IBIA offers industry support in wake of OW Bunker collapse

Associations, Bunkering, Marine Equipment Products and Services — By on November 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM
IBIA'S CEO Peter Hall

IBIA’S CEO Peter Hall

  • – Dialogue sessions with MPA Singapore
  • – Support available in European ports
  • – Career support for employees impacted

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has announced a series of measures to support companies and individuals impacted by last week’s collapse of OW Bunker.

In Singapore, IBIA will be taking part in dialogue sessions led by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to ensure continuing smooth bunker operations. IBIA stands ready to offer this service to other companies potentially impacted in European ports. The association is also offering professional career support services to those individuals who have lost their jobs.

IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall said:

“This is an unprecedented occurrence and our thoughts are with the very large number of competent hardworking ex-employees now urgently in need of support and industry contact. It is important that dialogue is maintained across the supply chain and we are pleased to be able to support the Singapore bunkering community. We hope that our efforts will ensure an uninterrupted supply of bunkers. We are willing and able to act as local point of support in European ports as we are doing in Singapore.”

He added:

“We are offering all ex-OW Bunker employees impacted by the situation free IBIA membership. This is a modest gesture, but will provide them with access to an independent forum where their details can be made rapidly available to others in the industry including employers who are picking up the business previously conducted by OW.”

In a separate move IBIA Chairman Jens Maul Jorgensen has seen his one year term of office extended by a further year. The decision was approved at the IBIA Convention in Hamburg last week.

Congratulating Jens Maul Jorgensen, IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall said:

“As a prominent shipowning representative, Jens has been instrumental on focusing IBIA’s efforts on improving bunker quality around the world. He is an extremely energetic and dedicated chairman and I am delighted that he will continue to support our drive to raise standards across the industry.”

About

The International Bunker Industry Association exists to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry.

The Association currently has over 650 organisations within its membership representing all within the marine fuel supply chain – “from the wellhead to the engine”.

IBIA exists to represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with international and national policy makers, legislators and other stakeholders.

We review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation.

Our objective is to increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry.

We represent the Marine fuels supply industry at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

IBIA actively seeks to involve its members through its technical work groups, regional forums and annual convention to conclude on major issues and topics of the time, creating the “IBIA Position” to present to IMO and to industry.

IBIA champions the continued development of professionals within the bunker industry through its training programme and publications

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