January 2013

on Monday, 07 January 2013. Posted in Petrospot News

The Maritime Week Africa conference, Fuelling Africa’s Future, takes place at the Hilton, Durban (29-31 January), opened by Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), the event’s Platinum Sponsor. Speakers from South Africa’s Transnet National Port Authority, IBIA Southern Africa, shipping companies BBC Chartering and Dockwise, oil companies Indian Oil (Mauritius) and Total Marne Fuels, security companies Control Risks, OGM International and Gray Page, plus others, cover a range of highly topical issues, from South Africa’s declining bunker sales, to education and training, refuelling specialist ships and protecting shipping and ports. A special session also highlights the emerging maritime ‘hub’ of Mauritius.


A group of 20 maritime studies students from the Durban University of Technology attend a specially-organised seminar on bunkering and shipping during Maritime Week Africa as guests of Petrospot (29 January). The seminar is presented by Haydn Lockhart Barker, Chairman of the IBIA Southern Africa Branch and a broker with Peninsula Petroleum, Shanaaz Bennett, head of the IBIA Southern Africa Sub-Committee on Training and Development and a trader at Global Vision Bunkers, and Gerard Singh of barge operator Smit Amandla. Two of the students are chosen by the faculty to represent the university at the Maritime Week Africa conference.

Petrospot runs a new two-day course, Commercial Practice in Bunkering, at Maritime Week Africa in Durban (28-29 January). The course, taught by Nigel Draffin, Chairman of IBIA and technical Director of LQM Petroleum Services, is based on his book of the same title.

Petrospot launches Maritime Week Africa in Durban, South Africa (Hilton, Durban, 28-31 January), attracting delegates from a range of African nations, including Ghana, Namibia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and the host nation, South Africa, as well as France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and United Arab Emirates. This inaugural event consists of a new two-day bunker training course, Commercial Practice in Bunkering, a half-day introduction to bunkering seminar and a two-day conference focused on shipping and bunkering in South Eastern Africa, entitled Fuelling Africa’s Future.