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Dry bulk shipping needs drastic measures
Dry bulk shipping is facing a perfect storm and requires drastic supply side measures if the industry is to return on course to profitability in the medium term. More
Eyeing acquisitions as Capesize values fall
After a decline of up to 60% in the value of some Capesize vessels in the last 12 months, and a further 10-15% fall expected, 2016 will be a good year for dry bulk acquisitions; particularly cheap, high-risk Capesizes, according to analysis by VesselValues.com. More
VM-Trans orders UWC wagons
Transport firm VM-Trans is to purchase up to 3,000 new generation freight cars from United Wagon Company (UWC). More
Redwood City approves doubling bauxite area
The Redwood City Port Commission has approved expanding the acreage used by International Materials Incorporated (IMI) for its handling of bauxite ore imports. More
Barcelona bulks up
The board of directors of Barcelona Port Authority has given the go-ahead for a tender to be issued in respect of a new road and rail access to Alvarez de la Campa quay. More
Zoomlion bids US$3.3B for Terex
Zoomlion, the Chinese construction, EM and environmental engineering group, has made an unsolicited cash offer for Terex Corp. More
Terex Finlay launches I-140 impact crusher
Terex Finlay has introduced its new I-140 direct drive 1270mm x 1240mm horizontal impact crusher with variable speed. More
CSU shipped to Haramachi power station
BigLift Shipping has transported a 1,200t continuous ship-unloader (CSU) from Kaohsiung in Taiwan to Haramachi in Japan. More
Le Havre bulk plot
Le Have port authority (GPMH) has called for expressions of interest in a plot of land located at the back of the existing Multivrac (multi-bulks) terminal along the Grand Canal Maritime du Havre, in order to set up dry bulk handling activities. More
CASE to launch excavators at Bauma
CASE Construction Equipment will extend its new generation D Series crawler excavator offering with the introduction of new models at Bauma 2016, being held in Munich in April. More
Innovative conveyor wear strip design
FB Chain had introduced new two-colour wear strips for conveyors that show at a glance when it's time for their replacement. More
Rostock focus for Liebherr Maritime Cranes
Liebherr Maritime Cranes has announced elements of its strategic realignment, intended to increase performance, focus on new growth areas, and improve operational efficiency across the maritime portfolio. More
Chips are up at Tiwi
Woodchips exports have begun from the Tiwi Islands, located in the Torres Strait between northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. In late November, Japanese-owned DAIO PAPYRUS loaded 40,000t at the new Port Melville, destined for Japan. The Acacia plantation chips are being purchased by Mitsui Corporation under a five-year agreement. More
South Oz port in doubt
Plans for a multi-user bulk port in South Australia's Spencer Gulf have hit a hurdle, with the local developer's Chinese partner missing a crucial payment. Centrex Metals is developing a deepwater port facility on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, targeted at the export of bulk commodities in the region including from Centrex's own iron ore projects. The initial design for the port encompasses a 515m jetty capable of loading Cape-class vessels on any tide, as well as Panamax berthing and loading facilities for grain exports. More
LHM 180 for Newport
ABP Newport has taken delivery of a new Liebherr LHM 180 mobile harbour crane, increasing its fleet of Liebherr MHCs to three. The latest Stage IV-compliant crane was shipped from Rostock to ABP Hull in pieces and trucked to Wales for local assembly and commissioning by a team of Liebherr engineers within two weeks. More
Cofco's Russian terminals
China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp (Cofco) plans to build two grain terminals/warehouses of 100,000t capacity each in the Primorsky Territory in Russia's Far East, close to Vladivostok and the Chinese border. More
E-Crane in Riga
E-Crane recently delivered a model 9382B, rail portalmounted balance crane for bulk handling to KS Terminal in Riga, its first customer in the Baltic Republics. The unit was handed over following a turnkey six-week erection, commissioning and training period by a team of E-Crane engineers. More
Walvis Bay raises the bar
Walvis Bay Stevedoring (WBS) has taken delivery of a new custom-designed hopper, with the assistance of Manica Logistics, a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) for Namibia. More
Georgian harbour development
The government of Georgia is set to name the developer of its new deep-water Black Sea port of Anaklia, 30 km north of Poti at the Abkhazian border. Out of12 initial bidders, a government commission has shortlisted two - Anaklia Development Consortium (Conti International LLC and TBC Holding LLC), and a venture comprising Anaklia Industrial Eco Park and Port Ltd and Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd. More
Arbitration move in Callao over minerals
APM Terminals, which is the concessionaire of Muelle Norte at the Peruvian port of Callao, may go to arbitration in respect of a decision by the Supervisory Body for Investment in Public Transport Infrastructure (Ositran) that prevents it handling mineral cargo traffic. Currently, Transportadora Callao handles mineral traffic, using a conveyor system. More
Las Palmas dispute
The Supreme Court of the Canary Islands has ruled that local construction firm Gramelcan SL must contract port stevedores to handle its aggregates and cement traffic in the port of Las Palmas. The ruling follows a petition filed by the stevedoring company, in a dispute that dates back to 2009. More
OmniTRAX to sell Arctic port
US-Based OmniTRAX is negotiating a sale of the Port of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada, and its connecting rail line. Denverheadquartered OmniTRAX is now in final negotiations with First Nations groups to sell the 627 mile long Hudson Bay Railway and the Port of Churchill, Manitoba. Churchill is Canada's only Arctic seaport and has traditionally been a gateway for grain exports. More
Utah Point sale back on
Western Australia's government is pushing ahead with the sale of Port Hedland's Utah Point Common User Bulk Facility, despite calls from a major customer to abandon privatisation amid the decline in world commodity prices. More
More manganese for Gabon
Nouvelle Gabon Mining (NoGa) has begun exporting manganese from its Binioni mine in Haut-Ogooue Province in southeast Gabon. A subsidiary of India's Coalsale, NoGa aims to have ramped up its exports to 1.5 Mtpa by Q3 of 2016. It has signed a contract with Societe d'exploitation du Transgabonais to transport its output along the 684 km Transgabonais railway to the port of Owendo. More
Progress on Swazi line
South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has completed the pre-feasibility study for its new line running from South Africa into Swaziland and back into South Africa. More
Saldanha's ore downturn
Kumba Iron Ore is cutting production in South Africa as demand for its iron ore continues to fall. The Anglo American offshoot plans to reduce output at its Sishen mine by 28% from its previous target of 36 Mt for 2016. More
Norilsk leaves Arkhangelsk for port of Murmansk
The board of directors of Russia's Norilsk Nickel (NN), the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium and a leading producer of platinum, cobalt, copper and rhodium, has given the green light to selling its 74.78% stake in the Commercial Seaport of Arkhangelsk (AMTP). More
 Feature articles
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
Promising grain of hope
Despite falling bulk carrier demand, grain shipments have held up relatively well compared with mined commodities like iron ore and coal. More
Making northerly progress
Dry bulk ports in Scandinavia and the Baltic States are investing to compete globally, as international developments, from neighbouring Russia to distant China, dictate the shape of world trade. More
Getting to grips with burning issues
Plans to adopt biomass in Britain are a fillip for its northern ports but, amid uncertainty over government policy, 2016 will be a crucial year for this emerging industrial cluster. More
Boom over but bulk business steady
Despite the downturn commodity prices, Australian exporters remain upbeat about their prospects. More
New solutions for new markets
Growing concern about coal dust is creating opportunities for dust control technology specialists. More
It's time to take stock
The end of a boom spells a tough few years ahead for stockyard equipment suppliers. More
German angst and uncertainty
These are bruising times for Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse. More
African coal down but not out
Massive declines in international coal prices are hitting African producers very hard. More
Brazil's northern shift
Brazil's abundance of grain offers hope in an otherwise depressed dry bulk shipping sector, but poor transport infrastructure means exporting to world markets is not always cost-effective. More
Hydraulic grabs gain ground
The popularity of hydraulic cranes has blurred the line between grabs and attachments. More
Chile faces mounting challenges
Strikes, slowing economic growth, natural disasters and falling commodity prices make for challenging times in Chile's bulk shipping sector. More
Forming solid new relationships
Although recovering from the 2008 economic slump, the global cement market is still in a fragile state and geared towards consolidation. More
Conveyor customers demand more
End-users of conveyor belt systems are increasingly demanding customised and turnkey solutions from their systems suppliers. More
US ports in a storm
The downturn in the coal market has left some US ports looking for other cargo to handle. More
March of the 'green giant'
Despite maintaining a relatively low profi le, crane maker Sennebogen is the second largest in Europe. More
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









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