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Long Beach approves cement expansion
The Board of Harbor Commissioners at the US port of Long Beach has approved the Mitsubishi Cement Facility Modification Project, contingent on the facility complying with environmental measures and upgrades. More
BHP rebuffs calls for Oz ore probe
BHP Billiton today claimed an inquiry into Australia's iron ore industry was unnecessary. More
Software upgrade for TeleStacker Conveyor
US-based Superior Industries Inc, a global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, has released version 12.0 of its telescoping radial stacker automation program. More
Wagon project promises better logistics
Technical services company IDP has announced its participation in the Hermes R&D European project to optimise the design of a new rail freight wagon. More
GB Railfreight to shift Drax coal until 2017
GB Railfreight has signed a contract with Drax Power Ltd to run coal services to the UK power generator's power station at Selby, North Yorkshire, for a further three years. More
FLSmidth winds up early engineering project
FLSmidth has completed the early engineering contract for the production, service and auxiliary winders for Ivanplats Platreef Project No.2 Shaft. More
New diesel engines for Liebherr MHCs
Liebherr has introduced enhanced diesel engines for its mobile harbour crane (LHM) fleet, to meet new emission and fuel consumption targets. More
Tenova Delkor equipment for Asanko project
Tenova Delkor has been contracted to supply a 32 sq metre belt linear screen for Adansi Gold (Ghana) Limited's processing project. More
Rail upgrade for KCSR
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company has announced $15.6 M in upgrades to its Pittsburg Subdivision line. More
Transnet says RBCT record "achievable"
South African transport utility Transnet has a target of transporting a record 77Mt of coal to Richards Bay this year, not far off its medium-term target of 81 Mtpa. More
BHP outlines post-demerger growth strategy
BHP Billiton has outlined how it is well positioned to create value through the cycle following the demerger of South32. More
Earthmovers feel the Mitas touch
Czech Republic-based tyre maker Mitas AS has launched the newest addition to its family of ERL-30 earth-moving tyres. More
Thunder Bay grain surge
The port of Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada handled 9.3 Mt of grain in 2014, up from 6.53 Mt in 2013. The result is the port's best performance in grain handling in 16 years and comes even after the 2014 season got off to a late start due to a longer than normal winter. Once the grain started flowing, however, the volume took even the port by surprise. In July Thunder Bay was optimistic it would handle 7 Mt, but the surge in Prairie Grain stored from the 2013 bumper harvest lasted a lot longer than the port predicted. More
Liebherr LHM 420 to Vlissingen
Pacorini Metals Terminals BV has invested in a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 420. More
Going with the grain
Working in close cooperation with Eurodocks Srl in the Port of Ravenna, CePIM SpA, a logistics service provider in the Parma intermodal and logistics complex (Interporto di Parma), has come up with an intermodal durum wheat supply chain for its customer Barilla, one of the world's leading pasta and general agri-food producers. More
Hitches slow Roy Hill
Developers of Western Australia's latest major iron ore project are confident the first exports will take place on schedule in September this year, despite a number of setbacks. More
Sena on track for completion
The government of Mozambique has announced that the upgrade of the Sena Line between Moatize and the port of Beira will be completed by the end of March, 21 months after it began. The work will more than triple the railway's handling capacity from 6.5 to 20 Mtpa. A Portuguese joint venture of Edivisia and Mota-Engil is undertaking the work under a Euro163M contract. Funding for the project was arranged by Standard Bank Mozambique, an offshoot of South Africa's Standard Bank. More
Road before rail for Botswana
Botswana is to start exporting coal via existing railways to South African and Mozambican ports, while the Trans-Kalahari line to Namibia is completed. Press reports had suggested that low coal prices could see the construction of the new line postponed but Gaborone is eager to keep the project on course, arguing that long-term investment decisions cannot be based on shortterm fluctuations in commodity prices. Charles Siwawa, CEO of Botswana Chamber of Mines, said: "Sitting back and waiting for the coal price to improve is unwise, as we believe we have hit the bottom now and the only way is up. Producing now would help them work out the logistics when the Trans-Kalahari is developed, as you cannot simply wake up and supply the 60 Mtpa it will require." More
Bedeschi wins Brazil contract
Italy-based Bedeschi had been selected to undertake the Primavera Project, a limestone storage facility for Votorantim Cimentos in Brazil. The supply contract consists of a storage system with two type STKP stacking bridges (Tripper TRP 16/1400) and a type BEL C reclaimer, with a stacking capacity of 700 tph and a reclaiming capacity of 100 to 500 t/hr. More
Mariner Capital for Gdansk
Malta's Mariner Capital is negotiating to acquire multiterminal operator Port of Gdansk Logistics (PGE), after which it plans to significantly upgrade its facilities. More
Oz dust pressure
Burgeoning community and scientific pressure is forcing coal producers in two Australian states to consider covering mine-to-port trains and improving dust suppression measures at terminals. More
3D software for crane moves
Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL) used its 3D software to simulate lifting before a voyage from Croatia to the Ukraine, transporting three Ardelt Tukan 3000 double-level luffing cranes, to ensure safe loading, discharge and erection. The coal loaders were built for Kirow Ardelt, a member of Germany's Kranunion AG, by the Brodosplit shipyard, as part of a fiveyear business deal between the shipyard and Kranunion. More
Liberia inks rail deal with Sable Mining
Sable Mining Africa has signed an infrastructure development agreement (IDA) with the Liberian government relating to the construction, financing and operation of rail and port infrastructure required for the Nimba Iron Ore Project. The IDA covers a 25-year period, with anticipated total investment of US$1.3B over that period. Work on the infrastructure is now expected to begin this year. Sable secured a mining licence for the project from the government of Guinea in September 2013. More
Reef runner convicted
The master of a Taiwanese Capesize bulker has been found guilty of sailing through the Great Barrier Reef without a pilot early this year. More
...but RBCT sets record
India has cemented its position as by far the biggest destination for South Africa coal, taking 30.45 Mt in 2014, followed by the Netherlands (9.69 Mt), Turkey (3.58 Mt) and Pakistan (3.37 Mt). Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) shipped coal to a number of countries for the first time last year, including Ukraine, but exports to China fell to 3.17 Mt, as cheaper Australian coal priced South African exports out of the market. In addition, Beijing has placed new restrictions on coal imports. More
Problems for Tazara
Financial problems on the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (Tazara) have come to a head, with a strike by workers in both countries, arguing that they had not been paid for five months. Tazara already operates at a big loss, affecting its ability to finance repairs to rolling stock, as well as pay its workers. The line is used to transport copper from Zambia and Katanga Province in Democratic Republic of Congo via the Tanzanian Port of Dar es Salaam. Zambia and DR Congo are Africa's biggest copper exporters. More
Coal-cutting plant installed at Posiet
Russian steel and mining group Mechel has developed a coal loosening facility at its coal terminal at the Pacific port of Posiet. The new installation will cut through coal arriving in gondola rail wagons before they are delivered to infrared electric heaters and rail dumping machines. Capable of operating at temperatures as low as -40 deg-C, the loosening plant will accelerate handling at the port during the winter season. More
 Feature articles
Keeping it down to earth
Dust generation is a threat to the environment and represents a health hazard but there are numerous solutions to suppress dust emissions. More
Ambitious plans but short on detail
Despite having the world's fifth largest coal reserves, India is the third largest importer, but its plans to reverse this trend could have a significant impact on global seaborne coal traffic. More
Keeping on the straight and narrow
Rails for handling equipment are subject to huge forces and require precision engineering to ensure they perform effectively. More
Black Sea tribulations
While the Black Sea accounts for only a tiny share of the world's dry bulk cargo shipments, there is considerable potential for growth. More
Moroccan momentum
The Moroccan Government is investing over US$8B in its port infrastructure as it seeks a larger and more competitive role in world trade, with bulk handling one sector targeted for growth. More
Rail keeps on rolling
The market for rail loading and unloading systems has peaked but there is still demand for the services of their various designs. More
Government charts coal's demise
While Germany is pursuing the opposite policy, the UK is phasing out coal power stations and building nuclear replacements. More
Plenty of choice for operators
Bulk and general cargo handlers can choose from a rich vein of design approaches from mobile crane suppliers. More
Coal out in the cold
North America's coal exports are falling as coal prices sink and miners struggle to find costeffective port capacity. More
Loaders look to a mobile mark-up
Demand for high-throughput shiploaders has peaked with the end of the commodity boom, but mobile machine makers are eyeing market opportunities. More
Creating a win-win environment
A new RSA concept promises to deliver a mutually rewarding Handysize bulker pool and fuel-savings for shipowners/charterers. More
Battling the grain drain
Brazil and the US are two major grain export nations where shipping costs continue to climb, creating challenging conditions for farmers, traders and the authorities. More
EU wants its money back
The EU is seeking the return of Euro250M of aid funding from Spain after a fraud investigation into the financing of El Musel dock. More
Covering up problem storage
Covered storage is playing an increasing role for commodities where open air storage was previously considered sufficient. More
Coal remains the elephant in the room
Despite the optimistic outlook of many producers, the long term future of coal is under threat from increasing environmental pressures. More
Crane unloader markets look to diversity
Bulk handling has spawned a wide range of different ship-unloader types, but crane designs are far from reaching their peak. More
Brazil irons out its problems
With its own logistics chain, Vale is set to double its iron ore exports to China in fi ve years, but poor infrastructure is hampering other producers. More
Putting a squeeze on energy consumption
Improving controls and drive systems can be a cost-effective way to enhance the efficiency of powerhungry bulk handling equipment. More
Energiewende blown off course
Dealing with the challenges facing Germany's steelmaking and coal-fired power industries will play a major part in the country's future bulk import requirements. More
Biomass fires fading
While biomass was initially hailed as a replacement to coal, questions are now being asked about its overall environmental merit. More

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