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ThyssenKrupp wins Saudi cement deal
ThyssenKrupp has won a contract from Saudi Arabia's Yamama Saudi Cement Company to build two turnkey cement clinker production lines. More
VTG continues its upward trend
Leading European wagon hire and rail logistics company VTG Aktiengesellschaft has reported a 25.1% increase in revenue for the third quarter of 2015. More
Electric handler boosts Szczecin operator
Andreas SP. z.o.o. at the port of Szczecin in Poland, has taken delivery of a Sennebogen 835 electric material handler, supplied by the crane-maker's Polish sales and service partner Bax Baumaschinen. More
Konecranes train loading system for Metsa
Konecranes recently received an order for a train loading system for Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Aanekoski, Finland. More
CP makes offer for Norfolk Southern
The Canadian Pacific railroad has announced a formal offer for Norfolk Southern More
Ireland contract for Metso jaw crusher
Monaghan, Ireland-based McCabe Earthworks Ltd has taken delivery of a Metso Lokotrack LT120. More
Beira rail service for landlocked states
A new rail freight service has been launched between Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Mozambican port of Beira. More
Antwerp maiden call Fednav Laker
The bulk carrier FEDERAL BERING has called at the port of Antwerp for the first time, arriving on Monday (16 November). More
Takraf completes Vattenfall conveyor
Takraf GmbH has reported the completion of a cross-conveyor system for the F60 conveyor bridge in the open cast mine at Welzow-Sud/Brandenburg. More
New rail outlet for SA coal?
A new rail bridge is under construction on the border between Mozambique and Swaziland. It will increase the handling capacity of the Goba Railway to 5 Mtpa in the short term, with the possibility for more at a later stage. More
Adani's Carmichael mine approved again
The Australian government has given a new green light to the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin, after earlier environmental approvals were overturned due to procedural errors. Federal environment minister Greg Hunt announced the decision on 15 October and imposed what he described as "36 of the strictest conditions in Australian history" on the Adani Mining-owned project, which is forecast to produce 60 Mtpa of thermal coal from six open-cut pits and five underground mines. More
PKP eye in the sky
Polish rail freight operator PKP Cargo has introduced drones to help tackle pilferage of coal and other commodities from hopper cars. The problem has been particularly acute in the Voivodeship Province of Silesia. Equipped with sophisticated thermal imaging equipment, the drones are operated 24/7 in all weathers, and it is claimed that they can detect irregularities at up to 1 km range. More
Anglo American out of Mozambique
In a further sign of weakening interest in the Mozambique mining sector, Anglo American has announced that it is pulling out of coal development in Mozambique. It has closed its office in Maputo, just two years after pulling out of a deal to buy a 58.9% stake in the Revuboe coal project in Tete Province from Talbot Group Investments for US$380M. Revuboe is next to the Moatize and Benga coal mines. The company had been seeking to downsize its global office network, and Maputo has been targeted as one of the savings. More
Biomass gets ticket to ride
Phase 1 of the Port of Liverpool's new GBP100m biomass terminal began in October, with the first shipment of pellets to Drax Power Station. More
Kherson eyes grain transhipment
Ukraine's Kherson harbour, located on the right bank of the Dnieper River close to the Black Sea, is prepared to invest US$2.5M in a new 25,000t grain silo. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete, with a payback period of three years. More
Samson boom feeder
Aumund Group-owned Samson Materials Handling has won an order to provide its new BF0415T boom feeder for operation at ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe's coal stockyard facility in Duisburg, Germany. More
Conde retains Guinea power
Incumbent President, Alpha Conde, won the October election in the West African state of Guinea, securing 58% of the vote, in what EU election observers described as a valid voting process. More
ASGCO innovation aids maintenance
ASGCO has launched a new secondary belt cleaning system that can be accessed and removed from outside the chute without breaking the plane of the conveyor. More
New Fednav ship with BallastAce
Fednav, the largest international operator in the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence Seaway, has taken delivery of a new vessel, federal biscay, at the Oshima shipyard Japan. More
China and Japan eye Russian Pacific ports
China has signalled it is prepared to back Chinese companies in investment initiatives in Russia's Far Eastern harbours, which are the closest natural gateways to China's landlocked north-eastern provinces. More
Asciano takeover bulk worries
A robust attitude by Western Australian rail network owner Brookfield Rail (BR) towards the state's grain producers/handlers is having apparent consequences for parent Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, in its efforts to get regulatory clearance for its proposed takeover of Asciano. More
EMO set to automate
The container handlers at Maasvlakte II will not be the only Rotterdam operators with automated ship handling. Bulk handler EMO at the Mississippi Dock on Maasvlakte I is preparing to convert its five gantry grab unloaders. More
Kranwerke crane for Rhenania Worms
Rhenania Worms AG, which operates the German inland trimodal Port of Worms on the Rhine/Neckar and Rhine/ Main, has acquired a new Euro4M gantry crane from KW Kranwerke AG Mannheim. The multipurpose crane with rotating trolley has a 45t SWL for container handling, 33t for general cargo operations and 25t in bulk cargo grab mode. More
KSK seeks grain gain
Delo group-controlled Grain Terminal KSK at the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk is planning to expand its handling capacity from 3.5 Mtpa to 5 Mtpa by 2018, with the addition of a 230m berth with 14m depth alongside. More
 Feature articles
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
Heavy lift shapes up
The fallout from recent decline in the oil price will inevitably impact the heavy lift and project cargo sectors. More
Pneumatic unloaders face a fuller future
Population growth is driving changes in food production and distribution, yielding new markets for pneumatic unloaders. More
Temporary buildings to cover a wider market
Temporary storage buildings have gained acceptance in ports looking for both short and longer term storage solutions. More
Ever changing fortunes
Grain exports were generally down in the Black Sea region in the first few months of 2015, but there are success stories, and healthy interest in investment opportunities. More
Hybrids still facing hurdles
The competition among front-end loader manufacturers means they are constantly upgrading their ranges, but there is still user scepticism over hybrid designs. More
Mobile cranes in the spotlight
Mobile harbour cranes provide fl exibility and versatility for bulk handlers and, at the top end of the range, high throughput capabilities. More
Is change on the cards?
While South Africa dominates bulk handling activity in southern Africa, expansion plans by ports in Namibia and Mozambique, in particular, suggest that a more competitive trading environment is emerging. More
Bulk niche boxing clever
Containerised bulk is on the increase, with ongoing technical innovation supporting its development. More
Coal facing challenges
Despite pledges from several governments to reduce the use of fossil fuels, coal remains an important fuel and bulk commodity. More
Digging in and digging deeper
Italy's ports are under pressure to improve their infrastructure offerings, but times are tough for the country's bulk shipping and handling sectors. More
Keeping it down to earth
Dust generation is a threat to the environment and represents a health hazard but there are numerous solutions to suppress dust emissions. More

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