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Electric recycler in Los Angeles
SA Recycling has inaugurated its new electric driven LHM 550 Liebherr mobile harbour crane for scrap loading at its Port of Los Angeles (POLA) terminal. More
Euroports invest in European sugar sector
According to Euroports, it is "one step ahead" of the liberalisation of the European sugar market with new investments in Antwerp and Le Havre. More
SDLG graders for Middle East and Africa
Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. Ltd (SDLG) has launched its new variable horsepower graders in the Middle East and Africa. More
Saving money with F1-inspired scrapers
FB Chain claims that the application of Formula One technology to its "revolutionary" Inno wooden scrapers can potentially save customers hundreds of thousands of pounds. More
Siwertell unloader for UK biomass plant
Cargotec-owned Siwertell has signed a contract with the Spanish-Korean consortium, TR-Samsung, for a Siwertell ship-unloader. More
Metso inks new LCS with Zinkgruvan
Zinkgruvan Mining AB in Askersund, Sweden, has signed a new Life Cycle Services (LCS) agreement with Metso. More
Kiruna Wagon wins Swedish Steel Prize
The 2017 international Swedish Steel Prize has been awarded to Kiruna Wagon for its innovative wagon solution, the Helix Dumper. More
Bulk material simulation tool from EDEM
EDEM has released EDEM for Adams, a simulation tool that enables engineers to include realistic bulk material loads as standard in Adams system dynamics analysis. More
MHEA launches 2017 Excellence Awards
The Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) is to run its MHEA Excellence Awards for the second year. More
"Think Big" as BHP gets a rebrand
BHP Billiton is rebranding itself simply as "BHP" in a move designed to emphasise its Australian heritage rather than its UK roots. More
Solution for sawn timber logistics
Versowood has decided to "investigate the possibilities" of using bulk carriers to complement container shipping for its sawn timber. More
Thermal imaging at Ust-Luga
Rosterminalugol (RTU), the Baltic region's largest dedicated coal terminal, operating at the Russian harbour of Ust-Luga, has become the country's first coal operator to install and test thermal imaging cameras to monitor the temperature of coal piles. More
Coal investment for Mozambique
Another sign of the resurgence in the Mozambican coal industry has come in the form of a planned coking coal plant next to the Port of Nacala. More
Dry cargo terminal for Baltic oil port
St Petersburg's regional authorities have endorsed a project of a 15.6 Mtpa multipurpose dry cargo terminal at Primorsk, Russia's key Baltic oil port, the endpoint of the Baltic Pipeline System. More
Vale Mocambique improvement
Vale Mocambique has recorded another loss, this time of US$105M for 2016, although this is much better than the US$508M loss recorded in 2015. The improvement appears to be partly the result of higher coal prices, with turnover up by US$140M, while expenditure fell by US$344M. The volume of coal transported along the Sena and Nacala railways by Vale Mocambique has more than doubled, from 4.1 Mt in 2015 to 8.7 Mt last year. However, financial results from the two export routes varied considerably, with Vale recording a US$215M loss on coal moved along the Sena line, but a US$110M gain on that exported via Nacala. More
Grain drives Oz port records
Australia's unprecedented 58.9 Mt 2016-17 grain harvest - up 49% on the previous year - is driving further port records as exports flow through in bulk and containers. More
Belt bucket elevators to Poland
Beumer it set to deliver four highcapacity belt bucket elevators to a LafargeHolcim cement plant in Poland. General contractor Mostostal Krakow SA has contracted Beumer Group to deliver four high-capacity belt bucket elevators for the cement plant in Kujawy, Poland. The systems are part of a project to improve the production and quality of cement blends. More
Construction to start on Macuse
Plans for Mozambique's third coal port have been approved. It will be built at Macuse, in Zambezia Province and near the mouth of the River Zambezi, between the two existing coal ports of Beira and Nacala. More
Divestment begins for Anglo
Anglo American has begun to implement its strategy of selling off its South African coal mines to focus on diamond, platinum and copper production. Anglo currently mines nine different commodities in South Africa, but had been forced to resort to selling assets in order to reduce its debt level. South Africa's state-owned pension fund manager, the Public Investment Corporation, is Anglo's biggest shareholder, with a 14% stake, and is keen to see the company retain the wide scope of its operations. More
Siwertell unloader for Teesport
Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract with the Spanish-Korean consortium, TR-Samsung, for a Siwertell ship-unloader. The equipment will support a new biomass-fuelled power plant under construction in Teesside, Middlesbrough, UK. More
Hi-tech Hedland
The world's largest iron ore export outlet, Western Australia's Port Hedland, is optimising ship movements with an advanced management control system. More
Russian route to India
The Russian ministry for the North Caucasus has mapped out a strategy for developing the country's Caspian harbours, envisaging upgrading of the existing ports, as well as construction of a new harbour in the region by 2030. More
Canal in dry bulk deal
The Suez Canal Authority (ACP) is offering a rebate on passage for dry bulk vessels until the end of this year as a trial. Vessels travelling from Australia to Europe are to be given a 75% rebate; those sailing from South Africa to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea a 40% discount. More
Tanzania railway contract inked
A Turkish-Portuguese joint venture has begun work on building the new railway to link the Port of Dar es Salaam with Rwanda. In December, Tanzania Railways Corporation announced that a joint venture of Turkey's Yapi Merkezi and Portugal's Mota-Engil had won the tender to build the first 300 km section of the railway from Dar es Salaam as far as the town of Morogoro. The minister of works, Makame Mbarawa, said that 40 companies had asked for tender documents, but the successful joint venture was the only one to actually submit a bid. More
CITIC Pacific gets the all-clear
China's CITIC Pacific has had two significant victories in its prolonged battle with Australian mining entrepreneur Clive Palmer over the Sino Iron project in the Pilbara and its associated port at Cape Preston. More
Eyeing port assets
Italian-headquartered coal trader Coeclerici Group is considering acquiring a Russian port asset, according to Urbano Clerici, deputy chairman and CEO of its trading division. More
 Feature articles
Garnering Ghana's reserves
Port and rail developments will help the West African minnow unlock its largely untapped bauxite reserves. More
Development proposals for ambitious India
After decades of neglect and underinvestment, New Delhi is recasting India's bulk terminals at the centre of its industrial vision. More
The abdication of king coal
Britain's centuries-old reliance on coal is at an end, creating an uncertain future for its bulk terminal ports and operators. More
Protracted prototyping of grabs
Research into grab prototyping shows that advanced simulation techniques could drastically cut the time and cost of developing new designs. More
Ore to feed the Red Dragon
Despite China's economic slowdown, it has retained its appetite for bauxite to feed its alumina and aluminium needs. More
Slowly down the Ganges
India aims to breathe new life into its extensive inland waterways as cost-effective arteries for the transport of bulk cargo. More
Phoenix from the ashes
A calamity sometimes affords a timely opportunity for operators to install brand new stockyard equipment. More
Getting rail handling back on track
An upturn in the mining and minerals sector may well be good news for suppliers of rail handling equipment, but operators are still determined to keep control of costs. More
Challenges and innovation
Makers of covered storage domes are targeting a wider range of bulk materials sectors, to compensate for the mining downturn. More
Africa invests for the future
Recent years have been challenging for African ports handling dry bulk cargo but pragmatic investments continue to be made. More
Guarded optimism in uncertain times
The result of US presidential election could have widespread implications for cargo flows through US and Canadian ports if protectionist trading emerges. More
Improving bulky fortunes
This year has seen the Baltic Dry Index increase from record lows in February to its highest level in more than two years in November. More
Bolt up the backyard
As Russia tightens its control of export flows out of the Baltic, there are questions over what the future holds for bulk terminals in its former Soviet-controlled neighbours. More
Globetrotting grain gains
Emerging countries' growing demand for meat, and weather events in many grain-producing countries, have driven the trade in cereals and animal feeds in recent years. More
Denmark's green revolution
As Danish power providers switch from coal to biomass, the county's bulk ports have an opportunity to benefit from harnessing a new commodity cargo flow. More
Eyeing an upturn in Oz
There are strong signs the Australian commodities cycle has bottomed, and a new investment phase may be about to begin. More
Playing the grain games
Brazil faces deep financial, economic and political problems, but investments in its grain trades and materials handling sector could help an export recovery. More
Weaning the world off coal
International agreements to reduce pollution should end the days of bingeing on coal, but new handling facilities are still being developed. More
Green and black paradox
Berlin's push for a green economy is ringing changes through Germany's energy sector, but 'dirty' coal has retained a crucial role in the transition. More
Biomass fuelling northern power
Investment in biomass handling has created new industrial infrastructure in the north of England, but can wood pellet cargoes fill the gap left by initiatives to abandon coal? More

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