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Headline news...
Bulk rates set to be lower than 2015
Average dry bulk freight rates in 2016 look set to be lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping remain challenging. More
Briggs wins major contract with Peel Ports
Briggs Equipment has secured a GBP38M contract to be the primary supplier of materials handling services to Peel Ports Group. More
World's most powerful belt conveyor system
Tenova Takraf was recently awarded a contract to supply equipment to Chile's state-owned copper mining company, Codelco. More
Rhenus BTW marks 40 years
Bulk Terminal Wilhelmshaven (BTW) is celebrating 40 years of handling coal in Wilhelmshaven under the Rhenus Midgard flag. More
Insurer warning on Indonesian coal dangers
The London P&I Club has issued a warning about continued problems associated with the carriage of Indonesian thermal (or steam) coal. More
Third E-Crane for Mulzer in USA
In early 2016, US-based Mulzer Crushed Stone ordered a Series 1500B/Model 11264 E-Crane that will be mounted on a deck barge. More
Recycling equipment from Metso
Metso has launched a new recycling equipment product range to offer versatility and a broader choice to the scrap metal industry. More
Cavotec/ABB team up on shore-to-ship power
Cavotec and ABB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly offer complete shore-to-ship power solutions globally. More
New cement clinker production line
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has won a contract to supply a new cement clinker production line to HeidelbergCement in Germany. More
CHS fertiliser terminal hitting targets
An electric-drive Sennebogen 860 R-HD material handler is proving its worth unloading barges at in Melbourne, KY. More
MacGregor systems for Algoma Lakers
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order for gravity self-unloading systems for two 29,800 dwt bulk carriers (Lakers) from the Yangzijiang shipyard, in China. More
Liebherr portal slewing crane to Stockholm
Liebherr has delivered a fully electrical LPS 420 portal slewing crane to Swedish energy company AB Fortum Varme, co-owned with City of Stockholm. More
Botswana banks on coal power
As plans to develop new coal railways from Botswana to Namibia and Mozambique proceed slowly, Botswanan domestic demand looks set to increase sharply. It had been expected that export projects would enable mine development that would also encourage domestic consumption, but the situation could now be reversed. More
Odessa joins European top five
Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa is set to become one of Europe's top five grain harbours, as it capitalises on the country's growing grain exports. More
Donbas output halved
Armed hostilities in Ukraine's Donbas region and its key coal basin have heavily impacted the nation's overall coal output in the past two years. Ukraine's total coal production fell by 22% yearon-year to 65 Mt in 2014 and then declined 60% to 39.76 Mt in 2015, according to the country's energy ministry. More
NLR line kicks off
Russian regional authorities are set to commence construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway (NLR), a 700 km line linking the Polar Urals mineral deposits with the country's Arctic harbours. More
Geelong boosted by DUKC system
The activation of a Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC) system, combined with recent strategic dredging, has enabled the Victorian port of Geelong to undertake a record woodchip shipment. The 70,381 dwt FUJIAN EXPRESS sailed on 29 January with more than 57,000t, destined for Rizhao, China. More
New bulk facility for Liverpool
Newport Industries is set to invest GBP7m in the creation of a new bulk handling facility at the Port of Liverpool, to service increased demand from its North West customer base. More
NZ ironsands mining for sale
With the short-to-medium prognosis for a recovery in iron ore and steel demand looking bleak, BlueScopeowned NZ Steel has put its Taharoa ironsands mining operation up for sale. More
Iron ore project dumped
After coming under increasing pressure from institutional shareholders, Queensland-based rail company Aurizon and its partners have frozen development of the A$4.5B West Pilbara Infrastructure Project (WPIP). More
Ashcourt production boost
Civil engineering firm Ashcourt Group has ramped up its production process after taking delivery of a new high-tech screener from Finlay Plant Northern. More
Tigers Realm to start Chukotka exports
Australia's Tigers Realm Coal (TIG) is planning to start exporting coking coal from Russia's far eastern region of Chukotka to Asian markets in 2017. More
Rail capacity for Mozambique
Following upgrade works, capacity on the Sena line is expected to jump from 6.5 to 20 Mtpa by July, providing some relief for the country's beleaguered coal sector. More
Mozambique investment
Shanghai Electric Power (SEP) has signed a joint development agreement with Ncondezi Energy to develop a series of projects in Mozambique. A power plant will be developed in six 300 MW phases, giving eventual generating capacity of 1.8 GW. It will be supplied with feedstock by Ncondezi's coal mines in Tete Province, helping to make the firm's wider mining plans commercially viable. More
CentrePort to break ground on rail park
North America's largest inland port, CentrePort Canada in Manitoba, is building a new rail park, and has attracted BroadGrain Commodities Inc as a significant anchor customer. BroadGrain will invest up to C$25M in a new bulk grain handling and bean-processing facility at the new CentrePort Rail Park. More
Push/pull monitoring
Cable chain specialist Tsubaki Kabelschlepp has come up with a new push/pull force monitoring unit aimed at ensuring increased reliability and safety for its cable chain in crane and other long travel applications. More
Le Havre bulk plot
Le Have port authority (GPMH) has called for expressions of interest in a plot of land located at the back of the existing Multivrac (multi-bulks) terminal along the Grand Canal Maritime du Havre, in order to set up dry bulk handling activities. More
 Feature articles
Ancient meets modern
After years of underinvestment in India's bulk ports, government reformers and confi dent industrialists are driving an age of renewal. More
Horses for courses
Grabs are evolving, both in terms of function and size, with new technology allowing existing cranes to operate larger grabs. More
Red ore trade shines on
The global aluminium industry and bauxite markets continue to be shaped by China, even as Asia's largest economy loses some of its recent lustre. More
In it for the long haul
Mega rail projects, with an eye on exports to Asia, have not been stalled by the global economic slowdown. More
Old power renewed
Britain's dry bulk ports appear to be resilient as the industries they serve once again feel the wind of change. More
Keeping machines moving
Coal export terminals still have to upgrade their stockyard equipment, even in the teeth of the commodities down cycle. More
Conveying an air of efficiency
Operators of mines and power plants are benefiting from increased productivity with upgrades of their conveying systems. More
Shiploaders go with the grain
Demand from coal and ore handling facilities might be slowing, but other commodities are encouraging investment in new shiploaders. More
Keeping it under cover
Meeting environmental requirements, particularly regarding dust control, is often at the heart of demand for covered storage and silo facilities. More
Promising grain of hope
Despite falling bulk carrier demand, grain shipments have held up relatively well compared with mined commodities like iron ore and coal. More
Making northerly progress
Dry bulk ports in Scandinavia and the Baltic States are investing to compete globally, as international developments, from neighbouring Russia to distant China, dictate the shape of world trade. More
Getting to grips with burning issues
Plans to adopt biomass in Britain are a fillip for its northern ports but, amid uncertainty over government policy, 2016 will be a crucial year for this emerging industrial cluster. More
Boom over but bulk business steady
Despite the downturn commodity prices, Australian exporters remain upbeat about their prospects. More
New solutions for new markets
Growing concern about coal dust is creating opportunities for dust control technology specialists. More
It's time to take stock
The end of a boom spells a tough few years ahead for stockyard equipment suppliers. More
German angst and uncertainty
These are bruising times for Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse. More
African coal down but not out
Massive declines in international coal prices are hitting African producers very hard. More
Brazil's northern shift
Brazil's abundance of grain offers hope in an otherwise depressed dry bulk shipping sector, but poor transport infrastructure means exporting to world markets is not always cost-effective. More
Hydraulic grabs gain ground
The popularity of hydraulic cranes has blurred the line between grabs and attachments. More
Chile faces mounting challenges
Strikes, slowing economic growth, natural disasters and falling commodity prices make for challenging times in Chile's bulk shipping sector. More









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