Kjeld Aabo graduated as a mechanical engineer and has a diploma in marketing. He has been working for MDT for 33 years and is currently Director of two-stroke promotion, having previously held a variety of different senior management positions in the development, design and promotion departments.
Kjeld has been presenting technical papers at international events for the past 25 years. He has been Chairman of the international CIMAC Fuel working group for over 20 years and is a member of the international ISO 8217 fuel oil working group. His special technical interest areas are emissions, fuels, alternative fuels (including LNG) and lube oils.
From 2010 to 2014 Kjeld was stationed in Brazil as head of sales of two- and four-stroke engines for marine and offshore applications. He is currently based in Copenhagen.rine and off shore.
Mark Bell, a chartered marine and mechanical engineer, joined SGMF when it was formed in 2013. He has a wide range of experience in the marine LNG industry, mostly from a new-build and in-service inspection perspective.
His work experience includes substantial time with two of the leading class societies, Lloyd’s Register and Det Norske Veritas. He spent three years with the Ministry of Defence and has experience working for commercial shipowners and managers. Mark has seagoing experience on VLCCs and various tankers including gas ships. He has held a number of positions, including Ship and Engineer Surveyor, Area Manager, Business Manager and Director, with some of these roles based outside the UK.
Mark is currently based in London.
Mike Ball has been responsible for bunkering of nearly 100 vessels for Gearbulk UK Ltd since 2008. He has a varied experience in the bunker industry. He started his career as a seagoing engineer with Esso Petroleum. After gaining his First Class Certificate he came ashore and joined H. Clarkson as a Bunker Broker in 1986, eventually becoming a Director of Clarksons and assuming responsibility for the bunker desk.
Mike was instrumental in the introduction to Clarksons of OceanConnect, an on-line auction platform, and the subsequent sale of the Clarksons bunker broking team to OceanConnect. Mike joined Peninsula Petroleum in 2002 and was active in growing the company from a four man team with a physical supply operation in Gibraltar to a multinational trading group.
Mike is a past Chairman of IBIA and has been a member since its conception.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Eugenia attended Marymount College of Virginia, USA and the Universidad del Norte, Colombia where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She also has a post-graduate degree in International Business Management and one in Maritime Transportation and Port Legislation.
Since 1984, Eugenia has worked with Colombian downstream oil company Organización Terpel, holding various positions, such as sales assistant, marketing director, operations, sales, commercial manager and as the company’s legal representative prior to the merger between Terpel del Norte and Organización Terpel. For the past ten years, she has worked solely in the marine business, being currently Director of Marine Fuels. During this time, she has been an active member of various professional and community organisations.
She is currently a Board Member and Honorary Treasurer of IBIA.
Martin Laue Brodersen has been in the shipping industry for 17 years. He started with AP Møller Maersk as a shipping trainee, and then returned to the AP Møller Maersk head office in Denmark after two postings in West Africa.
After several years in operational management positions, he joined Maersk Oil Trading and the bunker industry in 2006.
After two years with Maersk Oil Trading, he worked for World Fuel Services Denmark for three years as a bunker trader.
Before joining TORM in 2013 as Vice President, Head of Bunkers Department and member of Torm Tankers Management Team, he worked for J. Lauritzen in Denmark as a bunker purchaser.
During his shipping career, he has participated in various internal and external management programmes.
In 1981, Mr Lim Teck Cheng, together with his father, founded Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd with two steel tankers on time charter to Esso. He has more than 35 years of experience in the shipping and bunkering industries.
Mr Lim, as Chief Executive, is responsible for setting the overall vision for his company, overseeing its entry into new businesses and the building of new tankers. He is personally involved in the inspection and purchase of all second hand tankers and all new buildings owned by Hong Lam.
He is currently a Board Member of IBIA.
In 2011, he joined the Port Authority after his position as Commercial Executive of Grimaldi Group and other companies related to the maritime and logistics business.
He has a master degree in Law and Maritime Business by the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and a Bachelor of Science, International Trade and Marketing by the University of Wales.
His wide range of responsibilities in the Port Authority are related to different maritime business areas such as cruises, bunker services, container terminals, marinas, logistics and offshore and oil platforms, among others.
José Digeronimo has a degree in Maritime Economics from Universidad Argentina de La Empresa in Buenos Aires. He obtained an MBA in Shipping from ULACIT, Panama in 1997, and finished his Masters in Bunkers from Panama Maritime University in 2014.
In 1992, he started work for Panamanian Carriers Corporation in charge of the commercial operation of Ro-Ro and tanker ships and later undertook ship management.
In 1999, he became part of Petrolera Nacional where he started Transmarine Transportation, a bunker barging company of which he was General Manager until 2009, when he teamed up with Verenigde Tankrederij B.V., becoming a director and starting the operations of VT Shipping, a bunker barge company at the Panama Canal.
José Digeronimo president of the Panama Maritime conference; director, treasurer, vice-president and president of the Panama Maritime Chamber; creator and leader of the Panama Bunker Cluster; and today is a member of the board of the Maritime Authority of Panama, the largest ship register in the world.
Nigel Draffin has been involved in shipping for 50 years and in bunkering for over 25 years. He joined Shell Tankers in 1966, serving on all classes of vessel, including VLCCs and LNG tankers. In 1979, he joined the newbuilding department of Shell International Marine and later transferred to Shell’s R&D unit, specialising in control systems, fuel combustion and safety systems.
In 1986, Nigel moved to the commercial department as a bunker buyer and economics analyst, two years later becoming Head of Operational Economics, responsible for all of the fuel purchased for the Shell fleet. In 1996, he joined E. A. Gibson Shipbrokers which, in 2006, merged with US-based broking house LQM Petroleum Services, where he was Senior Broker and Technical Manager. He retired from LQM in July 2015.
Nigel is a founder member of IBIA, serving several times on its council of management, the board and as its Chairman. He is currently chair of the Board Development Committee. Nigel has written 10 books on bunkering and shipping, published by Petrospot.
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 contributed to the Association’s activities, including writing submissions to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 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.
Keith Forget was employed by Shell for 40 years. He began his career as an engineer cadet in Shell Tankers UK Ltd, rising to become Global Technical Manager in Shell Marine Products Ltd (SMP), from which he retired at the end of 2009.
Keith was an active member of the CIMAC heavy fuels working group, the ISO working group that developed ISO 8217:2010, and was an advisor to the UK delegation during the development of the revised MARPOL Annex VI (2009 edition). He was also a member of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Third Maritime Research and Development Advisory Panel.
After retiring Keith set up his own company and provides fuel-related consultancy services to VPS, shipping companies and fuel development organisations.
Mr. Gordon started and leads a program at Ceramatec Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah which is developing residual fuel desulfurization and demetallization technology.
Mr. Gordon studied Chemistry and Physics at Pacific Lutheran University, Extractive Metallurgical Engineering at Columbia University, and Business at University of Utah. Mr. Gordon’s career began in the production of copper and arsenic at Asarco’s Tacoma Smelter then magnesium at AMAX’s plant in Utah. For the last 24 years he has been developing technologies at R&D company, Ceramatec, in the areas of medical devices, batteries, consumer products, gas separation, and most recently oil upgrading which includes desulfurization and demetallization. Mr. Gordon has 47 issued patents including 5 directly related to oil upgrading and additionally 11 more patents pending related to oil upgrading and several more patents pending in other fields.
Mr. Gordon serves on the technical committee for Heavy Oil Latin America Conference and World Heavy Oil Congress. He spoke at the HOLA conferences in Venezuela, and Bogota, the SPE Latin America conference in Medellin, The WHO congress in New Orleans, and Edmonton, Heavy Oil conference in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation, and Oil Shale conferences in USA, Estonia, Jordan and China.
Michael Green has a degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Northumbria. In 2004, he joined Lintec Testing Services as an Analytical Chemist, working both at the UK head office and the laboratory in Rotterdam.
In 2006, Michael took on a permanent role in Customer Services and became Customer Services Manager in 2007, overseeing the day-to-day running of the department.
In 2009, he became Intertek ShipCare’s Global Technical Manager, responsible for planning and overseeing investigative analysis and providing technical advice and support to clients. He is also tasked with the technical development of the Intertek ShipCare bunker fuel testing programme and the promotion of initiatives relating to analytical techniques and test methods.
Michael represents Intertek ShipCare on a number of technical committees, such as the CIMAC Working Group (WG 7) and the Intertanko Bunker Sub-committee.
In 2014, he joined IBIA’s Board of Directors and has been Vice Chairman of IBIA since April 2016.
As the Assistant Director of Bunker Services Department in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Elfian leads the team that regulates and promotes Singapore’s bunkering industry.
Elfian joined the MPA in 2008. He was first posted to the Corporate Communications Department before he moved to his current department in 2012.
Elfian sits on Singapore’s National Technical Committee for Bunkering, National Technical Committee for Cargo Inspection and is the MPA’s alternate representative on the National Technical Committee for LNG Bunkering. He also sits on the Steering Committee for the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON).
Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the marine Industry and is an accomplished marine executive having served as a CEO of a major international port, and has several years’ experience as a board member of an international Port, Ship 0perator and Charity. He is an accomplished lecturer and contributed to a number of maritime books and publications.
Having completed a successful seagoing career, culminating in 6 years command experience. Peter moved into senior port management, initially managing oil and gas terminals and then becoming responsible for the safety of all marine operations, before becoming Harbour Master responsible for Planning Safety and Support in the fastest growing Port in Europe. During this time he was responsible for a number of capital development projects and the associated operational procedures. He was then appointed CEO and Harbour Master of Gibraltar Port, the largest bunker port in the Mediterranean, where he also advised the Gibraltar government on marine matters.
During his career he authored the Emergency Management section of the UK Port Marine Safety Code and Nautical Institute publication “Improving ship operational design – bunkering section. He was visiting lecturer on behalf of the UKHMA at the UK fire training college, lecturing on the management of marine emergencies in ports.
Captain Hall is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House. He is also the marine director of the Vine Trust- an enabling charity that connects people to change lives.
Peter is presently engaged as CEO of the International Bunker Industry Association who represent over 860 Organizations and members in the Marine fuel supply chain “from the well head to the funnel”
Patrick is a partner in the Insurance, Shipping & Transport Practice at Webber Wentzel attorneys and practices in Cape Town, South Africa, which he joined in 2002.
He specialises in international trade and transport law, dealing with both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of these areas.
Patrick has been named by Legal 500 as an expert in shipping law for many years. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the Comité Maritime International and is a long standing member on the National Executive Committee of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa of which he is immediate past President.
He is also a long standing member of the International Bunker Industry Association of South Africa and a member of the Legal Working Group.
He is a guest lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to LLM students and an external examiner at the University of Cape Town.
He has BA and LLB degrees as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town.
He is a Board Member of IBIA.
Jack Jordan is the editorial lead for bunker news at S&P Global Platts, responsible for coordinating the company’s coverage of the changes taking place within the marine fuels supply chain. Before joining Platts this year, Jack was a deputy editor for Argus Media, covering marine fuels and other refined products. He has previously worked as a bond market reporter for Bloomberg in Moscow, and he holds a degree in Russian and Arabic from the University of Leeds.
Jens Maul Jørgensen attended business school from 1989-1990. He joined Danish shipbrokers Fisker & Bom Køge as a trainee, working with forwarding agencies and chartering, before moving to Avedoere Shipping A/S in 1992 where he worked in operations, chartering and agency for four years.
Jens then moved to MARAG A/S (Maritime Agency Bunkers A/S), part of the O. W. Group, until 2003. Over the next four years, Jens became a Bunker Manager for the Armada Group, leaving in 2007 to take up his current position as Director of the bunker department and risk management at Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG.
Jens maul just step down as Chairman for IBIA – which he serve as board member since 2010 and as chairman since 2014.
Jens has been a regular speaker on the event circuit, particularly at SIBCON the last 5 times and for the 6th time this year 2016.
Fotios Katsoulas joined Affinity Research LLP in June 2015 as the Shipping Data Manager/ Fleet, SnP & Newbuilding analyst. With experience in the dry bulk, tanker, container, gas, offshore, shipbuilding and ship recycling sectors, Fotios focuses on shipping data management and developing and updating econometric models for analysing and forecasting a variety of factors affecting the shipping cycles. He has experience in advisory projects and valuations.
Prior to joining Affinity, Fotios worked for shipping consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International from 2013 to 2015, covering the Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Offshore Supply Vessels sectors and updating econometric models for dry bulk carriers, containerships and oil tankers. He worked in different projects and valuations, with clients including major international shipping banks and financial providers.
Fotios holds an MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance (2012) from Cass Business School, City University London. During his studies he gained academic experience in Shipping Finance, Marine Insurance, Shipping Law, Business Strategy and Commodities Trading.
A native speaker of Greek and German, Fotios can communicate in six languages.
Robin Meech is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting, an independent consultancy established in 2001 focusing on the marine industry with an emphasis on the transport of energy. He has a particular interest in the bunker sector. He advises companies on environmental issues, forming alliances, purchasing strategies, organisation, new business ventures, credit insurance, logistics, IT systems and e-business. He has undertaken a number of assignments for the Major oil companies, suppliers, purchases and service organisations related to marine fuels as well as for the EU and IMO. He has been a director of an independent tanker company where his responsibilities included managing the purchasing of bunkers.
Robin Meech is co-author of “Outlook for Bunker Fuel Oil and Heavy Fuel Oil to 2035” a report that assesses the global supply-demand balances for low and high fuels oil over the next two decades addressing the impact of the global cap. He is co-author of the book “Bunkers – An analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues”.
He is chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
Niels Bjørn Lindberg Mortensen was born and raised in Korsør as the son of a marine engineer.
The seagoing career started in 1971 on tankers, but later on it was mostly in General Cargo, Containers and Bulk. The career included several trips to Greenland and to the Antarctic.
Gained a Navigator’s certificate in 1978 and served as 2nd office on a General Cargo ship trading East Coast and West Coast of Greenland. Gained a Master’s certificate in 1979 and served as deck officer in the East Asiatic Company until 1983 on containerships and con-bulkers.
Commenced studies at Denmark’s Technical University in Helsingør in 1983, graduating as Naval Architect in 1987.
Worked in the Basic Design Department of Burmeister & Wain Shipyard from 1987 to 1996 and became Head of Department in 1994. During that time a large number of tankers, OBOs and bulk carriers were designed and built at the yard. Participated in approx. 25 trial trips during those years.
From 1996, and onwards employed by BIMCO as technical consultant and from 2002 as Head of the Marine Department. Attended some 6-10 IMO meetings per year during that period. Participated in the annual Tripartite meeting (Class, Shipbuilders and Shipowners) from 2002 – 2009.
From 2002, member of ClassNK Danish Technical Committee and from 2003 member of Korean Register European Committee. From 2011 member Bureau Veritas’ Nordic Committee and of Lloyd’s Register’s Technical Committee.
From 1 March 2010, Director of Regulatory Affairs in Maersk Maritime Technology, A.P.Moller-Maersk. Representing Maersk Line in World Shipping Council’s Environmental Advisory Committee.
Member of the Technical Committee of the Danish Shipowners’ Association from 2011. Chairing the Technical Committee from 2014, thereby gaining regular access to the ICS Marine Committee meetings as well as relevant ECSA meetings. From 2014 member of BIMCO’s Marine Committee.
From November 2013, member of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) Plenary, the Implementation Subgroup and the Air Emission Subgroup.
Will leave the Maersk Group by 30 November 2016 in order to focus more on smaller consultancy jobs, family and golf.
Mustafa Muhtaroglu was born in Istanbul in 1962. He graduated from Istanbul University’s Faculty of Economics in 1984, where he also obtained an MBA degree in 1986. He worked for the Turkish Maritime Bank in 1986 before studying Economics and
Language in England in 1987. He began life in the bunker business at Baytur Trading S.A. in 1987 and became Sales Manager in 1990. Mustafa left Baytur Trading in 1993 to form, in partnership, a new bunker trading company, ACM Energy. In 1997, he left ACM Energy to found his own physical bunker supplier company, Energy Petrol.
Mustafa was the Founding Chairman of the Turkish Bunker Association, which was launched in 2001. He was elected to the council of IBIA in 2003 and to the IBIA Board in 2009. He has acted as an Assembly Member of the Turkish Maritime Chamber since 2004.
Bob Sanguinetti assumed the role of CEO and Captain of the Port of Gibraltar in May 2014. Born and raised in Gibraltar, he studied at Oxford University and served in the Royal Navy for three decades, rising to the rank of Commodore. The former mariner served at sea and commanded several Royal Navy warships and a multinational coalition Task Group before working at the Ministry of Defence in a number of strategic roles. Most recently he was Head of Intelligence at the UK’s National Operations Headquarters in North London.
Bob is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Yachtmaster Offshore and has wide experience of management and planning. He has also been an IBIA board member since April 2016. He is delighted to be back in his birthplace and contributing to the well-being and continuing development of the Port.
Mikhail Shapiro is the Marine Fuels Marketing Manager for Glencore Ltd in San Francisco. He began his marine fuels career in 2004 with Chemoil Corporation in San Francisco, where he held various roles, including marketing, trading, operations, blending and chartering as well as derivative and physical oil trading. During this period he also worked for Chemoil Europe BV in Rotterdam.
Glencore Ltd replaced Chemoil as the contracting entity for marine fuel supply in the Americas and features a fully integrated supply system on the US West Coast, US Gulf Coast and US East Coast, as well as at the Panama Canal.
Steve Simms is a Principal of Simms Showers LLP which has offices in Baltimore and Leesburg, Virginia. Simms Showers is one of the most active US firms working in the areas of vessel arrest, maritime attachment, and related maritime remedies for creditors. On average in any given year, Simms Showers has arrested or attached three or more vessels a month, around the world.
The firm has achieved significant cost savings for its clients in vessel arrests, by assembling groups of creditors to share arrest costs, having a network of experienced local counsel, utilising electronic data transfer, databases and a network of other reliable sources for vessel tracking, working with maritime factors, and through the volume of its practice, making it familiar with arrest procedure in every major United States port.
Steve serves as a Board Member of IBIA.
In 2014, he joined IBIA’s Board of Directors and has been Vice Chairman of IBIA since April 2016.
Arjan Stavast is the global business development manager of LNG as a marine fuel in Shell. Trained as an economist, Arjan has held several positions within the Shell group prior to starting his current assignment four years ago. Arjan has been closely involved in all Marine LNG contracts Shell has signed so far and works with the major global shipping companies to jointly develop the proposition for LNG.
As part of the WFS Marine Technical group, John Stirling is involved in continuous training for both internal and external customers on general fuel properties, emission control regulations and quality/quantity disputes.
Before joining WFS, he worked for two decades at DNV Petroleum Services in a variety of roles, including lecturing, project management, and development follow up of DNVPS’ statistical benchmarking tool, Fuel Insight. He was responsible for the development and implementation of data analytics and, as Business Development Manager, helped customers reduce consumption and emissions through in-house fuel management projects.
John has been an active Member of the ISO 8217 Work Group, Heavy Fuels and a member of the CIMAC Heavy Fuel Oil Work Group, since 2008.
He was previously a Bunker Quantity Survey Controller, responsible for DNVPS BQS ports in Scandinavia, Spain and Gibraltar, and a Customer Service Manager, where he was responsible for the daily contact with Scandinavian customers.
An IBIA Board Member (2007-2014 and 2015-present), John has also been a committee member at the annual International Bunker Conference (IBC), in Scandinavia since 2004.
Timothy Wilson CEng CMarEng MIMarEST is FOBAS Principal Specialist Engineer – Marine Fuels at the Lloyd’s Register EMEA Consultancy Services Group.
Following a 19-year marine engineering career at sea, sailing finally as Chief Engineer and obtaining Chartered Engineer status through further education, Tim spent a further 16 years in the area of marine fuel consultancy within Lloyd’s Register’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis and Advisory Services (FOBAS) and currently holds the position of Product Manager.
Tim sits on the CIMAC Fuels working group and the ISO TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 working group for the development and maintenance of ISO 8217. He chairs two sub groups, one to investigate the impact of bio-diesel on marine petroleum fuels on board ship and the other a global study on hydrogen sulphide in working environments on board ship.
Tim has previously served as a Board Member of IBIA.