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Maritime Week Americas 2024 • Panama

An Introduction to Shipping & Bunkering

Monday 20 May 2024 ~ All-day Course

Delegate Rate: £450



This one-day course provides a comprehensive overview of shipping, from the types and sizes of ships sailing the world, their cargo, trade routes and the ports they visit. It looks at ships’ crew and the jobs they do, as well as technical, operational, and financial issues, including navigation and propulsion, safety and pollution, regulation, and control, earning money, and class and insurance. It also delves into the commercial, technical, and operational side of bunkering to simplify the often complex process of refuelling sea-going vessels. This course will also explain the jargon used in shipping and bunkering.

Internationally renowned shipping and bunkering expert Nigel Draffin covers the essentials of shipping and bunkering in a comprehensive overview of these sectors, with particular emphasis on how they are mutually dependent.



nigel draffinNIGEL DRAFFIN

Technical Consultant, Lecturer and Author

Nigel Draffin has been involved in shipping for over 50 years and in bunkering for over 25 years. He joined Shell Tankers in 1966, serving on all classes of vessel, including VLCCs and LNG tankers. In 1979, he joined the newbuilding department of Shell International Marine and later transferred to Shell’s R&D unit, specialising in control systems, fuel combustion and safety systems.

In 1986, Nigel moved to the commercial department as a bunker buyer and economics analyst, two years later becoming Head of Operational Economics, responsible for all of the fuel purchased for the Shell fleet. In 1996, he joined E. A. Gibson Shipbrokers which, in 2006, merged with US-based broking house LQM Petroleum Services, where he was Senior Broker and Technical Manager. He retired from LQM in July 2015.

Nigel is a founder member of IBIA, serving several times on its council of management, the board and as its Chairman. Nigel has written 10 books on bunkering, shipping and marine lubes published by Petrospot, and is Director of the Petrospot Academy. Nigel is a member of IMarEST and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers

 The price of this event includes lunch, refreshments and course materials.


MONDAY 20 MAY 2024
08:00 What is shipping?
08:25 The Ships
09:00 The People
09:40 coffee-break  Coffee Break
10:00 Navigation and Propulsion
10:35 Regulation and Control
11:00 Earning Money
11:25 Ports
11:35 Safety and Pollution
12:00 Class and Insurance
12:25 lunch break Lunch Brreak
13:00 Introduction to the Bunker Industry
14:00  Commercial Introduction 
15:00  coffee-break  Coffee Break 
15:10 Technical Introduction
16:10 Basic Operations - Part 1
16:50  Basic Operations - Part 2
17:30 End of Course

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