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Fuchs crane for Quality Freight UK
Quality Freight UK has increased the lifting capability at its Ellesmere Port main operation with a GBP700,000-plus investment in a Fuchs MHL390 crane. More
Aumund equipment marks triple success
Aumund Corporation has reported orders, received over the past 18 months, specialised conveying solutions at three production sites of National Gypsum. More
New drum tipper from Flexicon
Flexicon (Europe) Ltd has developed a drum tipper that mates with low-height receiving vessels. More
Model FA conveyor belt cleaner
Michigan-based Conveyor Components Company has developed the "Model FA (float action) multi-bladed spring arm conveyor belt cleaner. More
Transfer points and high maintenance costs
Transfer points should be viewed with the same level of importance as any other machinery in the minerals processing cycle, according to Weba Chute Systems. More
Bobcat launches new TL30.70 telehandler
The new TL30.70 compact telehandler from Bobcat provides a maximum lift capacity of 3t and a maximum lift height of nearly 7m. More
Terex Finlay crusher for Cheshire firm
A Macclesfield (UK)-based company has taken delivery of a Terex Finlay J-1170 jaw crusher from Finlay Central, part of the Finlay Group of companies. More
Winning business for Konecranes floating cranes
Konecranes has received a repeat order for two Konecranes Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes from Winning Logistics Company Limited. More
Coal wagons converted for aggregates
DB Cargo UK is working with Axiom Rail and WH Davis to convert 110 HTA coal hoppers into "state-of-the-art" HRA aggregate hopper wagons. More
First Sennebogen 8400 EQ arrives in Burgas
The newest and largest Sennebogen balance materials handler is now handling bulk goods at Bulgaria's largest Black Sea port. More
GAC/RB link up for talc shipments
European bulk logistics provider RB Logistics has appointed GAC Abu Dhabi for a second time to provide a complete logistics service package. More
Upbeat outlook for bulk charter rates
Dry bulk shipping charter rates are expected to recover from the second quarter of 2018. More
New life for Woodie Woodie
Chinese company Ningxia Tianyuan Manganese Industry (TMI) has decided to restart the Woodie Woodie manganese mine in Western Australia's Pilbara region, at a cost of A$30M. More
Coal mining and export cluster
In a bid to start exporting locally mined coal to Asian-Pacific markets, Suchan-Ugol, a coal producer operating in Russia's Far East, is to invest around US$70M to create a coal mining, enrichment and export cluster. More
Aegean enters dry bulk sector
Aegean Shipping Management SA has signed a newbuilding order for a series of four+two+two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carriers. The ships will be constructed at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry Co's Cosco Zhoushan shipyard, with deliveries scheduled for the second half of 2019 onwards. More
Dunkirk port construction bulks up
Dunkirk Multibulk Terminal (DMT) is hoping to build a new industrial facility on land belonging to the port authority (GPMD). The aim of the plan is to set up a factory to produce construction materials. More
Oz nod for Urquhart Bauxite project
Another Cape York bauxite export project is moving closer to fruition with Australian Government environmental approval achieved for Metallica Minerals' Urquhart development. More
Wagon for ore and shipping containers
DB Cargo AG has come up with a system that allows type 'Ea' bulk wagons, mainly used to transport iron ore and coal, to also be used to transport steel coils in shipping containers for its customer Voestalpine in Linz, Austria, reducing costs and turnaround time. More
Canadian investor for Taman grain terminal
Russia's governmental commission for foreign investments has endorsed CPPIB Monroe Canada's acquisition of a stake in the grain terminal at the country's new Black Sea harbour of Taman. More
New rail operations for DRC?
Canada's Ivanhoe Mines is in talks with Congolese rail firm Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC) about bringing the Kipushi mine back into production. The mine, which is located in Haut-Katanga Province, and is very close to the Zambian border, was previously operated by Union Miniere, and then the state-owned mining company of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gecamines. A disused spur line connects the mine to the Congolese rail system, and then Zambia. More
Sugar terminal expansion in Antwerp
Euroports has completed the expansion and improvement of its dedicated sugar terminal in Antwerp. More
Another Gottwald for South Korea
Following the delivery last year of three Gottwald Quaymate M50 MHCs to South Korea, in August, South Korean terminal operator Pyeongtaek Dangjin Central Terminal Co Ltd (PDCT) has put a new Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 MHC into operation. More
Big progress on Waterberg line
In early October, Exxaro announced that it has signed a 10-year transport agreement with Transnet to carry 7.8 Mt of coal on the Lephalale line from the Waterberg Basin to Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The deal is expected to trigger a big increase in output at Exxaro's Grootegeluk mine, and the company's CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, said that it will invest ZAR10B (US$711M) in the area over the next five years. More
Zinc mine ramps up
Chinese Minmetals Corporation-controlled MMG Ltd is on track to bring its massive Dugald River zinc mine in Queensland to production in late 2017, ahead of schedule, to take advantage of tightening worldwide supply. More
China to build Russian hub
China is set to invest in the development of port infrastructure in Russia's Far East, as Russian Pacific harbours may be instrumental in transporting bulk cargoes from China's landlocked northeastern regions to southern China. More
Preventing coal combustion
The German inland port of Orsoy (Rheinberg) and transport company NIAG Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe AG have devised a system to prevent spontaneous combustion of coal. Orsoy handles around 3 Mtpa of bulk cargoes, mostly coal, which arrives by barge from ARA seaports. More
Transnet coal haulage record
South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced another achievement, breaking its monthly record for the amount of coal it transports to RBCT. TFR carried 7.46 Mt in August, a long way ahead of its previous best. Alan Waller, CEO of RBCT, said: "This is a major milestone, as it is the first time in 41 years of RBCT operation that we have offloaded more than 7 Mt per month." It will be interesting to see if this high level of performance can be sustained over the months ahead. More
 Feature articles
The art of bagging dry bulk
Whether doing so by weight or volume, a wide range of equipment is available for bagging different materials. More
Mechanical CSUs on the rebound?
Since the downturn in commodity prices, times have been tough for mechanical CSU sales, but lately there has been a rally. More
Cementing solid relationships
US cement producers are upbeat about improved economic growth and the Trump administration's infrastructure pledges, even as seaborne imports have risen to plug the sector's current capacity gap. More
Poised to play the Trump card
After decades of debate about the renewal of America's port and waterway infrastructure, there is support and momentum on Capitol Hill for Investment. More
Waves on the north shore
One upshot of the slow recovery from recession in the heartlands of the US is that the Great Lakes transport artery endured a decade of relative neglect. But, with US industry limbering into shape - and infrastructure and industrial renewal at the top of Washington's agenda - America's 'fourth coast' is promoting its benefits. In 2016, a conference of Great Lakes governors - with Ontario and Quebec peers - set its bar for the decade at doubling maritime trade and bolstering its industrial core. More
Seeking sound advice
Consulting engineers working in the maritime, transport and logistics sectors are having to adjust their strategies to survive. More
Qatarisation of supply chains
The trade embargo and sanctions imposed on Qatar have interrupted cargo flows and severely disrupted established distribution Networks. More
Careful cabling considerations
Tailor-made solutions in cable management are called for when it comes to long travel distance and operators' specific requirements. More
Standing up for people and planet
FIBC and IBC manufacturers are taking steps to demonstrate their sustainability credentials. More
Moving in on the heavy lift market
Competition in the sector is fierce as non-specialist carriers scramble to get a piece of the action. More
Minerals to help feed the world
With more crops needed to feed the world's population, the international fertiliser trade has a key role to play in sustaining growth in agriculture. More
Grain trades drive Black Sea ports
Grain handling is becoming increasingly important to the trading performance of ports in the Black Sea - this is highly significant as other cargoes have declined. More
European coal and steel crucible
Benelux ports are key nodes in the global coal and dry cargo trades, but the drift of European energy policies away from fossil fuel signals change for power consumption needs and bulk terminals. More
Reorienting the East Indies
Indonesia's reforming government has decided to tackle the nation's ageing port infrastructure, as it looks to awaken the region's sleeping giant economy. More
F1 car or vauum cleaner?
Getting the best out of a pneumatic unloader depends as much on the operator as the Machinery. More
Bidding arrivederci to coal?
Imported coal has traditionally played a minor role in Italy's energy mix, but its struggling heavy industries could benefit from more clean coal as an alternative to gas. More
The more the merrier
The mobile harbour crane market is becoming increasingly competitive. More
China's coal conundrum
Asia's powerhouse has started to take steps to reduce its reliance on coal, but the scale of its needs means it has turned increasingly to seaborne imports. More
The Sino-Australia ore bridge
As well as keeping China's steel mills rolling and bulk ports busy, seaborne iron ore shipments have kept Australia one step ahead of the recessions that have gripped other commodity-heavy economies. More
Challenging times for SA mining
The depressed state of the commodities sector has had an adverse impact on port and rail investments in South Africa. More

















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