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 a trained Environmental/Public Engineer and has a Masters Degree in International Business. Beginning his career as a Project Engineer for a waste treatment company, he progressed to Senior Sales Executive in the Specialty Chemicals Division of a multinational company.
In 1994, he joined DNV Petroleum Services, first as Senior Sales Executive and then as Assistant Sales Manager, marketing their Fuel Quality Testing Programs to Japan, Korea, Indonesia and Philippines. During these years, he conducted numerous seminars for the Korean and Japanese shipping community on bunkering matters. William 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.
William's key expertise lies in the areas of quality and product specification; test parameters and methods; sampling and sample collection procedures; blending calculation and loading procedures; the handling and usage of marine fuels, loss mitigation and loss control management and documentation. From November 2002, William Tan joined Miyabi Industries Pte Ltd as the Vice President. Miyabi Industries Pte Ltd is an Engineering and Consultancy firm specialising in fuel, lubricants and refining processes. The company's services have been actively sought after by the industry which includes handling of claims to recovery of loses and technical advice.
Topic: "Off-spec bunkers – common legal issues and pitfalls"
Mohan is a senior litigator and was admitted to the Singapore bar in 1993. He has more than two decades of litigation/advocacy experience, appearing as lead counsel before all courts and arbitral tribunals in Singapore on a wide range of general and commercial disputes, with particular focus on all aspects of shipping/admiralty/transportation, insurance (marine and non-marine), energy and offshore, and international trade/commodities.
On the wet shipping side, Mohan has advised and represented shipowners, charterers and P&I clubs in relation to numerous maritime casualties including groundings, collisions, shipboard fatalities and oil pollution incidents, and is regularly ranked as one of the leading maritime casualty lawyers in Singapore. Notable casualties handled by Mohan include the Evoikos/Orapin Global collision in 1997, which caused the largest oil spill in Singapore’s history, the Ever Glory/Hual Trinita collision in 1998, the Bunga Kelana 3/Waily collision in 2010, which also caused widespread oil pollution in Singapore, the Oceanus Leader/United Fortitude collision in 2014, the Alyarmouk/Sinar Kapuas collision in 2015 and Kartika Segara/JBB De Rong 19 collision in 2017.
Mohan is also considered a market leader on dry shipping matters, with an active practice advising on charterparty, bill of lading, COA, and bunker disputes, as well acting for owners and ship managers on ship management and ship building disputes. He additionally acts for traders in relation to commodity sale and purchase contracts and letter of credit disputes.
Mohan is “well regarded as a standout name in shipping” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2011), widely recognised for his “extensive admiralty experience” and his ability "to think strategically about what is really best for his clients." (Chambers Asia Pacific 2017)
Mohan has also advised and represented clients in general and commercial matters, both contentious and non-contentious, involving employment law, directors’/shareholders’ disputes, corporate/commercial disputes, corporate and individual insolvency, and constructive trust/tracing claims.
Mohan is regularly appointed as arbitrator to hear shipping, international trade and commercial disputes, and is a Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration panel arbitrator.
Professional and Community Affiliations
• Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
• President of The Maritime Law Association of Singapore
• Member of The Law Society of Singapore
• Member and Panel Arbitrator, Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
Topic: "Pricing Bunkers in a Low-Sulphur World"
Global Head Technical
Cockett Marine Oil, DMCC
Resource Law, Singapore
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"