INTERNATIONAL BUNKER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION REGIONAL FORUM IN GIBRALTAR

No. 107/2015

Date: 24th February 2015

INTERNATIONAL BUNKER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION REGIONAL FORUM IN GIBRALTAR THIS WEEK

“HMGoG and the Gibraltar Port Authority are delighted to be hosting the International
Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) regional forum in Gibraltar on 24th-27th,
February. The Strait of Gibraltar is a key European bunkering location with
Algeciras, Ceuta, Tangier Med and Gibraltar collectively making up the largest
supply hub in the Mediterranean, and Gibraltar being the leading port in terms of
throughput. An international audience will be addressed by speakers from world
leaders in this field including Peninsular Petroleum, World Fuel Services, Intertanko,
Vopak, Vemaoil and Aegean.

Gibraltar, along with Singapore and Rotterdam, is one of the initial signatories to
IBIA’s Port Charter scheme designed to improve bunkering standards around the
world. Signatories to the IBIA Port Charter are required to demonstrate that they
have a licensing scheme for bunker suppliers in their port, and are able to monitor,
regulate and enforce their regulations covering bunkering operations. The Charter
also requires each of the port authorities to have appropriately qualified personnel
working in the bunker supply chain and have real and effective testing regimes in
place.

The Regional Forum will also include a workshop on bunkering, and an overview of
bunkering in the Mediterranean. Other features include updates on the International
Maritime Organisation’s steps to improve fuel quality, IBIA’s port charter initiative,
and visits to bunkering barges.

Commenting on the forum, CEO and Captain of the Port, Commodore Bob
Sanguinetti said: "We are delighted to be hosting this regional forum on behalf of
IBIA. The conference will provide us with the opportunity to showcase the bunkering
industry in Gibraltar, and to further cement our excellent working relationship with
IBIA. It reflects the hard work that Gibraltar Port Authority and our operators put into
the bunker industry, as well as reinforcing the prominence and high standards we
have in place across the bunkering and wider shipping communities."