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10th IBJ Awards open for entries

(Posted on 01/04/18)

The historic city of Ghent will host this year’s “Night of the Year” for the Maritime Bulk Industry – the 10th IBJ Awards.The IBJ Awards salute achievements by individuals and organisations and uniquely provide companies with an opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight, or to nominate an organisation who they believe is doing a fantastic job. This is your chance to be part of a momentous event in the bulk industry where you can dine and network with

world leading companies.

Free to enter

Being shortlisted, or winning at The IBJ Awards increases profile to the bulk industry and boosts staff morale. The

awards event, to be held at the Eskimo Fabriek provides a unique networking opportunity for

the industry at a glittering gala occasion. Entries are judged by senior industry leaders. Working in separate panels to

ensure complete Impartiality, judges are chosen to recognise what is truly outstanding and deserves recognition.

The panel will pay particular attention to increased efficiency, safety and environment protection.

You can enter your own company or nominate a company who you feel deserves recognition. Established as a

benchmark for excellence across the Maritime Bulk Industry the IBJ Awards remain free to enter and entering

could not be simpler.

To enter, please see the awards page at this website. entries close on 1st August.


The venue – Eskimo Fabriek, Ghent, Belgium

The Eskimo Fabriek (Eskimo Factory) in Ghent is a 19th century textile factory that has been completely renovated and as an event location, offers top class, modern facilities for a unique evening for the global bulk industry. Located near to the port, Eskimo Fabriek is a

little piece of Belgian history, which contributes to the further expansion and appeal of the city of Ghent and the preservation of the architectural heritage of Flanders.

The city of Ghent has a proud history. It became an important trade centre in the 11th and 12th centuries thanks to the local production of cloth, made from imported English wool. It was at this time that the city's impressive stone Castle of the Counts (Gravensteen) was built. By the late 15th century, the cloth trade had begun to wane, though Ghent remained prosperous by shifting its economy to the shipping trade along the Leie and Scheldt rivers. In the latter part of the century the closing of the Scheldt brought with it commercial decline, which was reversed during the industrial boom of the 19th century, when new factories such as sugar refineries and cotton mills were constructed.

The city continued to grow as an industrial centre and major bulk port and today, Ghent, which is the capital of the province of East-Flanders, has a population of about 250,000 inhabitants. Ghent is renowned worldwide for handling grain, coal, fruit juice, cars, chemicals, steel, wood, oil products and construction materials. Last December the merger between the port of Ghent and Zeeland Seaports created North Sea Port, a top 10 European port.

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