The IMarEST UAE Branch hosted its first technical meeting in 2016, sponsored by Endress+Hauser, with a record number of 130 participants from the Middle East maritime fraternity in attendance.
Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE branch, highlighted the institute’s role in promoting continuous professional development, knowledge sharing and learning opportunities for the maritime community. He shared the news that the IMarEST UAE branch won the Maritime Education and Training Award at The Maritime Standard Awards held in November 2015 in Dubai. The institute’s entry was augmented by 14 reference letters from the top management of marine organisations in the Middle East, endorsing the work carried out by the IMarEST UAE Branch and recommending the institute for the award.
Andrew Trumble, technical manager, environmental solutions at Harris Pye Engineering presented a talk on bunkering from a ship owner/operator’s perspective. He described the challenges of measuring the quality and quantity of bunkers onboard. In his keynote address, Stephan Natter of Endress+Hauser Switzerland explained how to achieve greater profitability through transparent and accurate bunker fuel metering. He argued that traditional quantity measurement via tank gauging is rife with uncertainty, while the tried-and-tested Coriolis mass measurement system had been used successfully in the oil and gas industry for decades. This approach, he suggested, eliminates problems with traditional measurements and ensures maximum transparency during the bunker procedure.