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Comprehensive Bunker Training - Seminars Worldwide and Online Training Programs


Formed in 1992, The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) is the voice of the global bunker industry and represents all stakeholders across the industry value chain. The membership includes ship owners/operators, bunker suppliers, traders, brokers, barging companies, storage companies, surveyors, port authorities, credit reporting companies, lawyers, P&I clubs, equipment manufacturers, shipping journalists and marine consultants. They have members in more than 70 countries.

IBIA promotes improved standards, knowledge and understanding in the industry. They do this through a variety of events and courses, engaging in working groups, by disseminating reliable and accurate information and offering practical advice. IBIA also lobbies for effective, pragmatic and workable regulations.

One of the most important arenas for that is at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) where IBIA has consultative status as a non-governmental organization.

One of the key values of IBIA at its inception was to Educate and Inform. Training is therefore a core value of the Association. IBIA offers a number of training courses that enable individuals to gain a greater insight into the industry, drawing on the great breadth of experience and knowledge across the membership.

In Singapore IBIA has a dedicated training facility to meet the needs of the local and regional industry, IBIA carries out training world-wide in conjunction with industry conventions and seminars also as required by Industry and National Authorities.

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Training Programs

Bunker Training Programs

  • IBIA Bunker Training Course (1 day): This Industry-leading training course covers a range of topics to give participants a comprehensive overview of the bunker market. This includes commercial and legal aspects to understand the roles of buyers and sellers, traders, brokers, contracts, sales terms, and different types of claims. This course consists of real-life case studies and practical exercises to support the key areas covered.
  • MPA approved Bunkering Course SS648:2019 (1 day): SS648:2019 is designed to further enhance consistency in practices in the delivery of bunkers for ships calling at Singapore’s port. The standard sets out guidelines and procedures to ensure that the correct quality and quantity of bunkers are being delivered safely and efficiently with Mass Flow Metering. The course is designed for Cargo Officers who have already attended the 2 days basic and enhanced course SS600:2014 & TR48:2015, and MPA Endorsed Bunker Surveyors operating at Singapore port.

IBIA Online Training

  • Bunker Market Regulations and Enforcement: Learn how the regulations were developed, how they are enforced and how effective use of formal procedures can avoid risk.
  • Understanding ISO 8217 and ISO 4259: Why we need standards, how to use and interpret them and how to deal with the results of the laboratory test.
  • Best practice for suppliers with VLSFO: Looking at the Best Practice guide for bunker suppliers published by IBIA.
  • Best practices for users with VLSFO: Based on the Best Practice guide for bunker purchasers published by IMO.
  • Adapting to a changing market: Looking at the issues of geopolitics, the current Pandemic and the way they may influence on maritime trade and ships fuel.
  • Compatibility and stability - Issues with VLSFO fuels and the measurement of Stability: Understanding the physics of mixtures, the concept of stability and the available test methods to assess if fuel blend components will form a stable blend.
  • Sales terms and conditions - The purpose, structure and application of Sales terms: The structure and principal clauses in sales terms and conditions with reference to BIMCO terms and Buyers terms.
  • Quantity measurement - The principles of quantity measurement including Mass Flow Metering: The fundamentals of getting from a sounding to a Mass in air quantity
  • Sampling - The basics of sampling, sampling methods and sample handling: The reasons for sampling and a discussion of the basic types and methods of sampling.
  • Fuel quality - Fuel quality, its impact on storage, treatment and use in the engine: Fuel quality and the impact of the principal parameters and the units involved.