MONTREAL, Nov. 23, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - CSL was awarded the prestigious title of 2016 Bulk Ship Operator of the Year at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) gala dinner held in London, England on November 21, 2017. "I am honoured to accept this award on behalf of CSL's ship and shore employees who every day help us deliver exceptional service to our customers and motivate us to always aim higher," said Rod Jones, President and CEO of The CSL Group. "New ideas and new technologies are propelling us forward and the IBJ award is a great validation that we are heading in the right direction, that is, the future of shipping." Presented to the year's most outstanding operator of dry bulk vessels, the award recognizes recent achievements in safety, efficiency and environmental protection, as well as contributions to world trade. IBJ judges selected CSL for the company's overall achievements and made notable mention of CSL's industry leading sustainability efforts. "CSL's environmentally responsible approach, research collaborations and comprehensive reporting impressed our judges and highlight the progressive approach taken by CSL to improve business sustainability and elevate industry standards," said Jon Culshaw, host of the IBJ gala dinner. Every year, the IBJ Awards salute excellence and achievements by individuals and organizations involved in the worldwide maritime bulk industry. The CSL Group is the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Headquartered in Montreal with divisions operating throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Asia, CSL delivers more than 78 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.