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S.Atlantic : Major Convention Could Solve South Atlantic Shipping Problems
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Juanita Brock) 16.10.2004 (Article Archived on 30.10.2004)

As a frequent traveller through the South Atlantic Remote Territories, I have become aware of an increasing problem with bunkering the vessels that take me to places like South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension Island. Once topped up in Stanley, there are no other places to fill tanks until a vessel reaches the Cape Verde Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. Now there can be hope of a workable solution.

MAJOR CONVENTION COULD SOLVE SOUTH ATLANTIC SHIPPING PROBLEMS

 

By J. Brock (FINN)

 

As a frequent traveller through the South Atlantic Remote Territories, I have become aware of an increasing problem with bunkering the vessels that take me to places like South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension Island.  Once topped up in Stanley, there are no other places to fill tanks until a vessel reaches the Cape Verde Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Now there can be hope of a workable solution.

 

Buenos Aires will be the host city for a major international convention on marine fuels (bunker fuel), focused on South America and the supply of marine fuels both in-port and offshore in South Atlantic.  The Argentinean city has been selected to host the 2004 Annual Convention for one of the world’s most widely travelled shipping organisations, the UK-based International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). IBIA represents a huge range of companies and individuals involved in the supply, distribution, handling and use of marine fuels, some of which are based in Falkland Islands.   The IBIA Annual Convention 2004 will be celebrated on 14-16 November at the Hotel Intercontinental and will attract delegates from more than 45 countries around the world. A series of basic and advanced marine fuels training courses will follow the convention.

 

Said Ian Adams, Secretary General of IBIA, ‘This is the first time in our 11-year history that IBIA has chosen to hold its convention in South America. The venue is superb and we are sure that the foreign delegates will appreciate Buenos Aires and benefit from meeting the local industry representatives. In turn, the local companies have a fantastic opportunity to meet, learn from and share ideas with the experts who will descend on the city next month.’

 

Already, this conference has inspired a great deal of support, both from within Argentina and Uruguay, and throughout South America. But it has also already attracted a surprising number of delegates from as far away as Russia, Singapore and Canada.

 

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes,  the event’s organiser, says ‘The choice of venue is important because it underlines IBIA’s commitment to the regional bunkering communities, and to South America in particular. But it also gives us the opportunity to look very closely at the fascinating world of offshore bunkering. Supplying fuel to fishing fleets, seismic survey and supply vessels and even naval vessels many miles out to sea, can be a very dangerous and risky business, and some of the world’s experts in this highly specialised field will be at hand to shed light on how it is done and who is involved.’

 

There will be many opportunities for the delegates to discover one of the most exciting cities in the world, but there is also a very deliberate and serious goal. IBIA has selected speakers to ensure that the event really does cover the key issues in bunkering, from a local, regional and global perspective.

 

Nick Ladis, Chairman of IBIA, who will outline the philosophy behind IBIA’s move to ‘go to the regions’ with the Annual Convention will open the event. A series of top-level speeches will for the basis for discussion groups on the future for the shipping, oil and bunker industries in South America, the South Atlantic and beyond.

 

Starting on Sunday 14 November, the IBIA Convention, with an organised visit to an Argentinean ‘Estancia’ followed by a welcome reception, and ends with a spectacular gala dinner, late on Tuesday 16 November.   The Annual Convention is organised by Petrospot Limited, publisher of Bunkerspot Magazine, on behalf of IBIA.

 

Delegates wishing to register for the IBIA Annual Convention 2004 should visit www.bunkerspot.com.

 

Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes

Managing Director, Petrospot Limited

England

Tel: +44 1295 279393, Fax: + 44 1295 273079, Email: lbh@petrospot.com

 

 

 

 

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