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IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos will be opening this year's IPTA/Navigate Chemical & Product Tanker conference in London on 8-9 March.

The event is the industry's leading gathering of specialist tanker owners and, judging by the number of companies already signed up, this year's conference will be bigger than ever before.

Topics on the agenda include an outlook for the vegoil, biofuel and chemical markets, the latest regulatory moves on greenhouse gas emissions, the escalating piracy problem and vetting.

Speakers include representatives from BP Shipping, Neste Oil, ExxonMobil, BASF, Bernhard Schulte and ICAP Shipping.

The conference takes place at the Tower Bridge Hilton hotel. See for further details.

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