The International Bunker conference (IBC) has a long history supported by the industry. It has remained a proactive forum since its introduction in 1979 and setting sail for the 41st time 22-24 April 2020.
IBC is committed to the 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. The IBC program committee aim to take the International Bunker Conference into the future by focusing on relevant topics within the bunker 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.
James J. Corbett, P.E., Ph.D. University of Delaware
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.
James was first speaking at IBC in 2011, and joined the program committee in 2016.
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.
Roger has been with the Program committee since 2016.
As Director, Marine Technical, John is heading the WFS Marine Technical group. His group are focused on solving the up-and-coming challenges associated with the 2020 MARPOL Annex VI change and delivering added value to WFS customers. His group performs training, both internally and externally, on general fuel properties, all marine technical issues, the complex emission control regulations and quality/quantity disputes.
A previous long serving IBIA Board member, he also represents Norway as an active member of ISO 8217 Work Group (WG) as well as the CIMAC Heavy Fuels WG.
Before joining WFS 7 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 in addition statistical analysis of their fuel test data base.
John has been a member of the IBC program committee since 2008.
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, and he has been a member of the IBC program committee since 2014.
Erik Bratterud, General Manager - Glander International Bunkering
Erik spent more than 35 years in the bunker industry as a broker/trader/partner and office manager.
Co-founder of Norse Bunker back in the 1980's which became part of WFS in 2001. Erik joined Glander International Bunkering in 2020 as a General Manager in their Oslo Office. Erik has followed IBC both as a participant, but also a program committee member since late 1990's and have contributed with more than 15 years in the successful program making in one of the longest running bunker conferences.