This 1.5-day course will focus on practical approaches for preparing and managing IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap on bunker fuels. It is designed for bunker buyers, sellers, bunker supply chain and industry stakeholders. The interests, priorities, obligations and challenges of each stakeholder group will be examined and discussed. The course will include a case study where participants will be challenged on the management process.
William Tan is trained in Environmental Engineering and has a Masters’ Degree in International Business. He has more than 23 years in the marine industry. He joined DNV Petroleum Services in 1994 till 1999 as the Assistant Sales Manager marketing fuel testing and bunker services to the Japanese, Korean and South East Asian Market. He founded Marine Fuel Consultants International Pte Ltd in the year 2000 with a group of marine engineers, fuel consultants and claim specialists, providing services of fuel quality management and claims handling. In 2002, he joined Miyabi Industries Pte Ltd as Vice-President and its Principal Consultant. The company is an Engineering and Consultancy firm specializing in fuel, lubricants, risk assessments, loss control and claims recovery to the bunkering and shipping community. He is also the program leader and course lecturer to the largely successful Bunkering Disputes course since 2002 with more than 500 participants to date.
William is well known within the bunkering industry from Europe, to Middle East, to Asia. His expertise is much sought after by the industry as an expert witness, technical consultant, mediator and arbitrator on bunker dispute cases.
Resource Law, Singapore
Bernard was admitted to the Singapore bar as an advocate and solicitor in 2001.
He is an experienced Singapore litigator and dispute resolution practitioner, regularly appearing as counsel before courts and arbitral tribunals in Singapore on a wide range of contentious matters. These range from commercial disputes, such as individual and corporate insolvency actions (including cross border insolvency actions), to disputes involving specialist areas of law, such as admiralty and maritime, transportation, insurance (marine and non-marine), energy and international trade. Bernard also frequently participates in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Bernard’s shipping clients include P&I clubs, H&M underwriters, insurance brokers, shipowners and ship managers, chandlers and bunker suppliers; his other clients include multi-national companies such as commodity trading houses and global telecommunications service providers. Bernard can also count many local small and medium enterprises among his clients.
Bernard is a Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the Inquiry Panel constituted under the Legal Profession Act to inquire into professional complaints, as well as a committee member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore. He is also a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.
Bernard is fluent in English and Mandarin, both written and spoken.
Professional Admissions / Qualifications
• Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
• Associate Mediator, Maritime Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre
• Member of the Inquiry Panel constituted under the Legal Profession Act
• Committee member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore
• The Law Society of Singapore
Global Head Technical
Cockett Marine Oil, DMCC
Managing Director, Resource Law
Off-Spec Bunkers – Common Legal Issues and Pitfalls
Consultant, FGE Singapore
Pricing Bunkers in a Low-Sulphur World
Availability of IMO 2020 compliant fuel
Understanding bunker fuel analysis
Roles & responsibilities of stakeholders
Analysis parameters which are critical or beneficial
Fuel quality specifications
Interactive Role Play
Risks and challenges for different 2020 compliant bunker fuels
Comprehending off-specification claims
Preparation for low sulphur marine gas oil
Handling & avoiding off-specification claims
Vessel fuel switch over procedures
Qualifying the validity of claims
Guest Speaker on Bunker Economics
Methodologies to substantiate claims
Procedures for quality control & quality assurance
Bonus Case Study on off-specs bunkers due to chemical contamination
Common risks or errors in ordering or selling 2020 compliant fuels
The course will be taught with a combination of theoretical & practical case studies and class interaction. The course instructor will adopt an approach which encourages active participation, delegate engagement and contribution through sharing of their views and experiences. Case studies will provide participants with empirical examples in the working environment.
At the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding that managing 2020 fuels is less complex than expected. Participants will gain valuable knowledge and be able to develop their own simple and effective management systems.
A laboratory visit for all delegates will encompass firsthand experience on tests carried out and equipment used, in particular GC-MS, FT-IR and Cold Flow Filter Plugging Point Analyser. Transportation to and from the laboratory will be provided.
Directors/General Managers/Senior Managers involved in bunker activities
P&I Clubs & Hull and Machinery Insurers / Surveyors
Bunker/Marine Fuel Buyers & Sellers/Procurement Executives
Maritime Lawyers, Legal Advisers, Consultants
Bunker Brokers & Marketers/Traders/Managers/ Analysts/Suppliers/Planners/Controllers
Claims Executives, Negotiators & Senior Executives
Fuel Oil Operation / Port & Marine Fuel Managers
Technical Experts &Advisors
Bunker Sales / Marketing / Customer Service Managers
Low Sulphur Fuel Oil Traders
Commercial Directors and Business Development Managers of Shipping Companies
Shipowners, Operators, Charterers & Their Agents
Port Authorities / Port Commercial Managers
Banks – Risk Assessment & Control Managers
"It gives a good insight of the changes expected post 2020"
"Able to relate well with attendees with different industry background"
"A lot of insights and foreseeability shared, very useful"
"Concise, straight to the point, focused with no unnecessary details, the visit to the lab was a nice touch"
"The speaker is very knowledgeable and able to relate to current issues. Got a better understanding of suppliers' and shipowners' perspectives"
"Good discussion with different industry representatives"
"Good case studies - Lecturer able to provide many scenarios to make you think"
"I was able to gather useful information on the requirements of 2020 bunker fuels and how these changes affect testing of fuel oils and its intermediates"
"The course provided up-to-date knowledge of industry requirements for compliance"