Annual Statements

The activities of the DBTG, full reports of Group meetings and events, and the deliberations and decisions of its Executive Committee (ExCom) are available to Members through the web site (Members-Only section) at all times. The Annual Statements are presented in the open section of the web site in compliance with the DBTG Constitution. The Annual Statements provide a simple yearly snapshot of events, new initiatives, and developments in the work programme.


  • January, Rotterdam: Centre for Maritime Economics and Logistics, Erasmus University nominates graduate student to assist Group research and analysis into “Suitability of Bulk Carriers to their Cargoes and Terminals”
  • April, Vilnius: Mid Term meeting. Host, KLASCO, Klaipeda. Business focus:
  • Grab unloader refurbishment; contrasting market penetration of CSUs in Asia and Europe
  • Trade and Economy, Safety, Maintenance and Technical matters
  • Outline introduction to DBTG’s work to develop a standardised, internationally accredited Training Scheme for Terminal Representatives
  • Ship/Port Interface issues including DNV initiative
  • Executive Committee meeting
  • Consideration commences of special membership category for retired DBTG members to ensure experience and expertise is not unnecessarily lost to the Group
  • May, IMO: Final submissions made to DSC Correspondence Group considering revisions to the BLU Code
  • June, London: DNV facilitates meeting between Group representatives and bulk carriers owners and their representatives to discuss issues related to suitability of vessel design to terminal operating environment
  • August: Executive Committee meets for first time in “teleconference” environment
  • September, IMO: Group participates (as IBTA) at DSC14. Representative of the European grains association, Unistock, participates via IBTA delegation. During BLU Code agenda item IBTA:
    emphasises concerns over suitability of vessel design to known operating environment
    opposes shipowner manoeuvring to prescribe number of loading and trimming pours per hold; this seen as intended to accommodate lowest common vessel denominator
    introduces statistics derived from DBTG study into scale and scope of unsuitable vessel problem
  • September, Ghent: Annual Meeting. Host, Port of Ghent. Business focus:
    Keynote – global economic crisis, banking systems collapse and shipping crisis
    General consideration of trade and shipping trends, materials handling innovations, control of operating costs
    Reports: Vessel Suitability Study – main findings; Development progress – Training Scheme for Terminal Representatives
  • External Affairs: Ghent meeting and subsequent ExCom mark opening of dialogue with the Coal Exporting Terminal Operators Association (CETOA) on the possibility of closer co-operation. (Also see below)
  • May, IMO: Final submissions made to DSC Correspondence Group considering revisions to the BLU Code
  • DBTG and CETOA participate at IMO through the specially-created joint venture device, the International Dry Bulk Terminals Association (IBTA). This is organised through the DBTG Secretariat.

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