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Mantsinen 200M Hybrilift to Garston
The world's biggest ropeless hydraulic mobile materials handler, the Mantsinen 200M Hybrilift, purpose-built for port operations, will soon be turning heads at ABP Garston. More
Tenova Takraf acquires specialised US firm
Tenova Takraf has acquired the assets of FMC Technologies' Material Handling Systems (FMC MHS) business unit, based in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA. More
Strong Q4 production results for Rio Tinto
The boss of Rio Tinto has said the group's strong operational performance in 2016 was underpinned by a drive for efficiency and maximising cash flow. More
St Lawrence Seaway holds steady
The St Lawrence Seaway finished 2016 down just 3.1% on 2015, but it was a volatile year the waterway. More
Belt cleaner promises reduced costs
A major investment in tooling and product engineering has produced a conveyor belt cleaner that is projected to reduce costs through better cleaning and a longer service life. More
Aumund to deliver 108 machines to Egypt
Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH has won an order to supply clinker conveying equipment for a greenfield project in Egypt. More
Dry bulk leads to record in Ghent
The Port of Ghent consolidated its position as Belgium's biggest dry bulk port in 2016. More
Congo investment by Equatorial Resources
Equatorial Resources has announced that it will invest US$1.2B in its Badondo iron ore scheme in the northwest of the Republic of Congo. More
Metso's new distributor model for Italy
Metso has introduced a new distributor model for Italy in order to bring Italian distributors closer to their customers and to enhance service levels. More
New shiploader begins operation in Dover
Gleadell Agriculture has just completed loading the MV RIG with 3,000t of Group 1 milling wheat at the Port of Dover, destined for a customer in Scotland. More
Freetown looks to ore processing
The government of Sierra Leone has asked Shandong Iron and Steel Group, which now owns the Tonkolili iron ore project outright, to start processing some of the ore inside Sierra Leone. More
Carisbrooke and Nova join up
From 1 January 2017, Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd and Nova Marine Carriers SA are to consolidate all of their commercial shortsea bulk activities. More
Transnet seeking diversification
Just over a decade after it divested many of its noncore operations, Transnet has ring-fenced a budget of US$1.5B to make new acquisitions in freight forwarding, inland terminals and other associated sectors. More
Rio's Amrun gets moving
Construction work is underway for Rio Tinto Aluminium's (RTA) new port to service the Amrun (formerly known as South of Embley) bauxite project on western Cape York, Queensland. The project comprises an opencut bauxite mine, processing plant, bauxite stockpiles, ancillary infrastructure and port development. More
China/Russia in Arctic projects
Arctic Transport and Industrial Hub (ATPU), a management company set up in Russia's northern harbour of Arkhangelsk in May this year, and China's Poly International have signed an agreement of intent to construct a new deep-water White Sea port. More
Terex Gottwald MHCs go to Spain
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has expanded its presence in Spain with recent deliveries of diesel-electric Terex Gottwald mobile harbour cranes (MHCs). More
Pilbara expansion
Flinders Mines, the New Zealand-controlled, Western Australia-based firm, has taken another step towards realising its plans for a new iron ore mine in the Pilbara region. More
Shoots of recovery in Congo
Planned integrated iron ore mine, rail and port projects in Central Africa have been suspended over the past two years, as a result of falling demand and prices, but the first signs of recovery have now begun to appear. More
Utah Point sale back on
Legislation to enable the controversial sale of Port Hedland's Utah Point Common User Bulk Facility has finally passed through Western Australia's Parliament, with users still warning until the last minute that the privatisation risks 2,000 mining jobs and up to A$1B worth of trade. More
Bauxite barging underway
A new transhipment barge and associated port facilities are now in service on Queensland's Cape York, opening up exports for two new bauxite mines. More
Steel plant for Mozambique
Maputo's efforts to boost coal consumption within Mozambique appear to be paying off. While several coal-fired power plants are planned, a new steel plant is to be developed in Rovubue Industrial Free Zone on the border of Chiuta and Moatize districts in Tete Province, taking coking coal from the region's mines that would otherwise be exported. More
Danube double-up
Moldovan agricultural commodities firm Trans-Oil Group (TOG), has more than doubled the capacity of its grain export terminal at Giurgiulesti International Free Port (GIFP) from 450,000t to 1 Mt. More
Hopper for SEA-Invest
SEA-Invest has placed an order for an Eco Hopper from Samson Materials Handling Ltd UK, destined for operation in the Ivory Coast. More
Weba solves material segregation problem
Weba Chute Systems has won a contract from Isdemir Steel plant for three more custom-engineered transfer points, following on from the three earlier installations. More
Sheerness shipment
The Port of Sheerness recently welcomed its biggest ever agribulk vessel. At around 170m in length and weighing in at around 18,000t, the MV ARKI was loaded with 30,000t of milling quality wheat grown in the South East of England on behalf of Peel Ports' customer Glencore Grain UK. It took five days to fully load the vessel, which then set off to her final destination in North Africa. More
 Feature articles
Eyeing an upturn in Oz
There are strong signs the Australian commodities cycle has bottomed, and a new investment phase may be about to begin. More
Playing the grain games
Brazil faces deep financial, economic and political problems, but investments in its grain trades and materials handling sector could help an export recovery. More
Weaning the world off coal
International agreements to reduce pollution should end the days of bingeing on coal, but new handling facilities are still being developed. More
Green and black paradox
Berlin's push for a green economy is ringing changes through Germany's energy sector, but 'dirty' coal has retained a crucial role in the transition. More
Biomass fuelling northern power
Investment in biomass handling has created new industrial infrastructure in the north of England, but can wood pellet cargoes fill the gap left by initiatives to abandon coal? More
Weak demand but hope on the horizon
The market for stackers and reclaimers remains fragile, with lower demand from the mining sector in particular. More
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

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