Cem Saral is the CEO of the Cockett Group, one of the world’s leading resellers of marine and petroleum products and services and has over 20 years of industry experience on marine fuels and fuel oil trading.
During his career Cem has been employed at various key trading and management roles by leading oil trading and marine fuel oil companies. He has a wide geographical coverage and direct working experience in Europe, Asia, US, Far East and the Middle East.
Having worked extensively at both marine fuels and fuel oil trading industries, Cem has a sound understanding of the entire fuel oil supply chain and physical trading on a global basis. As a further value-add, he has had the opportunity to employ these direct trading experiences into areas of business development, management and strategic M&A activities.
Prior to joining to Cockett, Cem was last employed as a fuel oil trader by Vitol, one of the world’s leading energy and commodity trading companies and 50% shareholder of the Cockett Group.
Cem holds a BSc degree in Operations Research from Turkish Naval Academy and throughout his career he has attended a wide range of programs on trading, risk, finance and management.
A geology graduate, chemist and computer programmer, Wajdi has accumulated more than 25 years’ expertise in fuel oil testing and inspection, launching Seahawk Services in 2014.
He works with refiners and fuel suppliers on fuel blending and helps vessel operators navigate through problems with bunker fuels. Wajdi was the first to analyse and report on the quality of 0.10% sulphur fuel before it became widely available in January 2015.
He has experience in fuel troubleshooting and has published numerous papers on fuel quality.
Director of Publishing / Executive Editor
Bunkerspot / ship.energy / Petrospot Ltd
Lesley Bankes-Hughes is a highly experienced editor, news journalist and features writer. After a number of years as business editor of Jane’s Defence Weekly, she worked for the International Stock Exchange and Euromoney Publications. She also established a specialist newsletter covering European corporate mergers and acquisitions, and later spent several years at Christ Church, University of Oxford, with responsibility for developing educational outreach projects.
At Petrospot, she has taken a lead on editorial projects relating to the marine fuels sector since 2007.
Llewellyn has worked in bunkering, oil and shipping since 1980, as journalist and broker, in London and New York, working for Argus, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, Eperon Petroleum, Albion Oil and Energy Information. He joined MRC in Oxford to launch BunkerNews, before establishing Petrospot in 2003 to publish Bunkerspot magazine, news and pricing services, and highly-respected bunker and shipping books.
He has created and run globally-recognised events in 25 countries around the world, including Maritime Week Americas, ARACON, London International Shipping Week and European Shipping Week, and runs internationally-renowned training programmes, including the Oxford Bunker Course and BunkerExperience.
Marine Fuels Technical Advisor
ExxonMobil Marine Fuels
Armelle Breneol is the marine fuels technical advisor for ExxonMobil in Europe. A specialist in product measurement integrity, Ms. Breneol works with vessel operators and business partners to ensure bunker operations are flawless in ports served by ExxonMobil.
Her expertise was key in the development and introduction of Mass Flow Metering System in ARA in 2018.
Ms Breneol worked on the introduction of ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50™, the ECA-category fuel, and EMF.5™ specially designed to help marine operators comply with 2020 Global 0,50% sulphur cap.
Ms. Breneol has been with ExxonMobil for 22 years. Before joining the business, she was at sea for five years working as an engineer and deck officer, gaining valuable experience on-board ferries, containerships and oceanographic research vessels.
Ms. Breneol graduated from l’Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande (ENMM) in 1991, and earned a Master’s degree in International Transport (University Panthéon Sorbonne – 1996)
Dr Per Olaf Brett
Deputy Managing Director
ULSTEIN INTERNATIONAL AS
Dr. Per Olaf Brett, Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A/Dr.oecon) from University of Reading/Brunel, Henley Management College, UK; Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), Henley Management College, UK; Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Management Consultancy (ADIPC), The Administrative College, Henley Management College, UK; Military Academy Graduate, Royal Norwegian Navy, Bergen, Norway; Bachelor of Science w/Honours (B.Sc.), Kings College, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Certified Engineer, Maritime Technical College, Oslo, Norway.
Dr. Brett is currently employed as Deputy Managing Director of Ulstein International AS and Vice President of Ulstein Group ASA, a designer and builder of offshore, cruise and merchant vessels, Ulsteinvik, Norway working primarily with research and innovation, market intelligence and business development for the Group. He was previously employed by Det Norske Veritas AS (DNV), a ship classification society based in Norway in many different positions and international assignments in the period 1977 until 2007. In 2002 to 2007 Dr. Brett held a position as Research Project Director for the programme Effective Maritime Transportation within the Research Department at DNV.
Dr. Brett has vast experience from several positions within DNV and with associated businesses of DNV. He has previously held positions as President and CEO of the International Loss Control Institute Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, USA from 1991 to 1994 and Managing Director of Computas Expert Systems AS in Oslo, Norway from 1989 to 1991.
Dr. Brett has and is holding several secondary positions in academia in Norway and abroad among them a:
- Adjunct Professor in Shipping at the Norwegian School of Management (BI), Institute for Strategy and Logistics, Oslo, Norway and a
- Adjunct Professor in Management of Marine Design, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Marine Science and Technology Trondheim and Ålesund, Norway.
- Visiting lecturer at University College in Molde, Norway
- Chartered PhD supervisor (16)
He is also appointed Application Area Editor in Management with the Systems Research and Behavioral Science Journal, the International Federation for Systems Research, Wiley Blackwell. London, UK.
He is presently Chairman of the Board of Shipping and Offshore Network a Nordic based knowledge building organization of specialists working in the field of shipping and offshore market analyses, macro-economics and industrial politics, based in Oslo Norway.
Dr. Brett is also a member of the International Committee of the International Marine Design Conference (IMDC).
Manager, Bunker Services
Mads started his career in the Oil & Gas industry for 17 years, starting at ExxonMobil in 2003. Since 2009 he has been working in the bunker industry, having held various positions with Wilhelmsen Premier Marine Fuels, Cockett Marine Oil, KPI Bridge Oil and since 2018 he has headed up the bunker procurement team at Teekay.
Fuel Oil Blending Operations
Shannon have been involved in many aspects of the complex world of fuel oil blending with thirty years in the petroleum industry. Fifteen of those years spent at a major global petroleum inspection and testing house from Field Inspector to Branch Manager, followed by fifteen years serving as Royal Dutch Shell, Shell Trading’s SME Senior Commercial Blending Operator before semi retiring and accepting a Fuel Oil Blending Management role at Amspec.
Senior Director Purchase & Supply
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.
CEO Marine Fuel
Tim worked as a Strategy Manager at PwC in London and Madrid and was the General Manager at AP Moller Maersk terminal business in the Netherlands. Since 2010 he is the CEO of his family business, Fratelli Cosulich, a 163-years old, 6 generations diversified shipping Group headquartered in Italy with over 1,000 employees, USD 1.8bn turnover and with presence in 20 countries.
Fratelli Cosulich has been active in the Marine Fuel industry for more than 50 years and focuses on bunker trading (with offices in Genoa, Monaco, New York, Dubai, Hong Kong, Haiphong and Singapore) as well as physical supply (Singapore and Genoa).
Tim holds an MBA from INSEAD and sits on numerous boards, including YPO and IBIA.
He lives in Singapore, is married with two kids and is a passionate triathlete, having represented Italy at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs
An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr is Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group which operates in 155 countries.
Having served in the US Navy, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard, as well as being an accomplished ocean yacht racer, Bud’s longstanding connection with the sea and ships is both personal and professional.
Bud began his education in Submarine Nuclear Engineering and later obtained his formal undergraduate education at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he was trained as a Deck Officer. During his service with the US Coast Guard, he studied law at the George Washington University Law School. He most recently led the Maritime Policy efforts of the Cruise Lines International Association prior to joining the MSC Group in 2017.
Today, Bud is engaged across MSC’s Cargo and Passenger divisions, developing the company’s central Government Affairs function, based at the Group’s headquarters in Geneva. He is closely involved in MSC’s response to developments in environmental public policy and regulation and other industry-wide issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, maritime security, safety at sea, and international shipping policy. He serves on the Boards for the UK Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, Liberian Shipowners’ Council, and Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel.
Andrew Furman has thirty-five years of experience in energy and trading. For the past ten years at R^2, he has delivered hedge solutions to senior management of public corporations, private firms, institutions, and utilities.
After serving as a managing director at two hedge funds, he assisted in the growth of R^2 through the deployment of its patented analytics. A risk-management and financial-engineering expert,
Furman received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from MIT.
Co-Founder and CEO
Leon Gommans is an entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, innovation and collaboration. With the vast amounts of public data that are available in the maritime domain he has set his target to have an impact on the shipping industry and co-founded Teqplay. Teqplay is a context broker that provides its clients with the information for adaptive and informed decision making in the real-time operational domain. Teqlay is servicing main stakeholders in the maritime supply chain like Vopak, Shell. Yara, Cargill, DNVGL, Hafnia, Stena, and Port of Rotterdam
With his background in computer science, business administration and over 7 years of maritime knowledge he is focussing on digitizing the maritime industry and applying the newest technologies like AI and ML and building the solutions of the future.
Relocating from Denmark to Stamford, US in 2011 to set up Monjasa's first presence in the Americas, Rasmus Jacobsen has developed in-depth knowledge of the global oil and shipping industries for the past eight years.
Coming from an internal position as Bunker Trader and General Manager, Rasmus Jacobsen was appointed Managing Director for Monjasa Americas in 2016. Today, Rasmus Jacobsen is located at Monjasa Americas' headquarters in Panama City.
Since his accession to the Monjasa Group top management, Rasmus has contributed significantly to the strategic, organisational and commercial development of the Monjasa Group.
Educated as Sergeant First Class, Rasmus started his professional career in the Danish Army, which included secondments with NATO forces in Kosovo in 2005 and the coalition forces in Iraq in 2007. In addition, Rasmus Jacobsen holds experience from the LEGO Group in Denmark, where he worked with supply chain management from 2009-2011.
Business Development Manager (Marine Fuels Development)
Preston Turnbull LLP
James specialises in shipping, international trade, and insurance disputes, and is a go-to person in the market for bunker disputes and is recommended by his peers as "Mr. Bunkers".
James qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and has a reputation as a strong technical shipping lawyer. James has an astute commercial understanding of shipping and international trade disputes particularly from his secondments to a major international insurance company and one of the world's leading commodities traders. He acts for clients throughout the marine industry including insurers, ship owners, charterers, traders and bunker suppliers. James has a broad range of shipping and international trade expertise and is recognised as having real gravitas and credibility in this sector.
James has represented clients in numerous LMAA, LCIA, ICC and ad hoc arbitrations.
James was appointed as a member and legal advisor to the BIMCO sub-committee on the revision of the Bimco Bunker Terms.
Glander International Bunkering Group
Carsten Ladekjær is the CEO of Glander International Bunkering Group, one of the world’s leading bunker trading companies located in 9 offices across the world.
A bunker veteran with +20 years of experience, Carsten has been responsible for steering Glander International Bunkering into new waters and global success. He started his triumphant career as a bunker trader in 1995 after completing military service in the Royal Danish Guards. His tremendous vision and ambition propelled him into high ranking positions such as Managing Director, Senior Vice President and CEO of bunker trading companies before he joined Glander International Group in 2017.
Carsten is a regular speaker at industry-related meetings and events, where he is keen to share his bunker knowledge and insights with audiences around the world.
Daniel advises traders, shipowners, freight forwarders, insurers and brokers on a host of regulatory and compliance issues, including international trade sanctions, export controls, customs and anti-corruption legislation. He advises on all aspects of the EU and UK sanctions legislation, and he is also familiar with the application of US sanctions to non-US persons.
Daniel also advises clients on disputes arising from charterparties, sale contracts, bills of lading, marine insurance and logistics operations, and he uses that experience and expertise to provide detailed, practical advice which is tailored to clients in the commodities, shipping, logistics and marine insurance sectors.
As well as advice on dispute resolution, customs and regulatory compliance (including ways to engage effectively with HMRC and other regulators), he also advises on compliance procedures and controls which traders, shipowners, logistics companies, banks, insurers and brokers should adopt to minimise risk.
Silvia de Marucci
Executive Manager Economic Analysis and Market Research
Panama Canal Authority
Mrs. Marucci graduated as Honours B.A., Major in Economics with a Minor in Market Research from Concordia University, Montreal P.Q., Canada, in 1989. As of 1992, she holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from NOVA University, Panama Branch.
Previous work experiences include positions such as Operations Coordinator for South America for Samsung Latin America identifying and advising on business opportunities in the Latin American region, coordinating activities of local managers from each one of the Samsung branches in South America, and developing and implementing a corporate intelligence system among Samsung Offices in South America.
From 1992 through 1994 was appointed Economic Advisor to the Embassy of Japan in Panama, acting as liaison between Panamanian Government Officials and the Embassy. She joined the Panama Canal in 1995 and developed a career in market research, specializing on Liquid Bulk trade. As Senior Analyst of the Liquid Bulk Segment, she performed in depth analysis of transportation, supply chains, and international markets in connection to Canal traffic, with emphasis in the oil sector.
On November 2013, she was appointed acting Manager of Marketing and Forecasting Section later on renamed as Market Analysis and Customer Relations Division. She is currently responsible for developing tolls policies, evaluating the competitiveness of the route, generating short, medium and long term forecasts, and evaluating the economic impact of the Panama Canal. All these activities feed top management and the Board of Directors for decision making.
In addition, Mrs. Marucci participates as speaker in local and international conferences, teaches Maritime Economics and Administration at the University of Panama and at the International Maritime University of Panama, as well as other private universities in the Republic of Panama. She publishes papers in international professional forums such as the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), and technical magazines.
Soren took on the Chief Executive Officer role for ZeroNorth in January 2020. Prior to this, Soren held different leadership roles in Maersk Tankers, including Chief Asset Officer, Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer and Head of MR vessels.
Before joining Maersk Tankers in 2015, he was Vice President at O.W. Bunker & Trading.
Soren is passionate about tackling climate change and driving business growth with a greater purpose.
Brian graduated from the University of Plymouth in 1995 with an Honours Degree in Maritime Business and Law and then in 1996 graduated from City University London with a Masters Degree in International Shipping, Trade and Finance. Working initially in the container shipping industry working for NOL/APL and then OOCL and during 1999 started in the dry bulk freight markets working for Cargill as a freight trader in London then Geneva, Hong Kong and finally Singapore.
In 2006, Brian moved to Morgan Stanley Commodities in London and set up the physical dry freight trading desk with the main focus being on the supramax, panamax and cape sectors to complement the banks involvement in freight derivatives and bunker hedging.
In 2013, Brian left Morgan Stanley to start Lavinia Bulk Ltd as the Managing Director of the office based in London. Lavinia bulk is the chartering and commercial arm of the Laskaridis Shipping/Lavinia Corp’s dry bulk fleet comprising of 48 dry vessels from ultramax up to Newcastlemax size and Brian also trades small volumes of freight derivatives for the group.
Brian is also a member of the Baltic Exchange and is a supporter for the Mission to Seafarers. Brian’s others interests include sailing, rugby and golf.
Senior Credit Analyst
Hasan is a Senior Credit Analyst at Dynamar, one of the oldest and leading maritime credit reporting companies in the industry. He has extensive knowledge of the shipping industry and the credit risk assessment and management, having worked for Dynamar for over 18 years in total.
He also took on several credit risk management roles and projects at BHP Billiton in the Netherlands and Singapore for a period of seven to eight years before joining Dynamar for the second time. Hasan holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Marketing Management from the Professional University of Utrecht.
Bunkering Manager and Assistant Manager, Ship Operations
AMDL Ship Management
Rob is the Bunkering Manager at AMDL Ship Management (a joint venture between ArcelorMittal & Drylog.) He has been with AMDL since the company’s establishment at the beginning of 2020 and prior to this he held the same role at ArcelorMittal Shipping for over 10 years.
He has 23 years of experience in ship operations and holds a Master's Degree in International Trade and Maritime Law, having earnt a distinction for his dissertation on MARPOL low sulphur ship emission legislation.
Global FOBAS Manager
Douglas has a strong background - spanning over 20 years - in marine fuels and ship’s propulsion machinery. He has managed a variety of laboratories and inspection offices prior to joining Lloyd’s Register in 2005 to lead its Fuel Oil Bunkering Advisory Services’ business through to 2013. From 2013 onwards he has held the post of Regional Advisory Services Manager Asia dealing with the non-Class services Lloyd’s Register offers the marine industry.
The past few years Douglas as part of his role has been involved in advisory work on alternative and nascent fuels such as Methanol, LNG and bio as well as general decarbonisation projects.
Global Head of Marine Fuel Services
Charlotte Røjgaard is the Global Head of Bureau Veritas’ marine fuel services, VeriFuel.
Charlotte has a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and began her career at MAN Energy Solutions. Following a successful 15 years with MAN, she moved to Singapore to head up the technical team at DNVPS for five years.
Charlotte joined Bureau Veritas in 2015 as Global Technical Manager for VeriFuel. In this time, she has been instrumental in strengthening the company’s marine fuels expertise and successfully launching the VeriFuel brand.
Charlotte represents Bureau Veritas’ VeriFuel at conferences and sits on numerous key industry committees, including ISO 8217/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 and CIMAC WG7 Fuels for which she is currently the secretary.
Brick Investment Partners
AAs founder of CTA Financial LLC, Chris Thorpe brings decades of investment and risk management expertise to high net worth individuals and family offices.
He has qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has over 25 years of investment management experience across assets classes and businesses. He started his career working in global commodity businesses in Canada, Europe and the United States.
Following his MBA at INSEAD (France), he became an investment banker in New York (JPMorgan) and eventually focussed on financial derivatives, trading and investing. Alongside CTA Financial, Chris is Managing Partner of Brick Investment Partners LLC, which makes principal investments in founder and family owned businesses.
Capt Manuel Tirado
CEO and Captain of the Port
Gibraltar Port Authority
Manuel Tirado joined the Port Department, now the Gibraltar Port Authority, back in 1983 as a young seaman in an age where Morse code and semaphore was widely used.
Educated in Gibraltar in a time where studying in the UK was a privilege which not everybody could enjoy, Manuel progressed in his career by attending a whole spectrum of maritime courses locally and abroad. He was fortunate to study at Warsash Maritime College and Fleetwood Maritime College as a mature student. He undertook various courses including VTS V103/1 under AIALA, Opito Authorise Gas Tester, Tanker Training, and Risk Management, crucial for the management of a Port. Manuel finally trained to become a Harbour Master with Lloyds UK. Manuel has held a number of senior roles within the Port Authority and formally took up the post of CEO and Captain of the Port in January 2018.
He is a member of the International Harbour Masters Association and also the UK Harbour Master Association and acts as the Port Authority’s representative for the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and European Association of Airports and Seaport Police (EAASP).
Manuel is married to Sylvia, a school teacher. They are the proud parents of two children who have now “flown the nest”. Jonathan, his elder son studied law at the University of Kent and was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple Society and now works as a barrister in Gibraltar. Ellen studied at the University of Kingston London and is a school teacher.
Manager Bunker Quality
Chris Turner is the Bunker Quality and Claims Manager at Integr8 Fuels and is based in Singapore.
Chris has close to 30 years of experience, with 20 years in laboratory and inspection and the last 10 in Bunkers.
Dries Van Gheluwe
Key Account Manager
Port of Antwerp Authortiy
Dries Van Gheluwe is born on August 28th near Bruges, Belgium. He obtained a master in economic sciences at the University of Leuven in 2011. He started his in the IT Industry, working for Business & Decision in Brussels.
After 4 years, he made the shift to the logistics industry. Dries began working for the Antwerp Port Authority in May 2016 as Coordinator Business Development with a focus on several projects on both strategic and operational level.
In June 2018, he made a move to the shipping lines team, being key account manager for shortsea, tanker business and bunker industry clients in the Port of Antwerp. Working on a strong and reliable bunker market in Antwerp is one of the key priorities of this and the coming years.
Katrien van Itterbeek
Port of Antwerp Authority
Katrien graduated at the Antwerp Maritime Academy in 2013 and at the University of Antwerp in 2014, obtaining Masters in nautical sciences and environmental sciences.
She started working for Saga Walco AS in 2014. Katrien was part of the operations department performing cost analysis on port and stevedoring activities.
Her career at the port authority started in 2016. Today, she is working in the sustainable transition department as senior technical environment manager. Her specialty domain is shipping services; leading projects on bunkering, onshore power supply, underwater cleaning equipment,…
A highly experienced trouble-shooter, James Wilkes has been helping companies respond to and manage issues arising from corporate negligence, criminal activity, political instability, terrorism and other complex problems, for more than twenty years.
Founded in 2003, Gray Page provides specialist risk management services for clients in international shipping, energy and commodities, as well as marine, aviation and speciality insurance.