How global market volatility and European regulations are changing the bunker industry

2021 looks set to be a year of radical change for the world of shipping and bunkering, with the value chain being rocked by tightening lines of credit, question marks over fuel quality and the pressure to be compliant to European regulations.

With the industry still reeling from the effects of IMO2020, it is now more important than ever that bunker professionals are tapped into the pain-points and opportunities that exist in the market today.

Do you have your finger on the pulse of the bunker industry? Do you know what challenges your suppliers and buyers are facing? Are you tapped into the industry enough to define the best price for bunker fuel?

What to expect:

- An insightful overview of the European Bunker Fuels Market
Find out what the main challenges are in the market today, including: the key trends in the bunker buying market; supply and demand dynamics that are impacting the value chain today; and what the next steps are for the industry.

- Understanding the impact of upcoming regulation
IMO2020 continues to be changing the way businesses work, but the fast-approaching EU ETS regulations is causing new headaches, how will it impact the bunkering industry? How will prices change to combat tighter restrictions? Will lower-emissions fuels be the only step for suppliers?

- The continuing issue of credit
Due to the global pandemic conditions for gaining lines of credit are tougher than ever, with mid and small sized enterprises being hit hard. Banks slashed available capital to marine fuel sector by 10% over 2020, the value chain must respond with increased transparency in order to increase the flow of credit in the industry.

    Early Bird Rate: $199
    Full Rate: $299

    Duration: 7 hours


    Who attends?

    • Bunker suppliers
    • Ship owner/operators
    • Refiners
    • Bunker traders, brokers and analysts
    • Regulators and government officials
    • Private banks, investment banks and financial advisors
    • Risk managers, product controllers and finance managers


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Adrian Tolson Adrian Tolson
Director, BLUE Insight

Adrian Tolson is the Director and Lead for BLUE’s Insight practice, and one of the shipping industry’s leading marine energy experts. With 35 years of experience, he has both detailed knowledge and insight into the supply and demand side of marine fuel, and into bunkering infrastructure development.

In 2015, Adrian founded maritime consultancy 20|20 Marine Energy, which was acquired by business, brand and communications consultancy, BLUE, in 2019. Adrian leads BLUE’s Insight practice, which provides commercial advisory, research and intelligence services across the key areas of transformation within the maritime industry. This includes the changing marine energy supply chain, digitalisation and the drive for decarbonisation and sustainability.

Adrian has led numerous global business development projects across the marine energy supply chain. This includes assisting ship owners and suppliers on fuel procurement and supply strategies in a post 2020 world; the development of bunkering infrastructure projects for clean and new fuels; as well as working with the financial and investment community on the opportunities of the future marine energy landscape.

Adrian’s experience spans leadership roles with some of the industry’s largest marine fuel suppliers, including Chemoil Energy, where he was responsible for successfully driving the company through to IPO; and as Vice President and General Manager of OW Bunker where he established its physical supply operation in the USA.

Adrian was elected to the board of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) in April of 2020.

Bjarne Schieldrop Bjarne Schieldrop
Chief Analyst - Commodities, SEB

Bjarne has more than 25 years’ experience from commodity markets. He has worked with analysis, market modelling, structured deals as well as trading of commodities for large commodity trading companies like Enron in Scandinavia and Cargill in Geneva. He later worked for Point Carbon in Oslo analysing the European EU-ETS emission market involving European energy politics as well fossil fuel markets. Bjarne has a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Oslo. Since 2008 he has held the position as Chief Analyst Commodities in SEB covering energy, metals, agricultural products as well as precious metals. The primary focus through his career has been energy markets.

CBS Christian Bækmark Schiolborg
Manager, Marine Environment, BIMCO

Christian Bækmark Schiolborg is Manager, Marine Environment at BIMCO. He is responsible for analysing regulatory developments, mainly on issues related to marine fuel, energy efficiency and decarbonisation of shipping. Furthermore, he represents BIMCO at international organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on aforementioned matters.

Christian is educated as dual officer (deck officer and marine engineer) and has sailed on container and offshore ships.

Before joining BIMCO, he worked 6 years with the Danish Maritime Authority. Here he began as ship surveyor, became port state control officer and ended as special adviser in technical regulation in the department for maritime regulations and legal affairs, where he represented Denmark in IMO on different technical issues and was Head of the Danish delegation in the Sub-committee on Ship Systems and Equipment.

Jan_Christenssen Jan Christenssen
Senior Director - Global Fuel Purchasing, Hapag-Lloyd AG

Jan started his career in bunkering and shipping in 1997 with Maersk in Copenhagen.

Before joining Hapag-Lloyd in Hamburg as Senior Director of Global Fuel Purchasing in the summer of 2019, Jan held management positions with Bomin, OW Bunker and Maersk Oil Trading in Denmark and Germany.

Jan has worked in all parts of the bunkering supply chain (sourcing, risk management, sales, purchasing) and has a unique insight on both sides of the negotiation table.

Kjeld Aabo Kjeld Aabo
Director New Technology, MAN Energy Solutions

Kjeld Aabo holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a special diploma in marketing.

He joined MAN Diesel in the Stationary Installation Department in 1983. In 1992, he was appointed section manager in the Marine Installation Department and in 1994 he was appointed manager of the Marine Installation Department. In 2002, Kjeld Aabo took over the Engineering Services Department and was appointed Senior Manager. In 2005, he took over the Research Centre Department.

From November 2006, Kjeld Aabo was director of the department for Promotion & Customer Support and from March 2009 head of the Two-stroke Promotion department at the head office for two-stroke engines in Copenhagen, Denmark.

From 2011 to 2014, Kjeld Aabo took over a position in Brazil as head of MAN Marine and Offshore division.

After returning to Denmark in 2014 Kjeld Aabo is Director of new technologies in the Promotion and Sales department for two-stroke engines and GenSet engines.

Kjeld Aabo is Chairman of the CIMAC Heavy Fuel Working Group (WG), and member of the ISO 8217 Heavy Fuel Oil Working Group.

Poul Woodall Poul Woodall
Senior Advisor, Climate and Environment, DFDS

Poul Woodall has over 45 years of experience within the maritime and transport industry. The first 36 years were spent with A.P.Moller-Maersk in various positions, mainly within the container and Ro/Ro segments. His career includes 17 years overseas experience with postings in Asia, The Middle East and Europe.

In 2010, Poul joined DFDS A/S in Copenhagen and in June 2013 he was appointed Director for Environment and Sustainability for the DFDS Group. Poul Woodall has a degree from Copenhagen Business School supplemented with management education at Insead and Stanford University. Poul has been active in many industry organizations, Trident Alliance, Green Ship of the Future, SeaFocus and Clean Shipping Alliance to mention a few. Marine environment policy work is conducted through his affiliation with Interferry and various ESSF working groups in Brussels.

Poul is a co-author of “Sustainable Shipping, a Cross-Disciplinary View” (Springer, 2019).

Today Poul works part-time with DFDS as a Senior Advisor.


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The S&P Global Platts European Bunker Fuel Virtual Conference will take place Online on May 20, 2021 at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm GMT +1.

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