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.

Professor’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






Certificates and close


End of course


Registration and Welcome Coffees


Welcome Address

Tahra Sergeant, Regional Manager (Africa), IBIA

Anna Stefanou, Finance & Credit Manager, PMG Holding

Thomas Sullivan, Conference Chairman, Seatrans


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, Head of Sales and Trading, PMG Holding

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

Judge Emeritus 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

John Ghio, CEO & Captain of the Port, Port of Gibraltar

Franck Lauwers, Programme Officer (Prevention), REMPEC

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


Networking Lunch Break


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


Networking Coffee Break


Session Four: Financing the Marine Industry and price mechanism for current and future fuels

The EU ETS is a cornerstone of the EU’s policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 2023 will see the ETS introduced for Carbon emissions from shipping. What will happen and when? How will this impact shipping? How will it impact Bunkering? What future carbon credits, levies and taxes will we see? What is the role of Carbon Offsets in this environment?


Presenters and Panellists:

Moderator: Anna Stefanou, Finance Manager, PMG HOLDING

John Philips, Director/Consultant – Awyr Las Ltd

Kamel Moris, Fim Bank 

Jonah Sweeney, Marine fuel reporter/analyst, Argus


End of Day One Conferencing

20:30 - 23:30

Gala Dinner Reception


Session Five: Regional Focus - Bunker Business in Malta

Presenters and Panellists:
Moderator: Thomas Sullivan, Conference Chairman, Seatrans

Pippo Pandolfino, CEO, Valletta Bunkers Ltd
Cornelia Zammit GermanCeo, Falzon Group

Peter Taylor, Head of  Macquarie office, Macquaire Trading

Tasos Altounis, Termoil


Networking Coffee Break


Session Six: Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

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

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

Walter Dekkers, Technical consultant fuel & bunkers, Van Ameyde Marine

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

Chris Turner, Manager Bunker Quality and Claims, Integr8

Closing remarks


Networking Lunch Break

14:00 - 16:30

Malta Bunkers Facilities Tour

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