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Assembly downtime reduced at Chilean mine
Field service expertise results in 64% downtime reduction in assembly at Chilean mine More
BHP warning on iron ore demand
BHP Billiton estimates that approximately 100 Mt of incremental lower cost seaborne iron ore supply will enter the market in the 2015 calendar year, outweighing demand growth. More
Brevini and Holborne for trommel project
UK-based trommel manufacturer Holborne Group has teamed up with Brevini to create a pair of 20m machines destined for an iron ore processing facility in Trinidad. More
Growth for VTG and AAE integration on track
VTG Aktiengesellschaft, a leading wagon hire and rail logistics specialist in Europe, experienced growth in all three of its divisions in H1 2015. More
New ContiEarth tyres launched
Continental Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) has launched two new tyre solutions for off-the-road applications (OTR). More
First UK Sennebogen 6130 for Poole
Poole has become the first port in the UK to take delivery of a Sennebogen 6130 Harbour Crawler Crane, which has a maximum lift capacity of 84t. More
Box terminal moving into bulk
Noatum Container Terminal Malaga, which has struggled to attract significant flows of container traffic in recent years, has decided to reposition the terminal towards handling more dry bulk. More
Vancouver USA rail project
The Port of Vancouver in Washington State, USA and its partners have cut the ribbon on a US$30M project aimed at improving rail connectivity. More
Steady first half for Hamburg
At 70.8 Mt, Hamburg's first half 2015 seaborne cargo throughput was just below the previous year's figure More
Glencore earnings slide nearly 30%
Glencore has announced a 29% decline in earnings in the first half of 2015 due to "substantially weaker commodity prices". More
Metso rationalises its mining business
As Metso continues to transform its mining business operations, it has announced the closure of its manufacturing plant in York, Pennsylvania, USA, as of 31 March 2016. More
Transhipment successes for Amsterdam
A decline in agribulk dented the Port of Amsterdam's dry bulk handling volumes in the first half of 2015, but transhipment provided the port with a boost. More
New generation universal encoder
Johannes Hubner Giessen (Hubner) has launched UONE-SAFETY, a new generation of its U-ONE universal encoder system. Hubner, a specialist in robust encoder and drive technologies, said U-ONE-SAFETY will support machine builders and system operators in their endeavours to prevent accidents. More
Diesel crane conversion
In April US-EPA announced a US$1.3M grant to the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department to fund the replacement of an older 950hp (700 kW) diesel cargo crane with a "zero-emission" electricdrive crane. The new crane will be used to unload and process scrap metal on and off open-top containers for overseas shipments. More
Cavotec reels in Oz contract
Global engineering group Cavotec recently announced an order from OEM Tenova Takraf to supply bulk crane technologies for use at Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia. More
Pilbara rescue effort
A coordinated rescue effort by creditors, suppliers and service providers - bolstered by a very modest recovery in global prices has seen Pilbara producer Atlas Iron resume production at three mines. More
Grain rail row unresolved
Dominant Western Australian grain trader and handler CBH Group has signed an interim rail access agreement, under protest, after months of negotiations with network provider Brookfield Rail. More
Moscow haggles over Greek assets
Greece's new government has confirmed it will invite Russian investors to the privatisation of Greek state-run transport assets. Since March 2013, Russian Railways (RZD) has been in talks with Athens over the possible acquisition of the Greek national rail operator TrainOSE, Hellenic Company for Rolling Stock Maintenance and the country's second largest seaport of Thessaloniki. More
APMT Ammonium nitrate 'ban'
APM Terminals Callao has said that it will no longer handle any ships carrying ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) fertiliser in bulk, since it is classified as IMO 1 (explosives) and IMO 5 (oxidants). The company said that it is not in a position to ensure the right operating conditions for this cargo. However, the move is opposed by the Export Association of Peru (ADEX). More
Higher transport revenue for Mozambique...
The profits of Mozambican rail and port operator Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique (CFM) have jumped by a quarter over the past six months, continuing a recent trend. CFM's total operating profit for financial year 2014-15 was MZN2.625B (US$75.2M), a rise of 41% on the 2013-14 figure. Apart from coal, the company also transports aluminium and grain. This contrasts sharply with the experience of most other stateowned rail and port companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, which generally rely on state subsidies. More
Strong Q1 for Gottwald
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) reports that it has carried the momentum from its strong Q4 2014 sales of Terex Gottwald harbour cranes into 2015. It sold 21 machines from January to March, including two floating cranes for mid-stream bulk handling on the Mississippi (Model 8 G HPK 8400 B for ARTCO). Model 6 harbour cranes are particularly in demand, as shown by orders received for 11 of these machines alone. Four of the cranes ordered in Q1 2015 will go to African terminals. More
Cold feet in West Oz
Queensland-based rail operator Aurizon and Chinese partner Baosteel, which last year combined to pay A$1.4B for miner Aquila Resources, and thus take control of the 40 Mtpa West Pilbara Iron project, have delayed a final investment decision by up to 12 months. More
Terex Finlay launches new unit
Terex Finlay has introduced its new 873 Tracked Mobile Heavy Duty Screener, designed to work after a primary crusher or on its own as frontline screening machine. More
The Mitas touch
Czech Republic-based tyre maker Mitas AS has launched the newest addition to its family of ERL-30 earth-moving tyres. More
Klaipeda expands
Lithuania's port of Klaipeda is set to invest about Euro600M to develop its infrastructure. Specifically, its plan envisages deepening Klaipeda's water area and navigation channel from 14.5m to 16.5-17.5m by 2021, enabling it to handle the largest ships entering the Baltic Sea. More
Russian Railways into Asian markets
In April Russian Railways (RZD) signed a MoU with Thailand's mining group Banpu Public Company Ltd for the construction, development and operation of rail infrastructure and a port coal terminal on Indonesia's island of Kalimantan (Borneo). More
Occupation kills Crimean harbours
Ukraine has excluded the Crimean seaports of Feodosia, Kerch, Sevastopol, Yalta and Yevpatoria from its list of the harbours accessible for foreign vessels. Experts suggest this is the final nail in the coffin of the Crimean port sector. More
 Feature articles
Simulators in the driving seat
Simulators are becoming even more popular as crane OEMs move to offer training with their handling equipment. More
Sweet pill for Antwerp
Antwerp may have lost its premier place in heavy ores and coal handling, but it remains an important European port for minor bulks. More
Heavy lift shapes up
The fallout from recent decline in the oil price will inevitably impact the heavy lift and project cargo sectors. More
Pneumatic unloaders face a fuller future
Population growth is driving changes in food production and distribution, yielding new markets for pneumatic unloaders. More
Temporary buildings to cover a wider market
Temporary storage buildings have gained acceptance in ports looking for both short and longer term storage solutions. More
Ever changing fortunes
Grain exports were generally down in the Black Sea region in the first few months of 2015, but there are success stories, and healthy interest in investment opportunities. More
Hybrids still facing hurdles
The competition among front-end loader manufacturers means they are constantly upgrading their ranges, but there is still user scepticism over hybrid designs. More
Mobile cranes in the spotlight
Mobile harbour cranes provide fl exibility and versatility for bulk handlers and, at the top end of the range, high throughput capabilities. More
Is change on the cards?
While South Africa dominates bulk handling activity in southern Africa, expansion plans by ports in Namibia and Mozambique, in particular, suggest that a more competitive trading environment is emerging. More
Bulk niche boxing clever
Containerised bulk is on the increase, with ongoing technical innovation supporting its development. More
Coal facing challenges
Despite pledges from several governments to reduce the use of fossil fuels, coal remains an important fuel and bulk commodity. More
Digging in and digging deeper
Italy's ports are under pressure to improve their infrastructure offerings, but times are tough for the country's bulk shipping and handling sectors. More
Keeping it down to earth
Dust generation is a threat to the environment and represents a health hazard but there are numerous solutions to suppress dust emissions. More
Ambitious plans but short on detail
Despite having the world's fifth largest coal reserves, India is the third largest importer, but its plans to reverse this trend could have a significant impact on global seaborne coal traffic. More
Keeping on the straight and narrow
Rails for handling equipment are subject to huge forces and require precision engineering to ensure they perform effectively. More
Black Sea tribulations
While the Black Sea accounts for only a tiny share of the world's dry bulk cargo shipments, there is considerable potential for growth. More
Moroccan momentum
The Moroccan Government is investing over US$8B in its port infrastructure as it seeks a larger and more competitive role in world trade, with bulk handling one sector targeted for growth. More
Rail keeps on rolling
The market for rail loading and unloading systems has peaked but there is still demand for the services of their various designs. More
Government charts coal's demise
While Germany is pursuing the opposite policy, the UK is phasing out coal power stations and building nuclear replacements. More
Plenty of choice for operators
Bulk and general cargo handlers can choose from a rich vein of design approaches from mobile crane suppliers. More

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