Singapore hosts int'l bunkering conference

13:09, October 27, 2010      

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More than 1,100 delegates from 50 countries and regions converged here for the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) on Wednesday.

SIBCON, in its 16th instalment, is regarded as one of the largest and most important events on the calendars of shipping and bunkering professionals.

The three-day event, with the theme of "Forging Ahead - a New Era for Marine Fuels," will see a line-up of activities which include dialogues, networking cocktails and a demonstration of a joint oil spill exercise.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, which organized the meeting, said it will set aside 1 million Singapore dollars (0. 77 million U.S. dollars) to improve the quality and safety of bunkering operations in Singapore.

Addressing an international audience during the opening ceremony, Singapore's Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Raymond Lim said, "as the global economy gradually recovers from the financial crisis, the bunkering industry is presented with new challenges as well as opportunities. Key among them is the need to deal with the issue of environmental protection and climate change."

The environmental impacts of shipping and bunkering will also be extensively covered during a panel discussion. The results of the dialogue will allow marine fuel industry leaders to assess the adoption of cleaner alternatives to current marine fuels in the near future.

Source: Xinhua


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