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New publication offers updated maritime security guidance for mariners operating off West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea

31 March 2020

Industry organisations, supported by government and military organisations, have worked together to produce a new publication that will help mariners detect, deter and delay external threats to their safety. Best Management Practices to Enhance Maritime Security for Vessels & Mariners Operating Off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea (BMP WA) consolidates and enhances existing guidance for specific threats in this region.

Ayako Odashima

24 September 2019

Course organiser Ayako is Manager in BIMCO’s Training Department, and is responsible for marketing and implementation of BIMCO’s training courses worldwide. Prior to joining BIMCO in 2015, Ayako has worked for various international organisations, including UNICEF, FAO, WFP and UNOPS, and has been responsible for large-scale emergency logistics and coordinated training programs on humanitarian logistics and supply chain management in Asia, Africa, Europe and in the Middle East. Ayako holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and BA from Boston University.

Carl-Johan Garsten

01 October 2019

Carl is Managing Director, Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX) AB. He is a Master Mariner by profession and after his graduation he joined the Military Academy, in Sweden and became 1966 Navy Officer in the Reserve. After a number of years at sea, Carl returned to University for more studies, and in 1974, he graduated from the University of Lund in Sweden with a Bachelor of Economics degree. Carl worked as deck officer and as Captain in the Swedish merchant navy. After various educations he began work ashore 1975 as Shipping Manager for the trading company Joint Trawlers. Carl started his own trading company 1979 in shipping, but after 10 years left and moved to West Africa. From 1988 until 1993 was engaged in transportation, and was hired by Sentram Ferry Service in Dakar, Senegal as President Director General. The ferry company was engaged in ferry service along the West African coast. In 1994 he returned to Europe and was hired as Managing Director of the newly started independent oil company, High Sea Services, specialising in high sea bunkering. The year 2002 Carl founded the service company Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX) AB, designed to service the marine bunker industry with necessary tools like bunker price publications world-wide, and Carl is still very much active in the same field, inventing safer and better ways of determine bunker indications.

Tanker Shipping - Crude oil tankers buoyed by low supply growth, as winter season approaches

15 October 2014

The world seems to be awash with oil these days, to an extent that no geo-political tensions in the oil-rich producing nations can make us “scared enough” to hike oil prices. We seem to have become accustomed to a world where such tension is the norm. This is very good news for the world economy, as it brings down the cost of energy – despite a number of ongoing major conflicts and the challenges related to Ebola in West Africa.