Our Speakers

The Speakers at the 39th International Bunker Conference IBC

Conference chairman -  James J. Corbett, P.E. Ph.D. University of Delaware


James J. Corbett,   Will be the chairman of The international Bunker Conference 2018 and guide us through a 2 day program with interesting presentations, discussions questions and answers focused on the solution room for the upcoming regulations taking effect January 1st 2020.  

James J. Corbett, P.E., Ph.D. 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

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Unni Einemo IMO Representative, Media & 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.

Justin Longhurst

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Justin Longhurst joined BP in 1991 as a graduate trainee. He has done multiple roles across the Integrated Supply and Trading organisation within BP covering crude, products and LNG in multiple markets. For the last 6 years he has been the Fuel Oil Trading and Bunkering Manager in Europe and Africa.

Anna Zhigulina

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Anna Zhigulina is Leading Specialist of foreign vessels Bunkering Department of LUKOIL-MarineBunker Ltd.

She handles with selling of bunker for foreign vessels operating in Baltic region (ports of St.Petersburg, Ust-Luga, Vysotsk, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Baltiysk), as well as South region ( ports of Novorossiysk, Kavkaz, Taman) and internal river ports (Azov, Rostov).

She started her job career in a small companies which were selling yachts and marine equipment, then she moved to the company connected with logistic of foreign goods. And gain her logistic skills. And afterwards she  joined former LUKOIL-BUNKER OOO, nowadays LUKOIL-MarineBunker Ltd.  

She is well- known with full chain supply as she started from the position of back-office manager, financial manager, and then became the bunker-trader.

Gaining the good experience in different spheres such as financial degree, as well as public relations degree and studying different languages, all there factors helped her in finding the appropriate way of communication with any persons involved in bunkering process.  

Georg Hahn

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Mr. Georg Hahn have a dedicated career in Sulzer, New Sulzer Diesel , Wärtsilä and now WinGD where he is head of the Hamburg office.

Mr. Hahn have long background and experience from the engine building industry including; foundry products planning, international commercial and merchant trade with related Swiss Diploma.

He have several years’ experience from working with customers and yard in Asia, his current position is Sales Director of North Europe, USA and Canada.”

Marius Blom

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Marius Blom, CEO & Managing Partner in BLOM Maritime AS, based in Oslo, Norway. With partners, he established BLOM Maritime AS summer of 2014 to introduce applied 3D technology for the maritime industry. He has been in working the Oil & Gas Industry since 1990 holding various positions in companies like Apply Capnor AS, Blom ASA (Norway), Almisehal Blom Company Ltd (Saudi Arabia), Blom Dantarsa Company (Indonesia) and Blom Info AB, (Sweden) – all related to either surveying, mapping, 3D Technologies and 3D Laser Scanning. He holds a B.Eng (Hon) and a Diploma MBA from the UK during 1983-1989. Marius Blom has been a promoter of 3D laser Scanning and its implementation to the Civil and Industrial business segments since the technology became commercial. Focus areas have been to visualize and combine 3D laser Scanning with data and applications from other sources, driving the awareness and benefits this can provide with an intention to transfer the benefits from the results of applied 3D technology to a relatively virgin maritime market creating cost efficient solutions to a demanding market. “Smarter engineering for Sustainable solutions” is a key phrase that is often heard around Mr. Blom and his vision of visualizing and presenting applied 3D data and technology into the maritime industry both on- and offshore has been a key focus area since 2014

Tomas Aminoff

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Tomas Aminoff graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2002 with a major in Marine Engineering. He has worked for 15 years for a major marine equipment supplier with special focus on alternative fuels, machinery solutions and portfolio management. Tomas has extensive knowledge of LNG as a marine fuel and has played an important role in introducing several gas powered engines to the market. Today, Tomas works as a Senior Consultant in Elomatic’s Marine Consultancy and Life Cycle Solutions department.

Ståle Finsrud

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Ståle is a Senior Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Moss Exhaust Gas Cleaning

With more than 25 years’ experience in the marine industry and background from the Norwegian Royal Navy, Stale joined Wärtsilä Environmental Solutions in January 2014 as Senior Sales Manager for Wärtsilä Moss EGC with responsibility for selling SOx scrubbers in the Asian and Norwegian market. Working with ship owners and ship yards with both new builds and retrofit projects together with Wärtsilä extensive service and sales network.  Stale has background and formal education as Naval officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy and held degree as telecommunications engineer and marine electrician officer. He resigned from the Navy in 1990 and have since experience from multiple industries from service-engineer, product R&D and sales management. Have worked in both small and large companies within different areas like marine electronics, marine safety, satellite communication, integrated bridge systems, radar and navigation.

Markus Hoffmann

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Markus Hoffmann is Global Application Manager at Alfa Laval in Sweden and responsible for marine fuel and lube treatment systems.

Before joining Alfa Laval, Markus has held several positions in the oil and chemical industry in Germany, Sweden and the US, specialized on refining and marketing of naphthenic base oils.

Markus holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

He is a member in CIMAC working groups for fuels and lubricants, and a member of ISO/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6, working on the development of ISO 8217.

Charlotte Røjgaard

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Charlotte Røjgaard has an MSc in Chemical Engineering and is the Global Technical Manager for Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services. 

Charlotte joined Bureau Veritas in 2015 and has been instrumental in strengthening the company’s expertise in accurate testing and inspection of marine fuels and bringing VeriFuel - the new Fuel Testing Program - to market. VeriFuel is designed for today’s marine industry and sets the standard in marine fuel testing. Developed by a team of industry experts on both the user and vendor side of the submitted sample market, the program has been designed to meet the challenges faced by vessel operators in today’s complex and busy environment. 

Charlotte also represents Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services at conferences and key industry committees, such as ISO 8217/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 and CIMAC WG7 Fuels for which she is currently the secretary. Charlotte began her career at MAN Diesel & Turbo where she spent 14 years. 

In 2010 she joined DNVPS in Singapore, eventually rising to the position of Group Technical Director

Nicolai Hansteen

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Nicolai Hansteen is a shipbroker with the international shipbroking company Lorentzen & Stemoco, working in the Sale & Purchase/Newbuilding department. Nicolai Hansteen has 20 years of experience as a Shipping Analyst/Shipbroker having worked in Nordea Markets, Pareto Securities and Lorentzen & Stemoco. Mr. Hansteen has visited PRC more than 100 times in recent years and has close relations with Chinese shipowning companies, shipyards and steel mills. He is also well familiar with the Greek shipping community. He has a BA from Middlebury College in 1992 and a MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance from CASS Business School in London in 1996.

Iain Mowat


Iain Mowat is responsible for oil demand analysis in Europe and the Middle East, focusing on the development of short and long term forecasts for all petroleum product markets. The role has a particular focus on the transport sector, analysing the impact of factors such as public policy, technological change and the macro economy on oil demand for sea, air and surface transportation.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Iain worked at a global engineering consultancy for seven years, where he was their lead energy economist, focusing on the appraisal of investments in energy and port infrastructure to service the expansion of the oil and gas and renewables industries. Prior to this, Iain worked for five years in economic consulting.
Iain graduated from Strathclyde Business School with a BA (Hons) in International Business and Modern Languages and has a MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Mark Cameron

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Mark Cameron has more than 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry focusing on key aspects of ship management and corporate activities. Prior to his role with Ardmore, he was Vice President, Strategy and Planning for Teekay Marine Services – Teekay Corporation’s internal ship management function.

Mark’s experience includes 11 years at sea rising to the rank of Chief Engineer with Safmarine and latterly AP Moller, including time served on-board bulk carriers, salvage tugs, tankers, general cargo, reefer and container ships.

Mark has held several senior management roles ashore specialising in start-ups as well as integrating acquisitions covering all facets of ship management, including sale & purchase, newbuilding supervision, personnel management, procurement, fleet management, and technical supervision.

Mark is on the Board of Directors for the West of England P&I Club in addition, Mark is also the current Chairman of IPTA (the International Parcel Tanker Association), and a member of the Carbon War Room’s Shipping Efficiency Operation Advisory Board – providing first-person perspectives on the key challenges facing individual owners as well as the industry as a whole. He is also a Council Member of ABS and sits on the Lloyds Register Marine Advisory Committee.

Roger Strevens

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As Global Head of Sustainability for Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Roger works with a wide range of corporate activities ranging from regulatory affairs to innovation and new business development to addressing the ever increasing Environmental, Social and Governance interests and demands of customers and investors. Before starting his current role in mid-2017, Roger spent two years as

VP, Global Head of Key and Liner Accounts at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), a commercial role with a significant marketing and communications aspect that spanned the automobile, heavy equipment and breakbulk segments. Prior to that he was WWL’s VP, Head of Environment for three years. Roger holds an engineering degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Melvin G. Larson 

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Mel is a Principal Consultant with KBC. Mel has over 37 years experience as a Chemical Engineer. Most recent engagements have included full refinery configuration analysis, many due diligence activities, and a focus on the impact globally of the Marpol bunker sulfur specification change.   Responsibilities include but are not limited to Project Manager on various KBC projects, strategic analysis for clients on revamps along with troubleshooting on a number of refining process units. Melvin is a technical Advisor to National Oil company new Latin American refinery project. FEL-0 through FEL III assistance in complete complex and build both strategic and in detailed work assistance with owner, licensors and EPC firm.

Mel has been project manager on profit improvement programs with extensive international experience, working in USA, Europe, Australia, South America, South Korea, and Japan.   Additionally, Mel worked as key advisor on a grassroots complex refinery build. Personal responsibilities required overall refinery knowledge and capability to manage and coordinate multiple disciplines on both client and company aspects of the work.
Mel has assisted majors in various troubleshooting operations on FCC, including excessive catalyst losses, the re-optimization of operation for higher conversion with existing equipment.
He has identified and implemented charge rate increase in USGC FCC by 3 kbpd without investment and over 20% additional capacity in Japanese FCC Unit without investment.