participate in the survey. In the survey, a “small vessel” has a fairly broad definition, with vessels under 1000GT included, though this classification issue is one of the questions also under consideration.

The deadline for survey submissions is Friday, 10 May 2024. 

Note: The Small Wind Propulsion Vessel Survey can be found here.

 

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Published: 6 May, 2024

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ECSA: European shipowners welcome 40% production benchmark for clean bunker fuels in Europe

European shipowners welcome inclusion of clean marine fuels for shipping, including advanced biofuels and e-fuels, in list of net-zero technologies adopted under Net-Zero Industry Act, says ECSA.

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The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) on Thursday (25 April) said it strongly welcomed the inclusion of low-carbon bunker fuels for shipping, including advanced biofuels and e-fuels, in the list of net-zero technologies adopted under the Net-Zero Industry Act.

It said the last plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg for this five-year term adopted earlier that day the new law, which aims to scale up industrial capacity for green technologies in Europe. 

The new law introduces a benchmark for the Commission and the EU Member States to match 40% of the deployment needs for clean fuels for shipping with production capacity. 

“This is a vital step to ensure that clean fuels for shipping are made available in the market at an affordable price, as a prerequisite for shipping to meet its target under the Fuel EU Maritime Regulation,” ECSA said on its website.

“Scaling up the production and uptake of clean fuels for shipping is a top priority for European shipping.”

Sotiris Raptis, ECSA’s Secretary General, said: “European shipowners have consistently requested for a mandate on the European fuel suppliers to scale up and make clean, affordable and safe fuels available in the market.”

“Matching European fuel industrial capacity with the EU targets under the FuelEU Maritime is essential.”

“We welcome the 40% benchmark for the production of clean fuels such as advanced biofuels and e-fuels as a stepping stone towards an international scale-up of alternative sustainable fuels for shipping. We will work closely with the Commission to ensure that the 40% benchmark is translated into immediate action.”

 

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Published: 29 April 2024

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Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG unite against EU trade barriers to biomethane and biomethanol fuels

Both parties expressed their deep concerns following recent announcement by European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol bunker fuel.

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Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG unite against EU trade barriers to biomethane and biomethanol fuels

The Methanol Institute (MI) and SEA-LNG, key representatives of the methanol and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries respectively, on Wednesday (17 April) expressed their deep concerns following the recent announcement by the European Commission impacting the trade of biomethane and biomethane-based biofuels such as biomethanol. 

The Commission has noted the intention to exclude the automatic certification of biomethane and biomethanol-based fuels produced through mass balance chain of custody in third-party countries outside the EU gas grids within the Union Database (UDB), an IT system to trace the sustainability and origin of renewable fuels placed into service in the European market. 

“This exclusion will severely limit the use of these critical fuels in decarbonising intra-European and international maritime transport even if these fuels were produced in accordance with EU regulations under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED),” MI and SEA-LNG said in a statement. 

Methanol Institute, as the trade association representing the global interests of the methanol industry, and SEA-LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition promoting the benefits of LNG as a marine fuel, are particularly concerned about the potential impacts of these measures on competitiveness and international trade dynamics. 

“If this materialises, it will create a trade barrier that threatens to impede the importation of biomethane and biomethanol into the European Union, limiting the availability and increasing the costs of these fuels to the bunkering industry in Europe,” they said.

“Furthermore, it may also disqualify such fuels produced using a mass balance chain of custody from non-EU gas grids, when bunkered in non-European ports for use by vessels calling at European ports from being recognised under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Consequently, these fuels may not be able to generate credits under EU ETS and FuelEU Maritime.”

In response to these challenges, MI and SEA-LNG call for the recognition of biomethane and biomethanol-based fuels produced using a mass balance chain of custody from non-EU gas grids under the UDB. 

“We propose an urgent meeting between our representatives and those of the European Commission to discuss necessary amendments to ensure a sustainable and competitive energy future for the European maritime sector,” they added.

 

Photo credit: Methanol Institute and SEA-LNG
Published: 18 April 2024

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