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Headline news...
Dry bulk pulls back from the brink
Bulker values hit rock bottom in the last 12 months, but are now looking to show considerable promise. More
Records broken again at Ipswich
ABP Ipswich has broken records again as the port welcomed larger vessels and saw a surge in ship calls in 2016. More
Liebherr LHM 550 for Danish operator
Danish firm A. Henriksen Shipping A/S has ordered a new multipurpose Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 550, with a lifting capacity of 144t. More
Aumund RDM for BlueScope Steel
Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH has supplied a new rotary discharge machine (RDM) to BlueScope Steel in Wollongong, New South Wales. More
Siemens drives for ore mills in Chile
Siemens has supplied new state-of-the-art drive systems to increase the reliability at four ore mills in Chile. More
China bans North Korean coal
China has announced that it has suspended all imports of coal from North Korea beginning this week. More
First Glencore soya shipment at King's Lynn
ABP's Port of King's Lynn has completed its first import of high quality soya bean meal on behalf of Glencore Agriculture UK. More
Dry bulk decline dents Rotterdam result
Throughput of freight in Rotterdam fell by 1.1% to 461.2 Mt in 2016. More
Sennebogen introduces 860 E-Series
Sennebogen has launched its 860 E-series, transferring its proven 860 concept to a new generation machine. More
Vetting report on dry bulk terminals
Shipping association BIMCO has published its first annual "BIMCO vetting of bulk terminals" report. More
Mobile cement unloader orders for Siwertell
Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has reported new contracts for road-mobile cement unloaders. More
Metso to launch new crushing technology
Metso is preparing to unveil what it referred to as "game-changing crushing technology" for the aggregates industry. More
Freetown looks to ore processing
The government of Sierra Leone has asked Shandong Iron and Steel Group, which now owns the Tonkolili iron ore project outright, to start processing some of the ore inside Sierra Leone. More
Carisbrooke and Nova join up
From 1 January 2017, Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd and Nova Marine Carriers SA are to consolidate all of their commercial shortsea bulk activities. More
Transnet seeking diversification
Just over a decade after it divested many of its noncore operations, Transnet has ring-fenced a budget of US$1.5B to make new acquisitions in freight forwarding, inland terminals and other associated sectors. More
Rio's Amrun gets moving
Construction work is underway for Rio Tinto Aluminium's (RTA) new port to service the Amrun (formerly known as South of Embley) bauxite project on western Cape York, Queensland. The project comprises an opencut bauxite mine, processing plant, bauxite stockpiles, ancillary infrastructure and port development. More
China/Russia in Arctic projects
Arctic Transport and Industrial Hub (ATPU), a management company set up in Russia's northern harbour of Arkhangelsk in May this year, and China's Poly International have signed an agreement of intent to construct a new deep-water White Sea port. More
Terex Gottwald MHCs go to Spain
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has expanded its presence in Spain with recent deliveries of diesel-electric Terex Gottwald mobile harbour cranes (MHCs). More
Pilbara expansion
Flinders Mines, the New Zealand-controlled, Western Australia-based firm, has taken another step towards realising its plans for a new iron ore mine in the Pilbara region. More
Shoots of recovery in Congo
Planned integrated iron ore mine, rail and port projects in Central Africa have been suspended over the past two years, as a result of falling demand and prices, but the first signs of recovery have now begun to appear. More
Utah Point sale back on
Legislation to enable the controversial sale of Port Hedland's Utah Point Common User Bulk Facility has finally passed through Western Australia's Parliament, with users still warning until the last minute that the privatisation risks 2,000 mining jobs and up to A$1B worth of trade. More
Bauxite barging underway
A new transhipment barge and associated port facilities are now in service on Queensland's Cape York, opening up exports for two new bauxite mines. More
Steel plant for Mozambique
Maputo's efforts to boost coal consumption within Mozambique appear to be paying off. While several coal-fired power plants are planned, a new steel plant is to be developed in Rovubue Industrial Free Zone on the border of Chiuta and Moatize districts in Tete Province, taking coking coal from the region's mines that would otherwise be exported. More
Danube double-up
Moldovan agricultural commodities firm Trans-Oil Group (TOG), has more than doubled the capacity of its grain export terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) from 450,000t to 1 Mt. More
Hopper for SEA-Invest
SEA-Invest has placed an order for an Eco Hopper from Samson Materials Handling Ltd UK, destined for operation in the Ivory Coast. More
Weba solves material segregation problem
Weba Chute Systems has won a contract from Isdemir Steel plant for three more custom-engineered transfer points, following on from the three earlier installations. More
Sheerness shipment
The Port of Sheerness recently welcomed its biggest ever agribulk vessel. At around 170m in length and weighing in at around 18,000t, the MV ARKI was loaded with 30,000t of milling quality wheat grown in the South East of England on behalf of Peel Ports' customer Glencore Grain UK. It took five days to fully load the vessel, which then set off to her final destination in North Africa. More
 Feature articles
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
Weak demand but hope on the horizon
The market for stackers and reclaimers remains fragile, with lower demand from the mining sector in particular. More
Mind out for altered States
The US is edging towards sustained growth economy, but global changes present new challenges/opportunities in its bulk sector. More
Conveying good news
Increasingly, conveying systems not only have to answer engineering challenges, but they must overcome environmental ones as well. More
Impending northern gridlock?
The Great Lakes' pivotal Soo Locks need major investment to ensure the smooth running of North American heavy industry. More
Mechanical ship-unloaders boldly brave the elements
Competition from pneumatic CSUs and a slower global economy is making life difficult for mechanical systems suppliers. More
Ready-mixed fortunes
Despite the uneven state of the global economy, cement trades continue to expand where the world chooses to build. More
Making use of advisory services
Consultants have an important role to play in many aspects of port/ terminal construction, design and operations. More
French seaports stay steady
Grain traffic remains crucially important for French ports, while fortunes in the mineral bulks field vary. More

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