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Gearbulk and Grieg Star announce JV
Gearbulk and Grieg Star are to enter into joint venture to establish a "highly versatile and customer-oriented" worldwide dry bulk shipping company. More
Lighthouse begins PRB exports at Westshore
Lighthouse Resources Inc. this month commenced shipments of US Powder River Basin (PRB) coal to Asia through Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, BC. More
Electric-drive 870 wins approval in Nashville
A recently installed Sennebogen material handler is providing safety, environmental and operational benefits, according to the SRM Concrete. More
Two Mersey appointments for Peel
Peel Ports has made two new Liverpool-based appointments, including a new head of bulk terminal operations (Mersey). More
Metso contract for Chilean copper mine
Metso is supplying key minerals processing equipment to a greenfield copper mining project being developed by Tibet Julong Copper Co. More
Swedish fund to buy GB Railfreight
Groupe Eurotunnel is pulling out of the British rail freight market with the sale of GB Railfreight (GBRf). More
Transneft to withdraw from Novorossiysk?
Transneft, Russia's state-owned oil company, is understood to be on the point of selling its 35.5% stake in Russia's largest sea port. More
Flexicon opens office in Germany
UK-based Flexicon (Europe) Ltd has opened a new office in Aschaffenburg to provide factory-direct engineering services and technical sales support to customers throughout Germany. More
Aumund conveyor HDRI to Algeria
Aumund Fordertechnik's Metallurgy Division has supplied a specialised conveyor for HDRI to Algeria. More
MacGregor deck machinery for Vale VLOCs
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won Pusnes deck machinery orders for a new series of 400,000 dwt very large ore carriers (VLOCs). More
Rio Tinto moves to reduce gross debt
Rio Tinto is to reduce its gross debt by US$1.5B under cash tender offers announced on 26 September 2016. More
IMGS completes Sharjah bulk discharge
In August and September 2016, IMGS handled the first bulk shipment of 30,000 Mt of corn and soya beans at Port Khalid, Sharjah, UAE. More
Yeisk Port Elevator resold
Russia's United Grain Company (OZK) has, for the second time, sold its 46% stake in the Yeisk Port Elevator (YPE) on the Russian coast of the Sea of Azov. More
Getting a HIT
Kvarken Ports in Sweden (the merged Vaasa and Umea port companies) has reported that it has placed an order worth Euro3M with Terex Port Solutions (TPS) for a Terex Gottwald G HMK 6507 mobile harbour crane, prepared for fully electric drive and with a maximum hook lift capacity of 125t. The crane will join an existing G HMK 6407 with a lifting capacity of 100t. More
Additional capacity for Nacala line
The government of Mozambique has announced US$3B of new private sector investment in the Nacala railway. The line, which connects the Moatize coal mines in Tete Province in the northwest of Mozambique with the Indian Ocean port of Nacala, currently has handling capacity of 22 Mtpa. The funding was agreed by the government, the Northern Development Corridor (CDN) and the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor (CLN). CLN and CDN are owned by logistics and mining companies, including Mozambique's state-owned utility Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique (CFM). More
Bunge makes losses
One of the challengers to CBH Group's Western Australian grain handling dominance, the local subsidiary of global commodity giant Bunge, has recorded a A$2.1M loss on its second year of operation of an export terminal at Bunbury and two up-country receival sites. More
Eyeing the rails
The Indian Government is keen to press ahead with plans to develop, modernise and improve rail connectivity at the country's ports. Currently, there are more than two dozen individual rail projects under review, potentially involving expenditure of almost US$3B. More
Bulk in boxes gets a lift
A remote mine that uses container logistics to export copper concentrate is now in commercial operation. More
Caspian port to be privatised
The Commercial Seaport of Makhachkala (MMTP), Russia's largest and only ice-free Caspian harbour, may be acquired by Yilport Holding, a rapidly expanding part of Turkey's Yildirim Group. More
West Australia grain up
Western Australia is forecasting a record winter grain crop of 17.3 Mt in 2016, of which 10.7 Mt is expected to be wheat. If achieved (as indicated by favourable seasonal conditions), the totals will better 2013's record and improve on last year's crop by 13%. More
Iron ore mine for Nigeria
The iron ore industry in West Africa has been badly hit by lower international prices, but there is one success story. India's Global Steel Holdings has signed a deal to develop the Itakpe iron ore mine to supply the Ajaokuta steel plant on the River Niger in Nigeria's Kogi State. More
Sheerness grain
Peel Ports has described as "hugely significant" the first shipment of wheat to depart from Peel Ports London Medway on the Thames estuary. More
Schade reclaimers for PhosAgro
Over the six-month period to January 2017, the Aumund Group company Schade Lagertechnik GmbH will supply multiple full-portal reclaimers to PhosAgro-Cherepovets, the Russian fertiliser concern. More
Rail investment for Gabon
Gabonese rail company Societe d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (SETRAG) has secured Euro85M in loans to help fund the doubling of capacity on its main railway. More
Grain for Maydon Wharf
Maydon Wharf berth 1 at the Port of Durban has been brought back into use after many years being unable to serve large vessels. Redevelopment work has taken almost two years but was completed in July. More
Knowsley terminal reopened
The first freight train since 2006 came through Potter Logistics Knowsley rail freight terminal, near Liverpool in North West England at the end of June. More
New bulk trade body
A new trade association, The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO), has been established to represent the world's bulk terminals. ABTO is seeking to provide a voice for bulk terminal operators at a national and international level, providing a forum for its members to discuss the issues impacting seaborne trade and the global transportation of bulk commodities. More
 Feature articles
Mind out for altered States
The US is edging towards sustained growth economy, but global changes present new challenges/opportunities in its bulk sector. More
Conveying good news
Increasingly, conveying systems not only have to answer engineering challenges, but they must overcome environmental ones as well. More
Impending northern gridlock?
The Great Lakes' pivotal Soo Locks need major investment to ensure the smooth running of North American heavy industry. More
Mechanical ship-unloaders boldly brave the elements
Competition from pneumatic CSUs and a slower global economy is making life difficult for mechanical systems suppliers. More
Ready-mixed fortunes
Despite the uneven state of the global economy, cement trades continue to expand where the world chooses to build. More
Making use of advisory services
Consultants have an important role to play in many aspects of port/ terminal construction, design and operations. More
French seaports stay steady
Grain traffic remains crucially important for French ports, while fortunes in the mineral bulks field vary. More
Reeling in the years of operation
Upgrading and renewing system components in existing handling equipment is often cheaper and just as effective as buying new. More
Feeling the shock and ore
Iron ore producers and handlers are undergoing a period of market volatility, as China's economy finds a new footing. More
Heavy hearts after the boom
Too many ships chasing too few projects amid low commodity prices have made things tough for heavy lift shipping specialists. More
Cold comfort for Benelux ports
European industry is struggling in difficult global conditions, and the Benelux ports have had to acclimatise to a new order for coal and steel. More
Pneumatics cement their place
World cement demand should start picking up again, which will benefit pneumatic ship-unloaders. More
China adjusts to the 'new normal'
As its heavy industry rebalances, China's appetite for raw materials will keep its bulk terminals busy and shape the global economy. More
In search of Italian miracles
While huge efforts are needed to reinvigorate the eurozone's third largest economy, there are some successes among Italian firms involved in bulk equipment and services. More
New models on the catwalk
Several manufacturers of front-end loaders have updated their product ranges with new models in recent months. More
Versatile and flexible machines
Mobile cranes and their derivatives provide a high degree of flexibility and productive handling rates. More
Coal industry on the cusp
As global energy policy moves to a greener footing, coal continues to be a vital energy resource in the short term. More
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

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