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Saudi railway upgrade contract signed
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has awarded a SAR123M (US$32,77M) contract to China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) to renew 78.4 km of the Dammam-Riyadh main freight route. More
Terex launches large primary jaw module
Terex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) has launched the new MJ47 primary jaw crusher module. More
Finnish order for Sennebogen trailer units
Two new Sennebogen 830 M Trailer machines have gone into service at the Finnish timber enterprise, Iivari Mononen Oy. More
New gateway for Georgia and beyond
The Georgian port of Anaklia is to be reconstructed and new container and dry bulk handling facilities developed. More
Tenova density tracers in demand
Tenova Mining & Minerals South Africa has reported increased demand for new magnetically susceptible density tracers. More
Alimak upgrades GrainCorp elevator
Alimak Hek has extended the life of a 28-year-old rack and pinion elevator on a 70m tall grain store at GrainCorp's facility in Gladstone, Australia, with a gearbox overhaul and mast replacement. More
Hamburg posts positive H1 results
A modest rise in bulk cargoes handled contributed to an overall positive growth in cargo volumes at the port of Hamburg in the first half of 2014. More
BHP Billiton to spin off metals and mining
BHP Billiton is to spin off its metals and mining assets in a bid to simplify its portfolio and "create shareholder value". More
GBRf adds heavy haul locomotive
GB Railfreight (GBRf) has agreed to purchase the locomotive 59 003, named "Yeoman Highlander", from German-based Heavy Haul Power International. More
Rio considers BCL divestment
Rio Tinto is considering divesting its 53.83% stake in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in Papua New Guinea. More
Steel warning from American P&I Club
The American P&I Club has updated its advice to members on the handling of steel cargoes. More
Conveyor belt skirting system launched
A new conveyor belt skirting system has been launched, designed to fit the majority of conveyors. More
Mantsinen 200 goes road-mobile
Mantsinen has extended its 200 series of tracked or railmounted mobile materials handlers to include a rubber tyred version, which could broaden the 200's market appeal for multipurpose operations. Two machines have already been sold to Cuypers and Goeyvaerts, rental firms operating in the Antwerp port area. Goeyvaerts also took delivery of a 90M in May, while the 200 unit was set to be commissioned in July. More
North Korean coal hub launched
In July, North Korean authorities launched a coal terminal at Rajin, the ice-free port on the country's north-east coast. The facility is set to handle around 4 Mtpa of Russian coal exports, following a Russian Railways (RZD) pilot project earlier this year to transport Siberian coal to Rajin by rail. More
Liebherr launches SmartGrip
Liebherr Maritime Cranes has launched SmartGrip, a new product for bulk handing mobile harbour cranes and allied slewing cranes. SmartGrip operates as an intelligent system that optimises grab filling rates in a self-learning manner and thus "provides a number of valuable advantages, including higher performance and zero overloads." It is available for retrofits. More
Sennebogen cranes to the Netherlands
Sennebogen has supplied three new 835 M E-Series cranes to Netherlands-based bulk materials handling service provider E. Drost B.V, via sales and service partner, Kuiken N.V. More
Barcarena port project go-ahead
Brazil's national waterways transport agency, Antaq, has given Hidrovias do Brasil permission to build its first ever port terminal. This will be at Barcarena, in the state of Para, and be part of a US$581M investment that the company is making in the region's logistics network, which includes two port terminals and a fleet of barges. More
Fertiliser for Beira
In the latest in a long line of expansion announcements for Mozambican ports, Cornelder has begun work on constructing a new fertiliser terminal at the Port of Beira at a cost of US$35M. More
PTP Group in first Paraguay PPP deal
The Argentinian PTP Group has signed what is claimed to be the first PPP agreement in Paraguay and will manage the general cargo port of Villeta, located 40 km downriver from the capital, Asuncion, for a period of 20 years. PTP reportedly agreed to pay an annual fee to operate the port and guaranteed minimum cargo levels. More
Hay Point proposal
Queensland energy resource and technology company Mitchell Group is seeking approvals for a new coal export transhipment operation at Hay Point. Through its subsidiary Mitchell Ports, the group has established a new company, Hay Point Exports (HPE), to develop its Bowen Basin Terminal (BBT) project. According to HPE the BBT proposal is based on Mitchell Ports' minimal dredge, no seadumping, off-shore ship loading model. More
Cameroon rail contract award
Portuguese firm Mota-Engil is to build the 510 km railway connecting the Mbalam iron ore mine to the port of Kribi on the Gulf of Guinea. Project developer Sundance Resources has also awarded it a contract to construct the iron ore terminal at Kribi and the company is already working on similar rail projects in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. The terminal will have capacity to handle 35 Mtpa and will be capable of accommodating Chinamax vessels, indicating the likely destination for most of the iron ore produced. More
Bunge's Bunbury grain debut
In what is claimed to be the first penetration of the CBH Group's monopoly over bulk grain shipments from Western Australia, global grain trader Bunge exported 18,000t of wheat from its new terminal at the port of Bunbury in mid-July. More
Vostochny Port equipment deal
JSC Vostochny Port (VP), the largest coal handling operator at the Pacific port of Vostochny/ Nakhodka, has contracted Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui Miike Machinery Co to supply handling equipment for the third stage of its coal terminal. The US$95M worth contract specifies the delivery of a rail car-dumper, a stacker, a reclaimer and a 3,000 tph conveyor within 16-months. More
Rail car milestone for Tikhvin
Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant (TVSZ), managed by RPC United Wagon Company, has produced the 10,000th freight car since its launch in January 2012. The jubilee hopper car for the transport of mineral fertilisers, equipped with innovative bogies with an axle load of 25t, will be shipped to Acron-Trans, part of Acron Group. The mineral car model 19-9870 has advanced technical and economic parameters compared to standard rolling stock, claimed TVSZ. More
Major order for MacGregor MacRack
Cargotec-owned MacGregor has won an order from Sungdong Shipyard in South Korea for side rolling hatch covers. The equipment will be fitted to 10x 180,000 dwt bulk carriers and will feature electrically operated opening and closing system, MacRack. More
ZPMC takes Qingdao stake
Chinese port equipment giant ZPMC was one of six "cornerstone" investors in the new Qingdao Port International (QPI) when it listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in June. The IPO was a partial float as Qingdao Port sold down part of its 90% holding in Qingdao Port Group to reduce its stake to 75%. More
Transnet backs empowerment
South African transport utility Transnet has announced that most of the coal, iron ore and passenger rolling stock for its fleet upgrades will be produced within the country by consortia including black empowerment companies. More
 Feature articles
Beating each other to a pulp
The wood pulp industry is highly competitive so port operators have to match shippers' expectations. More
Gas filtration moves along
Sonic Wave Acceleration Pulse technology is helping to increase the lifetime of bag filters while also reducing energy consumption. More
Ethics and global sourcing
As well as cost and quality, there are ethical and regulatory considerations that should be taken into account when choosing FIBCs. More
China's bulk resilience
Strong demand for imported raw materials to China is prompting supply chain investments, despite its economic growth slowing. More
Bulk cargo takes a turn
There is growing interest in container rotating spreaders as a costeffective solution for relatively low volume bulk material supply chains. More
Power to the plant
Cable and reel manufacturers must meet the demand for higher power requirements as handling equipment performance improves. More
Second wind for pneumatic unloaders
While the cement handling market remains depressed, the advantages of pneumatic discharge for the agri-bulk and biomass sectors continues to generate strong demand. More
Mixed fortunes for Benelux bulk
Benelux bulk handling is in a transitory phase as new operators emerge and the long term prospects for coal imports appear uncertain. More
Bulking up the heavy lift market
The bulk sector has proved rewarding for heavy lift operators but as miners scale back on expansions, new markets must be sought. More
Re-inventing the wheel
Upgrades to current designs continue but building the ultimate "green" wheel loader is a bigger challenge. More
What's next for Richards Bay?
With its coal volumes continuing to grow, the South African port of Richards Bay needs additional capacity but there is considerable controversy over who should provide it. More
Banking on Chinese prospects
Despite fears of a Chinese slowdown, the country's steel manufacturing, fed by iron ore imports, remains robust, with miners confident of increasing growth over the long term. More
Mobile forces in good shape
Liebherr has reported that its LHM mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) once again contributed strongly to the overall success of Liebherr Maritime Cranes. The company said that 2013 ranks amongst its most successful years, with deliveries of almost 80 cranes with an order value of Euro280M. Various highlights characterised the year, including the remarkable order intake for the 600 series in Latin America and the launch of the Liebherr Maritime Cranes simulator range. More
Italy's coal imports locked in limbo
Italy has the highest electricity prices of all major EU countries and is heavily reliant on Russian natural gas, despite coal-fi red generation being 20% cheaper. More
Wagons roll on the tippler trail
While rail wagon rotating tipplers can efficiently discharge large volumes, alternative systems should be considered to suit specific applications. More
Biomass failing to fire
The UK's switch from coal to biomass power generation is fading due to confused, complex and contradictory government policies. More
Reclaiming lost ground
Despite Capex cutbacks by mining conglomerates, commodity demand is such that stackers/ reclaimers are still very much in demand, particularly for the non-mainstream bulks. More
Lakers set to go green
A series of vessel replacement programmes means the Great Lakes fleet is getting progressively cleaner and more fuel efficient. More
Seaborne grabs face a tough life
Shipboard grabs experience very challenging conditions and manufacturers must supply reliable, high productivity designs, but at a price ship operators are willing to pay. More
Fog clears on dusty problems
Advances in dust control, particularly the use of sprayed fogging atmospheres, can reduce fugitive dust problems to acceptable levels. More

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