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Sennebogen success in Murmansk
An 875 material handler is proving its worth unloading coal in the Russian port of Murmansk, according to Sennebogen. More
An eye on bulk's big spenders
An eye on bulk's big spenders UK-based shipping analyst VesselsValue has provided latest information on spending in the dry bulk market. More
Rio Tinto US$5B productivity push
Rio Tinto has committed to generating US$5B of additional free cash flow over the next five years from a productivity drive unveiled last week as part of its long-term strategy. More
Winning ways for waste recycling
An innovative waste recycling project involving Pembroke Dock in Wales was recently announced a winner at the Wales National Transport Awards. More
Grain and project cargoes dominate Seaway
October saw a steady flow of traditional cargoes along the Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway system. More
Tacoma welcomes Olive Bay
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) has welcomed the world's largest single-deck, self trimming log carrier to Tacoma. More
Terex Gottwald MHCs to Spain
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has sustainably expanded its presence in Spain with diesel-electric Terex Gottwald mobile harbour cranes (MHCs). More
London wharf returns to cargo handling
A strategically important protected wharf in East London is set to return to operation after its acquisition by the Port of London Authority (PLA). More
FPE Global starts "acquisition spree"
UK-based materials handling firm FPE Global has kicked off what it described as an "acquisition spree" by acquiring mixing technology specialists JW Process Equipment (JWP). More
SEA-Invest orders Samson Eco Hopper
SEA-Invest has placed an order for an Eco Hopper from Samson Materials Handling Ltd UK, destined for operation in the Ivory Coast. More
PANalytical launches Aeris diffractometer
Netherlands-based PANalytical, a leading supplier of analytical X-ray instrumentation and software, has launched Aeris, its new X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) bench-top instrument. More
Australia coal future bright
Australian rail firm Aurizon is predicting ongoing strong demand for the nation's thermal and metallurgical coal, based on international demand drivers, Australian coal quality and superior transport infrastructure. More
Grain capacity for southern Russia
With an eye on expanding Russian grain exports, especially to the Middle Eastern and North Africa, local and global grain traders have intensified the development of dedicated export terminals at the country's Black Sea and Sea of Azov harbours. More
Southern African coal bounces back
Demand for coal rail and port capacity in Mozambique and Botswana looks set for a boost, as a result of the big recovery in coal prices seen this year. Jindal Steel & Power is to resume production of 3.5 Mtpa at its Chirodzi mine in Mozambique. More
Quaymate M50 to Fray Bentos
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) is, for the first time, to deliver a Terex Quaymate M50 mobile harbour crane to Latin America. Uruguayan port operator Somasol SA has ordered the machine for its terminal in Fray Bentos, situated beside the Uruguay River close to the border with Argentina. More
Pacific grain terminal project
Russian state-controlled grain exporter United Grain Company (OZK) has partnered the state-run seaport agency Rosmorport for the construction of a 20 Mtpa dedicated grain terminal at the country's Pacific port of Zarubino, 80 km from Vladivostok. More
Bilbao breakwater completed by APB
The Port Authority of Bilbao has completed the works on the Punta Sollana Breakwater extension, in the port's industrial zone in the Outer Abra. The works have taken four years and will boost solid and liquid bulk traffic, since the length of the dock has been increased from 350m to 680m with a minimum 20m depth, while the backland has been enlarged by 30,000 m2. Two Capesize vessels can now berth simultaneously. More
Moatize- Mitsui deal
Brazilian mining giant Vale has agreed to change the terms of the agreement under which it is selling equity in the Moatize coal mine and the Nacala railway and coal terminal to Mitsui. The deal was originally agreed two years ago, but has been held up by a big dip in coal prices and greater uncertainty over Mozambican coal. More
Private capital for development of Taman harbour
International sanctions against Russia and economic recession are forcing Moscow to cut its budget spending and invite private investors to join in the development of its domestic harbours. More
EBHISA investments
One of Spain's leading dry bulk handlers, European Bulk Handling Installation (EBHISA) in the Port of Gijon, recently awarded a Euro4.9M contract to Terex Port Solutions for a large four-rope Terex-Gottwald rail portal-mounted harbour crane, derived from the company's mobile harbour crane designs. More
Japan's Sojitz invests in coal production in Sakhalin
Russia's Eastern Mining Company (EMCO) and Japan's Sojitz Corporation have signed an agreement for the joint development of Sakhalin's coal production and export capacities. More
Aumund builds new 100,000t silo
Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH is leading a project to build an additional clinker silo at a cement works close to the coastal town of Limassol in Cyprus. The silo, with a capacity of around 100,000t, will be constructed over the next 18 months for Cypriot cement producer Vassiliko Cement Works. More
Grindrod strikes rail deal
South African transport conglomerate Grindrod appears to have negotiated the same tariff with Transnet as users of Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) for coal transported to its Navitrade terminal at Richards Bay. More
MRS grabs for ABP
MRS Greifer has secured an order, via its UK dealer pALM Bulk Solutions Ltd, for five new grabs for delivery to ABP Ipswich. All of highclose clamshell design, the largest grab will have a capacity of 13 m3 and is designed for handling a wide range of materials with a bulk density up to 1 t/m3 including fertiliser, grain, soya, animal feeds and similar materials. More
New machinery at Murmansk
Commercial Seaport of Murmansk (MMTP), the largest operator of the Russian Barents Sea harbour, has upgraded its handling machinery and equipment. More
Lighthouse begins Westshore exports
Lighthouse Resources has commenced shipments of US Powder River Basin (PRB) coal to Asia through Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, BC. 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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