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Aumund replaces 16 coal feeders for RWE
With the conversion of 16 arched plate conveyors, Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH said it has contributed to the improvement of the operating procedures at the RWE power plant in Neurath, Germany. More
Milestones for Panama Canal expansion
June has been an important month for the Panama Canal expansion project, with several milestones reached. More
Strong start for to 2015 for Toledo
After achieving a 20% increase in overall tonnage in 2014, the US port of Toledo has seen volumes rise 35% in the first four months of 2015, in nearly all categories, including aluminium, steel, pig iron, breakbulk, project cargo and petroleum products. More
Irish distributor for Terex Construction Equipment
Terex Construction said it has further strengthened its distributor network with the appointment of Embankment Machinery Sales Ltd (EMS). More
Online course for introduction to conveyors
FLSmidth Institute has launched a new online course "Introduction to Conveyors". More
Integrated cement production plant for Nacala
A project to develop an integrated cement production plant for Nacala will see an estimated investment of around US$250M. More
Dragline bucket specialist in gravel extraction
Hans Wolf GmbH & Co KG of Straubing, Germany is utilising a new 40t duty cycle Sennebogen crawler crane equipped with a dragline bucket for gravel extraction. More
New absolute encoder with SIL-CL3 certificate
Johannes Huebner Giessen has developed the new series of absolute encoders with SIL CL3 certificate for deployment in applications requiring certified compliance with functional safety requirements. More
Aggregates shippers await dredging completion
Phase two of the US$12.8M maintenance dredging at the Port of Redwood City's Redwood Creek channel by US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) contractors is underway. More
Call for forensics after silo collapse
The recent collapse at Port Adelaide of a large silo containing cement powder is the kind of industrial incident that needs forensic engineering, according to a specialist in this field. More
GBP100m biomass terminal for Liverpool
Peel Ports has announced a new GBP100m biomass terminal will be built in the Port of Liverpool to handle up to 3 Mtpa of wood pellets as part of the decarbonisation of Drax power station. More
Durres in the wrong spotlight
Concession holders are experiencing great difficulty in going about their normal business in the Albanian seaport. More
New generation universal encoder
Johannes Hubner Giessen (Hubner) has launched UONE-SAFETY, a new generation of its U-ONE universal encoder system. Hubner, a specialist in robust encoder and drive technologies, said U-ONE-SAFETY will support machine builders and system operators in their endeavours to prevent accidents. More
Diesel crane conversion
In April US-EPA announced a US$1.3M grant to the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department to fund the replacement of an older 950hp (700 kW) diesel cargo crane with a "zero-emission" electricdrive crane. The new crane will be used to unload and process scrap metal on and off open-top containers for overseas shipments. More
Cavotec reels in Oz contract
Global engineering group Cavotec recently announced an order from OEM Tenova Takraf to supply bulk crane technologies for use at Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia. More
Pilbara rescue effort
A coordinated rescue effort by creditors, suppliers and service providers - bolstered by a very modest recovery in global prices has seen Pilbara producer Atlas Iron resume production at three mines. More
Grain rail row unresolved
Dominant Western Australian grain trader and handler CBH Group has signed an interim rail access agreement, under protest, after months of negotiations with network provider Brookfield Rail. More
Moscow haggles over Greek assets
Greece's new government has confirmed it will invite Russian investors to the privatisation of Greek state-run transport assets. Since March 2013, Russian Railways (RZD) has been in talks with Athens over the possible acquisition of the Greek national rail operator TrainOSE, Hellenic Company for Rolling Stock Maintenance and the country's second largest seaport of Thessaloniki. More
APMT Ammonium nitrate 'ban'
APM Terminals Callao has said that it will no longer handle any ships carrying ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) fertiliser in bulk, since it is classified as IMO 1 (explosives) and IMO 5 (oxidants). The company said that it is not in a position to ensure the right operating conditions for this cargo. However, the move is opposed by the Export Association of Peru (ADEX). More
Higher transport revenue for Mozambique...
The profits of Mozambican rail and port operator Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique (CFM) have jumped by a quarter over the past six months, continuing a recent trend. CFM's total operating profit for financial year 2014-15 was MZN2.625B (US$75.2M), a rise of 41% on the 2013-14 figure. Apart from coal, the company also transports aluminium and grain. This contrasts sharply with the experience of most other stateowned rail and port companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, which generally rely on state subsidies. More
Strong Q1 for Gottwald
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) reports that it has carried the momentum from its strong Q4 2014 sales of Terex Gottwald harbour cranes into 2015. It sold 21 machines from January to March, including two floating cranes for mid-stream bulk handling on the Mississippi (Model 8 G HPK 8400 B for ARTCO). Model 6 harbour cranes are particularly in demand, as shown by orders received for 11 of these machines alone. Four of the cranes ordered in Q1 2015 will go to African terminals. More
Cold feet in West Oz
Queensland-based rail operator Aurizon and Chinese partner Baosteel, which last year combined to pay A$1.4B for miner Aquila Resources, and thus take control of the 40 Mtpa West Pilbara Iron project, have delayed a final investment decision by up to 12 months. More
Terex Finlay launches new unit
Terex Finlay has introduced its new 873 Tracked Mobile Heavy Duty Screener, designed to work after a primary crusher or on its own as frontline screening machine. More
The Mitas touch
Czech Republic-based tyre maker Mitas AS has launched the newest addition to its family of ERL-30 earth-moving tyres. More
Klaipeda expands
Lithuania's port of Klaipeda is set to invest about Euro600M to develop its infrastructure. Specifically, its plan envisages deepening Klaipeda's water area and navigation channel from 14.5m to 16.5-17.5m by 2021, enabling it to handle the largest ships entering the Baltic Sea. More
Russian Railways into Asian markets
In April Russian Railways (RZD) signed a MoU with Thailand's mining group Banpu Public Company Ltd for the construction, development and operation of rail infrastructure and a port coal terminal on Indonesia's island of Kalimantan (Borneo). More
Occupation kills Crimean harbours
Ukraine has excluded the Crimean seaports of Feodosia, Kerch, Sevastopol, Yalta and Yevpatoria from its list of the harbours accessible for foreign vessels. Experts suggest this is the final nail in the coffin of the Crimean port sector. More
 Feature articles
Simulators in the driving seat
Simulators are becoming even more popular as crane OEMs move to offer training with their handling equipment. More
Sweet pill for Antwerp
Antwerp may have lost its premier place in heavy ores and coal handling, but it remains an important European port for minor bulks. More
Heavy lift shapes up
The fallout from recent decline in the oil price will inevitably impact the heavy lift and project cargo sectors. More
Pneumatic unloaders face a fuller future
Population growth is driving changes in food production and distribution, yielding new markets for pneumatic unloaders. More
Temporary buildings to cover a wider market
Temporary storage buildings have gained acceptance in ports looking for both short and longer term storage solutions. More
Ever changing fortunes
Grain exports were generally down in the Black Sea region in the first few months of 2015, but there are success stories, and healthy interest in investment opportunities. More
Hybrids still facing hurdles
The competition among front-end loader manufacturers means they are constantly upgrading their ranges, but there is still user scepticism over hybrid designs. More
Mobile cranes in the spotlight
Mobile harbour cranes provide fl exibility and versatility for bulk handlers and, at the top end of the range, high throughput capabilities. More
Is change on the cards?
While South Africa dominates bulk handling activity in southern Africa, expansion plans by ports in Namibia and Mozambique, in particular, suggest that a more competitive trading environment is emerging. More
Bulk niche boxing clever
Containerised bulk is on the increase, with ongoing technical innovation supporting its development. More
Coal facing challenges
Despite pledges from several governments to reduce the use of fossil fuels, coal remains an important fuel and bulk commodity. More
Digging in and digging deeper
Italy's ports are under pressure to improve their infrastructure offerings, but times are tough for the country's bulk shipping and handling sectors. More
Keeping it down to earth
Dust generation is a threat to the environment and represents a health hazard but there are numerous solutions to suppress dust emissions. More
Ambitious plans but short on detail
Despite having the world's fifth largest coal reserves, India is the third largest importer, but its plans to reverse this trend could have a significant impact on global seaborne coal traffic. More
Keeping on the straight and narrow
Rails for handling equipment are subject to huge forces and require precision engineering to ensure they perform effectively. More
Black Sea tribulations
While the Black Sea accounts for only a tiny share of the world's dry bulk cargo shipments, there is considerable potential for growth. More
Moroccan momentum
The Moroccan Government is investing over US$8B in its port infrastructure as it seeks a larger and more competitive role in world trade, with bulk handling one sector targeted for growth. More
Rail keeps on rolling
The market for rail loading and unloading systems has peaked but there is still demand for the services of their various designs. More
Government charts coal's demise
While Germany is pursuing the opposite policy, the UK is phasing out coal power stations and building nuclear replacements. More
Plenty of choice for operators
Bulk and general cargo handlers can choose from a rich vein of design approaches from mobile crane suppliers. More









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