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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
Takoradi on the blocks
Victor Timmermans, senior manager with Maritime & Transport Business Solutions in Rotterdam, has issued a new statement about qualification for Ghana's Takoradi Dry Bulk Terminal concession. More
Pilbara records fall
Despite a volatile and uncertain global iron ore market, export volumes from Western Australia's Pilbara region continued to rise in 2015-16. More
Grain for Maydon Wharf
Maydon Wharf berth 1 at the Port of Durban has been brought back into use after two years of redevelopment work. More
G&W to acquire P&W railroad
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) has agreed to acquire Providence and Worcester Railroad Company (P&W) for approximately US$126M, representing US$25.00 per share. More
Amsterdam ports down 5.4% in H1
First half traffic in the sea ports in the Dutch North Sea Canal Area, which includes the ports of Amsterdam, IJmuiden, Beverwijk and Zaanstad, totalled 48.4 Mt, down 5.4% year-on-year. More
Shiploaders kick off PWCS renewal
Newcastle's Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) has begun renewal of its Carrington terminal with the arrival of two new shiploaders. More
Export declines dent Hamburg's import gains
The Port of Hamburg has reported different trends for bulk imports and exports, as bulk throughput declined by 1.4% to 23.3 Mt in H1 2016. More
Metso's "landmark deal" with Codelco
Metso has won what it described as a "landmark deal" to support the conversion of the world's largest open-pit copper mine to a large-scale underground mining operation. More
BHP Billiton posts US$6.4B loss
ASX-listed mining giant BHP Billiton has posted a US$6.4B full-year loss after weaker commodity prices, offshore US asset impairments and the failure of the Samarco dam. More
New multipurpose terminal in Jurong
A new terminal capable of handling 1Mt of general cargo and 300,000 TEU of containers a year has been opened by Jurong Port in Singapore. More
EU clears Konecranes Terex deal
Konecranes has received approval from the European Commission for its pending acquisition from Terex Corp of all the Terex Material Handling and Port Solutions (MHPS) business lines. More
Tazara improves copper services
The Tanzania Zambia Railway (Tazara) is to rehabilitate 200 copper-carrying wagons for use on the line that runs from the Zambian copper field to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. The railway's handling capacity and range of services have steadily fallen over the past 10 years because of a lack of investment. More
EMR commits to Tilbury Dock
One of the world's largest metal recycling companies has made a commitment to remain in its existing Tilbury Dock facility. Not only has EMR just signed a new 25-year lease with the UK's Port of Tilbury, it will be upgrading its facilities and investing around GBP3m in improved shiploading equipment. More
New dedicated coal terminal for Vysotsk
Port Vysotsky Ltd (PV), the coal handling operator at the Russian Baltic harbour of Vysotsk, is to build a dedicated 12 Mtpa coal terminal, due for completion in 2020. PV's aim is to take over Russian coal exports that are currently handled at the Latvian ports of Riga and Ventspils. More
Powerful belt conveyor system
Tenova Takraf has won a contract to supply equipment to Chile's state-owned copper mining company, Codelco. The contract covers the principal ore transport system at its Chuquicamata Underground Mine Project, which is being developed to access the ore body beneath the present open-pit mine. The new mine is scheduled to be in operation in 2019. More
Mantsinen 160M for Belfast
UK-based Cooper Specialised Handling has secured a contract to supply a rubbertyred Mantsinen 160M hydraulic crane with HybriLift drive to Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland (NI). Slated for delivery in late summer, this will be the second Mantsinen in an NI port, as Cooper supplied a 120M HybriLift to Derry/Londonderry in 2014. More
Latvia's VGT to expand grain capacity
Ventspils Grain Terminal (VGT), operating in Latvia's Free Port of Ventspils, is planning to increase its handling capacity by 0.5 Mtpa to 2 Mtpa, under phase two of its development programme. More
Investors eyeing Iranian ports
The lifting of international sanctions against Iran is attracting new investment to the Islamic Republic. More
Kwinana for sale...
The Western Australian Government has introduced legislation for the sale of a long-term lease of the port of Fremantle, which will include not only the container-focused Inner Harbour but the Outer Harbour's Kwinana bulk facilities. More
Gladstone coal terminated
Queensland's port of Gladstone has shipped the last coal from its Barney Point Terminal after almost exactly 50 years of operation. More
TEC lifts
TEC Container SA in Spain recently supplied Mammoet Europe BV with a BA-110LG (20-50) 20ft spreader attachment fitted with 1m long chains and 5t capacity automatic Elebia hooks for lifting big bags. More
...but one bright spot
With coal, iron ore and other mineral export volumes all falling, Transnet is at least enjoying one bright spot in trade. It expects to transport a record 7 Mt of corn this year, as traders and governments across Southern Africa seek to boost their inventories after they were depleted last year. The South African farmers union, AGRI SA, puts the figure at closer to 9 Mt. More
Ruscon unitises fertilisers
Russian intermodal supply chain specialist Ruscon, part of Delo Group, has installed an automated system for loading mineral fertilisers at its terminal close to the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea. More
New rail strategy for Nigeria
The new Nigerian government of President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled its national rail plan, which includes the provision of coalcarrying capacity. Nigeria has coal reserves of its own, but they are largely unused, apart from as a feedstock in some cement production plants. More
CombiPort debut
Terminales Graneleras Uruguayas SA (TGU) has begun operating an "all-in-one grain terminal in one machine" at the port of Nueva Palmira in Uruguay. A single "Combi-Port" machine is responsible for unloading barges at 800 tph (2 x 400 tph), weighing the product with commercial scales, and loading ships at a rate of 1,500 tph. More
Commodity downturn hits SA...
South African transport utility Transnet has not yet released figures on the country's dry bulk exports for the first few months of this year, but it has announced that these have already fallen. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) transported record volumes on its two main dry bulk lines last year - 60 Mt on the Sishen iron ore railway to the Atlantic port of Saldanha, and 76.4 Mt on the coal line to Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). This was achieved as projects sanctioned two to four years ago came on line. More
 Feature articles
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
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

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