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IBIA welcomes new Chairman, committee members

Robin Meech and Eugenia Benavides step down from board after serving for maximum time allowed under the association’s bye-laws.

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The below is a press release from the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA):

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.

Source: International Bunker Industry Association
Published: 20 February 2018
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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