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China puts shipping on front burner
China's State Council (CSC) has published guidelines that raises the profile of the nation's maritime transport sector and signifies its growing importance in the country's socio and economic and political agenda. More
G-P Gypsum secures Tacoma terminal
The Port of Tacoma has voted to renew G-P Gypsum Corporation's lease for 25 years to support the companies upgrading and expansion programme. More
672 MacGregor MacRack units on order
Cargotec-owned MacGregor has announced that the first units of a 672-strong MacRack order book are now being installed. More
Record coal shipment for German port
Rhenus Midgard in Wilhelmshaven has taken delivery of the largest single load of coal in the history of German seaports More
Cement returns to Everett
The Port of Everett in Washington State welcomed the return of a cement carrier last month, when Lehigh Hanson brought a 32,000t shipment to the Heidelberg Cement terminal. More
Edge Innovate launches new shredder
Northern Island-based Edge Innovate has developed a new shredder basket system that shreds material to the required particle size in just one pass. More
Motor for hatch covers
Cargotec-owned MacGregor has introduced a new electric starter cabinet for hydraulic hatch cover power units on bulk carriers and general cargo ships. More
Keaton and DRA reach settlement
Coal miner Keaton Mining Proprietary Limited, part of Keaton Energy, announced this week that it had reached a settlement agreement with DRA Mineral Projects. More
Crane Reliability Study from Konecranes
Konecranes has developed a Crane Reliability Study (CRS) to provide a deeper insight into the condition, safety and efficiency of lifting equipment. More
New bulk carrier design from Ecoships
A new generation "ecologically compatible" bulk carrier design has been developed by Ecoships, the technical ship management arm of Newport Shipping Group. More
Severe squeeze to AN fertiliser markets
Ammonium nitrate (AN) markets face a severe squeeze over the next few months as farmers continue to hold back from the market, Gleadell Agriculture has warned. More
First vessel for Hamilton Yellowline terminal
Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd this week welcomed the first vessel call at its terminal in the Canadian port of Hamilton, Ontario. More
Competition approval for HES Beheer takeover
Hestya Energy has obtained regulatory clearance from the European Commission in connection with its recommended public cash offer for HES Beheer. More
Powering up with coffee
UTZ Certified has come up with some important claims for its "Energy from Coffee Wastewater" project More
Necotrans concession
French firm Necotrans has won the concession to operate the Port of Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo. The company will invest US50M in rehabilitating the port by the end of next year and then seek to increase port capacity over the full 15 years of the concession. More
Sandvik plant for UK firm
Sandvik Construction has supplied new crushing and screening equipment to Somerset, UK-based John Wainwright & Co Ltd. The equipment, representing an investment of GBP3.5M, has been installed at the secondary aggregate production plant at Moons Hill quarry, replacing some of plant that has been in use since 1963. More
Movement at last on Guinea
After years of political instability and concession doubts, progress is finally being made on untangling Guinea's various mining sector disputes. The national parliament has agreed to allow the development of both the Simandou iron ore mine, which is claimed to be the biggest untapped iron ore deposit in the world, and the associated 670 km railway. The mine and railway project, which are expected to cost a combined US$18.4B, will be developed by Rio Tinto and Aluminium Corporation of China (Chinalco). More
Mantsinen 200 goes road-mobile
Mantsinen has extended its 200 series of tracked or railmounted mobile materials handlers to include a rubber tyred version, which could broaden the 200's market appeal for multipurpose operations. Two machines have already been sold to Cuypers and Goeyvaerts, rental firms operating in the Antwerp port area. Goeyvaerts also took delivery of a 90M in May, while the 200 unit was set to be commissioned in July. More
North Korean coal hub launched
In July, North Korean authorities launched a coal terminal at Rajin, the ice-free port on the country's north-east coast. The facility is set to handle around 4 Mtpa of Russian coal exports, following a Russian Railways (RZD) pilot project earlier this year to transport Siberian coal to Rajin by rail. More
Liebherr launches SmartGrip
Liebherr Maritime Cranes has launched SmartGrip, a new product for bulk handing mobile harbour cranes and allied slewing cranes. SmartGrip operates as an intelligent system that optimises grab filling rates in a self-learning manner and thus "provides a number of valuable advantages, including higher performance and zero overloads." It is available for retrofits. More
Sennebogen cranes to the Netherlands
Sennebogen has supplied three new 835 M E-Series cranes to Netherlands-based bulk materials handling service provider E. Drost B.V, via sales and service partner, Kuiken N.V. More
Barcarena port project go-ahead
Brazil's national waterways transport agency, Antaq, has given Hidrovias do Brasil permission to build its first ever port terminal. This will be at Barcarena, in the state of Para, and be part of a US$581M investment that the company is making in the region's logistics network, which includes two port terminals and a fleet of barges. More
Fertiliser for Beira
In the latest in a long line of expansion announcements for Mozambican ports, Cornelder has begun work on constructing a new fertiliser terminal at the Port of Beira at a cost of US$35M. More
PTP Group in first Paraguay PPP deal
The Argentinian PTP Group has signed what is claimed to be the first PPP agreement in Paraguay and will manage the general cargo port of Villeta, located 40 km downriver from the capital, Asuncion, for a period of 20 years. PTP reportedly agreed to pay an annual fee to operate the port and guaranteed minimum cargo levels. More
Hay Point proposal
Queensland energy resource and technology company Mitchell Group is seeking approvals for a new coal export transhipment operation at Hay Point. Through its subsidiary Mitchell Ports, the group has established a new company, Hay Point Exports (HPE), to develop its Bowen Basin Terminal (BBT) project. According to HPE the BBT proposal is based on Mitchell Ports' minimal dredge, no seadumping, off-shore ship loading model. More
Cameroon rail contract award
Portuguese firm Mota-Engil is to build the 510 km railway connecting the Mbalam iron ore mine to the port of Kribi on the Gulf of Guinea. Project developer Sundance Resources has also awarded it a contract to construct the iron ore terminal at Kribi and the company is already working on similar rail projects in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. The terminal will have capacity to handle 35 Mtpa and will be capable of accommodating Chinamax vessels, indicating the likely destination for most of the iron ore produced. More
Bunge's Bunbury grain debut
In what is claimed to be the first penetration of the CBH Group's monopoly over bulk grain shipments from Western Australia, global grain trader Bunge exported 18,000t of wheat from its new terminal at the port of Bunbury in mid-July. More
Vostochny Port equipment deal
JSC Vostochny Port (VP), the largest coal handling operator at the Pacific port of Vostochny/ Nakhodka, has contracted Marubeni Corporation and Mitsui Miike Machinery Co to supply handling equipment for the third stage of its coal terminal. The US$95M worth contract specifies the delivery of a rail car-dumper, a stacker, a reclaimer and a 3,000 tph conveyor within 16-months. More
Rail car milestone for Tikhvin
Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant (TVSZ), managed by RPC United Wagon Company, has produced the 10,000th freight car since its launch in January 2012. The jubilee hopper car for the transport of mineral fertilisers, equipped with innovative bogies with an axle load of 25t, will be shipped to Acron-Trans, part of Acron Group. The mineral car model 19-9870 has advanced technical and economic parameters compared to standard rolling stock, claimed TVSZ. More
 Feature articles
Still digging up orders
While the enthusiasm for heavy-duty continuous ship unloaders may have waned over the past few years, there is still interest in this concept. More
Bulking up Oman's ports
Expanding bulk and general cargo activities at Oman's ports and associated industrial zones is a vital part of the nation's economic growth plan. More
Handy challenges and opportunities
Changing markets, fierce competition and shipowners' needs to be cost-effective are driving consolidation in parts of the dry bulk shipping sector. More
One rope or two?
Can the advantage of being able to operate on a single-rope crane overcome the higher cost, higher tare weight and complexity of motor-driven grabs? More
Time to smarten up conveyors
Conveyor systems are the arteries of any bulk handling plant but they are essentially "dumb" although electronic control and monitoring could change this. More
Great Lakes look to diversify
Faced with difficult markets for coal and iron ore, the Great Lakes ports are looking to breakbulk and general cargo to drive future growth. More
Challenging cement dust emissions
Moduflex loading chutes help to protect the environment by keeping dust emissions from cement loading to a minimum* More
Optimism for cement recovery
Seaborne cement traffic suffered badly during the global economic downturn but there are now signs it is slowly recovering. More
Beating each other to a pulp
The wood pulp industry is highly competitive so port operators have to match shippers' expectations. More
Gas filtration moves along
Sonic Wave Acceleration Pulse technology is helping to increase the lifetime of bag filters while also reducing energy consumption. More
Ethics and global sourcing
As well as cost and quality, there are ethical and regulatory considerations that should be taken into account when choosing FIBCs. More
China's bulk resilience
Strong demand for imported raw materials to China is prompting supply chain investments, despite its economic growth slowing. More
Bulk cargo takes a turn
There is growing interest in container rotating spreaders as a costeffective solution for relatively low volume bulk material supply chains. More
Power to the plant
Cable and reel manufacturers must meet the demand for higher power requirements as handling equipment performance improves. More
Second wind for pneumatic unloaders
While the cement handling market remains depressed, the advantages of pneumatic discharge for the agri-bulk and biomass sectors continues to generate strong demand. More
Mixed fortunes for Benelux bulk
Benelux bulk handling is in a transitory phase as new operators emerge and the long term prospects for coal imports appear uncertain. More
Bulking up the heavy lift market
The bulk sector has proved rewarding for heavy lift operators but as miners scale back on expansions, new markets must be sought. More
Re-inventing the wheel
Upgrades to current designs continue but building the ultimate "green" wheel loader is a bigger challenge. More
What's next for Richards Bay?
With its coal volumes continuing to grow, the South African port of Richards Bay needs additional capacity but there is considerable controversy over who should provide it. More
Banking on Chinese prospects
Despite fears of a Chinese slowdown, the country's steel manufacturing, fed by iron ore imports, remains robust, with miners confident of increasing growth over the long term. More

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