The latest information relating to all ABTO events and conferences


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The Annual ABTO Bulk Terminals Conferences are designed for all those involved in the transportation, storage and handling of bulk commodities. 

As well as terminals and ports we welcome equipment and service suppliers, professional advisors and academics to the conference. Indeed, ABTO feels strongly it is only through the interaction with these others that bulk terminals will achieve increased operational efficiencies, together with safety and environmental compliance.

This year Bulk Terminals 2024 is being held in Antwerp at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Antwerp City Centre. We are very grateful for the support of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges – the port authority that manages the ports of Antwerp and Bruges (Zeebrugge) since their merger in 2022.

The second biggest port in Europe with an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry, receiving containers, breakbulk, passengers, rolling stock, liquid as well as dry bulk. 

With terminals equipped to receive capesize or panamax ships, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges handles a wide variety both major and minor of dry bulk products, such as energy bulk, minerals, grain, fertilizers and scrap – all with multimodal access.

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is more than a loading and unloading site for these dry bulk goods. It prides itself on offering such services as blending, liquefying, repackaging and preparation for transport, also specialist storage facilities and the highly efficient transit of goods, with most logistics companies in Antwerp having the AEO-full certificate.

The ABTO Bulk Terminals Antwerp conference will set the scene with our traditional analysis of bulk markets, continuing with a full programme focused on the concerns of operators – offering sound practical solutions to terminal operators for improving safety, streamlining operations and ensuring environmental protection.


Please see here for the Bulk Terminals Antwerp draft programme


To register now please click here



To discuss speaking and sponsorship opportunities, or simply to register an interest in attending Bulk Terminals 2024 Antwerp, please contact Simon Gutteridge [email protected]  +33 (0)3 21 47 72 19. 


With thanks to our sponsors to date and host port for Bulk Terminals Antwerp 

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Bruks Sirtwell
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With thanks to our Supporting Associations and Media Partners 

Please click here for a list of our supporting associations and media partners with links to their websites


Please click here to see the programme of Bulk Terminals 2023 Lisbon and previous events



A key feature of ABTO’s Mission is ‘Developing training schemes and educational seminars to facilitate advancement and best practice’ 

Please click here to see details of the following ABTO short courses and supported events:

Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes, 19 – 22 March 2024. Dates for next course to be announced

Storage and Discharge of Powders and Bulk Materials, 16 – 17 April 2024

Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials, 15 – 16 May 2024

Biomass Operations and Handling Technologies – dates to be announced

Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership – dates to be announced