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Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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Robben Island is set to become the site of a green energy pilot project, aimed at exploring the potential of distributed models of hybrid renewable and alternative energy technologies to generate more power for South Africa at a lower cost than traditional coal-fired generators.

The Greening Robben Island project aims to replace the island’s two diesel-guzzling generators with a hybrid of renewable technologies – including wind and solar power, biomass energy and a mini hydro system – and to implement efficient energy management, to demonstrate that South Africa can reduce its dependence on fossils fuels.

The project falls under the Working for Energy programme, an initiative of the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) and Department of Energy (DoE), tasked with providing energy from renewable sources, as well as energy management and demand side management (DSM) frameworks.

Derek Batte, a Senior Manager at SANERI says renewable energy has enormous potential as a source for the future. The challenge, he says, is to drive the commercialization of renewable energy technologies and distributed models of energy generation, in a marketplace that is accustomed to the Leviathan that is the Eskom power grid.

The recently developed, Working for Energy programme is exploring ways of generating energy from sources such as biomass and charcoal from invasive alien plants, bush encroachment and grasses; biofuels; mini-grid hybrid and smart grid systems; and micro hydro systems.

“Currently, renewable resources such as solar and wind power are seen as having the potential to supplement coal-fired generation, but not to provide reliable baseload electricity as cheaply as coal,” he says.

But SANERI has developed economic models showing that renewable energy hybrids could generate three times more energy than a conventional new generation fossil station and five times the jobs at one third of the cost over the next 20 years if renewables are exploited to the correct potential.

Batte envisions a future where farms run on power generated by their own agricultural waste, alien vegetation is converted to biomass fuel and villages not on the electricity grid become self-sufficient “islands” of energy through a blend of renewable technologies.

“Our goal is to take all this research from concept through demonstration and incubation to commercialization, by means of at least 10 successful demonstration projects  starting with the Robben Island Greening Project,” he says.

Batte says distributed power technologies are proven, but South Africa does not yet have the manufacturing capability. Barriers to entry include the fact that the REFIT tariff applies only to technologies that can produce more than 1 megawatt of power continuously, whereas hybrid systems don’t work off one massive grid, but hundreds of micro plants.

The Robben Island test bed will be up and running by April next year and will include an online virtual reality model of the island, so that interested parties will be able to follow the project in real time by clicking on the website links.

“We can no longer afford to focus on just one source of energy,” says Batte. “Government is calling for greater diversification of energy sources to boost energy security. Renewable energy technologies and energy management initiatives have the potential to ensure a secure energy future for South Africa, as well as stimulating job creation and contributing to local economic development, skills transfer and capacity development.”


About Energy Indaba: Energy Indaba 2011 will be held from the 1 to 3 March 2011, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference continues to grow and has become the foremost forum for debating Africa’s energy solutions and focuses on: African power suppliers; alternative and renewable energies; oil and gas; the legal and regulatory framework, and investment opportunities in African energy projects. The exhibition has become a significant market-place for African and international stakeholders doing business in Africa’s energy sector.

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ShipTek 2011 – cruising ahead with its fourth edition to DUBAI

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

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Dubai, UAE- October 22, 2010

ShipTek 2011 is back again to stun Dubai with its ever increasing charm. With bigger aspirations and dreams, ShipTek is all set to continue its long started cruise towards a better future. The two day event is scheduled on the April 18 – 19 at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Dubai.

The salient feature of ShipTek 2011 will be a two day International Conference on Shipping, Marine and Offshore industries and ShipTek Expo, an elegant exhibition of the products and services from leading maritime companies. This year ShipTek 2011 conference will be inaugurated by Mr. Khamis Juma Bu-Amim, Chairman- Dry Docks & Maritime World, one of the most prolific shipyards in operation and the CEO of Regional Clean Sea Organization (RECSO). Mr. Ravi K Mehrotra, Founder and Chairman of Foresight group is one amongst the few key dignitaries who will grace the occasion with their special paper presentation during the event.

Along with a brain racking sessions of array of some outstanding speakers on various aspects of the maritime industry, the 19th April Nite will be brightened with the participation of veterans and special dignitaries for the 5th Marine BizTV International Maritime Awards.

ShipTek 2011 is supported by MARCAP, owners and charterers of diversified fleet of marine vessels and Wärtsilä, global leader in complete power solutions as silver partners of the event along with Interocean as the Awards sponsor. Bvents, Going to Meet and Robban Assafina are the media partners of the event.

For More Details please Contact:-
Mr.Arun V Menon
Marine BizTV, P.O. Box: 94354, Dubai U.A.E.
Tel: +971 4 2997939, Fax: +971 4 2997940

BMAM EXPO ASIA 2010 successfully concluded its 3rd annual edition in Bangkok, Thailand

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

(Bangkok, Thailand, October 7, 2010) BMAM EXPO ASIA 2010 “The 3rd international exhibition and conference on building maintenance and asset management” took place successfully at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Bangkok from 15th to 17th September 2010.

Held annually in Bangkok, Thailand since 2008, BMAM Expo Asia has grown to be a key regional industry exhibition and knowledge exchange platform serving the interdisciplinary facility and property management fields devoted to the maintenance and care of commercial and institutional buildings such as overseeing the safe, secure and environmentally sound operations and maintenance of these assets in a cost effective manner while at the same time, ensuring the long term preservation of the asset values.

Over 174 exhibiting and co-exhibiting companies from 23 countries participated in this year’s event, taking up 5,000 sq. meters of exhibition floor space. This is about 36% increase as compared to last year’s event. The exhibition attracted over 3,688 trade visitors of which 632 were foreign visitors coming from 26 countries. 67% of these visitors had direct purchasing authority.

Running alongside the BMAM Expo Asia exhibition was the well attended BMAM conference which was sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle. This year’s conference touched on wide ranging topics and subject matters such as the role of asset management in adding values to facilities, energy efficiency building retrofits, the future of facility management industry in Asia, the future of outsourcing in facility management, risk management and protections just to name a few.

This year’s event saw an increase in the numbers of industry seminars, workshops and courses conducted by government agencies and trade associations such as the Thailand’s Department of public works and town and country planning, ASHRAE Thailand Chapter, the Association of Siamese Architect, Property Management Association of Thailand, The Environmental Engineer Association of Thailand, the Building Safety Inspectors and Officers Association and the Lift Association of Thailand.

One such course was the sellout National Fire Protection Agency 101 Life Safety Certification course reinforcing the growing interest and emphasis amongst Thai facility and property professionals on adopting the latest known-how in enforcing effective fire and safety protections for buildings in Thailand.

Green building concept was also a top draw at the exhibition.”It is timely that the organizer has added green building and retrofit into this year’s event profile which allows us to successfully showcased our Thailand Green Building Institute during the exhibition and also conduct our green design and management and green facility management seminars for our members.” said Mr. Thaweejit Chandrasakha, the President of the Association of Siamese Architects.

With positive feedback received from exhibitors, the organizers concluded that BMAM Expo Asia 2010 has met the expectations of most exhibitors. The majority of the exhibitors also expressed their satisfaction with the quality of trade visitors and buyers attending the exhibition.

“For the third year in a row now, Sodexo has participated in BMAM Expo and we are pleased that this year’s event is yet another successful event for us. We were able to focus on our targeted clients and further advertise Sodexo as the leading provider of integrated facilities management services in Thailand. We have had interesting discussions with and enquiries from international banks, universities, hospitals, real estate property developers, oil and gas companies and even a real estate developer from overseas.” said Mr Col Lin Yeo, Business Development Director of Sodexo.

Mr. Sebastian Power, the Director, Account Management at Property Care Service (Thailand) Ltd. added that BMAM Expo Asia 2010 had provided his company with a cost effective marketing platform to introduce their total facility management concept together with its energy management and building maintenance partners, M&C Energy Group and Comin Thai Co., Ltd. and demonstrate to the market that the company is now capable of providing both professional hard and soft service solutions for all types of property.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to participate again in 2011.” said Mr. Rawee Ngamchokchaicharoen from TRANE who together with its partners, Hussmann, Thermo King, Ingersoll Rand and Cisa displayed their new HVAC solutions under the climate solution concept.

Jones Lang LaSalle took the opportunity to sponsor the BMAM conference and invited many of its overseas experts to attend. “BMAM Expo Asia 2010 offered excellent opportunities for professionals in the real estate field and related industries to learn and share experiences and expertise as well as new innovations. We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this event” said Ms Suphin Mechuchep, Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle.

NDT Level 4 – A kick start to a Revolution in NDT

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

The two day International Conference on Non Destructive Testing and Industrial Quality held on 10-11 October 2010 concluded successfully at Dubai. The much awaited conference and the NDT Expo were inaugurated by Mr. Steven Nabil El Assaad, CEO & President of Al Sulaimi Group Holding. The Conference was scheduled in 4 sessions with a total of 12 paper presenters who astounded the audience with their presentation on various interesting topics. The event posed as a right stopover for the delegates and visitors to share and discuss information and ideas. NDT Level 4 conference is the first ever NDT conference to be organized in the UAE.

Besides the much awaited conference the major highlight of the event was the Global Excellence Awards ceremony which dazzled the most happening maritime hub of the world, Dubai on 11th October 2010. With more glitz and awe the award ceremony saw the stalwarts of the NDT industry come together to celebrate the outstanding contributions from the veterans of the industry. The glittering award ceremony was inaugurated by Mr. Ruurd Sybren Abma, COO, Ras Al Khaimah Gas Commission (RAK Gas) and Mr. Sohan Roy S.K., CEO, Aries Group of Companies.

Award Winners for various categories include “Best Training Institute” by “Global Training Institute”, “Group Five Construction” won the “Best Service Provider” award and “American Society of Non Destructive Testing” won the “Best NDT Organization” Award. “The Project Manager” award was given to “Mohammed Daoud, Manager (Projects & Quality Management), Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)”. The “Best Training Video” award was won by “Emirates Technical and Safety Development Centre- ETSDC”. “Best QHSE Award” was bestowed upon “Unger Steel Middle East FZE”. “Euro Mechanical” won the “Best Calibration Facility” Award, “Turgen International” was bestowed upon the “Best Equipment Dealer” award. “Sonatest of Gammatec NDT Supplies” was awarded the “Most Popular Product” award. “NITON of Hillsborough Scientific & Technical Equipment Trading” was proclaimed as the “Most Innovative Product”. “Al Sulaimi Group Holding” was awarded the “Best NDT firm” award. “Velosi” was awarded the “Best Third Party Inspection Agency” and finally, the “Best Publication” award was bestowed upon “Gulf Oil & Gas”.

Winners of the Global Excellence Awards

Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were given out during the award night ceremony. Mr. Arvind Bhide, Director, Bhide Institute of Testing Technology was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in NDT Service” and Mr. Shyam A Bhatia, Chairman, Alam Steel was honored with the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship”. Global Excellence Awards was star studded where the crime of the NDT industry mesmerized the night with their presence.

NDT Level 4 is sponsored by Al Sulaimi Group and Hi Tech Inspection Services LLC, Silver partners for the event are Velosi and Modsonic, Bronze sponsors include The Gammatec Group of Companies, Olympus, EECI, Turgen International, Sigma Enterprises LLC, Sonatest, Phoenix and Oserix and Event associates include Dash Inspectorate Pvt Ltd, NDTS, Stork Cooperheat, ICM, Alfatech FZC, Albanna Engineering, Hillsborough, Kodak Industrex products. The conference Delegate Kit sponsor and registration area sponsor is BCTS and Beta Inspection Services respectively. Global Excellence Award sponsor is EIL (Emirates Industrial Laboratory). Award Nite registration area is sponsored by GE and Euro Mechanical. The event has been supported by The American Welding Society. Event Media partners are Petromin, The Marine World, Going to, Petrofinder, Bodo’s Power Systems, Gulf Oil and, Bvents, Oil Offshore Marine, Alexander’s Gas & Oil Connections. Also, the Event Intelligence support is provided by Aries NDT Division, UAE.

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IBB Launched New Date of Pan European Advanced Workshops Enterprise Risk Management : Going Beyond Implementation of Framework

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

15th October 2010, Brussels, Belgium- IBB International, international provider of business information, launched the agenda for their Pan European Advanced Workshops Enterprise Risk Management on 2nd &3rd of December (3 seats left) & 24th & 25th of March 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

Ines van Bavel, Head of IBB International Europe, presented the topics of this workshops today. Regarding Van Bavel, Enterprise Risk Management in Europe are challenging many topics but the top 5 are:

  1. New Legislations and Rules in Practice
  2. Crisis Management & Disaster Recovery Planning within ERM Framework
  3. Implementing Reputational Risk Framework & Brand Reputation Management
  4. ERM & Change Management: A Pragmatic Top Down Approach Parallel to the Bottom Up; Both Working like a Tandem
  5. Implementing ERM Into (Scenario) Planning: Enterprise Strategy Planning as The essential basis for budgeting and other decision making processes Improving Integrated “enterprise-wide” ERM Strategies to Increase your Organization’s Values and Resilience

The 1.5 day will cover a complete in-depth & interactive update with the emphasis of the Implementation of the latest rules, legislations & tools.

We asked Ines van Bavel what the workshop will bring to the participants. Van Bavel replied: “By working on real-life case studies on the earlier mentioned topics, the participants will experience for themselves the impact and consequences of the actions. The trainers will present their knowledge and are open for discussions and questions. The advantage of this format, where they will be working in small groups, is that at the end of the day the participants not only learned more in-depth about the implementation, but that they as well have had the perfect chance to network and discuss with their peers and trainers”.

Dates: 2nd&3rd December 2010 (only 3 seats left) and
24th-25th of March 2011, Brussels, Belgium

Contact information: IBB International
International Institute for Benchmarking & Best Practices
phone + 31 20 222 3301

Prosperity Capital Management on Russia as an Investment Hot Spot

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Liam Halligan from Prosperity Capital Management Ltd, shares his views on why Russia is a top investment destination.

Interview with: Liam Halligan, Chief Economist, Prosperity Capital Management Ltd

Nicosia, Cyprus, October 5, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Russia is an incredible combination of extremely low valuations, massive returns and the prospect of ongoing good returns, highlights Liam Halligan, Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management Ltd. There are not that many markets which offer investors all three. From an asset management firm sponsoring the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010, Nordic Pensions & Investments Summit 2010, Investment Consultants Summit 2011 and European Pensions & Investments Summit 2011, Halligan uncovers why family offices should consider investing in Russia and which assets could provide real value to them.

Why do you recommend investing in Russia?

Liam Halligan: Russia is a seriously underrated investment destination. Even though there are risks to investing there, they are very much reflected in the prices. We have been focusing on Russia since 1996, where in this period, our main fund returned an average of 23 per cent in dollars annually. Our special situations fund, which launched in 1999, has returned 43 per cent a year. This was the best performing fund in the world in any asset class over that period of time. Both are open ended funds which have maintained liquidity respectively, on weekly and monthly terms.

Instead of relying on general cliches which have been presented by the Western media, sometimes investors have to make up their own minds about where is a good place to invest and where is not.

What makes Russia so special?

Liam Halligan: There is an incredible combination of extremely low valuations, massive returns and the prospect of ongoing good returns. Russia is currently trading at seven and a half times its earnings, which is the lowest of any major stock market in the world and yet over the last 10 years, it has been the best performing market in the world. Even in 2009 when the economy contracted the market went up by 129 per cent.

That is what makes Russia special. It is a very resource rich country, not only in hydrocarbons, but also in terms of human capital, talent and education, yet considered less developed than some emerging markets. A great deal has changed in Russia in the last 20 years but Western investors have not yet woken up to that.

Where does the real value in Russian investments lie?

Liam Halligan: The real value lies on the second and third tiers, amongst companies that are restructuring in sectors that are consolidating.

Russia is emerging as a major retail market and will soon be the largest in Europe. We like Russia’s domestic power sector. Their electricity market is the fourth largest in the world. We believe that this sector will continue to be a source of significant gains and is a good way of gaining exposure to domestic growth.

While the Western world continues to stumble and register at best only sluggish growth, emerging markets will continue to surge, with Russia central to that growth; they will need energy as they go through an industrialization phase.

What long-term investment strategies would you recommend?

Liam Halligan: My message to Chief Investment Officers and family office directors would be: Get into investments that governments cannot print more of. The only way some of the old industrialized economies can get out of their debts will be by inflating their currency. The Western world is going to be inflating away its debt and de-leveraging. Long-term investors should be looking at low leverage countries with low debts, where companies and consumers have little debt and there are lots of tangible assets. A country that really stands out under both of those headings is Russia.

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Philippines, Other ASEAN Countries Eye Nuclear Power for Energy Needs

Preparations for the Philippines’ 38th Atomic Energy Week are underway and the country buzzes with sentiments on both sides of the nuclear debate. The country is facing a severe power crisis leaving businesses and homes with no recourse but to suffer the power rationing and scheduled blackouts, which the country had fought and fixed in 1997, whilst a finished, fully paid and (at the time it was finished) top-of-the-line nuclear reactor sits idle all this while costing taxpayers over US$ 800,000 per year in maintenance costs. And the country is not alone in the neighborhood: other growing and therefore, energy-hungry ASEAN countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and technology-rich Singapore have all laid hold of policies and technologies expected to save the region massive amounts in power generation costs and insulate electricity consumers from price swings in the global oil and gas markets.

Developments are underway. Mauro L. Marcelo Jr., Head of the NPC Nuclear Energy Core Group says, “With the Department of Energy’s declaration that nuclear energy is among the long-term energy option, it will not be too far when the government would declare the positive nuclear policy of the country. The Nuclear Power Forum, the first ever to be held in the islands, will pave the way for all stakeholders to meet and discuss their own needs and requirements aimed at jumpstarting the nuclear power programme of the Philippines.”

Nuclear power is an important option for ASEAN, whose electricity demand is estimated by the International Energy Association (IEA) to increase 76 percent between 2007 and 2030 at an average annual rate of 3.3 percent growth, compared to an estimated 2.5 percent annual growth in demand in the rest of the world over the same period. Meeting the ASEAN countries’ electricity demand will require investing more than $1.1 trillion in the next 25 years.

Construction of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant began in 1976 in response to the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, has been completed in 1984 for a total bill of US$2.3 billion, and already fully paid by the government by 2007. In that year, for the first time ever the national government firmly placed nuclear energy as a viable power generation source to include in the country’s Philippine Energy Plan.

Though it was initially projected to require until 2025 before the BNPP could be operated again, a recent study by a Korean supplier of nuclear reactor technology has concluded that the plant could be up and running in 5 years-time (by 2015) and several local government officials have offered areas in other provinces to host more reactors that can provide them with cheaper and more reliable electricity.

At present, electricity in the Philippines is the third most expensive in all of Asia, according to studies by University of the Philippines engineering professor Rowaldo del Mundo, with power in Iloilo City the most expensive in the whole world according to the Freedom from Debt Coalition, costing consumers PHP 12.95 per kilowatt-hour. This means that an average refrigerator alone, consuming about 1100 kWh per year, costs a household about PHP 1,187 per month in electricity bills, not yet counting the family’s other electrical appliances.

The Philippine demand for electricity is expected to grow. The Philippine goal, set out in the 2009-2030 Philippine Energy Plan, is to almost double energy output over the next decade to cope with a looming power shortage. To do so will also require construction of a nuclear power plant, with 2,000 megawatts of electricity. Foreign investors and technology providers have indicated the time is ripe for major infrastructure development, which has been building up for many years now. Fortunately for some Asian companies, they have gained an early lead, leaving behind European providers seeking new pastures to market their technologies.

House Bill 4631, mandating the revival of the Philippine nuclear power portfolio, has been filed and is now under discussion in congress. Major business interests in the country, including one of Southeast Asia’s largest companies, are already making investments into positioning for a share in the portfolio, which could include operating the BNPP as well as building new reactors for nuclear power generation in other parts of the country.

In conjunction with the national celebrations of the 38th Atomic Energy Week, the Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics is convening the Nuclear Power Forum Philippines to be the only government-to-business forum on the issue, featuring case studies from across Asia-Pacific on sustainable development of nuclear technology for peaceful energy use.

The meeting, which includes CEOs and directors from major international and local industry players, seeks to address current opportunities and challenges in nuclear power development in the country and in Asia, with a full-day power forum followed by a site tour where the attending executives and government officials can go offsite to explore the country’s nuclear plant and cement partnerships and contracts to move forward effectively, safely and securely. The Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics is an industry research centre (IRC) that works to bring top executives together in communities of learning and practice to act as a catalyst for generating high-value energy business insight and channel top expertise to where the world needs it most.

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marcus evans Summits announces Daniel Mateos , keynote speaker at the Elite Summit 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

12 October 2010

marcus evans Summits, is pleased to announce Daniel Mateos as the Keynote Speaker at the Elite Summit, on the 15 – 17 November 2010, taking place at the prestigious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland.

The Elite Summit addresses the most current wealth management trends and provides attendees with fresh perspectives on adapting effectively to global changes and opportunities to sustain, grow and preserve family wealth. Over three days, a carefully scheduled series of presentations, case studies and one-to-one business meetings will provide you with strategic advice as well as networking opportunities with key decision makers from the most prominent family offices, trusts, foundations and endowments in Europe.

Daniel Mateos, Director of Werner Capital will be presenting on Why Emerging Market Wealth is Invested in Real Estate. Also adding to this year’s cutting edge programme, we have some of leading family office professionals in Europe offering their insight on Strategic Partnerships, Portfolio Safeguarding, Optimal Governance Structures and Growing, Protecting & Transferring Wealth amongst other key issues. Summit Chairman Todd Benjamin, Former Financial Editor, CNN International will be joined by keynote speakers including Constantinos G. Grigoriadis, CIO, Alpanco; Alexander Arnbäck, Manager, Passive Management and Russell Prior, Executive Director, Enterprise & Philanthropy Development, Charities Aid Foundation.

This year’s Elite Summit audience includes Presidents, Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Investment Officers, Vice Presidents and Directors of Single-Family Offices, Multi-Family Offices, Trusts, Foundations and Endowments as well as Sponsors offering a wide range of products including Wealth & Asset Management, Integrated Planning, Lifestyle Planning, Legal Services, Insurance and Philanthropic Services.

marcus evans Summits (, produces high level business platforms for the world’s leading decision-makers. These dynamic and innovative forums initiate and develop business relationships one to one between director and C level practitioners from the world’s most influential organisations and with leading product and service suppliers. marcus evans Summits guarantees an exclusive format which enables participants to achieve the maximum amount of business and knowledge interaction over a three day event in a stimulating environment.

Please note that the Elite Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants is limited.

For more information
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Marketing Manager
Tel: +357 22 849 380

Bunker Fuel Management Strategies of the Future

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Two day conference examining the most successful bunker fuel strategies
On 1st & 2nd of February 2011 Fuel Purchasers, Bunker Traders & Managers, Managing Directors, General Managers, Fleet Managers, Vice Presidents and HSE Managers will convene in Dubai, UAE, to examine the most successful bunker fuel management strategies.

This 4th installation of a series of highly successful Bunker Fuel Management executive gatherings which over the years managed to provide a highly commercial platform for ship owners, fuel suppliers and other key stakeholders to share ideas and actively discuss the most prominent issues of the industry.
Day one will start with an address by Secretary General of the International Bunker Industry Association moving on to an in-depth review of the bunker fuel transactions from both buyer and seller perspective while also analysing the risks for the parties involved. Second half of the conference day is dedicated a to a highly anticipated keynote presentation by the Head of the Chemical and Air Pollution Prevention Section from IMO on recent developments in the IMO regulations affecting the bunker industry followed by the shipowners’ perspective.

Day two will explore the most cost-effective ways of addressing environmental challenges followed by a presentation addressing quality issues on marine fuels and the best ways of managing disputes. The days’ presentations will conclude with the outlook of the opportunities for use of the alternative fuels in the maritime industry.

Both days include roundtable discussions, which will enable all attendees to engage in a productive dialog covering the issues which are of the outmost interest to the shipping community.

The event will be chaired by Ian Adams, Secretary General of International Bunker Industry Association. Confirmed speakers also include EivingVagslid, Head of the Chemical and Air Pollution Prevention Section representing IMO and Henrik Romland, Manager Commercial Operations from Stena Bulk and many more.

These are some of the testimonials from the past Bunker Fuel Management events organised by ACI.

  • Very good group thought-provoking – Principal Surveyor, DNV;
  • Very interesting – Principal Sales Executive, The Oxford Princeton Programme;
  • Thank you for a well organised conference with relevant topics and good speakers – SVP Marine Operations, Star Reefers UK Ltd

For further information including registration at the early bird rate and discounts for Supporting Partners’ members and subscribers please contact:
Dimitri Pavlyk on +44 207 981 2503 or

India Investment: Where the Future is…

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

India has undergone a systematic transition from a closed economy to an open economy since the beginning of economic reforms in the country in 1991. India has witnessed unprecedented levels of economic expansion, along with countries like China, Russia, Mexico and Brazil. India, being a cost effective and labor intensive economy, has benefited immensely from outsourcing of work from developed countries, and a strong manufacturing and export oriented industrial framework. Despite facing issues such as political uncertainty & bureaucratic barriers, the country’s economy, today, is characterized by a liberalized foreign investment and trade policy, with the private sector and deregulation playing a key role.

From a ‘developing nation’ just two decades back, India, today, has emerged as one of the decisive nations shaping the contours of the world economy. Consistently charting a growth path over the last few years, India is an idea whose time has truly arrived. Today, the triumph of the Indian Economy is visible in almost all fields – with some aggressive cross-border acquisitions India has been rewriting the global business equations.

Indian markets offer prospects of high profitability and is ranked third among the most attractive FDI destinations in the world. The country, with its robust legal framework and stable financial market, has transformed from being a highly controlled economy to a liberalized one, with its economy rising by 8.8 per cent in the June 2010 quarter year-on-year, its fastest pace since early 2008.

With huge investments in infrastructure development on the anvil, India is today a preferred investment destination. There are enough reasons for investing in India, be its large knowledge based industries; or simply investing in the fastest growing population of workers and consumers.

Fleming Gulf’s India Investment Convention : 2011, to be held in Dubai from 24th -25th January 2011, will offer a platform to discuss the growth and investment opportunities offered by the Indian Economy and its various robust industries. It will act as a passage to global investors.

The conference will answer few of the following questions amongst others:

What makes India appear so high on the radar of investors? Why and how did the country remain insulated from the economic slump? – Was it because of its robust banking regulations? And, how can investors from the Middle East and around the world participate and reap benefit from the India Investment story?

About Fleming Gulf
With a rich 6-year history of producing high quality, industry specific business events around the world and in the Middle East, Fleming Gulf Conferences is one of the leading names in business intelligence. Our B2B conferences are highly interactive events with number of delegates from specialized industry sectors including Finance, Energy, Transportation & Infrastructure, Shipping, Logistics, Utilities, Real Estate, Construction and more.

Do not miss the opportunity to make the most of the world’s largest free market democracy slated to be a future superpower. For further information and to book your place at the event, please visit our website.

Bhavya Mahadevappa
+91 9880250255