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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.

Last year, Bulk Terminals Riga was a resounding success and the first time we have all been able to meet in person since 2019 in Amsterdam. Delegates from ABTO members Silopor suggested that the Bulk Terminals conference should be held in their port city of Lisbon this year. Other delegates in Riga enthusiastically agreed. 

This year the Port of Lisbon is celebrating its 135th anniversary, so we are delighted that they will be our host port for Bulk Terminals 2023 – and very grateful for the support of the Port of Lisbon Authority, our local organisers for the conference.

Lisbon is ideally located along the world’s major maritime trade routes, connecting the Mediterranean region with Northern and Central Europe – enabling trade with America, the Far East, Africa and Europe.

The port offers excellent conditions for the handling of all types of solid bulks. Agri-foodstuffs is a major segment, with a storage capacity of more than 420,000 tonnes, serving the oilseeds, edible oils and biodiesel markets. Clinker and cement trades are also served through a dedicated terminal with good river, road and rail access. The handling capacity for cargoes serving the steelmaking industry is over seven million tonnes a year.

The 2023 conference will set the scene with the 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.

For more information, please contact Simon Gutteridge [email protected]  +33 (0)3 21 47 72 19.


To see the latest draft programme please click here



To register now to join us in Lisbon please click here 

With thanks to the Port of Lisbon Authority, our host port and local organiser 

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To discuss speaking and sponsorship opportunities, or to register an interest in attending Bulk Terminals 2023, please contact Simon Gutteridge

[email protected]  +33 (0)3 21 47 72 19. 


With thanks to our sponsors so far for Bulk Terminals 2023 Lisbon


Bruks Sirtwell


With thanks to our Supporting Associations and Media Partners 

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


Please click here to read the Bulk Terminals Riga conference reports in the Autumn 2022 edition of Bulk Terminals International magazine and here to view the YouTube recordings of the presentations and details of 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:

IMechE Compliance in Bulk Materials Handling - 10 October 2023

Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership 2023 – dates to be announced

Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes - March 2024, dates to be announced

Biomass Operations and Handling Technologies - April 2024, dates to be announced