Concerns over ECA compliance under spotlight at IBIA 2014 convention

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IBIAThe bunkering industry and its shipping industry customers will gather in Hamburg from 3rd-7th November for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) annual convention and forum.

Taking place just weeks ahead of the implementation of  European laws on the sulphur content of marine fuels, the event features over 30 expert speakers who will be looking at new fuels, emerging markets, quality and integrity and compliance with the latest regulations.

IBIA chief executive Peter Hall said: “The management of marine fuels is at the top of every shipping company’s agenda with so many questions surrounding new fuel types, ECA compliance, quality and testing. Our unique four day event takes place during the week of the Hamburg Eisbeinessen, a huge maritime industry gathering and will help to clarify many of the issues facing shipping company executives.”

The packed programme kicks off with a full day forum on 3rd November titled “Bunkering in 2015 and Beyond” which provides delegates with a holistic view of the industry today covering legislation, pricing, quality, fuel switching and sampling.

The convention opens on 4th November with an address by Dr Hermann Klein, CEO of German ship owner ER Schiffahrt, followed by presentations from European refiners, surveyors, owners and ports. Much of the discussion will focus on the implications of the European ECA which comes into force on 1st January 2015.

The Singapore Maritime Authority will also use the convention to explain its mass flow metering initiative. Earlier this year the Authority announced that from 2017 it will be mandatory to use a mass flow metering system for marine fuel oil bunkering in Singapore.

All the events will be held at The Grand Elysee Hotel in Hamburg and the event is supported by the German Shipowners Association and the Ship Brokers and Traders association, IBIA has put together a comprehensive programme.