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German equipment makers feel the pinch
German mining equipment manufacturers are facing a 33% decline in revenue to Euro3.5B this year, while domestic sales will fall by 20% to Euro320M, according to the VDMA Mining Association. More
WICET wobbles but optimistic
Gladstone's Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal will now not ship first exports until 2015. More
ThyssenKrupp consolidates to the cloud
ThyssenKrupp AG has signed a contract with Telekom subsidiary T-Systems for the set-up and operation of central data centres. More
Liebherr reveals slight fall in turnover
The Liebherr Group has announced that its overall turnover is expected to be Euro8.866B in this business year. More
Falling confidence in shipping sector?
Confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to November 2014 to their lowest level for two years, according to, according to a new survey. More
Bulk operator CMB into containers
Bulk shipping operator Cie Maritime Belge has entered the container shipping market through the acquisition of Delphis More
Sennebogen launches E-Series 735
Sennebogen has launched its new 735 model as part of the current E-Series, boasting "compact dimensions, robust design, and optimal consumption values". More
Fillip for solar power at mines
A new study provides interesting evidence that could encourage more external investors to enter the business of equipping remote mining operations with renewable energy. More
GBRf names loco as next Class 66s arrive
The third batch of Class 66 locomotives for GB Railfreight (GBRf) has been unloaded at the UK port of Newport, having arrived from the US. The first batch arrived from the US into Newport in July. More
Belt cleaner innovation streamlines production
The design and manufacture of a custom moulding cell promises to streamline production of polyurethane conveyor belt cleaners. More
Siwertell mobile unloader to Kuwait
Cargotec-owned Siwertell has completed the delivery and commissioning of a new mobile ship-unloader for Kuwait-based Acico Construction Co. More
Rio Tinto chief woos investors
Rio Tinto has told investors that it is transforming, with a company-wide focus on driving productivity and creating value for shareholders. More
Russian coal turns eastwards
Russia has expanded its seaborne coal exports to European and Asian markets by 223% and 128% respectively over the past five years, according to data from Fearnleys. More
Tenova Takraf CSU for ILVA in Taranto
Tenova Takraf Italy has won a contract to supply a bucketchain continuous ship-unloader (CSU) to Italian steel producer ILVA SpA. Takraf will design and supply the CSU for handling iron ore and coal at the ILVA steel plant in Taranto, Italy - the largest plant of its kind in Europe. More
Race for West Oz bulk sale
The Western Australian government's decision to proceed with the sale/lease of the state-owned Utah Point bulk terminal at Port Hedland has triggered a bidding war, according to analysts. More
Siwertell to the Philippines
Cargotec-owned Siwertell has won an order for a railtravelling ship-unloader from South Korean firm Daelim Industrial Co, for operation in the Philippines. More
Iran set for Kazakhstan grain boom
Kazakhstan is preparing to increase its grain exports to Iran fivefold to 2.5 Mtpa. More
Motor for hatch covers
Cargotec-owned MacGregor has introduced a new electric starter cabinet for hydraulic hatch cover power units on bulk carriers and general cargo ships. It features an intelligent "soft-start" function that avoids starting current peaks and reduces stresses on mechanical and hydraulic components More
Bordeaux terminal underway
A deficit in aggregates for civil construction projects in the Aquitaine region of southwest France has led to growing volumes of imports from various countries, such as Scotland. Most imports are handled in the Bassens port complex of the Port of Bordeaux - around 600,000t in 2013 - which is now approaching saturation. More
Maputo/ Richards Bay coal rail deal
Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa have signed an agreement enabling the transport of coal between Maputo and South Africa's Richards Bay, allowing the two ports to cooperate on exports. A joint rail operating centre is to be set up in Maputo, in a sign that Transnet is prepared to make use of the Mozambican port, rather than solely relying on the privately owned Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). More
Barge into Uruguay
Holland-based Damen Shipyard Group has booked an order for a transhipment crane barge (model CBa 6324) from a customer in Uruguay to tranship soya and iron ore from barge convoys to Panamax vessels on the Hidrovia Parana-Paraguai. More
Tasmania woodchip revival
Having seen woodchip exports slump, due to reduced global demand, and export facilities close when the state's largest producer collapsed, Tasmania is now studying port options in the island's south for a resumption of trade. More
Special delivery for Berwick
The installation of a new Sennebogen 835 R Special crane at the UK Port of Berwick has facilitated the safe unloading of all ships regardless of the water level. There is a tidal range of up to 4m at the site, which the new machine can easily compensate for. It is also fitted with a 3m pipe-pylon and the elevating Maxcab cabin for optimal overview and maximum safety. More
Laser load measurement
Germany-based laser sensors and measuring specialist Lase GmbH has come up with a new application to provide accurate three-dimensional volumetric and profile measurement of commodities inside trucks, designated LaseTVM-3D (truck volume measurement). More
Taking the Northwest Passage
The Fednav vessel mv nunavik departed from Deception Bay in Canada en route to China via the fabled Northwest Passage in September. Canada's Fednav said: (The nunavik) will be one of the first commercial vessels to transit the Northwest Passage completely, and the first to do so unescorted with an Arctic cargo and with Canadian expertise." More
Ukraine forced to import coal
Out of the 93 state-run coal mines in the Donetsk Coal Basin (Donbas) in eastern Ukraine, 88 are in territory now controlled by Russianbacked separatists. More
Ecological bulk carrier concept
Ecoships, the technical ship management arm of Newport Shipping Group, has introduced a "next generation" bulk carrier design, aimed at setting the standard in ecologically compatible marine transport. More
 Feature articles
Coal remains the elephant in the room
Despite the optimistic outlook of many producers, the long term future of coal is under threat from increasing environmental pressures. More
Crane unloader markets look to diversity
Bulk handling has spawned a wide range of different ship-unloader types, but crane designs are far from reaching their peak. More
Brazil irons out its problems
With its own logistics chain, Vale is set to double its iron ore exports to China in fi ve years, but poor infrastructure is hampering other producers. More
Putting a squeeze on energy consumption
Improving controls and drive systems can be a cost-effective way to enhance the efficiency of powerhungry bulk handling equipment. More
Energiewende blown off course
Dealing with the challenges facing Germany's steelmaking and coal-fired power industries will play a major part in the country's future bulk import requirements. More
Biomass fires fading
While biomass was initially hailed as a replacement to coal, questions are now being asked about its overall environmental merit. More
Australia develops split personality
Australia's resources boom is over, though activity remains relatively high, but it is falling commodity prices that is dividing the fortunes of producers. More
Still digging up orders
While the enthusiasm for heavy-duty continuous ship unloaders may have waned over the past few years, there is still interest in this concept. More
Bulking up Oman's ports
Expanding bulk and general cargo activities at Oman's ports and associated industrial zones is a vital part of the nation's economic growth plan. More
Handy challenges and opportunities
Changing markets, fierce competition and shipowners' needs to be cost-effective are driving consolidation in parts of the dry bulk shipping sector. More
One rope or two?
Can the advantage of being able to operate on a single-rope crane overcome the higher cost, higher tare weight and complexity of motor-driven grabs? More
Time to smarten up conveyors
Conveyor systems are the arteries of any bulk handling plant but they are essentially "dumb" although electronic control and monitoring could change this. More
Great Lakes look to diversify
Faced with difficult markets for coal and iron ore, the Great Lakes ports are looking to breakbulk and general cargo to drive future growth. More
Challenging cement dust emissions
Moduflex loading chutes help to protect the environment by keeping dust emissions from cement loading to a minimum* More
Optimism for cement recovery
Seaborne cement traffic suffered badly during the global economic downturn but there are now signs it is slowly recovering. More
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

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