A Key Gathering for the Fuel Oil & Ballast Water Industries


The Inaugural Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Compliance Conference (BuBWCE’19), organised by Conference Connection was successfully held from 13-14 November 2019 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

The dual compliances of IMO’s 0.5% sulphur cap on bunker fuels and ballast water management convention places on shipowners, operators, fuel oil and wider commodity markets, an urgent and demanding obligation to ensure compliance, not least because the dates for compliance are almost upon them but also the far-reaching impact of the regulations on business operations.

The conference addressed and show cased via Two Tracks, the following practical impacts, best practices and contingency measures of sulphur cap regulations by 1 January 2020, and the Ballast Water Management Convention, effective since 8 September 2019:-

Bunker Fuel

  • Bunker fuel demand/pricing
  • Mass flow meters
  • ISO 8217
  • Risk & credit management
  • Operational challenges for fuel quality & compatibility
  • Scrubber installations

Ballast Water

  • Ballast water retrofitting trends
  • System installations
  • Operational best practices
  • Role of port states and flag states in enforcing compliance
  • Role of P&I Clubs and insurance underwriters & brokers in assuming risks and providing insurable criteria for ballast water management systems

The conference also included a Half-Day Workshop on “Practical Aspects of Managing Ballast Water Treatment Systems” which provided delegates, analysis and operational insights of expectations for issues and challenges related to system requirements, conversion and installations, as well as the legal considerations and implications for non-compliance. The workshop was led by Mr William Tan, VP, Miyabi Industries & Mr S Mohan, Managing Partner, Resource Law LLC.

Thank You to Keynote Speakers at BuBWCE 2019

Mr. Thomas Cassuto

Managing Director, CMA CGM – Asia Regional Office, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Keynote Speaker

Thomas Cassuto is Managing Director - Asia Regional Office at CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics with a global presence in more than 160 countries and 110,000 employees worldwide. The appointment is effective on 1 July 2019.

In this role, Mr Cassuto is responsible for Asia’s key business strategies and revenue growth and is constantly looking into innovative maritime, terrestrial, and logistical solutions to meet clients’ changing needs.

He has close to 20 years of experience in the shipping and logistics industry and has held multiple leadership roles within CMA CGM Group, with proven success in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Mr Cassuto joined CMA CGM in 2000.

He graduated from NEOMA Business School with a master’s degree in International Management in 2000.

Mr. Aernout Boot

General Manager, VTTI Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore

Capt. Ashok Srinivasan

Manager, Maritime Technology & Regulation, BIMCO, Denmark

Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Conference & Exhibition 2019 Special Address

Ashok is educated as a Master mariner, dynamic positioning officer, marine lead auditor. He also holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Copenhagen Business School.

In the capacity of Manager, Maritime Technology and Regulation, Ashok is responsible for coordinating BIMCO’s initiative on a variety of technical and regulations related matters including ballast water management, biofouling, ship safety and e-navigation. His core competencies include Ship operations, Quality Assurance and Auditing. He represents BIMCO on the IACS Advisory committee.

Ashok is an experienced seafarer with 20 years of experience in the maritime sector. He started his career with A.P.Moller Maersk and has sailed on a variety of ships including containers, car carriers, oil tankers (crude and product), gas tankers (LPG and LNG) in the maritime shipping (13 years) and platform supply vessels & cable layers in the offshore sector (3years).

He has been conducting quality, safety and security audits for ships from 2016 to 2018 when he joined BIMCO. He is certified as a lead auditor and integrated marine auditor by LRQA (Lloyds register quality assurance). He has conducted audits on several ship types as well as internal audits to align the shipboard safety and quality management system with the overall company’s management system. He has also prepared vessels for external class audits (ISM, ISPS and MLC audits), and industry vetting inspections such as OCIMF-SIRE, CDI inspections.

Thank You to Speakers at BuBWCE 2019

Mr. Timothy Cosulich

CEO, Fratelli Cosulich, Chairman of IBIA, Asia, Singapore/Italy

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

Timothy started his career as a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers first in London and then in Madrid, in the Valuation & Strategy department, focusing on M&A transactions. He then got his MBA from INSEAD and later on joined the A.P. Moller Maersk Group in The Netherlands as a General Manager, focusing on New Terminals acquisition and development. In 2010 Timothy joined his family business, Fratelli Cosulich, where he sits on the Group Board of Directors and holds the role of CEO - Marine Fuel.

Fratelli Cosulich is a diversified Group founded in 1857, fully owned by the Cosulich family, now at its sixth generation. The Group is active in a number of aspects of the Shipping Industry, from ship-owning, to ship-agency, freight-forwarding, catering, manning, yacht-services, and marine fuel trading and supplying. Fratelli Cosulich has offices in 15 countries, approx. 1,000 employees worldwide and a yearly turnover of USD 1.9bn.

Timothy is also the Chairman of IBIA Asia and sits on a number of boards, including the Board of YPO Singapore, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

First Admiral Dato Ir. Ahmad Murad bin Omar (Rtd)

Vice President, Association of Marine Industries of Malaysia (AMIM)

Mr. William Tan

Vice President, Miyabi Industries, Singapore

William Tan has had more than 23 years in the marine industry. Trained in Environmental Engineering with a Masters’ Degree in International Business, he worked with DNV Petroleum Services from 1994 to 1999, 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 partners, 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 was also the program leader and course lecturer for the largely successful Bunkering Disputes courses since 2002 (3 separate editions) with more than 600 participants to date, as well several other titles including Bunker Operations, Ship Safety, Pollution & Low Sulphur Usage, Understanding Bunker Measurement and Practical Approaches to Managing 2020 Bunker Fuels.

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.

Mr. S. Mohan

Managing Director, Resource Law LLC, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

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

Mr. Darrick Pang

Managing Director, Metcore International, Singapore

Mr. Choong Zhen Mao

Executive Director, Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

Choong Zhen Mao is the Executive Director of Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd. Incorporated in 2000, Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd is a reputable physical bunker supplier accredited by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Under his directorship, Equatorial currently owns and operates a fleet of sixteen fully owned bunker barges and a floating storage unit, averaging a monthly bunker delivered volume of 350,000 to 400,000MT.

Dr. Jeff Brown

President, FGE Group

CNF 2020 Speaker
LNG Supplies for Asian Markets 2020 Conference Co-Chairman
MPGC 2020 Speaker


Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s research and consulting efforts globally across oil, gas and NGLs. He oversees consultants based in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

FGE has over 350 clients globally subscribing to its various retainer, consulting and commercial advisory services. In addition to specialized consulting, FGE releases over 850 reports annually, ranging from two to 300+ pages. FGE also commits to visit and brief every client at least once annually. Dr. Brown both supervises and engages directly in all of these efforts.

Jeff re-joined FGE seven years ago from JP Morgan where he was Executive Director, Global Commodities Research/Strategy. He was a regular featured speaker at JP Morgan events and published widely on energy markets. Jeff also served as Senior Oil Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris. During this time, he developed the IEA’s short- to mid-term oil demand forecasting framework and led research examining oil/gas interfuel substitution. Before the IEA, he was a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu where his primary emphasis was LNG Markets East of Suez.

Dr. Brown is the author of many articles in industry, economic, and policy journals and widely cited as an energy expert, including interviews with The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times and appearances on news channels such as CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg. He delivers numerous speeches and conducts specialized briefings around the world each year.


Mr. Ara Barsamian

President, Refinery Automation Institute LLC, USA

Ara Barsamian is the president and CEO of Refinery Automation Institute LLC (RAI), and has over 48 years of experience in bunker, gasoline, diesel, and biofuel blending operations and technology. Among his first experiences at Exxon was computerized bunker blending in an Aruba refinery. Lately he has spearheaded development and testing of IMO 2020-compatible bunker blends, recipes, and updating ISO 8217 specs. Earlier in his career, he was a group head with Exxon Research & Engineering Co., President of 3X Corp., and Vice-President of ABB Simcon, all in the area of fuels blending.

Mr. Barsamian is a senior member of AIChE, ASTM, ILTA and IBIA. He is on the board of directors of AIChE, and a professor (adjunct) at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from City University of New York.

Mr. Nier Israeli-Spielberg

VP Ballast Water Treatment Division, Filtersafe, Israel

Mr. John Phillips

Head Bunker Global Credit Management, GP Global Group & Member, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

John is a Chartered Shipbroker, sitting as a Committee member of the ICS Singapore Branch, originally from Milford Haven, Wales he cut his teeth in Port Agency and Tanker Operations way back in 1982. Later working in London, Athens and Saudi Arabia, John led teams and ran Ship Agency, brokerage and Survey businesses until returning to the UK in 1999 to undertake Studies at Plymouth University in Maritime Business with Maritime Law (BSc Hons) and Port Management (MSc) before entering Counter-Party Risk, Due Diligence and Customer Credit in 2002 with MRC/Lloyd’s List. John relocated permanently to Singapore in 2008 and he later ran Ocean Intelligence (most recently part of S&P Platts). John has headed Credit in Chemoil Group, Soyuz Bunkering Group and since late 2015 Gulf Petrochem Group (GP Global) which has over 30 bunker traders across nine global locations. He is also a member of IBIA, IECA, the Institute of Petroleum, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.

Ms. Caroline Huot

Global Head – Lubricants, Cockett Marine Oil Group, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

Caroline Huot is Global Head Lubricants at COCKETT MARINE OIL Group, an affiliate of well-known conglomerates VITOL and Grinrod. COCKETT MARINE LUBRICANTS offers a wide range of expert lubrication supply solutions, on board and on shore technical services as well as a global supply network available 24/7. COCKETT MARINE OIL is a global fuels and lubricants supplier headquartered in the United Arab Emirates with offices in 15 other key worldwide locations: Brazil, United States, Netherland, Great Britain, France, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, India, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia.

A French national, she has more than 18 years’ experience in the Marine Lubricants sector.

Amongst a number of high profile positions within the Shipping and Marine lubricants industries, she has served as Managing Director for an Oil Major’s Asia Pacific marine lubricants division CEO, as Managing Director for large independent Marine lubricant supplier, as COO of a West African independent downstream Oil Group with a wide service stations network and also supplying Mining Fuels, Bunkers and Marine lubricants with its own product tankers vessels. More recently she served as Managing Director of a global marine lubricants provider owned by one of the leading Danish trading houses.

Throughout her career Caroline has worked in various locations in Asia Pacific, Central America, Europe and Africa and speaks inter alia English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

COCKETT Marine Lubricants offers innovative and cost efficient lubrication solutions for ship owners and ship managers worldwide and allows them to receive expert advice on products, maintenance issues, vessels budgets optimization and reliable, dedicated, 24/7 global customer services.

Mr. Sonnich Thomsen

Managing Director, Bunkers, Sing Fuels, Singaopore

Capt. Revidharan Nair

Manager Operations, Aurora Tankers Management Pte Ltd, Singapore

Mr. Chris Metcalf

Partner, HFW, Singapore

Mr. John T. Driscoll

Chief Strategist, JTD Energy Services Pte Ltd

Surviving the Oil Markets Course Director


In his 40-year career, John Driscoll held senior management positions in oil producing, refining, trading, price reporting and consulting firms based in the US and Singapore including Maxus, Ultramar, Mobil Singapore, Argus Media and GS Caltex. A naturalised Singaporean citizen and resident of the Republic since 1985, John launched one successful trading operation in San Francisco and three in Singapore. He has staged over 30 training programs for business and academic clients and presented at more than 100 industry conferences, forums, workshops and broadcast media appearances. John holds a B.A. from Stanford University and, since founding JTD Energy Services in 2013, has obtained certifications in Supply Chain Optimisation, Technology and Systems (MIT), Financial Market Analysis and Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries (IMF) and Data Analytics (University of Texas).

Click here to view John Driscoll's interview with CNBC

Mr. V Bala

Partner, Shipping & International Trade, Rajah & Tann, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

As a trained marine engineer with sailing experience, V Bala is regularly instructed by leading shipping companies and terminals as Counsel in a wide range of matters. His contentious practice has seen him appear before all levels of the Singapore courts and arbitral tribunals on a wide range of commercial disputes, with particular focus on shipping, energy and offshore and international trade/commodities sectors. Being adept in dealing with engineering disputes and matters of a technical nature, he has acted for ship builders, repairers and equipment suppliers.

V Bala also has a strong non-contentious practice advising and drafting of documents pertaining to ship finance, ship sale and purchase, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, pooling arrangements, tankage, pilotage bunkering, trade finance and port documentation. Given the breath of his practice and experience, he is consistently invited to speak in conferences and seminar around the world on cross-border litigation, arbitration and transactions.

Mr. Bernard Yee

Director, Resource Law LLC, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

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
• Singapore
• Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
• Associate Mediator, Maritime Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre

• English
• Mandarin

Professional Affiliations
• 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

Ms. Sri Paravaikkarasu

Director of Asia Oil and
Head of East of Suez Oil Service

Sri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology (Warangal), India.

She has twelve years of experience in the oil industry, coming from various downstream aspects such as refining (operations, process optimization), short-term and long-term oil market fundamental analysis, crude and product trade flows, and consulting.

Prior to joining FGE, she worked as a Refining Consultant at PFC Energy, a global energy consulting practice. She also worked as a Process Engineer at Indian Oil Corporation, focusing on Refinery Optimization.

At FGE, Sri leads the flagship East of Suez oil (Asia Pacific + Middle East) service, which includes an array of short term (weekly, monthly, flash alerts), medium term (Energy Insights, Advisories) and long term (Oil Databooks) reports. In addition to the retainer service, she heads the Asian downstream oil consulting practice. She has led various projects that are not limited to crude oil evaluation, oil products price assessments, intermediate stream evaluations and market entry studies.

Mr. Douglas Raitt

Regional Consultancy Manager, Lloyds Register Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker


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 Consultancy Manager Asia dealing with the non-Class services Lloyd’s Register offers the marine industry.


Manage the marine consultancy services in Asia in the area of non-Class related projects, such as for example asset life extension consultancy, port consultancy, yard assessments and a variety of fuel related consultancy projects in the area of LNG as a marine fuel, methanol as a marine fuel to name but a few.

Ms. Evelyn Hoh

Head of Marine Claims Advocacy, Asia & Head of Shipyards, Asia, AON Singapore (Broking Centre) Pte Ltd

Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Compliance 2019 Conference Speaker

Evelyn has more than 25 years insurance experience of which the last 20 years is in management and broking of the Marine Insurance specialty of Hull & Machinery, Builder’s Risks; Marine Liabilities including Ship-Repairers’ Liability; Protection and Indemnity and Cargo.

Her portfolio in the servicing of accounts includes international, regional and some of Singapore’s best-known ship owners and traders for which complex Hull, Marine Liabilities and Cargo Insurance are designed to meet their requirement.

Evelyn joined Aon following the acquisition of the Benfield Group. Prior to joining Benfield, Evelyn worked in the Marine Division of Willis (Singapore) Pte Ltd and was involved with both broking and providing claims advice for marine clients.

In January 2019, Evelyn took on responsibility for Marine Claims Advocacy in addition to development of Shipyard business for Asia.

Mr. Ben Chandler

Senior Claims Executive, Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia) Pte Ltd, Managers of The Standard Club Asia Ltd, Singapore

Mr. Peter C Quaade

Head of ME & Duel Fuel Engine Group, MAN Energy Solutions, Denmark

Mr. Samuel Smith

Business Development Manager, PRIMA, UK

Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Compliance 2019 Conference Speaker

Samuel Smith is the Business Development Manager for PRIMA, an Epeus service brand. PRIMA is a project risk management firm which focuses on shipping, upstream oil & gas and renewable energy. Prior to joining PRIMA, Samuel worked at Thales on large and complex military, academic and corporate projects where he witnessed at first hand why some large and complex projects struggle. Previously Samuel has held senior sales positions for petrochemical, oil & gas and renewable data intelligence providers where he covered a number of markets, determining both spot and monthly contract prices.

Ms. Soh Mei Yan

Business Manager, Client Relations and Business Development, American Bureau of Shipping, Singapore/Malaysia

Mr. Mauro Cattana

Analytics Sales Specialist, Shipping & Bunker, Asia Pacific, S&P Global Platts, Singapore

Mr. Brendan Smith

Technical Manager, Maritime Cook Islands Registry, Cook Islands

Capt. Jonathan K.K. Foong

Maritime Commissioner, Mongolia Ship Registry, Singapore

Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Conference & Exhibition 2019 Speaker

Capt. Foong started his sea career in 1978, from Cadet to Master with varies shipping companies. He served more than 12 years with a Singapore Company,
Sembawang Johnson Ship Management and had been a Captain in Command on various types of ship, mainly on Car Carrier, Tankers and Bulkers for over 10

He left the sea in 1996 November and joined the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as a Surveyor, Examiner for Master & Mates, maritime casualty
investigator as well as Flag State Implementation Officer and also UNDP/IMO STCW consultant.

After spending over 5 years with MPA, he left to venture into commercial maritime related businesses. He was engaged to set up the Mongolia Ship Registry in Singapore and operated it successfully till completion of his consultancy contract in 2003. He joined the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) as its Assistant Director
incharge of Technical Matters. He left SSA and founded SingClass International (SC) in 2005, a private Classification of Ships Society in Singapore, which has
classed over 2000 plus vessels (of all types and sizes) as of today. He is presently the owner & Executive Director of SingClass International.

Capt Foong Joint Ventured with the Mongolia Maritime Administration in operating the Mongolia International Ship Registry in Singapore and is a share
holder and Maritime Commissioner (Technical) in the Mongolia Ship Registry and Maritime Administration (Operation HQ) in Singapore.

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