Our Speakers 2019

The Speakers at the 40th International Bunker Conference IBC

Conference chairman 

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

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James Will be the chairman of The international Bunker Conference 2019 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 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.



Robin Meech

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Robin is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting (MECL) an independent consultancy practice based in the UK focusing on the marine industry with an emphasis on the transport of energy.

He has a particular interest in the bunker sector where he has undertaken assignments for ship owners, the Majors as well as independent traders and national oil companies. He advises companies in the bunker sector on environmental issues, forming alliances, purchasing strategies, organisation, new business ventures, logistics, IT systems and e-business.

He has been at the forefront of advocating the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems advising EGCS manufactures, undertaking viability analysis for retrofitting and new build installations of exhaust gas cleaning systems as well as advising on financing EGCS. He advocates a turn key approach to installing EGCS.

MECL is assisting owners in preparing for 2020 including formulating Ship Implementation Plans.

The company has also undertaken numerous terminal feasibility analysis to support petroleum product trading and bunker operations. A number of these have included assessing the needs and economics of utilising bunker barges leading to negotiations with barge owner/operators as well as assessing the owners viability and competence.

Robin Meech was appointed as a director of a Norwegian privately owned tanker and marine service company. He was responsible for developing new business ventures and assumed responsibility for the restructuring of the Group so that it was better equipped to pursue new projects.  

Robin Meech has comprehensive experience in environmental issues including having been a member of IMO Steering Committee advising to the introduction of the global cap in 2020 as well as advising the EU on marine emissions issues. He is co-author of the book “Bunkers – An Analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues”. He is the current past chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association.



Timothy Wilson

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Tim is Lloyd’s Register FOBAS Principal Specialist (Technical Manager) on Marine Fuels and Exhaust Emissions,

 Timothy’s career has spanned twenty years at sea, leaving with the experience of 3yrs as Chief Engineer in 1994 and gaining Chartered Engineer status in 1995. He then joined Lloyd’s Register’s marine consulting Fuel Oil Bunker and Advisory Service and is currently its Principal Specialist and Technical Manager on all matters related to fuels from the bunker manifold to the exhaust stack, now with 19 years of experience in this field.

 Timothy is actively engaged in the CIMAC Fuels WG7 and the ISO TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 where he leads the sub group on alternative fuels, which has been instrumental in issuing the CIMAC guide on handling distillates with bio diesel, along with the document on Ignition and Combustion. He is also an active participant at marine and bunker related conferences/seminars.

Currently Timothy is the Rapporteur for the Implementation Working group for the European Shipping Sustainability Forum, which is preparing on board sampling guidelines for the EU Sulphur Directive Implementation Act.

He has also been increasingly involved in assessing fuel and exhaust system arrangements and management programmes, which include novel equipment and fuels. The drive for more efficient operations has placed a greater focus on the way fuel is managed not only to ensure that every drop of energy is used efficiently, but also to ensure that preventative barriers are placed by ships to prevent avoidable cost in maintaining operational reliability and efficiency through effective on board management.




Damien Valdenaire 

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Damien joined Concawe in 2016 as a Science Executive for the Refinery Technology at Concawe.

He has been involved with Concawe since 2014 as he was at that time a TOTAL Member Company representative. He spent his 18-year career in the refining industry within TOTAL. He held a variety of process Engineering, Planning, Economics and Managerial positions in four different sites in the TOTAL group, in Belgium, England and France, before moving to TOTAL Refining & Chemical in Brussels as Senior Refining Strategy Analyst. In his current position, Damien has led the studies regarding the impact of Regulations on the EU refining industry (new Sulphur content of marine fuels, CO2 intensities of refined products, etc.) and special projects such as the future of refining in a “low carbon economy”.

He is also a member of the IPIECA Climate Change Working Group, Marine Fuels Issue Task Force (MITF) and representative in ESSF (European Sustainable Shipping Forum) and IOGP CCS (International Oil and Gas Producer, working group on Carbon capture and Storage).

Damien holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse (France).



Magne Andersen

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Magne graduated in 2000 from the University of Oslo, where he has since served as an external examiner. He held a research assistant post at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law during the final year of his studies, and his thesis “Liability insurance in port” was published by the institute. In 2001 he joined the leading Norwegian law firm BA-HR as an associate, joining Nordisk in 2002.

He has considerable experience of drafting and negotiating newbuilding, repair and conversion contracts, sale and purchase and ship brokerage agreements, and COAs. He is also experienced in conducting litigation in several jurisdictions and in offshore work in general.

Magne has worked at Nordisk’s Singapore office for four-and-a-half years and was Managing Director from 2011-2013. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Maritime and Transport Committee of the Norwegian Centre for Continuing Legal Education. He is also a co-editor of Nordiske Domme (the Scandinavian transport law report journal).


Mark Cameron

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Mark 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.



Jon Hughes

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Jon is Managing director of SABT, South African Bunkering & Trading and has worked in the bunker industry since 2006, all the while focussing on the African bunker market.

He and members of his team have spent many days in barely road-worthy taxis rushing around traffic congested African cities, while striving tirelessly with nothing but a laptop and cellphone, to mine through hundreds of opportunists who claim to be bunkers suppliers. This all in an effort to find that rare precious gem being an African supplier that can get the job done on time and within spec.

He has been held up at gunpoint in Nigeria, almost quarantined for Ebola in Sierra Leone and been close to drowning but still maintains that he has the best job in the world. Every day is different with fresh challenges and opportunities. The quest to provide long term value with a vision to uplift African ports to meet world standards is something of a personal passion of his and which continues to sustain him today.


Aldo Caiazzo

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Aldo joined Shell Global Solutions in 2007. During his career within the company, he has led R&D projects in several technical fields, including hydrocarbon product quality and biomass conversion. He has extensively investigated asphaltenes stability in heavy hydrocarbon products and has been supporting manufacturing and supply sites in optimizing the production of their fuel oil streams. He is currently involved in developing fit for purpose formulations for very low sulphur fuel oil in view of the IMO 2020 deadline.

He is an active member of the CIMAC WG7 on marine fuels, where he provides technical support to fuel oil stability studies.

Aldo holds a PhD in Chemical Sciences from University of Pisa (Italy) and he has worked as a research fellow at University of Toronto (Canada) and University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).



Geoffrey Moody

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Geoff Moody is Vice President of Government Relations for the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a trade association representing U.S. manufacturers of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels, and petrochemicals.  In this role, Geoff leads AFPM’s policy development and advocacy on issues impacting the refining and petrochemical issues, including fuels, environmental regulation, trade, transportation and infrastructure, chemicals management, and tax policy.  Geoff started his career on Capitol Hill and has spent more than a decade working in various policy and advocacy positions. He holds his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.


Tore Enger

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Tore founded TECO Group in 1994 and has been involved in the TECO Group of companies ever since. Tore is a true entrepreneur and has initiated a large number of products and services to the Maritime Industry throughout the last 25 years. Through his long career within the industry, he has gained much experience in starting up new companies and projects and also introducing new products and services to shipowners worldwide. He has an extensive contact list within the shipping- and offshore sector and thus crucial for TECO Tech’s entrance to shipowners. Tore was also the Chairman and major shareholder in Scanship for approx. 10 years.



Mikkel Søholm Vestergaard

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Mikkel started  his career with Dan-Bunkering back in 2003 in the head office in Middelfart, Denmark. He was employed as Bunker Trader until 2006, where after Ihe decided to pursue a career in a different line of business, both in Denmark as well as abroad. In 2013, Mikkel returned to the Dan-Bunkering group being responsible for various managerial tasks. He had the privilege of being Managing Director for Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. for three years, before returning to lead the Head office in Middelfart. Mikkel enjoy the challenging environment the shipping industry offers – and challenging it seems to become within the next few months.



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.