Registration for Training

Registration for Training

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) will host its Industry-leading training course with the renowned expert in the bunkering industry Nigel Draffin (Author of 12 books on Bunkering). The course will consist of a morning and an afternoon session.

This course will cover the reasons for promoting alternative fuels, the reality of what is available and a description of each fuel type. It will discuss the current situation with regard to the uptake of the fuels. It will examine the methods of production, transport, storage and distribution of the fuels together with the existing regulations.

Further sessions will then look at the issues with storage, measurement of quality and quantity, the introduction of synthetic fuels and the overall economics.

The last session will try to look ahead and predict the likely growth path.

The course will use data from the most recent publications and will be led by a member of the IBIA technical and Alternative fuels working groups.

Lecturer's details

NIGEL DRAFFIN Served at sea with Shell from 1966, coming ashore in 1979 working in New Building, Research and Operations departments.  In 1996 he moved to Bunker broking first at Gibsons then at LQM Petroleum Services where he was Technical Manager before retiring in 2015.

He has sailed on and supervised the construction and operation of bulk carriers, oil tankers and gas carriers. He has acted as a consultant on technical issues for over 22 years. He given expert opinions and is a supporting member of LMAA. A founder member of the International Bunker Industry Association, serving on its board and as Chairman in 2012. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.

He is the course director of the Petrospot bunkering courses and a regular presenter at bunker conferences. He has written 12 books on Bunkering and Shipping published by Petrospot.




Why alternative fuels?




The fuels


Coffee break






Transport and distribution






Regulations (IGC, IGF)


Fuel storage


Quantity and quality


Synthetic fuels


Coffee break




Predictions followed by Certificates & end of course

19:00 - 21:00

IBIA Welcome Reception

Will be held on the Panoramic Terrace on Level 13 of the Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Sponsored by:



Registration and Welcome Coffees


Welcome Address

Thomas Sullivan, Commercial Director - Seatrans, Conference Chairman

Tahra Sergeant, Regional Manager (Africa), IBIA

Anna Stefanou, PMG Holding Global Head of Finance, PMG Group Board member, IBIA Board member


Keynote speeches

Hon Miriam Dalli, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise

Hon Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

10:15 - 11:15

Session One: New Regional Dynamics

Geopolitical events in recent months have created a massive disruption in global oil, shipping and bunker markets.  The panel will discuss these short- and long-term impacts and how they have been particularly destabilizing to Turkey, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.


Presenters and Panellists:

Moderator: Jack Jordan, Managing Editor, Ship & Bunker

Taha Karakan, Physical Manager, PSTV Energy DMCC | Bunker One

Davide Anghinoni, Senior Trader, Bunker Desk, Saras Trading

Michael Malamen, PMG Holding Global Commercial Manager, PMG Group Board member

Irene Notias, Country Manager - Greek Office, Sing Fuels Pte Ltd

Judge Joseph Zammit McKeon, Chairman, Malta Maritime Forum

Kenneth Dam, Global Head of Bunkering, TFG Marine


Networking Coffee Break


Session Two: Clean Shipping & Decarbonisation - The Proposed Mediterranean Emission Control Area (ECA) and Shipping's Decarbonisation Goals

The panel will discuss the Mediterranean ECA proposal that is currently being considered by IMO and its obvious impact on the regional bunker industry. In addition, progress towards IMO’s 2030 and 2050 goals and likely further regulation will be evaluated.


Presenters and Panellists:

Moderator: Nigel Draffin, Author & Bunkering Consultant

Franck Lauwers, Programme Officer (Prevention), REMPEC

Ilyas Muhammad, Senior Business Development Manager, Decarbonisation Business Development, A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S

Ivan Sammut, Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, Transport Malta


Networking Lunch Break

Sponsored by:

Transport Malta Bronze SponsorOrimMacquarieSarasaotFimbankBB Energy


Session Three: Alternative Fuels

The need to reduce emissions of air pollutants like SOx and NOx has already been driving the industry toward new types of cleaner-burning fuels. Going forward, the decarbonisation drive will have an even bigger impact. Which alternative fuels are currently in favour? How long will LNG remain part of the picture? When will we see the first large zero-carbon cargo ships, and how long will it take for these ships to become the majority? Join industry experts introducing what we should expect in the years ahead, how the new fuels will work in engines and what preparation needs to be done for the zero-carbon transition.


Presenters and Panellists:

Moderator: Jonah Sweeney, Marine Fuel Reporter / Analyst, Argus

Guido CardulloHead of Business Development, Fratelli Cosulich Spa

Nigel Draffin, Author & Bunkering Consultant

Mark Smith, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Association Limited

Peter Taylor, EMEA head of Macquarie Commodities Trading, Macquarie

Conor Fürstenberg Stott, Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory, Maritime Directors for the Ammonia Energy Association


Networking Coffee Break


Session Four: Financing Bunker operations in current market conditions

The last few years have been turbulent for global markets and bunkering industry in particular. COVID, bankruptcies, War in Ukraine, surging commodity prices have reshaped financing landscape for the bunker industry. Our experts will analyze all the above crucial matters.


Presenters and Panellists:

Moderator: Anna Malamen-Stefanou, PMG Holding Global Head of Finance, PMG Group Board member, IBIA Board member

John Philips, Director/Consultant – Awyr Las Ltd

Kamel Moris, COO, Fim Bank 

Jonah Sweeney, Marine fuel reporter/analyst, Argus

Nikolas Gkikas, CEO, NEREUS

Orkhan Rustamov, CEO, Alkagesta


End of Day One Conferencing

19:30 - 23:30

IBIA Gala Dinner

Will be held at Villa Arrigo, St Paul's Street, Naxxar. Dress Code: Smart Casual

  • 18:45 Attendees to congregate at Level 0 of the Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
  • 19:30 Cocktail Reception
  • 20:00 Opening Remarks & Welcome Speech
  • 20:20 Dinner served
  • 23:00 Dinner ends
  • 23:00 First Coach transfer to hotel
  • 00:00 Second coach transfer to hotel


Session Five: Regional Focus - Bunker Business in Malta

The panel will discuss Malta's strategic location as an Important Bunkering Location in the Mediterranean. In addition the various bunker terminals available for loading in Malta along with the bunkering anchorage areas. The vast experience of this panel will allow the audience to understand how important the location is in Malta.


Presenters and Panellists:
Moderator: Thomas Sullivan - Seatrans, Commercial Director, Conference Chairman

Pippo Pandolfino, CEO, Valletta Bunkers Ltd

Alessandro Runco, COO, Falzon Group

Tasos Altounis, Bunker Manager, Termoil


Networking Coffee Break


Session Six: Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

Our expert panel provides an update on current trends in marine fuel quality, in particular VLSFO, and where any problems are emerging. The relationship between ISO 8217 and fuel trends will be also examined.

Presenters and Panellists:
Moderator: Danny Chua, Senior Partner, JTJB

Charlotte Rojgaard, Global Head of Marine Fuel Services, Bureau Veritas, VeriFuel 

Colin Holloway, Global Head - Technical, Cockett Marine Oil DMCC

Chris Turner, Manager Bunker Quality and Claims, Integr8 Fuels.

Closing remarks


Networking Lunch Break

Sponsored by:

Transport Malta Bronze SponsorOrimMacquarieSarasaotFimbankBB Energy

14:00 - 16:30

Malta Bunkers Facilities Tour

Combined visit to Evos tank terminal network, consisting of eight terminals, with a combined storage capacity of 6.3 million cbm and Enemed tunnel underground fuel storage installation situated approximately 45 metres underground.

Delegates are to wear trousers and suitable closed shoes for walking. No high heels, sandals or open shoes are permitted. Attendees must be fit enough to walk approximately 750 metres. An airport shuttle service will be provided to those wishing to go directly to the airport at the end of the tour.

This tour is limited to 50 delegates only.

Tour Programme

  • 13:30Hrs Safety briefing
  • 14:00Hrs Depart hotel
  • 14:30Hrs Arrival at Evos where group will be split up into two groups of 25. One group will be taken onto the roof for an overview tour while the other will go down. Groups will then interchange. Tour to last around 45 minutes.
  • 15:15Hrs Guests to be taken to Enemed
  • 15:30Hrs Tour of Enemed tunnel installation (combined group of 50 together). Visiting underground fuel storage installation situated approximately 45 metres underground. Attendees will be given a Site Safety Briefing at the conference prior to the arrival at the installation. Registration at Security – participants will be asked to present their pass to Security personnel. Visit is subject to daily operational requirements. Tour to last around one hour.
  • 16:30Hrs Guests to be split up into two groups. One group is taken directly to the airport while the other is brought back to the hotel.

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