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The Hilton Hotel, Old Town, Antwerp, Belgium - Monday, 25th November 2024

The Hilton Hotel, Old Town, Antwerp, Belgium

A Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry

This year’s venue for the IBJ Awards is the beautiful Belle Epoque Ballroom at the Hilton, Antwerp. Located in the heart of historic city of Antwerp, the Hilton, Old Town hotel offers the most central location in Antwerp and is an ideal base to discover the beautiful and historic city.

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.

Antwerp combines the grandeur of yesteryear with an urban vibrancy. Its Grote Markt and cathedral, Scheldt riverbanks and cobbled streets, just minutes from the IBJ Awards venue, go hand in hand with a thriving nightlife, galleries and art palaces.

With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of a wide range of cargoes. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros.

Port of Antwerp-Bruges handles a wide variety of dry bulk. You will find extensive and cutting-edge throughput facilities for bulk. Specialised terminals, all with multimodal access, offer a total solution and value-added services for a wide variety of bulk. Major bulk products handled include fertilizers, scrap and minor bulk products: zinc ore, kaolin, gravel, sand, potassium salts, wood waste, malt, granite blocks, cement clinker, marble, soda, rapeseed and glass. The terminals are equipped to receive capesize or panamax ships.

IBJ Awards 2023 Winners

Award for Safety in Bulk Handling - sponsored by DNV


Vesto Ropes, Netherlands

Cargo Handling:
RAM Spreaders, Singapore

Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal - sponsored by Telestack


Logistec, Canada

Innovative Technology Award - sponsored by The Maritime Standard

The Maritime Standard

Core Power, United Kingdom

Cargo Handling:
Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands

Bulk Ship of the Year - sponsored by Skiniti Partners

Skiniti Partners

Tomini Dynasty, Tomini Group, United Arab Emirates

The People Development Award - sponsored by Arise Shipping and Logistics

Arise Shipping and Logistics

Cooper Specialised Handling, United Kingdom

Environment Protection Award - sponsored by CSL Group

CSL Group

Thordon Bearings, Canada

Cargo Handling:
Bruks/Siwertell, Sweden

Best Ship Loading/Unloading System - sponsored by North Sea Port

North Sea Port

Telestack, United Kingdom

Best Grab - sponsored by the Port Of Antwerp-Bruges

The Port Of Antwerp-Bruges

Bateman/Gryb, Canada

Bulk Logistics Excellence Award - sponsored by Solent Stevedores

Solent Stevedores

Arise Shipping and Logistics, United Arab Emirates

IT Solutions Award - sponsored by Borneo Sejahtera Mulya

Borneo Sejahtera Mulya

DNV, Norway

Cargo Handling:
Navonus, Belgium

Bulk Ships Agent Award - sponsored by Euroports


Morska Agencja Gdynia, Poland

Bulk Ship Operator of the Year - sponsored by Shi.E.L.D Services

Shi.E.L.D Services

Pacific Basin Shipping, Hong Kong

Customer Care Award - sponsored by Sénalia


Good Maritime, United Kingdom

Cargo Handling:
Buttimer Engineering, Ireland

Best Dry Bulk Port - sponsored by TBA


HOPA Ports, Canada

Special Achievement Award

OMC International

Cargo Handling:

Entrepreneur of the Year

AJ Rahman

The Publisher’s Choice

Captain Amit Canumalla

Personality of the Year

Daan Schalck

Lifetime Achievement Award

Corrado Cuccurullo

IBJ Awards 2022 Highlights Video

What people say about the IBJ Awards

"On behalf our Management and colleagues in the Hamburg Bulk Carriers Group, I would like to thank you so much for organising such great event with a fantastic atmosphere and attendance.

We met some good old friends and certainly we made new friends there. I can't put in words how emotional and proud this award makes us. Thank you so much. We will be delighted to have you in our office any time."

Andre Marcano, Chartering Director, Hamburg Bulk Carriers

"An amazing event and it was worth the effort and the time."

Capt Anil Tejpal, Anglo Eastern Univan Group

"It was a great evening. You and your team put on a first class event. We are looking forward to next year."

Wade Leslie, Pacific Coast Terminals

"Many thanks for your hospitality at the beautiful Amsterdam city. It was great event and I look forward to meet when you are in UAE."

Capt Abdulkareem Al Masabi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Terminals

"It was great meeting with you at the fabulous event. It was an extremely nice evening. We enjoyed it very much."

Dr Abdul Rahim, Manager, South East Asia, ClassNK

"Thank you for a wonderful evening. A first class event with thanks to all involved."

Olivier Baiwir, Managing Director, Aderco

"Thanks for organising the event last night. Good food, great venue and a chance to network with some interesting people on the table."

Nigel Bradshaw, Pacific Basin Shipping

"Congratulations to you and ‘your team’ for another successful Awards Dinner."

John Carr, Business Development Manager, Industrial Chemicals Limited

"Thanks for hosting a great evening. Lots of fun. Looking forward to catching up in Montreal. You put on a great evening!! Well done indeed."

Tom Paterson, Fednav

"It was a very good night. Really enjoyed it."

Jens Neilsen, Commercial Director, Associated British Ports

"It was a great evening and thanks for all involved."

Ian Thompson, Managing Director, TMS Ship Management

"Thank you and congratulations to you and your team for putting on such a great evening."

Chris Leonard, Nectar Group

"Congratulations on a successful night for the IBJ, it was a splendid evening, as always, and we thoroughly enjoyed it."

Simon Coghlan, Managing Director, GP Shipping

"Congratulations on a splendid evening. Our guests were very pleased and impressed."

George Di Sante, Logistec

"We had a great evening. Thanks again and congratulations. It was top!"

Carl Ghekiere, Chief Commercial Officer, Euroports

"Thank you for memories of a very nice evening. We had a good time in the Beurs van Berlage, many thanks for having us at the IBJ. We’ll keep in touch for next year, in Ghent."

Femke Brenninkmeier, Port of Amsterdam

"Great evening and well organised event… we will be in Ghent trying to win again!"

Nicholas Marshall, Commercial Director Frank Armitt & Son Limited

"Many thanks again for a very memorable and enjoyable evening…we found the execution and detail given to all aspects of the event was truly top class. Well done. We also had some quality interactions with other attendees and we hope to follow up on these."

Tommy Casey, Vistrato

"It was a very enjoyable evening and I must congratulate you on the professional and entertaining way in which the awards ceremony itself was conducted. I have been to a few and they can sometimes drag on a bit! I particularly enjoyed your choice of music!"

Phil Hughes, Commercial Manager, Coldharbour Marine

"The Night of the Year was fantastic…Congratulations."

Marek Kowalski

"Many thanks for the Awards evening; a good attendance as always."

Steve Pullen, Dan Shipping

"It was a great show to attend, I had a great evening and it was an honor to hand over the award."

Sylvia Boer, Head of Communications, Damen Shipyard

"On behalf of Sailors' Society, many congratulations to the IBJ Award winners and nominees. We're extremely grateful to IBJ for its ongoing support and to everyone who attended the dinner for their generous donations towards our work helping seafarers in need."

Sarah Baade, CEO, Sailors’ Society

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