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Exceptional bulker call at Dunkirk
For the first time, a 46m wide Capesize bulker has passed through the Charles de Gaulle lock at Dunkirk's Eastern Dock, at the request of steel maker ArcelorMittal. More
Hatz displays latest engine innovations
New engines from Hatz will be displayed at this year's Hillhead quarrying and recycling show. More
VXPmill adapted for copper processing
FLSmidth's VXPmill grinding technology is being adapted for a copper processing application in the Middle East. More
Successful Kabelschlepp project in Indonesia
Tsubaki Kabelschlepp has implemented a roller supported chain (RSC) system with a travel length of 260m More
EMR commits to Tilbury Dock
One of the world's largest metal recycling companies has made a commitment to remain in its existing Tilbury Dock facility. More
ThyssenKrupp restructures Industrial Solutions
ThyssenKrupp is reorganising its Industrial Solutions business area as part of its "planets" transformation programme. More
Konecranes to acquire Terex MHPS
Konecranes is set to acquire the industrial crane and port handling equipment divisions of Terex Group. More
Telestack innovations to launch at Hillhead
Mobile bulk materials handling equipment supplier Telestack will launch "a number of new and innovative models" at Hillhead 2016, held in the UK on 28-30 June. More
Terex reveals TLB830 backhoe loader
Terex Construction has launched a new addition to its backhoe loader portfolio, the Terex TLB830. More
Suttons exits British Sugar contract
UK-based Suttons Tankers has announced that it will not be seeking to renew its contract with British Sugar Plc for the supply of bulk sugar products. More
Siwertell for Indonesian chemical plant
Cargotec-owned Siwertell has won an order to supply coal unloading and conveying equipment for installation at a chemical plant in Cilegon, Indonesia. More
Takoradi dry bulk terminal concession
Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) is seeking expressions of interest for the concession of the dry bulk terminal in the port of Takoradi. More
Sandvik/Volvo Penta engine collaboration
Volvo Penta and Sandvik have teamed up to provide a robust application in the tough mining industry. More
SA manganese under pressure
Falling international manganese prices have badly affected the South African manganese sector. Production and jobs have both been cut, suggesting that transport volumes are set to plummet. More
China mulling links
Beijing is considering forming the 1,520 km Manzhouli-Suifenhe transport corridor, which would connect the Chinese hinterland regions with Eastern Siberia and, via the Russian rail network, with the entire Trans- Eurasian transport system. More
More coal for port of Ust-Luga
The port of Ust-Luga's Multipurpose Reloading Complex (UPK), part of Russia's UCL Holding, has installed new coal handling equipment. More
West Oz mineral sands boost
Western Australia's mineral sands exports have been given a boost with March's inaugural shipment of leucoxene from the port of Bunbury. More
Chornomorsk export potential
Switzerland-registered Risoil has launched phase one of its grain terminal at berth 11 of the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Chornomorsk (former Ilyichevsk). More
Green light for RTGR's Vera Port...
Russian authorities have given the green light to RTGlobal Resources (RTGR), a subsidiary of state-owned Rostec, to build a 20 Mtpa coal terminal at Vera Port (VP) on the eastern shore of the Ussuri Bay on the Pacific coast. More
Mozambique capacity
The company operating Mozambique's Northern Corridor has signed a contract to lease 100 grain hopper wagons to operate on the railway to the Port of Nacala. Corredor de Desenvolvimento do Norte (CDN) concluded the five-year deal with GPR Leasing Africa, the company that will provide the wagons, which will be built by South Africa's Galison Manufacturing. The agreement also includes insurance provision for CDN. A separate contract was signed in March between CDN and Bakhresa Malawi Ltd to transport grain into Malawi from Nacala. More
Siwertell wins order
Cargotec-owned Siwertell has reported an order from an undisclosed "port development company" for a high-capacity ship-unloader. Destined to serve a "busy grain terminal", the ST640-M screw-type unloader was ordered as part of an ongoing development programme. More
Majuba rail line underway
South African power utility Eskom and rail company Transnet Freight Rail have announced that the country's first new railway line for 30 years will be completed by the end of next year. More
Turkey's Molino eyes Odessa
Molino, Turkey's leading manufacturer of flour milling and silo handling equipment, has suggested investors build a state-of-the-art grain terminal at Odessa or another Ukrainian harbour. More
Another CoAL setback
The water use license for the Makhado coal project has been suspended, halting the development of the 5.5 Mtpa coal scheme in Limpopo Province in the far north of South Africa, close to the border with Zimbabwe. More
Latvia lures Asian investments
Latvia's Freeport of Riga has enlisted Chinese investors' support for the development of its harbour facilities on Krievu Sala, an island in the delta of the Daugava River. Beijing will invest up to Euro100M in the next two years in the construction of new dry bulk (mainly coal) terminals by local operators Riga Coal Terminal (RCT) and Strek. More
Bedeschi installs shiploader at Yara Germany plant
Italy-based Bedeschi recently handed over a newly installed shiploader to Yara Germany after completing commissioning and performance testing. The contract of supply consisted of an EPC turnkey project to replace the existing loading equipment, used for handling urea fertiliser, in the port of Brunsbuttel. More
... Sukhodol plan suspended
Siberian Business Union (SDS), based in Russia's Kuzbass coal basin, has faced difficulties implementing its plans for a 20 Mtpa coal terminal at Sukhodol harbour in the north-eastern of Ussuri Bay. In 2014, SDS said it would construct the 110-ha terminal in three phases, with 6 Mtpa of capacity to be launched in 2017 and the next two phases between 2019 and 2021. More
New warehouse at port of Grangemouth
Forth Ports has opened a GBP2M warehouse in Grangemouth for fish feed supplier EWOS Scotland. The bespoke storage warehouse, covering an area of 4,640 m2, can accommodate over 6,000t of bulk raw materials at any one time. More
 Feature articles
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
In it for the long haul
Mega rail projects, with an eye on exports to Asia, have not been stalled by the global economic slowdown. More
Old power renewed
Britain's dry bulk ports appear to be resilient as the industries they serve once again feel the wind of change. More
Keeping machines moving
Coal export terminals still have to upgrade their stockyard equipment, even in the teeth of the commodities down cycle. More
Conveying an air of efficiency
Operators of mines and power plants are benefiting from increased productivity with upgrades of their conveying systems. More
Shiploaders go with the grain
Demand from coal and ore handling facilities might be slowing, but other commodities are encouraging investment in new shiploaders. More
Keeping it under cover
Meeting environmental requirements, particularly regarding dust control, is often at the heart of demand for covered storage and silo facilities. More
Promising grain of hope
Despite falling bulk carrier demand, grain shipments have held up relatively well compared with mined commodities like iron ore and coal. More
Making northerly progress
Dry bulk ports in Scandinavia and the Baltic States are investing to compete globally, as international developments, from neighbouring Russia to distant China, dictate the shape of world trade. More
Getting to grips with burning issues
Plans to adopt biomass in Britain are a fillip for its northern ports but, amid uncertainty over government policy, 2016 will be a crucial year for this emerging industrial cluster. More
Boom over but bulk business steady
Despite the downturn commodity prices, Australian exporters remain upbeat about their prospects. More
New solutions for new markets
Growing concern about coal dust is creating opportunities for dust control technology specialists. More
It's time to take stock
The end of a boom spells a tough few years ahead for stockyard equipment suppliers. More
German angst and uncertainty
These are bruising times for Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse. More
African coal down but not out
Massive declines in international coal prices are hitting African producers very hard. More
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









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