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Mantsinen wins GBP6M ABP order
Through Cooper Specialised Handling, Associated British Ports (ABP) has ordered five new hydraulic cranes worth GBP6M, to be used across five group ports. More
Design approval for TPS floating cranes
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has, once again, obtained design approval for its Terex Gottwald Model 8 floating cranes in the G HPK 8200 B four-rope grab variant operated on the open sea. More
Murray & Roberts completes SA job
Murray & Roberts Cementation has completed what it referred to as a "milestone project" for South African coal miner Sasol Mining. More
CASE deal with Hyundai Heavy Industries
CASE Construction Equipment has formed a new exclusive agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for the production and development of mini-excavators. More
Abbot Point legal wrangle resolved
A legal battle between Adani and Glencore has come to an end after they agreed to a buyout deal concerning Abbot Point Coal Terminal (APCT). More
Liquefaction warning from ABTO chief
The recently formed Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) has issued a warning about the dangers of cargo liquefaction. More
Replacement plan for conveyor belt cleaners
A conveyor technology specialist has announced a new factory-direct replacement program for belt cleaners. More
UK's Rail Freight Strategy welcomed
GB Railfreight (GBRf) and the UK Rail Freight Group (RFG) are among several companies/organisations that have welcomed the UK government's new Rail Freight Strategy. More
Innovation boosts SA grain supply
South Africa's Transnet claims recent innovations in grain elevator rail connectivity at East London is already making a significant difference in reducing logistics costs. More
Konecranes shareholders approve Terex deal
The EGM of Konecranes held on 15 September in Finland has approved all the proposals of the Board and made the necessary decisions to complete the acquisition of Terex Material Handling & Port Solutions. More
Yeisk Port Elevator resold
Russia's United Grain Company (OZK) has, for the second time, sold its 46% stake in the Yeisk Port Elevator (YPE) on the Russian coast of the Sea of Azov. More
Getting a HIT
Kvarken Ports in Sweden (the merged Vaasa and Umea port companies) has reported that it has placed an order worth Euro3M with Terex Port Solutions (TPS) for a Terex Gottwald G HMK 6507 mobile harbour crane, prepared for fully electric drive and with a maximum hook lift capacity of 125t. The crane will join an existing G HMK 6407 with a lifting capacity of 100t. More
Additional capacity for Nacala line
The government of Mozambique has announced US$3B of new private sector investment in the Nacala railway. The line, which connects the Moatize coal mines in Tete Province in the northwest of Mozambique with the Indian Ocean port of Nacala, currently has handling capacity of 22 Mtpa. The funding was agreed by the government, the Northern Development Corridor (CDN) and the Nacala Integrated Logistics Corridor (CLN). CLN and CDN are owned by logistics and mining companies, including Mozambique's state-owned utility Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique (CFM). More
Bunge makes losses
One of the challengers to CBH Group's Western Australian grain handling dominance, the local subsidiary of global commodity giant Bunge, has recorded a A$2.1M loss on its second year of operation of an export terminal at Bunbury and two up-country receival sites. More
Eyeing the rails
The Indian Government is keen to press ahead with plans to develop, modernise and improve rail connectivity at the country's ports. Currently, there are more than two dozen individual rail projects under review, potentially involving expenditure of almost US$3B. More
Bulk in boxes gets a lift
A remote mine that uses container logistics to export copper concentrate is now in commercial operation. More
Caspian port to be privatised
The Commercial Seaport of Makhachkala (MMTP), Russia's largest and only ice-free Caspian harbour, may be acquired by Yilport Holding, a rapidly expanding part of Turkey's Yildirim Group. More
West Australia grain up
Western Australia is forecasting a record winter grain crop of 17.3 Mt in 2016, of which 10.7 Mt is expected to be wheat. If achieved (as indicated by favourable seasonal conditions), the totals will better 2013's record and improve on last year's crop by 13%. More
Iron ore mine for Nigeria
The iron ore industry in West Africa has been badly hit by lower international prices, but there is one success story. India's Global Steel Holdings has signed a deal to develop the Itakpe iron ore mine to supply the Ajaokuta steel plant on the River Niger in Nigeria's Kogi State. More
Sheerness grain
Peel Ports has described as "hugely significant" the first shipment of wheat to depart from Peel Ports London Medway on the Thames estuary. More
Schade reclaimers for PhosAgro
Over the six-month period to January 2017, the Aumund Group company Schade Lagertechnik GmbH will supply multiple full-portal reclaimers to PhosAgro-Cherepovets, the Russian fertiliser concern. More
Rail investment for Gabon
Gabonese rail company Societe d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (SETRAG) has secured Euro85M in loans to help fund the doubling of capacity on its main railway. More
Grain for Maydon Wharf
Maydon Wharf berth 1 at the Port of Durban has been brought back into use after many years being unable to serve large vessels. Redevelopment work has taken almost two years but was completed in July. More
Knowsley terminal reopened
The first freight train since 2006 came through Potter Logistics Knowsley rail freight terminal, near Liverpool in North West England at the end of June. More
New bulk trade body
A new trade association, The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO), has been established to represent the world's bulk terminals. ABTO is seeking to provide a voice for bulk terminal operators at a national and international level, providing a forum for its members to discuss the issues impacting seaborne trade and the global transportation of bulk commodities. More
 Feature articles
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
Reeling in the years of operation
Upgrading and renewing system components in existing handling equipment is often cheaper and just as effective as buying new. More
Feeling the shock and ore
Iron ore producers and handlers are undergoing a period of market volatility, as China's economy finds a new footing. More
Heavy hearts after the boom
Too many ships chasing too few projects amid low commodity prices have made things tough for heavy lift shipping specialists. More
Cold comfort for Benelux ports
European industry is struggling in difficult global conditions, and the Benelux ports have had to acclimatise to a new order for coal and steel. More
Pneumatics cement their place
World cement demand should start picking up again, which will benefit pneumatic ship-unloaders. More
China adjusts to the 'new normal'
As its heavy industry rebalances, China's appetite for raw materials will keep its bulk terminals busy and shape the global economy. More
In search of Italian miracles
While huge efforts are needed to reinvigorate the eurozone's third largest economy, there are some successes among Italian firms involved in bulk equipment and services. More
New models on the catwalk
Several manufacturers of front-end loaders have updated their product ranges with new models in recent months. More
Versatile and flexible machines
Mobile cranes and their derivatives provide a high degree of flexibility and productive handling rates. More
Coal industry on the cusp
As global energy policy moves to a greener footing, coal continues to be a vital energy resource in the short term. More
Ancient meets modern
After years of underinvestment in India's bulk ports, government reformers and confi dent industrialists are driving an age of renewal. More
Horses for courses
Grabs are evolving, both in terms of function and size, with new technology allowing existing cranes to operate larger grabs. More
Red ore trade shines on
The global aluminium industry and bauxite markets continue to be shaped by China, even as Asia's largest economy loses some of its recent lustre. More

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