September 2013

on Saturday, 14 September 2013. Posted in Petrospot News

To celebrate its tenth anniversary as one of the industry’s leading publications, Bunkerspot is re-launched by Petrospot’s Director of Publishing, Lesley Bankes-Hughes. The first issue of the new-look magazine, complete with new Bunkerspot logo, new orange livery and new format, is 84 pages long and perfect bound. The ‘soft’ re-launch is the first step in a series of major changes that include a rebranding of Petrospot and comprehensive revamp of its magazines and websites.

Petrospot hosts the Oxford Bunker Course at the Cotswold Lodge Hotel (16-20 September), attracting 14 students from 11 counties: Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom. This course is directed by Nigel Draffin, with newcomers Mike Ball (Gearbulk), Peter Hall (IBIA) and Michael Green (Lintec Testing Services) joining the list of expert guest lecturers.

London International Shipping Week culminates with the flagship LISW Conference 'Propelling World Trade', held on Thursday 12 September at the Willis Building. Keynote speaker, UK Shipping Minister the MP Stephen Hammond, heads one of the highest profile speaker line-ups ever assembled for a shipping conference. The Conference is followed by the LISW Reception and Gala Dinner at the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, where the Rt Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport delivers the after dinner speech to 600 guests.

Petrospot holds its An Introduction to LNG Bunkering one-day course at the Baltic Exchange in London (11 September) as part of its contribution to London International Shipping Week. Taught by Nigel Draffin, the course attracts 15 delegates from Belgium, Cameroon, Denmark, Gibraltar, Nigeria, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

London International Shipping Week, created and organised by Petrospot and joint venture partner, Elaborate Communications, under the Shipping Innovation company name, is hailed as a major triumph. Run in association with Maritime UK partners The Baltic Exchange, Maritime London, and the UK Chamber of Shipping, and with TheCityUK, the independent promotional body for UK financial and professional services, it is fully backed by the UK Government, including the Department for Transport, the Maritime Coastguard Agency, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the Wales Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy. It is opened by Prime Minister David Cameron, who leads a strong line-up of speakers throughout the week, including the Rt Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond MP, Minister of Shipping, a long list of ministers, MPs, foreign ministers and ambassadors, the Lord Mayor of London and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. More than 80 shipping-related organisations lend their support, and over 60 different events take place during the week. A range of prestigious venues include No 10 Downing Street, the House of Lords, House of Commons, Lancaster House, Portcullis House, the London Stock Exchange, Trinity House, HMS President, the Willis Building, Lloyd’s Building and HMS Northumberland, brought to Canary Wharf for the week.