Maritime Week Africa 2021 (16th to 17th February), Here are the different sessions

Unwelcome as it is, the coronavirus has provided Petrospot with a great opportunity by forcing it to present Maritime Week Africa 2021 online, thereby opening up the event to hundreds of people who even under normal circumstances might not have been able to travel to Africa to attend an in-person event but who now have this opportunity to learn more about African bunker markets and hear from the people who work in them.

Over the two days of the event, Petrospot’s aim, through seven carefully curated sessions, has been to bring the world to Africa and Africa to the world.

Because it is such a big issue for suppliers and buyers on the offshore West Africa market, the event takes a hard look at maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The two-day programme starts by looking closely at the shipping and energy sectors with a clear focus on Africa, followed by an analysis of fuel quality trends both globally and within Africa.

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Day One

Session One : Mark Williams, Managing Director, Shipping Strategy Ltd gives an overview of shipping in an African context. He is followed by Mark Waddington, Director and Senior Consultant at Channoil Consulting, who speaks about the energy sector in Africa. This is followed by a presentation by Captain Rahul Choudhuri, Director of fuel testing service VPS in Singapore, which examines fuel quality issues globally and as they impact the African continent.

Session TwoThis session looks at the eastern side of Africa, from Egypt in the north to Mozambique in the south, as well as the Indian Ocean island state Mauritius.

It starts with a presentation by Rear Admiral Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, Consultant to the Chairman-Ports Affairs at the Suez Canal Economic Zone on the positive developments taking place on and around the Suez Canal, one of the world’s key arteries, linking the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and beyond. It looks at the effort to boost economic activity and improve operational efficiency and how this is starting to pay dividends which ultimately will help to revitalise a once-thriving local bunker market.

Abdi Ismail Kahin, General Manager of Red Sea Bunkering, then discusses how, through targeted planning and investment, Djibouti is being transformed into a major regional maritime hub, which at the same generates increasing demand for bunker fuels.

Dermot Campbell, CEO of Channoil Consulting takes a bird’s eye view of East Africa, looking at some of the standout developments in the energy markets on this side of Africa.

Then, Gert Nell, Trading Manager at Delta Energy Fuel Supply & Trading in Rotterdam discusses bunkering developments in Mauritius.

Lastly, Stuart Hall, Technical Sales Director at Forecast Technology, looks at how tagging hydrocarbons can help with fuel assurance, environmental protection, and risk management, especially in a highly sensitive waterway such as the Suez Canal.

Session ThreeThis examines developments in South Africa, with a focus on Cape Town and on the relatively recent establishment of an offshore bunkering operation in Algoa Bay. It also looks at the potential for LNG bunkering in South Africa.

Sobantu Tilayi, Acting CEO (until last week) of SAMSA, the South African Marine Safety Authority gives a broad-brush overview of South Africa’s maritime sector.

Roy Meeser, Director of FFS Refiners, covers bunkering in Cape Town, and Chrystel Bassett-Simmonds, Managing Director of Lavin Energy, one of the companies licensed to deliver bunkers in Algoa Bay, looks at this new offshore market.

Lastly, Aldworth Mbalati, Group CEO at DNG Energy, a company looking to create a pan-African LNG supply network, speaks about developing LNG bunkering in South Africa.

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Day Two

Session FourThis session looks at the close relationship between Europe and the African continent. It examines the development of one on Morocco’s key Mediterranean container terminals and bunkering facilities, and looks at how the ideally located Canary Islands interreact with their large continental neighbour.

Rachid Houari, Central Director of Tanger Med Port 1&2 speaks about the Tanger Med terminal, whose commercial success, both as a leading terminal and as a significant bunkering hub, should be no surprise.

Former bunker trader Verónica Ducouré, who currently represents the Canary Islands as a Foreign Trade and Business Development ambassador to UK and Ireland on behalf of Proexca, the government-run investment and promotion organisation, looks at the strategic role played by the Canary Islands their relationship with West Africa.

Session FiveThis session, led by Jon Hughes, Managing Director of Cape Town-based bunker trader, SABT, focuses on developments in different bunker markets strung along the West Coast of Africa, examining in more detail some of the currently more active and interesting markets, such as Namibia and Angola.

Session SixPetrospot’s Managing Director, Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, moderates a panel where participants discuss how some bunker suppliers are managing to sustain business in a sometimes-unpredictable offshore West Africa market.

  • Mads Borgaard, Managing Director, PSTV Energy DMCC
  • Mads Bjornebye, Manager, Bunker Services, Teekay Tankers
  • Ken Hüüdma, Operations Manager, Monjasa
  • Elke Santos, Trading Director Middle East & West Africa, Monjasa

Session SevenThis session, moderated by Mark Sutcliffe, Managing Director, CSO Alliance, takes an in-depth look at maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

  • Phil Parkes, Sales Director, River Marine Fuels
  • Mads Bjornebye, Manager, Bunker Services, Teekay Tankers
  • Dr Dirk Siebels, Senior Analyst, Risk Intelligence
  • John Twiss, Maritime Security Consultant



The platform will stay open for the next six weeks, to give participants another opportunity to meet new contacts and stay in touch and to catch up on any sessions that they might have missed or want to watch again.

The content of the presentations belongs to the speakers and Petrospot, but all participants, including the press, are welcome to use any part of the event for articles and reports, provided Petrospot’s Maritime Week Africa conference is credited as the source.

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