Managing Director, Petrospot Ltd
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 Director, Organización Terpel S.A.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, graduated in Business Administration and also has a post-graduate degree in International Business Management, Maritime Transportation and Port Legislation and in Maritime affairs.
Since 1984, Eugenia has worked with Colombian downstream major oil company Organización Terpel, handling various positions, such as sales assistant, marketing director, operations, sales, commercial manager and company’s legal representative prior to the merger between Terpel del Norte and Organización Terpel. For the past eighteen years, she has worked solely in the marine business being currently Director of Marine Fuels and she has been an active member of various professional and community
Eugenia has also been a speaker at the Bunker New Orleans Conference 2000, Maritime Week Americas MWA Miami 2010, MWA Cartagena 2011, MWA Panama 2014, MWA Cartagena 2015, Panama Maritime 2017 and a panelist at the Maritime week Americas Miami 2012, IBIA Convention in Cancun 2015 , IBIA convention in Gibraltar 2016 and at S & P Global Platts Bunker and residual fuel conference in Houston (2013). She has been session chairman at the IBIA convention Dubai 2012
She conducted the IBIA Bunker basic course in Spanish in MWA Ft Lauderdale 2016, Cartagena 2015, Panama 2012 and 2014. In October 2019 she was a speaker at the Expoportuaria Forum held in Barranquilla.
Speaker at SPE, MWA October 2020, Mundo Maritimo” IMO 2020 and beyond Forum” Nov 2020 and Lady Maritime round table Dec 2020 and in 2021 at “Dia de la Mujer” Wista Colombia and in DIMAR
Eugenia was an IBIA (International Bunker Industry Association) board member from April 2011 to April 2018, April 2019- march 2022 From 2016 to 2018 she was honorary treasurer and convention committee chairman (2014-2017) and participated in the marketing, communication and finance working groups. She has been elected again board member on April 2022 for a period of three years.
Global Account Manager, VT Group
Claudia Beumer entered the maritime industry as Business Development Manager for Emerson, where she focused on bunker flow meters. Now, more than 10 years later and after some sidesteps, she is back in the bunker industry as Global Account Manager for one of her first customers, VT.
Advocating transparency and accurate measurement for the bunkering of all types of fuels has always been a red line throughout her career, including in her previous role at Wärtsilä, where she worked as sales and marketing manager for Gas Solutions. Claudia has also been a member of the first working group within the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), which focused on quantity and quality measurements for LNG bunkering.
By education, she is a chemical engineer and in her current role, this diverse background and her passion for the bunker industry will help VT and its customers to make the transition from traditional fuels to the future fuel mix.
Manager, Bunker Services, Teekay Shipping (UK) Ltd
Mads Bjørnebye has worked in the Oil & Gas industry for over 18 years, starting at ExxonMobil in 2003. He has worked in the bunker industry since 2009, having held various positions with Wilhelmsen Premier Marine Fuels, Cockett Marine Oil and KPI Bridge Oil.
Since 2018, he has headed up the bunker procurement team at Teekay.
Associate Editorial Director, Americas Crude and Fuel Oil, S&P Global Commodity Insights
Beth Brown has been working at S&P Global Commodity Insights (formerly S&P Global Platts) for more than seven years, and is currently the Associate Editorial Director for Crude, Fuel Oil and Bunkers pricing in the Americas. In this role she oversees the pricing teams responsible for all assessments of crude, fuel oil, bunkers and futures prices in North and South America. She oversees the evolving markets to ensure pricing methodology is accurate and up to date.
Prior to this role, she served for three years as the manager for the Americas fuel oil and bunkers pricing team, and has also managed the middle distillates pricing team. Beth Brown has a degree in Mass Communication.
Director General of Merchant Marine, Panama Maritime Authority
He completed his University studies at the Nautical School of Panama. Obtaining a degree in Nautical Engineering and majoring in Maritime Transportation, He also has advance training related to quality systems, casualty investigations, arbitration and higher education.
Eng. Cigarruista made his first labor entry as a deck officer and then as a first officer (in refrigerated cargo ships, container ships, tankers and bulk carriers).
Later, in the Panama Maritime Authority, he was assigned as Director in Charge and Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Seafarers. He also held the positions of Nautical Inspector and Port State Control Officer.
He then leaves the Panama Maritime Authority to occupy the assignment of Technical Manager and Field Inspector in the company Panama Marine Survey and Certification Services Inc.
Then he starts his own enterprise where he worked as a flag inspector and casualty investigator.
He has stood out as a college professor at the bachelor's and master's degrees levels at the Santa María la Antigua University, the Isthmus University, the Interamerican University of Panama and the Columbus University.
He is a naval expert in the Second Maritime Court of Panama and also served as a naval expert for different Panamanian forensic firms.
As part of his experience, he has had a relationship as a Consultant, Casualty Investigator and as a technician with different administrations and has represented them in forums such as: International Maritime Organization, International Labor Organization and International Commissions for the Conservation of Tuna.
Director, Transportation Services and Global Fuel Strategy, CSL Group
Frank Dahan is the Director of Transport Services and Global Fuel Strategy for Montreal-based worldwide shipowner Canada Steamship Lines, also known as CSL Group.
With offices in Canada, USA, Australia, London, and Asia, he heads all commercial operations for the Canadian fleet. He also leads the Global fuel desk and oversees the fuel procurement strategy.
He has over 25 years of experience in the oil and energy industry and in bunker procurement strategy..
Frank Dahan also supports sustainable alternative fuel initiatives at Group CSL Inc, such as the biofuel fuel testing program, which was launched in 2019 and, to date, is one of the largest ongoing B100 biodiesel trials on marine engines in the world.
Frank Dahan graduated from the John Molson School of Business in Montreal with a Finance major and minor in Economics.
Deputy Administrator, Canal de Panamá
Ilya Espino de Marotta was appointed Panama Canal Deputy Administrator on 15 February, 2019 and took office on 1 January, 2020, making history by being the first woman to hold this position.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Economic Engineering from Universidad Santa María la Antigua in Panama City. She participated in the Executive Development Program at INCAE Business School and at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. She holds a Project Manager Certification from the Project Management Institute.
Ilya Espino de Marotta began her career in the Panama Canal in 1985 as the only woman engineer in the Industrial Division shipyard. She recently served as Vice President for Transit Business and as Executive Vice President for Engineering during the Panama Canal Expansion Program.
Regional Director for Latin América and Port Chaplain in Panamá, The Mission to Seafarers
Fr. Ian Hutchinson Cervantes was ordained priest in The Church of England in 1990 after completing theological studies at Cambridge University. He served as a missionary priest in Venezuela and Belize. He later served as Regional Desk Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean with the USPG recruiting and training mission personnel and supporting them in the field. Before joining The Mission to Seafarers in 2018, Fr. Ian served as British Embassy Chaplain in Madrid and then as World Mission Officer in the Diocese of Chichester. At present, his responsibilities fall into two complementary aspects: Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean and Port Chaplain for Panamá. As Regional Director he supports MtS Port Chaplains serving in the region and seeks to develop and expand the work regionally. As Port Chaplain he visits vessels offering hospitality, spiritual and practical support to seafarers alongside a small but committed team of volunteers.
Fr. Ian is married to Raffaella and together they have three children.
Vice President of Sales, ClearLynx - a ZeroNorth Company
Based in New York, Tammi Ingannamorte is the Vice President of Sales - Americas for ZeroNorth. Following ZeroNorth’s acquisition of ClearLynx, she is focused on business development and sales of the company’s bunker optimisation solutions, as well as the expansion of ZeroNorth’s offices, teams, and optimisation products in the Americas region. With a firm commitment to ZeroNorth’s mission to make global trade green, Tammi Ingannamorte understands the holistic approach of connecting the dots across global trade and combining voyage, vessel, and bunker optimisation to cut emissions and deliver savings from today.
She started her career in maritime as a bunker broker with LQM Petroleum in the 1990s. While she was Vice President of Marketing and Sales, she managed 17 brokers in five offices, which at the time was by far the largest international pure bunker brokerage company. Simultaneously, she began working with a team to develop ClearLynx, which became the leading bunker procurement system.
Managing Director, Bunker One USA Inc
Georgette Kounalakis is a results-oriented senior manager with extensive experience in marine fuel supply & logistics, sales & marketing, business development, and M&A.
She has proven ability to develop and implement corporate strategic plans, and grow profitability in the bunker industry. A critical thinker, she is comfortable dealing with ambiguity and responds quickly to changing markets.
She is able to form strong working relationships and lead groups of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds to achieve common goals.
Head of LNG Bunkering, GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd
Beginning in 2014, John has worked in a variety of roles at GAC, most recently as Commercial Manager for LNG Services, North America. John has been focused on the development of LNG as marine fuel since 2016 by bringing together shipowners, bunker suppliers and port stakeholders to support successful projects. John believes that establishing meaningful partnerships is the only way to develop critical infrastructure that the shipping industry needs to decarbonize. Gulf Agency Company (GAC) is the world’s largest provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Established in 1956, the privately-owned group employs over 9,000 people in 300 offices worldwide.
CEO, Navalmex Combustibles S.A. de C.V.
Leonor Mondragón López studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
In 1988 she began his working life in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the following year, she began his career in the maritime and port environment, taking charge of the affairs office of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the General Directorate of Ports and Merchant Marine of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT). She was Deputy Director General of the National Chamber of the Maritime Transport Industry. She also worked in the SCT as General Secretary of the Harbor Master General Directorate.
In 1996 she was co-founder and partner of the shipping and bunkering company Naval Mexicana and in 2007 of Navalmex Combustibles in which she is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors.
She was co-founder and president of the Mexican Association of Ship Service Companies (AMISBAC). She has also been president of the Mexican Maritime and Port Council (COMPORT).
Corporate Consultant, Decal Panama S.A.
Mr. Ortiz held managerial positions for more than 26 years in Exxon, in 5 countries in the Central America / Caribbean region. During the last 20 years has participated in Panama´s maritime sector, as General Manager of French Shipping Agency, CMA CGM Panama, and Decal Panama, respectively. He currently serves as Corporate Consultant to the B.O.D of Decal Panama.
Javier participated as member of the B.O.D. of Panama´s Maritime Chamber for several years. He is a past Vice President and past Chair of the Bunkering Committee. He also has participated as speaker in local bunkering forums. He holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering (Texas A&M University) and a M.A. in Economics (University of Oklahoma).
Head of Sales, Americas at Minerva Bunkering (USA) LLC
Christopher Roberts spent 12 years at sea in the American Merchant Marine sailing as Third Mate up to Master on oil tankers all around the world. He came ashore and worked for the shipping group of Hess Corporation until 2004 when he helped launch their bunker supply business. It quickly became the largest independent supplier of bunker fuel on the US East Coast selling over 2 million metric tonnes per year out of five East Coast ports.
When Hess later divested all downstream M&R businesses his group was sold to Aegean Marine Petroleum where he was initially in charge of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. East coast later expanding to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Aegean faced financial issues leading to a Chapter 11 filing during which Chris was elevated to global head of Sales and Marketing where he did his best to keep supply moving and maintain the good reputation of the sales group.
The Aegean business was then purchased by Mercuria Energy Trading where Chris is presently the Head of Sales for Minerva Bunkering (USA) LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary. He is happy to report that Minerva Bunkering is growing and is one of the largest suppliers of bunker fuel around the world, moving approximately 14 million tons of fuel per year.
Environmental Protection Specialist, Canal de Panamá
Alexis X. Rodríguez Almanza began his career as ordinary seaman, then obtained his degree in Laws and Political Science from Catholic University Santa Maria La Antigua with honours. He holds a Master in Maritime Law and a Master in Maritime Business Administration in Ports, Environmental Management and Carbon Neutral. He also holds an MBA from INCAE Business School, a postgraduate qualification in Maritime Energy from the World Maritime University, a Green Finance Specialist qualification from from the World Bank. He has also undertaken postgraduate studies on Project Management.
Alexis Rodriguez has been a Professor of International law and International Conventions, covering maritime issues, pollution and climate change.
In the public sector he has worked at the Panama Maritime Authority as Head of the Compliance and Enforcement Department and at the National Environmental Authority as Director of the International Affairs Office.
He has also worked in non-governmental organisations, focusing on environmental conservancy, and he has participated as a speaker/moderator at international conferences related to environmental issues and the maritime sector.
Currently, as a specialist in the Environmental Division in the Panama Canal Authority, he is seeking to strengthen the environmental and decarbonisation policies of the Organization and to continue promoting The Panama Canal Route as the Green Corridor of the international maritime industry.
Bunker Manager, Ultranav
María José Ruiz has been in the shipping industry for 18 years, passing through different areas: documentation, customer service, commercial sales backup for liner vessels, Shipping Agency (Husbanding Operator), and Bunker procurement. Currently, she is a Bunker Manager with Naviera Ultranav Ltda., located in the City of Santiago, Chile.
María studied foreign trade and is currently studying Industrial Engineering.
María was born in the city of Santiago, Chile and is happily married with a wonderful 10-year-old daughter.
Vessel Operator, FLOPEC
I am an extroverted person, who is in favor of contributing in the development of the company and a team work in order to achieve the final objectives which will become in a common good.
I started working in Flopec since 2007 as radio operator (Flopec Shipping Agency), after five years became boarding agent coming on board vessels and assisting Masters, crew and head owners with all their requirements. After someyears I became a Vessel operator Keeping closely monitoring vessels, in order to keep them 100% Operative and to supervise all maneuvers and performance of each voyage, instruct the Masters in order to accomplish with Charters requests.
Actually I´m the Head of Operations Department between my duties are to audit all operators and their vessels in charge, try to keep them 100% Operative and monitoring all maneuvers and performance of each voyages. Together with all vessel operators, optimize bunker consumptions and coordinate bunker supplies in different Ports around the world looking for savings and granting vessel operativity.
Principal and Owner, Simms Showers LLP
J. Stephen (‘Steve’) Simms is Principal of Simms Showers LLP. He chairs the International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) Legal Working Group and is Legal Advisor to SEA/LNG.
Simms Showers is one of the world’s most active law firms working in the area of bunker trader, broker and supplier representation.
Steve Simms was selected for the U.S. Department of Justice, Honor Law Graduates Program and was a federal prosecutor and Editor‑in‑Chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business at Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago). He holds an M.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.
He is the husband of his wife of 33 years, Denise, and Dad of daughter Alison and son John, and of Benson, the Coton de Tulear (the royal dog of Madagascar, somewhat removed from actual royalty).
Director of Process & Marine Additives, Innospec Fuel Specialties
Dr Joseph Stark has 24 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry supporting both upstream and downstream areas of the oil and gas markets. He obtained a Bachelor’s in chemistry from The Ohio State University and a PhD from Kansas State University. He worked for Shell Chemical, Baker Hughes and Nalco Champion before having the opportunity to join Innospec Fuel Specialties. Joseph has focused on developing products and processes to mitigate H₂S and mercaptans in hydrocarbons and products for reducing fouling in hydrocarbons due to thermal degradation, asphaltene destabilisation, or paraffin deposition.
Over the past few years, Dr Joseph Stark has been applying this experience to develop products specifically for bunker fuels. He has had the opportunity to oversee multiple talented teams supporting oilfield, refinery and finished fuel market areas.
Dr Stark has 26 patents and contributed to over 30 publications and presentations.
Tim Stew MBE
British Ambassador to Panama
Tim Stew has been British Ambassador to Panama since October 2021. He was previously British High Commissioner to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from the end of July 2015.
He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1988. Most recently he was Head of the FCO department leading reform and conflict policy in the Middle East & North Africa since the Arab revolutions of 2011. During his career he has covered a range of different roles, including serving previously in the region as Deputy High Commissioner to Belize and other postings to Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt.
Tim Stew was appointed MBE in 1996, for his contribution to British foreign policy during the conflict in Bosnia.
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 more than 30 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, 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 leads numerous global business development projects across the marine 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.
Coordinator of the Bunkering Commission, Panama Maritime Chamber
Commercial Manager, Vopak Panama Atlantic Inc.
Industrial Engineer (USMA) with a Master's degree in Management Engineering from the University of Louisville. With 25 years of experience in the supply chain of the Oil Industry, especially in the Bunkering segment. He held the position of Regional Manager for the United States, Central America and the Caribbean for ExxonMobil Marine Fuels. Currently occupies the position of Commercial Manager of Vopak Panama and continues supporting the bunker industry, as leader of the Bunkering Committee of the Maritime Chamber of Panama.
President, Terramar Oil & Services S. A.
Former President, Cámara Marítima de Panamá
Nick (Nico, Nicolas) Vukelja got his start in the maritime business in the early 2000s. He graduated as an Industrial Engineer, with an MBA in Maritime Business and a PD in Bunkering. Nick Vukelja also has degrees in Superior Education, and in Culinary Arts.
He is the CEO of Terramar Oil & Service, a family-owned barge service company with 15 years of experience in the Panama market. Terramar is a barge owner-operator company, and serves as a physical bunker supplier offering trading, Ship to Ship (lightering), Agency, Launch Services, Marpol II, IV, V and other services.
Since 2013, Nick Vukelja has served on The Board of Directors of the Panama Maritime Chamber and as Vice President for three terms, and as President of the Bunker Committee, initiating the Panama Bunkering Procedures. He has been President of The Panama Bunkering Conference for three years, with more than 300 delegates in attendance.
Nick Vukelja joined the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) in 2011, and he participated in his first event at the Annual Conference of IBIA in Barcelona, Spain. In 2015 he started as an International Bunker and Shipping Speaker for IBIA at a number of events: Index (Dubai), Vostok (Russia), Maritime Week Americas, Argus Media (New York), Wisdom Events (Los Angeles), Petrospot (London), Platts (Houston), Mare Forum (Greece), and at other local and international conferences.
In 2017 he ran as a candidate for the Board of Directors of IBIA and was elected as a Director of the Board in 2018.
He began a second project as Director of Universal Xpress Financial Services, a company within the financial sector, offering long and short terms loans, leasing, lines of credit and other financial services.
He is active in various associations including the Panama Maritime Chamber, Chamber of Commerce, Panama Financial Association, Panama Construction Chamber, Panama Association of Executives and others.
‘Panama is the world’s leading flag registry with 8,000 ships, representing 18% the global fleet and is an important country on votes for IMO decisions and implementations. The Panama Canal Expansion made a game change in the Bunkering Business.’
Business Development Manager, Intertek Lintec
Hauk Larsen Wahl is the Business Development Manager for Intertek Lintec, responsible for the Americas and Scandinavian markets.
Prior to joining Intertek Lintec, Hauk Wahl spent 21 years in the fuel quality testing and bunker quantity survey business, holding positions in sales and management in Oslo, Fujairah and Houston.
Early in his career, Hauk sailed onboard container vessels and then later worked with sales of EPIRBs, AIS systems and Marine VHF Radios.
Hauk Wahl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Management from BI Norwegian Business School.
Hauk currently lives in Houston and holds dual Norwegian/American citizenship.
CEO, Bunker One
Peter Zachariassen is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history and international background in the bunker Industry.
Combined with a pragmatic yet strategic mindset, Peter Zachariassen has deep operational insights from his many years in the industry. When it comes to development, he sets the bar high for new ways of working, trends, and customer demands. The smooth IMO 2020 transition is one of the recent achievements, where a combined strategic and operational mindset showed proper use of that exact experience.
Simplicity, digitalisation, expansion, sustainability, low emission fuels, and customer partnerships are the key focus areas on his desk and where we will see Bunker One excel in the coming years.