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The Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam

The Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam - 13th November 2017

A Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry

Amsterdam will host this year’s "Night of the Year" for the Maritime Bulk Industry. The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a leading global city with strong links to the worlds maritime community.

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.

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 Amsterdam’s former stock exchange building, 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.

The Venue

The IBJ Awards venue this year, is Amsterdam’s former stock exchange building the Beurs Van Berlage, one of the Netherlands’ most famous historic buildings located in the heart of the city.

At the end of the 19th century, Amsterdam was booming. Trade was flourishing and a growing number of people decided to move to the city. In 1896, the Amsterdam administration therefore decided to allow the construction of the new stock exchange to go ahead after all. The honour of developing this new building went to architect and urban designer Hendrik Petrus Berlage.

The Beurs van Berlage has been regarded in the Netherlands as a "public palace" since 1985, when it was still managed and owned by the Municipality of Amsterdam. On 2 February 2002, the Beurs van Berlage was the venue for the civil wedding ceremony between crown prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima.

The Beurs van Berlage has years of experience of arranging gala nights at the highest level. Each year, they welcome national and international guests for an unforgettable experience in this unique location in Amsterdam.

IBJ Awards 2016 - Winners

Award for Safety in Bulk Handling - sponsored by DNV GL


Fleet Management

Cargo Handling:
Zeeland Seaports

Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal - sponsored by Global International Holdings Ltd. (HK).

Global International Holdings Ltd. (HK).


Innovative Technology Award - sponsored by Caravel



Cargo Handling:
Ram Spreaders / MMG

Bulk Ship of the Year - sponsored by ClassNK


Evans Spirit, McKeil Marine

The People Development Award - sponsored by Nectar


Pacific Basin Shipping

Cargo Handling:
PD Ports

Environmental Protection Award - sponsored by Port of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam


Cargo Handling:

Best Ship Loading/Unloading System - sponsored by The Maritime Standard

The Maritime Standard

Siwertell and Peel Ports

Best Grab - sponsored by Associated British Ports

Associated British Ports


Bulk Logistics Excellence Award - sponsored by Solent Stevedores

Solent Stevedores

Drax Power

IT Solutions Award - sponsored by the Port of Dunkirk

Port of Dunkirk


Cargo Handling:

Bulk Ships Agent Award - sponsored by Euroports


Inter Balt

Bulk Ship Operator of the Year - sponsored by Aderco

Aderco keeps your engine running™


Customer Care Award - sponsored by Sénalia


Solent Stevedores

Best Dry Bulk Port - sponsored by DBIS


Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal

Special Achievement Award - sponsored by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Abu Dhabi Ports

Entrepreneur of the Year - sponsored by Anvil Attachments

Anvil Attachments

Guy Wilkes

Personality of the Year - sponsored by Haropa


Stuart Cullen

Lifetime Achievement Award - sponsored by Abu Dhabi Ports

Abu Dhabi Ports

Harry Banga

What people say about the IBJ Awards

"A great evening! We had a very good time and the food as well as the whole organisation of the event were perfect as always."

Peter Visser, Sales Director, Verstegen, Netherlands

"Oh what a night - congratulations to organising another highlight IBJ Awards Dinner. The concept of a new venue each year is proving a real success and our customers were very impressed by the occasion, how professional the Dinner was arranged and laid out, with Rudd hosting - who was outstanding, and the entertainment to round off the night as well. Everyone enjoyed themselves too!"

Frank Robotham, Group Head of Marketing, Associated British Ports, UK

"I really enjoyed the event and we are still keen to be a sponsor."

Morten Løvstad M.Sc, Business Director, Bulk Carriers, Norway

"Thanks once again. The new comers we had on our table were all very impressed and are likely to take tables in the future."

R. Raghunath, Vice Chairman, Noble Chartering, Hong Kong

"Thanks again for the marvellous night last Monday. A night with a special touch for obvious reason."

Mark van den Akker, Managing Director, GAC Netherlands Limited

"Thank you for putting together a great evening on Monday."

Tracey Phinn, Customer Service Manager, Cargill Ocean Transportation, Switzerland

"I just would like to thank you and the whole team for a fantastic evening in Rotterdam. We are looking forward to next year’s event in Antwerp."

Sören Flensburg, J. Müller Agri Terminal, Germany

"Congratulations to you on staging a really successful event, there seemed more tables this year with more people, the whole evening was a big success."

Simon Coughlan, GP Shipping, UK

"I have to say we at RAM enjoyed the evening immensely. It was an extremely well organized and slick Awards Ceremony. So I would like to thank you, your wife and your team for putting on such a good event."

Patrick Draper, RAM Spreaders, Australia

"Our team enjoyed the evening and made some good connections on the night."

Sheila Armstrong, Head of Corporate Communications, Inchcape Shipping Services, UK

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