Almost 500 guests from the maritime bulk industry worldwide gathered on Monday, 14th November, to salute the bulk industry’s finest at the Hilton Hotel, Antwerp.

Delays through fog at many of Europe’s airports could not deter the huge crowd from assembling to give standing ovations to both final award recipients, Laurence G. Pathy, Chairman of Fednav Limited, Canada (Lifetime Achievement) and Harry Banga, Vice Chairman of Noble Group, Hong Kong (Personality of the Year).

There was also a standing ovation for the event’s musical finale provided by Belgium ’s stunning opera singer, Anne Cambier, pictured.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous meal at the Hilton, following a champagne cocktail reception and welcoming speeches from IBJ Publisher, Ray Girvan and guest of honour for the evening, Governor of the Provence of Antwerp, Cathy Berx. The Ambassadors to Belgium of both Canada and the United Arab Emirates were present as was Port of Antwerp Chairman, Mark Van Peel.

The awards host for the event was author and star of Belgian TV, radio and stage, Kurt Van Eeghem. Following the presentations, winners, finalists and their guests went on to celebrate and dance to the band at the closing networking party and to plan their participation at the IBJ Awards 2012 in Hamburg.

Solent Stevedores were delighted to win the Customer Care Award sponsored by Logsys and were 1 of only 2 UK winners of the 21 international categories. Ian Jacobs, General Manager at Solent Stevedores commented:
“We are delighted to have won the IBJ award – especially the Customer Care category. Service to our Customers is at the forefront of everything we do and it’s great for the team to receive recognition for their hard work at an international event such as the IBJ Awards”

For more information about the IBJ Awards and 2011 Winners, click here >

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