IBIA highlights bunker opportunities in Mauritius

Associations, Bunkering — By on September 8, 2015 at 1:35 PM
IBIA'S CEO Peter Hall

IBIA’S CEO Peter Hall

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) is working with the government of Mauritius to host a Forum examining business opportunities linked to the island’s development as an international bunkering supplier and hub.

Mauritius: A Bunker Hub: Driving the Ocean Economy will be held at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis, Mauritius from 13-15 October and is organised in partnership with Celero, an independent logistics group, based in Mauritius and Madagascar.

IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall said:

“The Mauritian Government is committed to developing its maritime economy, seeing it as an important driver of economic growth and is keen to create new opportunities across all sectors.

This high level event will bring together the key players from across the region and with over 300, 000 vessels passing Mauritius annually, the economic potential to develop the island as a bunker supplier and hub, is significant.”

Mauritius occupies a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, offering an important base for shipping on the East – West trade routes and for businesses looking for a convenient doorstep to Africa and the Mauritius Port Authority already offers special port tariffs for bunker operations.

The four-day programme will consist of two days training; an IBIA basic bunkering course and tailored training for the region, examining top legal and business issues.

This will be followed by a one and a half day conference, including several keynote speeches from government ministers on the ‘Blue Economy’ and the government’s drive to turn Mauritius into a leading regional petroleum hub.

The conference which will examine the maritime development of Mauritius, potential investment opportunities and specifics related to bunkering, culminates in a harbour tour. The Forum offers numerous networking opportunities and includes a social events programme.

Aimed at both local and international delegates, the attendees are likely to be from local government and the port authority, as well as international ship owners, bunker suppliers, traders, brokers, port authorities, credit reporting companies and lawyers.

To book to attend Mauritius: A Bunker Hub: Driving the Ocean Economy, enquire about speaker slots and sponsorship opportunities please contact Tahra Sergeant, IBIA Regional Manager +27 21 7905318 or tahra.sergeant@ibia.net  or Neerish Chooramun, Manager, Marketing and Ocean Operations, Celero on +230 202 0014 or nchooramun@celerogroup.com .

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.

www.ibia.net

About Celero

CELERO, an independent logistics group based in Mauritius, with a branch in Madagascar, provides innovative logistics, shipping and supply chain solutions to its clients and partners locally and around the world.  www.celerogroup.com

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