IBIA appoints new vice-chairman

Associations, Company Profiles — By on April 24, 2014 at 6:42 PM
Robin Meech

Robin Meech

24 April 2014 – The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has appointed Robin Meech as its new vice-chairman for a one year term of office. An independent and well respected bunker industry consultant, Robin Meech is a former bunker buyer and author of several books for the marine fuel sector.

He replaces Jens Maul Jorgensen who became IBIA chairman on 1 April.

Welcoming Robin Meech’s appointment IBIA chief executive Peter Hall said:

“Robin Meech has been involved with IBIA for many years and always brings a knowledgeable commercial perspective to the association. We are grateful for his commitment to raising standards and the IBIA team looks forward to working with him closely over the next 12 months.”

About Robin Meech

Robin Meech is managing director of Marine and Energy Consulting Ltd, an independent practice established in 2001 focusing on the marine sector with an emphasis on the transport of energy.
He has a particular interest in the bunker industry where he has undertaken assignments for a wide range of clients. He has a strong focus on environmental issues having been involved with the development and assessing the impact of marine and bunker related regulations. The company’s clients include all the majors, the larger traders, independent suppliers, ship owners, refiners and terminal operators. He is keen to further improve the skill base of participants in the industry having directed technical and managerial training events, specifically for the bunker business.

He spent a significant proportion of his career with the international technical and management consultancy Arthur D Little where he was heavily involved in the evaluation of downstream projects including land transportation, pipelines, and terminals as well the tanker industry.

He was appointed as a director of an independent tanker company where his responsibilities included managing the purchasing of bunkers.

He is co-author of “Outlook for Bunker Fuel Oil and Heavy Fuel Oil to 2035” to be published this year and co-author of the book “Bunkers – An analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues” published in 2013. He is a member of the board of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).

About IBIA

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) exists to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry; to represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with national and international policy makers, legislators and other groups and bodies; to review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation; to increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry; to provide services and facilities for members and others as the Board shall from time to time consider appropriate.
IBIA gained consultative status with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in November 2005 and is represented at all relevant meetings.

IBIA actively seeks to involve is members through its Annual Convention by educating and motivating members to conclude on major issues and topics of the time, creating the “IBIA Position” to present to IMO.

IBIA champions the continued development of professionals within the bunker industry through its Bunker Courses and its Bunker Cargo Officer qualification.

“Jo”

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