Mr. Kitack Lim
Secretary-General - International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Mr. Lim (Republic of Korea) is the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Born in Masan, Mr Lim graduated from the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, and worked on ships before joining the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985. From 1986, Mr. Lim participated in the Republic of Korea delegation to IMO meetings. In 2006, he was appointed as Maritime Attaché, minister-counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and served as Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO until August 2009. Mr Lim was then appointed Director General for Maritime Safety Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM). In 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST). In 2012, he became President of Busan Port Authority, until January 2016 when he took up his appointment as Secretary-General of IMO. Mr Lim holds master’s degrees from Yonsei University, and the World Maritime University (WMU).
IBIA Director, IMO Representative
Unni Einemo joined the IBIA secretariat in April 2016 as its IMO Representative, Media and Communications Manager after two years as a non-Executive board director. She was promoted to Director in order to serve as the global head of the Association in September 2018 following a unanimous decision by the board of IBIA.
Prior to joining IBIA, she worked for two decades as a journalist and analyst in the marine fuel and shipping industries in her capacity as Managing Editor for the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping specialist news services at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015. She has gained expert knowledge through engaging with industry, attending numerous maritime and energy conferences, and regularly attending IMO meetings, and has herself become a sought-after speaker at industry events. In 2018, she was named among the “Top 10 in regulation” in the Lloyd’s List annual most influential people in shipping series.
Associate, Thermal Sciences
Panellist: SESSION FOUR: What is the path for energy transition in the next 20 years
Decarbonisation/ how does it reflect on the bunker industry
Mr. Banning is a Chartered Marine Engineer with 17 years’ experience working within the marine industry. His sea-going career spanned both the Royal Navy and Merchant fleets, having sailed on a variety of vessels including Warships, Very Large Crude Carriers, Product Tankers, General Cargo vessels and Ro-Ro ferries. Since coming ashore Mr. Banning has worked for a fuel additive manufacturer, where he held the position of Marine Technical Service Manager and specialised in the application of residual fuels both onboard ships and ashore in diesel electric power plants, with a focus on fuel stability and risk mitigation. Over the last six years Mr. Banning has advanced his specialist knowledge of marine fuels, becoming an active member of ISO TC28/SC4/WG6 Classification and Specification of Marine Fuels amongst other technical committees. Mr. Banning has assisted the industry with the aim of improving overall fuel quality to mitigate risks onboard, and was involved in the 2017 revision of ISO 8217 and PAS 23263 in the run up to 2020. He has continued his committee work and has a renewed focus on 2030 and 2050 CO2 reduction targets, having been involved in setting up the framework for the inclusion of Biofuels and Alternative Fuels onboard marine vessels. Mr. Banning’s experience includes fuel analysis, product formulation and development, failure analysis, incident investigation, standardisation and specification, energy efficiency management, project management and consultancy.
Bunker Director, Star Bulk Carriers Corp
Constantinos studied Law in Greece (LLB) and England (LLM in Maritime Law – University of Southampton). He is a qualified Greek lawyer since 1997 and English solicitor since 2002.
From 1998 to 2002 he was the Legal Counsel of Excel Maritime Carriers, a Piraeus-based shipping company listed in NYSE. From 2002 to 2004 Constantinos worked as a marine litigation solicitor at Holman Fenwick & Willan, both in London and Piraeus. Between 2004-2013 he was a shareholder and Director of Quantum Shipping Ltd., a shipping company of Constantinos’ family interests, where he was responsible for the company’s investment strategy as well as for all legal, commercial and managerial issues.
In 2014 Constantinos joined Starbulk, serving as General Manager of a number of private vessels and subsequently as Executive Vice President – Control Director of the group’s procurement arm, Ship Procurement Services SA. Since 2019 Constantinos is serving as Starbulk’s Bunker Director, responsible for bunkering procurement / strategy and Starbulk’s cooperation with bunker industry stakeholders.
In 2020 Constantinos was, for the first time, a candidate in IBIA’s Board elections and got elected as IBIA’s Board Member.
Head of Business Development, Fratelli Cosulich Spa
Panellist: SESSION FOUR: What is the path for energy transition in the next 20 yearsDecarbonisation/ how does it reflect on the bunker industry
NIGEL DRAFFIN served at sea with Shell from 1966, coming ashore in 1979 working in New Building, Research and Operations departments. In 1996 he moved to Bunker broking first at Gibsons then at LQM Petroleum Services where he was Technical Manager before retiring in 2015. He has sailed on and supervised the construction and operation of bulk carriers, oil tankers and gas carriers. He has acted as a consultant on technical issues for over 22 years. He given expert opinions and is a supporting member of LMAA. A founder member of the International Bunker Industry Association, serving on its board and as Chairman in 2012. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. He is the course director of the Petrospot bunkering courses and a regular presenter at bunker conferences. He has written 12 books on Bunkering and Shipping published by Petrospot.
CEO, EuroEco Fuels
Robert Harper has been an industrial technology entrepreneur in the renewable energy and circular chemicals sectors since 2007. This has involved innovating and scaling several plant technologies from lab concept through to scaled production; and the development and supply of novel advanced biofuels for the residual bunker fuel market. He is the CEO of EuroEco Fuels, which has been supplying sustainable marine fuel into ARA since 2015 and is the Co-founder of Circtec, in which role he is currently focussed on deploying a flagship 200,000 tonne circular economy plant investment in the Netherlands.
He was educated at Oxford and Sandhurst and spent his early career in a series of leadership positions as an officer in the British Army, with later spells working in the British Foreign Office and the UK Parliament; before moving into business in the renewable energy sector at age thirty.
Managing Director - Marine and Energy Consulting Limite
Robin Meech is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting Limited, an independent consultancy established in 2001 focusing on the marine industry with a particular interest in the bunker sector. The company’s work frequently centres around providing insight into the future operating environment. This is particularly relevant at this time of immense change: in the near term from the impact of 2020 and even more crucially, the effect of the devastating economic contraction. Longer term as the health of the planet comes to the forefront again, the way in which water bourne transport reduces its impact on the environment.
MECL advises governments, international agencies, oil companies large and small, the ship owning and operating community as well as the supply side of the bunker sector. The emergence of an even wider range of fuels are presenting unique questions particularly for those making strategic decision where MECL is being retained to help add confidence and insight.
Robin is a past chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
Owner, Energy Petrol
In the bunker industry since 1986, act always as physical bunker supplier involving every aspect of bunkering like sales, operations, cargoes, finance, terminal management, barge owning etc.. founding chairman of Turkish Bunker Association (2001) 6 times chairman for Istanbul Bunker Conference and speaker at many industry events including Sibcon, IBIA Conventions and Platts Conferences. Currently serving Turkish Chamber of Shipping as bunker committee chairman, reserve board member and assembly member. Served IBIA many times as council and board member
CEO, LNG PRO Bunkers Holdings
Alexander Prokopakis is the CEO of LNG PRO Bunkers Holdings and the architect of the probunkers project. Prior to founding probunkers, he served Mamidakis Brothers Group as a senior executive, leading all of the Group’s Shipping, Bunkering and Aviation activities, through its respective companies: JetOil, JetTank and STYGA Compania Naviera. Mr. Prokopakis has over 20 years of professional experience in commercial leadership positions, over which he has attained deep knowledge and expertise mainly in the industry of shipping and bunkering. He is a Graduate of St. John’s University with an MBA in Executive Management and holds a BSc Degree in Business Management from the State University of New York.
CPO, Fuel Trust
Panellist: SESSION ELEVEN: Bunkering and Digitalisation
Darren Shelton is a 25-year veteran of the maritime industry having managed multiple shipping agencies, serving as lead auditor in ISO quality management systems and most recently being tasked with driving their digital initiatives for a premier global maritime agency. In 2018 he envisioned a blockchain startup for the downstream energy sector which led to his co-founding FuelTrust, a data science company with SaaS solutions. Darren studied at Stephen F. Austin State University and Hope International University, has received honorary degrees from Alvin Community College and presently serves on the Board of Regents at ACC. He is Chair Elect of both the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee and the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on the boards of several other community organizations. He and his family reside in the Houston suburb of Alvin TX.
Principal - Simms Showers LLP
Panellist: SESSION NINE: Legal focus: How the 0.50% sulfur limit is being enforced
J. Stephen (“Steve”) Simms is a Principal of Simms Showers LLP. He serves as Chair of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Legal Working Group and is a past IBIA’s Board member.
Simms Showers is one of the world’s most active law firms working in the area of bunker trader, broker and supplier representation, vessel arrest, maritime attachment, and related maritime remedies for creditors. The Firm has to date recovered over $700 million for its clients as the result of vessel arrest and maritime attachment proceedings throughout the world.
Mr. Simms was selected for the United States Department of Justice, Honor Law Graduates Program and served as a federal prosecutor. He was EditorinChief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business at Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago), holds an M.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.
He is the Husband of his wife of 30 years, Denise, and Dad of daughter Alison and son John, and of West Highland White Terrier Barrett, who enjoys chasing squirrels with the same enthusiasm that Mr. Simms has for chasing ships.
Bunker Quality and Claims Manager - Integr8 Fuels
Panellist: SESSION SEVEN: Bunker Quality: How VLSFO quality is changing
Chris Turner is the Manager of Bunker Quality and Claims at Integr8 Fuels and is based in Singapore. Chris has over 30 years experience within the Shipping Industry commencing with 20 years within Independent Laboratories and latterly spent the last 11 years within Physical Supply, Trading, Broking and Procurement of Bunkers for Owners and Charterers. Chris is also a well known public speaker within the Industry and a member of the Technical and Future Fuels working groups within IBIA
Senior Director - Bunker Holding A/S |IBIA Chairman
BUNKER TRAINEE | A/S DAN-BUNKERING LTD | 1990-1992
BUNKER TRADER | A/S DAN-BUNKERING LTD | 1992 - 1998
TEAM LEADER | A/S DAN-BUNKERING LTD | 1998 - 2006
SALES MANAGER, MIDDELFART | A/S DAN-BUNKERING LTD | 2006 – 2009
CEO | DAN-BUNKERING GROUP | 2009 - 2017
Overall management of the Dan-Bunkering Group.
Strengthened and developed the group from 4 to 13 offices.
Promoted and developed the Dan-Bunkering brand and business.
CEO | BUNKER ONE GLOBAL ACCOUNTS | 2017 - PRESENT
Management, development and implementation of the group Key Account Program.
SENIOR DIRECTOR | BUNKER HOLDING A/S | 2017 – PRESENT
Member of Senior Commercial Management in Bunker Holding Group
BUSINESS RELATED POSITIONS AND COURSES
ELECTED BOARD MEMBER | IBIA (INT. BUNKER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION) | 2016 - PRESENT
ELECTED VICE CHAIRMAN | IBIA (INT. BUNKER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION) | 2018 – 2020
ELECTED CHAIRMAN | IBIA (INT. BUNKER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION) | 2020 – PRESENT
MEMBER OF THE BUNKER CONTRACT WORKING GROUP | BIMCO | 2016 – PRESENT
Working group with focus on developing the next version of the BIMCO Bunker Contract with the ambition to reach more standardized and compliant terms and conditions for bunker trading.
EMP (EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME) | 2011-2012 | INSEAD, FRANCE
HEC EXECUTIVE EDUCATION (GLOBAL AND KEY ACCOUNTS) | 2018 | HEC, PARIS