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Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns

(Posted on 15/11/17)

The major event in the maritime bulk industry’s calendar, the IBJ Awards, took place in Amsterdam on 13th November.

A large crowd of industry executives and leaders was welcomed to the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam’s former Stock Exchange building, in the heart of the city, by IBJ Publisher, Ray Girvan. The Port of Amsterdam’s Head of Energy, Bulk, Agri, Breakbulk & Offshore, Femke Brenninkmeijer, then welcomed guests from all over the world to her home city.

The event saw the ninth IBJ Awards return to where it was launched, with many of those who were present back in 2009 also attending this year along with even more newcomers.

Following the sumptuous dinner, host for the evening, Dutch television icon Angela Groothuizen took to the stage to present shortlists, before sponsors representatives from the bulk industry announce an array of winners.

The full list of winners is:

Award for Safety in Bulk Handling (Marine)

Pacific Basin

Award for Safety in Bulk Handling (Cargo Handling)

Pacific Coast Terminals

Best Specialist Dry Bulk Port or Terminal


Innovative Technology Award (Marine)


Innovative Technology Award (Cargo Handling)


Bulk Ship of the Year

Venture Joy, Hamburg Bulk Carriers

The People Development Award (Marine)

Fleet Management

The People Development Award (Cargo Handling)

Abu Dhabi Ports

Environment Protection Award (Marine)


Environment Protection Award (Cargo Handling)


Best Ship Loading/Unloading System


Best Grab


Bulk Logistics Excellence Award

The Armitt Group

IT Solutions Award (Marine)


IT Solutions Award (Cargo Handling)


Bulk Ships Agent Award

GP Shipping

Bulk Ship Operator of the Year

Oldendorff Carriers

Customer Care Award (Marine)

McKeil Marine

Customer Care Award (Cargo Handling)


Best Dry Bulk Port

Sohar Port & Freezone

Special Achievement Award

T Parker Host

Entrepreneur of the Year

Madeleine Paquin

Personality of the Year

Jon Craft

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Cremers


The IBJ Awards 2018 will take place Ghent on 19th November.

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