Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Compliance Conference & Exhibition 2019 (BuBWCE’19) Are You Ready for 2019/2020?

Location: Singapore

Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore (Check The Map)

Starts: 12 Nov 2019

Ends: 14 Nov 2019

Type: Workshop, Conference & Exhibition

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A Key Gathering for the Fuel Oil & Ballast Water Industries


Conference Connection is pleased to announce its Inaugural Bunker Fuel & Ballast Water Compliance Conference & Exhibition (BuBWCE’19) to be held from 12-14 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 will address and show case via Two Tracks, the practical impact, best practices and contingency measures, following adoption of IMO’s 0.5 sulphur cap regulations by 1 January 2020, and the Ballast Water Management Convention already ratified by eighty-one (81) countries and 80% of the global merchant fleet, with the requirement for installing a Ballast Water Management System on ships after 8 September 2019.

Programme At A Glance

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Aernout Boot

General Manager
VTTI Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore

Mr. Thomas Cassuto

Managing Director
CMA CGM – Asia Regional Office

BuBWCE 2020 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.

Confirmed Speakers

Mr. Jens Maul Jorgensen

Director Bunkers
Oldendorff Carriers (S) Pte Ltd

Mr. Timothy Cosulich

CEO, Fratelli Cosulich
Chairman of IBIA, Asia

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.

Mr. William Tan

Vice President
Miyabi Industries

BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

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.

Mr. S. Mohan

Managing Director
Resource Law LLC

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. Choong Zhen Mao

Executive Director
Equatorial Marine Fuel
Management Services Pte Ltd

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.

Mr. V Bala

Shipping & International Trade
Rajah & Tann, Singapore

Mr. Douglas Raitt

Global FOBAS Manager
Lloyds Register FOBAS

Capt. Revidharan Nair

Manager Operations
Aurora Tankers Management Pte Ltd

Mr. Bernard Yee

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. Soh Mei Yan

Business Manager
Client Relations and Business Development
American Bureau of Shipping

Mr. Thomas Olney

FGE, Singapore

Condensate & Naphtha Forum 2019 Speaker
BuBWCE 2019 Speaker

At FGE, Thomas leads coverage of the upcoming IMO sulphur specification change, providing key insights and analysis across the refining, trading and shipping sectors.
Both upstream, midstream and downstream project work; focus on liquid bulk port economics, freight economics studies, pipeline economics, offshore drilling activity, shipping outlook as well as broader feasibility/due diligence work.

Thomas has an M.Sc. in Management from Imperial College London, a BA in History, Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Nottingham, and also attended the International Management Programme at Fundacao Getúlio Vargas EAE-SP in Sao Paulo.

Prior to FGE Thomas worked as an equity analyst at the Private Bank, Kleinwort Benson, focusing on the UK Oil & Gas Sector.

Senior Representative

Newport Shipping

BuBWCE'19 Conference: Two Parallel Tracks, 13 - 14 November 2019


The Bunker Fuel Track will address:-

  • Availability of low sulphur fuels
  • Cost of compliance options
  • Prospects for cost recovery and freight rates
  • Impact of widening spreads between HSFO and LSFO
  • Matching operational risks with financing and credit risk management strategies
  • Fuel blend compatibility issues and additive perspectives for marine lubricants
  • Prospects of substitution with LNG and LPG
  • Impact of a ban on open-loop scrubbers by some Port States and environmental assessment requirements of residue from scrubbers



The Ballast Water Track will emphasize:-

  • Shipowners’ perspectives and operational considerations for best practices
  • Choosing the right strategies for fleets-treatment systems and trading patterns/retrofitting trends
  • Compliance strategies and contingency measures
  • Navigating BWM regulations, legal enforcement and arbitration
  • Role of P&I Clubs for the risks and challenges of BWM
  • Financial perspectives-securing finance, impact on bottom line and financial risks of non-compliance
  • Choosing your system supplier and understanding testing and monitoring technologies
  • Challenges of system design limitations

As of April 2019, 81 countries representing more than 80% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage (based on 2018 tonnage) have ratified the BWM Convention. This means that Port States in these countries will already be requiring compliance with the BWMC when ships come to Port.

Optional Half-Day Workshop, 12 November 2019: Practical Aspects for Managing Ballast Water Treatment Systems

This optional half-day workshop is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the challenges, complexities, and compliance for Ballast Water Treatment Systems. It will cover practical issues shipowners face from system requirements, conversion and installations, and the legal implications of non-compliance. Guest speakers will be invited to provide their specialist knowledge on these aspects.


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Bunker Fuel and Ballast Water Compliance 2019 Exhibition

Incorporate BuBWCE 2019 as part of your marketing strategy for new product launches and leverage on this platform to promote your best selling solutions for retrofitting, ballast water management systems, scrubbing technology, ship building and design, marine data services and marine laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Two days are allocated for the exhibition, exclusively open for conference participants on 13 November 2019 and to the public (T&C apply) on 14 November 2019.



Exhibit at the event, and get more than a booth to maximize your marketing strategy before, during and after the event.

Direct mails ⋅ Email marketing campaigns ⋅ Exhibitor listing on event website ⋅ Exhibitor logo on brochure ⋅ Exhibitor listing on event summary ⋅ Promotions with publications and associations ⋅ Social media broadcasts

Why and Who Should Exhibit at BuBWCE 2019


  • Showcase your products and services to a global audience
  • Meet with the existing and new clients in the region to secure their orders
  • High visibility, brand recognition, profile and premium networking opportunities for all exhibiting companies
  • Network and establish new business contacts face-to-face



  • Ballast water management system providers
  • Financial institutions
  • Flag state registries
  • Legal services
  • Marine scrubber technology manufacturers
  • Marine data services
  • Port authorities
  • P&I Clubs
  • Retrofitting providers
  • Ship builders & designers
  • Ship equipment – manufacturers and suppliers
  • Ship repairers and retrofits
  • Testing, inspection and certification service providers

BuBWCE'19 Sponsorship Opportunities

The inaugural BuBWCE19 will provide outstanding opportunities for connecting your company’s brand to a premium audience, showcasing your products & services increasing business potential through direct exposure to an audience of high-level representatives in the maritime industry, and premium networking prospects.



Who Should Attend BuBWCE'19

  • Shipowners & Operators
  • Ship Managers
  • Shipyards
  • Bunker Fuel Producers
  • Traders
  • Refiners
  • Storage & Terminal Operators
  • Classification Societies
  • P&I Clubs
  • Testing Laboratories
  • Banks
  • Law Firms
  • Ports & Port State Authorities
  • Ballast Water System Manufacturers

BuBWCE'19 will have special relevance to those with management, compliance, commercial and technical responsibilities especially:-

  • C-Level & Senior Management
  • Business Development Directors
  • Commercial Heads
  • Chartering / Voyage Managers
  • Fleet Management Directors / Managers
  • Head of Marine Fuels / Bunkers
  • Product / Crude Managers
  • Head of Operations
  • Supply Managers
  • Strategy Managers
  • Risk / Credit Managers
  • Technical / R&D Managers
  • Technology Director / Managers
  • Head of Ship Repair & Maintenance
  • Head of Engineering
  • Shipping Project Managers
  • Sales / Marketing Managers
  • Head of Environment / Policy / Compliance / Safety & Sustainability
  • Loss Prevention / Claim Managers
  • Legal Counsel / Lawyers
  • Head of Shipping Finance
  • Harbour Masters

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