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.
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.
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 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.