About IBC

The International Bunker conference (IBC) has a long history supported by the industry and has remained a proactive forum since its introduction in 1979.

Through the years the conference has been hosted by BI Norwegian Business School.

BI’s strategy for 2015-2018 has defined and prioritized activities that will strengthen and support BI’s core areas; research, education, and the development and delivery of programs in leadership, management, administration, finance and marketing.

With BI’s future focus on core business and primary research areas, BI will not be able to maintain the same quality and level of involvement in this segment of the industry. With this background, BI decided to withdraw from the IBC effective from 2017 and hand over the baton to The International Bunker Conference (IBC) SA. 

IBC SA is committed to carry forward the  heritage and tradition  of not only having in-depth presentations of papers on issues of importance to the international bunker industry, but also introduce new and relevant topics for the audience. Most members of the former program committee now takes the International Bunker Conference further into the future by focusing on relevant topics within the bunkering and maritime industry.

Our main asset will remain a close cooperation with industrial partners such as oil companies, ship owners and class societies and our priority will remain to deliver quality-based subject content and a continued network for the IBC delegates.


Torbjørn Lie, Senior Sales Manager, Wärtsilä – Ship Power

Torbjørn has worked in different positions linked to international shipping for more than 30 years. He is educated Marine Engineer and has several years international sailing experience in major shipping companies. Torbjørn have been employed in technical and commercial positions for companies like Aker Yards (Installation Engineer), Wärtsilä Diesel (Superintendent Engineer), bp marine (Key Account Manager), Chevron (Area Manager, Lubricants) , DNV Petroleum Services (Business Development Manager and General Manager Consultancy), DNV GL (Head of Section, Machinery Approval Ship & Offshore). Through these positions he has obtained broad experience and knowledge on operational challenges and necessary preventive measures needed in the shipping industry. Torbjørn have also worked within the environmental sector. Over the past decade he has been giving lectures and speeches on environmental, technical and commercial issues towards shipping and land based industries.

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James J. Corbett, P.E., Ph.D. Univeristy of Delaware 

conducts technology-policy research related to transportation, including groundbreaking research on air emissions from maritime transport, energy and environmental impacts of freight transportation, and assessment of technological and policy strategies for improving goods movement. Dr. Corbett received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned M.S. degrees in the departments of EPP and Mechanical Engineering.  Dr. Corbett's international research produces scholarly and applied resources that: i) improve collaboration among industry, universities, and agencies across jurisdictions; and ii) build interdisciplinary capacity to evaluate benefits of alternative ideas for sustainable goods movement. Dr. Corbett was a lead author of seminal studies evaluating international shipping’s role in use of technology to meet stewardship goals. Among more than 175 publications, Dr. Corbett coauthored the 2000 IMO Study on Greenhouse Gases from Ships, the Second IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2009, and the IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014. 


Unni Einemo, IMO representative, Median & Communications Manager, IBIA

Unni Einemo joined the secretariat of the International Bunker Industry Association in April 2016 after having worked for nearly two decades as a journalist and analyst specialising in the marine fuel and shipping industries. She was a key member of the team that built up the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping news services, working as Managing Editor for these publications at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015. Through writing, and regularly attending industry conferences and meetings at the International Maritime Organization, Unni has gained expert industry knowledge, in particular on regulatory affairs and fuel quality issues. She earned a reputation for accurate and insightful reporting, and the ability to digest and communicate complex subject matter to the public. She is well respected for her analysis and editorial skills. In 2014 she became the first ever journalist to be elected to the board of IBIA, where she contribudted to the association's activities, including submissions to IMO's Marine Environment Protection Comittee and participation in correspondence groups on fuel-related matters. Prior to joining Petromedia, she worked with an international market intelligence dept. of the Financial Times Group in London. Unni is a Masters Graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, with a major in Contemporary Politics of the Middle East.



John Stirling, Quality Manager, WFS

As an integral part of the WFS Marine Technical group, John is focused on delivering added value to WFS customers on training, for both internal and external customers, on general fuel properties, on all marine technical issues, emission control regulations and quality/quantity disputes. A long serving IBIA Board member, he is an active member of ISO 8217 WG and the CIMAC Heavy Fuels WG. Before joining WFS, just over 4 years ago, John was a 24 year veteran of the fuel testing industry, where at DNV Petroleum Services he had a multitude of responsibilities, covering fuel testing, quantity surveys, customer service, business development, energy management projects and statistical analysis.


Gunnar Kjeldsen, Business Development Manager – Marine Fuel Services, Bureau Veritas

Gunnar Kjeldsen began his working career in DNV Petroleum Services where he spent 16 years in different key positions. His last position in DNV Petroleum Services was Regional Manager for the Middle East and Africa.

Gunnar has presented at bunker and shipping conferences, conducted seminars and also written on marine fuels. His extensive knowledge on marine fuels has helped shipping companies mitigate operational and financial risks as well as cost reduction with regards to bunker operations.

Since 1 April 2014, Gunnar has been Business Development Manager for Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services.


Fritz J. Fredriksen, Global Manager Fuel & Lube, Petroleum Geo-Services

Fritz J. Fredriksen graduated from Tønsberg Nautical College in 1990. From 1990-96 he was employed in various ranks as navigational officer with Norwegian Cruise Lines. In the years 1996 till 2000 he was Port Captain and operator in Western Bulk Carriers, stationed in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1999. In 2000 he was employed as a "Manager of Fleet Performance/Bunker Purchase" with Leif Hoegh & Co./HUAL A/S. In 2005 he became Sr. Manager of Fleet performance/Bunker purchase with Höegh Autoliners. In 2010 he took on an engagement Conservation officer Arctics / Senior advisor shipping and petroleum with WWF Norway, before he joined DNV Petroleum Services, as a Principal Consultant in 2011. He now works as Global Manager of Fuel & Lube for Petroleum Geo-Services. Fritz holds certificate as Master Mariner, and diplomas from courses within bunkering, as well as numerous other shipping/safety related matters. He is a Past Chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), Fritz has been a member/chair of the IBC Program Committee since 2001

Per Brinchmann 

Brinchmann holds a Master degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim. Since his start as a researcher within ship operation and marine safety in 1979, he has held various leading positions in Norwegian shipping and offshore companies.

Per is a former Vice President Technical of the Norwegian ship owner Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA. Wilh. Wilhelmsen, together with their partner Wallenius Lines of Sweden, is a world leading RoRo vessel operator, with more than 135 vessels in service. From his position as head of the technical department, Brinchmann has for several years been active in the search for new solutions to the energy and environmental challenges yet facing the maritime industry.

Companies represented at IBC 2017

  • Alfa Laval
  • Argus Media
  • Arte bunkering
  • Bergen Bunkers
  • Blohm+Voss
  • BunkerOil
  • Bureau Veritas Verifuel
  • CE Delft
  • Cermatec
  • Chalmers University
  • Chevron
  • Color Line Marine
  • CYE Petrol
  • Elomatic OY
  • Emerson
  • Endress+Hauser (S.E.A) Pte Ltd
  • Esso Norge AS
  • ExxonMobil
  • FOBAS, Lloyds Register
  • Frontline
  • Hoegh
  • IBIA
  • Incendio AB
  • Inspectorate VeriFuel
  • Integr8 Fuels
  • Intertek Shipcare
  • KPI Bridgeoil
  • Kristian Gerhard Jebsen
  • Lloyds Register
  • Lukoil Marine
  • Maersk Tankers

  • Man Diesel & Turbo
  • Marine Fuel Services ASA
  • Merchant Marine Academy of Makedonia
  • Neste
  • Norwegian Maritime Authority
  • Norwegian Oil Trading
  • Odfjell Tankers
  • Optimum Ship Management
  • Petrospot
  • PGS
  • Preem AB
  • Quadrise Fuels
  • RM Consulting
  • Saga Shipholding Norway
  • SagaWelco
  • Shell
  • S&P Global Platts
  • ST1 Sweden AB
  • Stena Oil
  • Thenamaris
  • Total Bitumen Deutschland Gmbh
  • Total Research & Technology Gonfreville
  • TransOleum
  • Unioil Supply A/S
  • Utkilen AS
  • VPS
  • Wärtsila
  • Wärtsila Moss AS
  • Wärtsila Ship Power
  • Western Bulk Carriers
  • Wilhelmsen
  • Wilson Eurocarriers AS
  • World Fuel Services WFS


The 38th International Bunker Conference (IBC)