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South Africa's Transnet faces scandal claims
South African transport utility Transnet has become embroiled in the long running scandal over the Gupta family's influence over government. More
CSA steel mill sale completed
The sale of the CSA Siderurgica do Atlantico (CSA) steel mill in Brazil to the Latin American steelmaker Ternium is complete. More
Dunkirk construction bulks up
Dunkirk Multibulk Terminal (DMT) is hoping to build a new industrial facility on land belonging to the port authority (GPMD). More
Metso solutions for Teko Mining
Teko Mining in Serbia has enhanced its production process by implementing Metso's crushing and screening solutions More
New Bobcat T870 compact tracked loader
Bobcat has launched a new version of the company's top-of-the-range T870 compact tracked loader. More
Aumund rotary dischargers for Baosteel
China's Baosteel Meishan has placed an order with Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH for four rotary discharge machines to extract coal from the silos. More
Belt pulleys fabricated by Tenova Takraf
Leipzig -headquartered Tenova Takraf recently won a contract covering the supply of a 13 km-long belt conveyor system in Chile. More
MacGregor to equip five bulk carriers
Cargotec-owned MacGregor has received an order from Yangzijiang shipyard in China to equip five 62,000 dwt open hatch bulk carriers (OHBC) with hatch covers and cranes. More
New CX750D excavator from CASE
CASE Construction Equipment will officially launch its new CX750D, the largest and most powerful machine in the CASE excavator range at Steinexpo. More
M-Star shipping grabs worldwide
The Project Cargo Network has reported its member M-Star Freight Services is currently handling an OOG project for the delivery of grabs. More
Aegean enters dry bulk sector
Aegean Shipping Management SA has announced the signing of a new building order of a series of four+two+two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carriers. More
EMO conveyor system fully operational
Europees Massagoed Overslag (EMO) BV has finalised an investment programme for the replacement of an essential part of its conveyor belt system. More
Tikhvin receives AAR approval
Russia's Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant, part of United Wagon Company, has started shipping the large-size castings to equip North American freight cars. More
Samson contract
Aalborg Energie Technik (AET) has placed a repeat order for a Samson Material Feeder for the reception of biomass at a power plant situated in Newark, UK. More
Turkmenistan port
Turkmenistan is planning to construct a new port at Garabogaz, a small town on the Caspian Sea coast, close to its border with Kazakhstan. According to the country's vice-premier for industry, Batyr Ereshov, the new harbour would be used to export locally produced chemical products, amounting to 3,500t of urea granules and 2,000t of ammonia per day. More
Konecranes MHCs to Indonesia
Indonesian port operator PT Berlian Jasa Terminal Indonesia (PT BJTI) has placed an order for eight Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes. The contract represents the company's biggest order for Konecranes Gottwald mobile harbour cranes in the Asia-Pacific region to date. More
Tanzania blocks mining exports over misdeclarations
The government of Tanzania has banned the export of unprocessed copper and gold after it accused Acacia Mining of massively underreporting its exports. Tanzania's Presidential Committee said that Acacia had "not fully declared all of the minerals contained in the concentrate, and the directive halting the export of metallic mineral concentrates remains in place". More
SA faces coal dispute
Coal haulage companies have blockaded power plants owned by Eskom, because the company has decided not to renew some coal purchase contracts. The state power company said that renewables are displacing coal-fired capacity. The protests followed an earlier blockade around the national capital, Pretoria, in March. Eskom opposes the government's switch towards renewables, arguing that electricity from wind and solar power schemes is too expensive and unreliable. More
Weelumurra boosts Balla Balla
Western Australia's Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG) has strengthened the prospects of bringing its Central Pilbara iron ore project to realisation, by taking an option to acquire the neighbouring Weelumurra deposit. More
Riga to tackle coal dust
Latvia's Freeport of Riga is going to build a wall to protect against coal dust pollution on Krievu Sala Island. More
Nacala coal hub open...
Nacala Coal Terminal officially opened in mid-May, providing the capacity to handle more exports from the Moatize Basin when mining companies are ready to make use of it. More
First LHM 800 bulkers
The fifth and sixth units of Liebherr's giant LHM 800 mobile harbour crane design, the world's biggest MHCs to date, will be the first two to be operated principally as grab cranes, in a four-rope/ double winch configuration. The 'launch' customer for the bulk crane is Saqr Port Authority, Ras al-Khaimah, UAE - an existing customer with a fleet of eight Liebherr MHCs and a Liebherr crane operator training centre. More
Fractional plan for SA mining
South African firm Milotek is to build its first commercial fractional rapid transit system at a South African mine. The mine in question has not been named, but it is privately owned and located in Mpumalanga Province. Milotek, which is majority-owned by Imperial Group, has already built and operated a 1 km test track near Brits in South Africa. It has been developing the Futran technology, for which it holds rights to mining and logistics applications in sub-Saharan Africa and South America, since 2014. More
Green light for Iron Road
What is claimed to have the potential to be Australia's largest iron ore project has received mining lease and development approval from the South Australian (SA) government. More
Waterberg Basin plan
Australian firm Resource Generation (Resgen) plans to develop the 12 Mtpa Boikarabelo coal mine and railway in South Africa. The opencast mine is located in the Waterberg Basin, in Limpopo Province, which is expected to become an important source of South African coal production, but it currently lacks rail capacity. Coal from the mine could be exported via either Matola Coal Terminal in Mozambique, Richards Bay Coal Terminal or even Durban. More
...Zambia looks to Nacala
The government of Zambia wants to develop a new US$2.3B railway to the Port of Nacala to carry bulk and container traffic. The Ministry of Transport and Communication has submitted its environmental impact assessment for the project to the Zambia Environmental Management Agency. More
Adani's Carmichael creeps ahead
The political and commercial cat-and-mouse game over Adani's proposed Queensland mega mine, based on the massive Carmichael coal deposit in the state's Galilee Basin, shows no sign of final resolution. More
Sweet tasting investments
From October this year, the EU will abolish its minimum price and production quota for beet. This may create some opportunities for imports of cane sugar, but it could also facilitate price-competitive beet exports. In order to meet the expected growth, Euroports is investing in its existing sugar terminals in Antwerp and in Le Havre to expand storage and handling capacity. More
 Feature articles
Careful cabling considerations
Tailor-made solutions in cable management are called for when it comes to long travel distance and operators' specific requirements. More
Standing up for people and planet
FIBC and IBC manufacturers are taking steps to demonstrate their sustainability credentials. More
Moving in on the heavy lift market
Competition in the sector is fierce as non-specialist carriers scramble to get a piece of the action. More
Minerals to help feed the world
With more crops needed to feed the world's population, the international fertiliser trade has a key role to play in sustaining growth in agriculture. More
Grain trades drive Black Sea ports
Grain handling is becoming increasingly important to the trading performance of ports in the Black Sea - this is highly significant as other cargoes have declined. More
European coal and steel crucible
Benelux ports are key nodes in the global coal and dry cargo trades, but the drift of European energy policies away from fossil fuel signals change for power consumption needs and bulk terminals. More
Reorienting the East Indies
Indonesia's reforming government has decided to tackle the nation's ageing port infrastructure, as it looks to awaken the region's sleeping giant economy. More
F1 car or vauum cleaner?
Getting the best out of a pneumatic unloader depends as much on the operator as the Machinery. More
Bidding arrivederci to coal?
Imported coal has traditionally played a minor role in Italy's energy mix, but its struggling heavy industries could benefit from more clean coal as an alternative to gas. More
The more the merrier
The mobile harbour crane market is becoming increasingly competitive. More
China's coal conundrum
Asia's powerhouse has started to take steps to reduce its reliance on coal, but the scale of its needs means it has turned increasingly to seaborne imports. More
The Sino-Australia ore bridge
As well as keeping China's steel mills rolling and bulk ports busy, seaborne iron ore shipments have kept Australia one step ahead of the recessions that have gripped other commodity-heavy economies. More
Challenging times for SA mining
The depressed state of the commodities sector has had an adverse impact on port and rail investments in South Africa. More
Get a load of this new thinking
A hybrid diesel-electric wheel loader is just one of the innovations currently being developed to cut vehicle emissions. More
Efficiently conveying good news
Material transfer rates and lower environmental impact are twin pressures facing modern conveying systems. More
Garnering Ghana's reserves
Port and rail developments will help the West African minnow unlock its largely untapped bauxite reserves. More
Development proposals for ambitious India
After decades of neglect and underinvestment, New Delhi is recasting India's bulk terminals at the centre of its industrial vision. More
The abdication of king coal
Britain's centuries-old reliance on coal is at an end, creating an uncertain future for its bulk terminal ports and operators. More
Protracted prototyping of grabs
Research into grab prototyping shows that advanced simulation techniques could drastically cut the time and cost of developing new designs. More
Ore to feed the Red Dragon
Despite China's economic slowdown, it has retained its appetite for bauxite to feed its alumina and aluminium needs. More

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