Where the fuel markets meet

The bunker industry is under increased pressure to address environmental impacts and reduce emissions across its value chain. The IMO Initial GHG Strategy mandates that shipping’s GHG emissions be reduced to at least 50% below 2008 levels by 2050.

This timely annual event will take an in-depth look at pricing trends and impacts from the IMO 2020 sulphur cap, access to capital while recovering from a global pandemic, and the decarbonization of the world of shipping and bunkering. We will discuss current viable solutions and the prospects of zero-carbon alternatives.

The decarbonization of the bunker industry offers unique commercial and industrial infrastructure opportunities, including developing and emerging economies.

Topics of discussion will include:

The viability of zero-carbon bunker fuels for decarbonizing the industry

There is uncertainty around which of the emerging new bunker fuels will be the most significant in decarbonizing the industry. What are the alternative fuels coming into the mix? What role will LNG play in the bunker fuel transition? What is the commercial viability of ammonia, green methanol, and hydrogen as future bunker fuels?

Looking ahead at bunker fuel investment and value-chain transformation

A panel of experts will examine how the market can drive investment in zero-carbon fuel options. What is the commercial and regulatory future of bunker fuels? What are the opportunities, risks, and challenges ahead? What is the current landscape for financing compliant fuels vs. new fuels entering the market? Is there enough bunker credit and capital access to drive transformation?

S&P Global Platts Bunker Fuel Market Update

S&P Global Platts specialists will examine the main market challenges today. We will cover key pricing trends in the bunker fuels buying market, supply and demand dynamics impacting the value chain, and the resilience of North and Latin American bunker markets.


All times are in CDT

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
  • 9:55 am Chair’s Welcome & Opening Remarks Adrian Tolson, Board Member, International Bunker Industry Association, Director and Lead,
    BLUE Insight
  • 10:05 am Keynote Presentation: The Role of LNG in the Bunker Fuel Transition
    — What is the value and competitive case of LNG as a marine fuel?
    — How can Bio-LNG lead to carbon neutrality?
    — Growing global LNG fleet, port infrastructure, and market trends
    — Bio-LNG and synthetic LNG to support net-zero market transition

    Sean Strawbridge, Chief Executive Officer,
    Port of Corpus Christi
    Jim Reddinger, President & Chief Executive Officer,
  • 10:35 am Essential Exchange: The Future of Bunker Fuels: Navigating Towards A Low and Zero-Carbon Market
    — What is bunker fuels’ commercial and regulatory future?
    — What are the alternative fuels? Role of LNG, ammonia, green methanol and hydrogen?
    — What is the role of Bunker Fuels in the energy transition? How can the industry adapt, and be part of the transition toward low and zero carbon fuels?
    — Vision vs. Reality: IMO targeting a 40% reduction in carbon intensity in the global fleet by 2030, and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the fleet by 2050.

    Moderator: Adrian Tolson, Board Member, International Bunker Industry Association, Director and Lead,
    BLUE Insight
    Tom Strang, Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs,
    Tyler Baron, Chief Executive Officer,
    Minerva Bunkering
    Frederic Meyer, Head of Strategy & New Projects,
    TotalEnergies Marine Fuels
    Sotirios Mamalis, Manager, Global Sustainability, Fuels & Technology,
    American Bureau of Shipping
    Andrew Scorer, Lead, Freight Analytics,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 11:45 am S&P Global Platts: Global Bunker Fuels Pricing Update
    — Pricing developments and takeaways from IMO 2020
    — Evolving supply and demand landscape
    — Addition of alternative fuels into the pricing mix

    Patrick Burns, Senior Editor, Fuel Oil Markets,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 12:15 pm The Future of Marine Fuels and the Rise of Algorithms to get Faster Results
    — The new ways in which suppliers are making small changes to existing fuels to make them greener and improve margins
    — Latest tools and algorithms to test long term stability of fuels and reduce time taken to measure TSP (Total Sediment Potential).
    — How to best leverage current bunker fuel options while meeting industry regulations
    — Role of additives in the bunker fuel market
    — Project spotlights

    Ananth Srinivasan, Vice President,
    V-TIC Services
  • 12:45 pm Break
  • 1:00 pm Addressing the Present: Optimization of VLSFO testing to drive quality improvements
    — VLSFO is expected to maintain it’s position as the dominant marine fuel to 2040 whilst greener technology develops to meet regulatory standards
    — Are current testing methodologies suitable for determining stability and compatibility of VLSFO fuels?
    — Can additives really help to improve fuel quality?

    Rob Ashton, Global Market Manager - Marine Fuel Additives,
  • 1:30 pm What could the 2050 fleet look like?
    — Upcoming shipping regulations; what does it mean?
    — Are shipowners slowly steering the orderbook to future fuels away from scrubbers?
    — Is there is clear winner for a future fuel yet?
    — \What is the market’s perspective?

    Sam Eckett, Managing Editor, EMEA Shipping & Freight,
    S&P Global Platts
    Andrew Scorer, Freight Analytics Manager,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 2:00 pm Charting a Course for Decarbonizing Maritime Transport
    — What are currently the most promising zero-carbon bunker fuels to decarbonize maritime transport?
    — What’s the role of liquefied natural gas in shipping’s decarbonization?
    — What are some of the implications of zero-carbon shipping for developed and developing countries around the world?

    Dominik Englert, Economist in Climate Change Analytics,
    World Bank
  • 2:45 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks Adrian Tolson, Board Member, International Bunker Industry Association, Director and Lead,
    BLUE Insight
  • 3:00 pm Close of Conference


Adrian Tolson 150.jpg Adrian Tolson
Board Member, International Bunker Industry Association, Director and Lead, 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

Sean Strawbridge 150.jpg Sean Strawbridge
Chief Executive Officer, Port of Corpus Christi

Biography coming soon.

Jim Reddinger 150.jpg Jim Reddinger
President & Chief Executive Officer, Stabilis

Biography coming soon.

Tyler Baron 150.jpg Tyler Baron
Chief Executive Officer, Minerva Bunkering

Biography coming soon.

Tom Strang 150.jpg Tom Strang
Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival

Tom Strang is Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs for Carnival Corporation plc. He is responsible for developing and implementing a group wide strategy for the supply of new low emission fuels for the next generation of cruise ships under order, including LNG. With the current situation impacting the cruise industry he is leading efforts to ensure that the pause in operations is coordinated safely and efficiently across all our brands. He also provides representation for the Carnival group with various maritime and governmental authorities in Europe and other regions relating to marine and technical regulatory.

Dominik Englert 150.jpg Dominik Englert
Economist in Climate Change Analytics, World Bank

Dominik Englert has turned his passion for fighting climate change into his profession. In his efforts to decarbonize the global economy, he works as an economist in the World Bank’s Climate Change Group in Washington, D.C. As a co-lead of the World Bank’s engagement in decarbonizing maritime transport, he focuses on reducing emissions in the shipping sector. Furthermore, he works on mainstreaming climate considerations in the World Bank’s project portfolio in East Asia and the Pacific and developing carbon pricing policies in developing countries such as Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Dominik met the challenges of climate change as a senior advisor for First Climate, a private consultancy based in Zurich. He oversaw the carbon compliance management for large industrials, advised public institutions on climate policy and traded CO2 allowances in the EU and Swiss emissions trading systems. Dominik holds master’s degrees in Finance & Strategy (Sciences Po), International Affairs & Governance (University of St. Gallen) and International Management (Community of European Management Schools).

Frederic Meyer 150.jpg Frederic Meyer
Head of Strategy & New Projects, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels 

Frédéric Meyer is the Head of Strategy & Projects for Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS), Total’s dedicated business in charge of worldwide bunkering activities. He oversees a team that strategizes and executes key projects, R&D programs and industry initiatives to promote low carbon alternative fuels to Total’s shipping clientele. With over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, Mr. Meyer joined Total in 1992 and has held various leadership positions in the Marketing Services and Gas, Renewables & Power (GRP) branches of the Total Group. His previous roles included managing Total’s business unit for Special Fluids and Additives in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, as well as its Commodities Trading business for the Asia Pacific and Atlantic markets. Mr Meyer is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC). He also holds a Post-Graduate in Industrial Engineering from the École des Mines of Nancy and in Industrial Marketing from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) of Paris.

Sotirios Mamalis 150.jpg Sotirios Mamalis
Manager, Global Sustainability, Fuels & Technology, American Bureau of Shipping

Sotirios Mamalis is the Manager, Sustainability - Fuels and Technology at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). In this role, Mamalis explores fuels and technologies that can contribute to decarbonization of the marine and offshore fleet. Mamalis has a background on power generation generation and propulsion systems using conventional and alternative fuels. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ananth Srinivasan 150.jpg Ananth Srinivasan
Vice President, V-TIC Services

Ananth currently serves as the Vice President at V-TIC Services, a Viswa Group Company. The V-TIC Services team focuses on the Supply side of the Fuel supply chain and this team is intimately involved with helping fuel suppliers get ready for the fuels of the future. From helping suppliers develop 0.5% fuels, to helping them develop the basis of design of their refineries, the V-TIC Services team was developed to be at the cutting edge for the next challenge of the customer. Ananth Srinivasan has over eighteen years of experience working at Baker Hughes and in a startup, in a variety of roles including P&L Management, Sales, Operations, Engineering, Product Development, and Project Management. His breadth of experience spans the Oil and Gas sector from Upstream operations to the Marine Shipping business. His main skill sets are P&L Management and solution selling. In his last P&L role at Baker Hughes, he led his team to the best financial performance across all product lines during the oil recession. He has an Executive MBA from Texas A&M and a Masters’ in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is able to combine his technical knowledge with his commercial acumen to help clients win at the marketplace. Ananth has served as the President of the Houston chapter of the Association of India’s Development, a volunteering organization focused on addressing change at the grassroots in India. As an active proponent of the Oil and Gas industry, Ananth has spoken at National Society of Black Engineers, Rice University, and the University of Houston.

Rob Ashton 150.jpg Rob Ashton
Global Market Manager - Marine Fuel Additives, Infineum

Rob has worked in the additives business for more than 30 years, first with Shell and then with Infineum since its start-up 21 years ago. During this time, he has had extensive experience in both fuel and lubricating oil additives. Rob has had jobs in a wide range of functions including R&D, Technical Support, New Business Development, Sales and Marketing. Rob is coordinating Infineum’s global sales and marketing activities for fuel additives in Marine fuel applications. Rob is currently based in the UK but has also worked in the US and has extensive experience across many global markets.

Andrew Scorer 150.jpg Andrew Scorer
Freight Analytics Manager, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.

Sam Eckett 150.jpg Sam Eckett
Managing Editor, EMEA Shipping & Freight, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.

Patrick Burns 150.jpg Patrick Burns
Senior Editor, Fuel Oil Markets, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.


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