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OBA to diversify from coal
Going along with the aim of Amsterdam municipality to 'green' port activities, dry bulk stevedores OBA has agreed to dedicate around 14 of its total gross 70-ha of terminal space to dry bulk commodities other than coal, which currently accounts for 80 to 85% of its business in Amsterdam. More
First steps for Chalco bauxite plan in Guinea
Aluminum Corporation of China (Chalco) has announced that it is investing US$500M in a bauxite project in Boffa, in the Boke Region, 125 miles northeast of Guinea's capital Conakry. More
Resgen finance talks
Resgen has revealed that talks are underway to secure funding for its Boikarabelo mine in Limpopo Province of South Africa. More
WICET shareholders ponder new Aurizon
Shareholders in the troubled Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) in Gladstone, Queensland are considering a buyout proposal from a consortium featuring rail operator Aurizon, Macquarie Bank and Brookfield. More
Carmichael underway
Various site and other preparatory works have begun for Adani's integrated coal mine, rail and port project in Queensland's Galilee Basin. However, by early December, the Indian conglomerate had still not secured project finance. More
Russia to develop Caspian Sea harbours
Russia's federal government has approved a development strategy to 2030 for the country's Caspian Sea ports, as well as the rail and road approaches to them. More
Containerised bulk handling at Riga
Portek-operated Riga Universal Terminal (RUT) in the Latvian seaport of Riga has begun operating a RAM Revolver container tippler spreader from RAM Spreaders. More
Murmansk gears up
Commercial Seaport of Murmansk (MMTP) has received new handing machinery and equipment . More
Volpi steps in for Marghera operator
Italian entrepreneur Gabriele Volpi, who made his fortune in the Nigerian oil and gas supply sector, has come up with a Euro60M bid for Porto Marghera bulk terminal operator Terminal Intermodale Adriatico (TIA), which is in receivership. More
Copper revival boosts Townsville
The refurbishment and restart of one of Australia's largest copper development projects bodes well for the port of Townsville. More
First Sennebogen 8400 EQ balance crane delivered
The newest and largest Sennebogen balance materials handler is now handling bulk goods at Bulgaria's largest Black Sea port, Burgas. More
Transnet firms up expansion plans
With weak revenue and investment within South Africa, Transnet has announced plans to achieve its planned expansion through new investment in the rest of Africa and the Middle East. More
Funding concluded for Nacala Corridor
Vale and Mitsui have announced that they have signed binding contracts for US$2.73B in finance for the development of the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC), including railway and coal terminals. More
Coal wagons converted for aggregates
DB Cargo UK is working with Axiom Rail and WH Davis to convert 110 HTA coal hoppers into "state-of-the-art" HRA aggregate hopper wagons. More
CHEC chases Bulgarian port projects
Bulgaria's two largest ports, Varna and Bourgas, are expected to post relatively strong growth in their cargo throughputs this year, as both container and dry bulk volumes increase. More
Near-Arctic operation for Siwertell
Siwertell has won a contract for an ST 490-M ship-unloader from Norwegian mineral fertiliser producer Yara International. More
 Feature articles
ZPMC goes Smart for bulk
ZPMC has introduced its new Smart Solutions Group, and described its strategy for digitalising its bulk equipment handling business. More
United States' coal exports jump, for now at least
During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump made some big promises to the US coal sector, but can he deliver? More
Bulking down and seeking a niche
Dry bulk shipping remains under pressure, with many firms seeking new survival strategies as the shadow of consolidation looms large. More
Consider running for cover
Environmental pressures and changing commodity trades mean covered storage options are worth another look. More
Baltic exchanges on the up?
Expansion of bulk facilities around the Baltic Sea continues despite the geopolitics, commodity price shifts and environmental pressures. More
Lakers reborn for the modern era
Still dominant in the Great Lakes trades, self-unloading vessels show no signs of retiring gracefully. More
Where there's smoke, there's fire
Silo storage of biomass is growing but the material needs to be handled with a great deal of care. More
Wood power to the fore
Denmark has pledged to abandon coal by 2023, and convert its power station network to run on imported and sustainable biomass. More
Grab unloader sales dry up
New orders for grab ship-unloaders are thin on the ground at the moment, but there is still business in upgrading existing cranes. More
Colombian optimism despite woes
Colombia's transport infrastructure plans have been impacted by declines in prices for some of its key export commodities. More
More capacity for Tete coal
In anticipation of much bigger coal exports in the near future, Mozambique continues to build rail and port infrastructure. More
Spring cleaning the dust away
Dust management remains an environmental priority for dry bulk ports worldwide. More
Splash test dummies - no can do
A new test kit being developed promises to predict the risk of liquefaction more accurately than using 'splash' and 'can' tests. More
Echoes of the boom sustain profits
Australia is still suffering a hangover from the resources and commodities boom of the second half of the last decade and the first half of this one. More
Growing pains hampering Brazil
Brazil's dry bulk sector has scope to expand if it can overcome infrastructure challenges. More
Grab maker focusing on bioenergy
Peiner SMAG says that its line-up of grab solutions is ready to handle the growing demand for biomass* More
The art of bagging dry bulk
Whether doing so by weight or volume, a wide range of equipment is available for bagging different materials. More
Mechanical CSUs on the rebound?
Since the downturn in commodity prices, times have been tough for mechanical CSU sales, but lately there has been a rally. More
Cementing solid relationships
US cement producers are upbeat about improved economic growth and the Trump administration's infrastructure pledges, even as seaborne imports have risen to plug the sector's current capacity gap. More
Poised to play the Trump card
After decades of debate about the renewal of America's port and waterway infrastructure, there is support and momentum on Capitol Hill for Investment. More

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