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Headline news...
What's behind German lignite sell-off?
Vattenfall's Q2 results show how the Swedish utility - and lignite in particular - is suffering from lower Central European power prices. More
More shore power orders for Cavotec
During H1 2016 and the first weeks of Q3 2016, Cavotec has chalked up orders for its shore power systems with a total value of around Euro11.5M. More
Rwanda opts for Tanzania link
Kigali has surprisingly opted to develop a new railway to Tanzania rather than the alternative route to Kenya. More
Mixed first half for Marseilles-Fos
Marseille-Fos has blamed "various exceptional factors" for declining bulk volumes in the first half of 2016. More
Dunkirk breaks cereals record
After record grain seasons in 2013-14 (2.4 Mt) and 2014-15 (3.09 Mt), the Port of Dunkirk has triumphed again with a throughput of 3.226 Mt for the 2015-16 season. More
Versatile plant from Terex Finlay
Terex Finlay has launched its new 674 tracked inclined screen. More
Beumer plant for Turkish cement maker
Beumer has been contracted by general contractor Bilim Makina to supply and install equipment at a cement works in Turkey. More
New cone crusher from Terex Finlay
Terex Finlay has launched a new variant of its C-1540 mobile cone crusher. More
Richard Budge
We regret to report the death at the age of 69 of Richard Budge, the businessman who was crowned "King Coal". More
Tenova/Ferrobamba in Peru deal
Ferrobamba has signed a cooperation agreement with Tenova to develop its iron ore mine in the Aymaraes region of Peru. More
LNG marine fuel initiative
An industry coalition called SEA/LNG has been formed to accelerate widespread adoption of LNG as a marine fuel. More
Antwerp up despite bulk decline
The port of Antwerp saw a 3.6% increase in freight volumes in the first six months of this year, despite a 14.7% decline in dry bulk volumes. More
Tazara improves copper services
The Tanzania Zambia Railway (Tazara) is to rehabilitate 200 copper-carrying wagons for use on the line that runs from the Zambian copper field to the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam. The railway's handling capacity and range of services have steadily fallen over the past 10 years because of a lack of investment. 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. Not only has EMR just signed a new 25-year lease with the UK's Port of Tilbury, it will be upgrading its facilities and investing around GBP3m in improved shiploading equipment. More
New dedicated coal terminal for Vysotsk
Port Vysotsky Ltd (PV), the coal handling operator at the Russian Baltic harbour of Vysotsk, is to build a dedicated 12 Mtpa coal terminal, due for completion in 2020. PV's aim is to take over Russian coal exports that are currently handled at the Latvian ports of Riga and Ventspils. More
Powerful belt conveyor system
Tenova Takraf has won a contract to supply equipment to Chile's state-owned copper mining company, Codelco. The contract covers the principal ore transport system at its Chuquicamata Underground Mine Project, which is being developed to access the ore body beneath the present open-pit mine. The new mine is scheduled to be in operation in 2019. More
Mantsinen 160M for Belfast
UK-based Cooper Specialised Handling has secured a contract to supply a rubbertyred Mantsinen 160M hydraulic crane with HybriLift drive to Belfast Harbour in Northern Ireland (NI). Slated for delivery in late summer, this will be the second Mantsinen in an NI port, as Cooper supplied a 120M HybriLift to Derry/Londonderry in 2014. More
Latvia's VGT to expand grain capacity
Ventspils Grain Terminal (VGT), operating in Latvia's Free Port of Ventspils, is planning to increase its handling capacity by 0.5 Mtpa to 2 Mtpa, under phase two of its development programme. More
Investors eyeing Iranian ports
The lifting of international sanctions against Iran is attracting new investment to the Islamic Republic. More
Kwinana for sale...
The Western Australian Government has introduced legislation for the sale of a long-term lease of the port of Fremantle, which will include not only the container-focused Inner Harbour but the Outer Harbour's Kwinana bulk facilities. More
Gladstone coal terminated
Queensland's port of Gladstone has shipped the last coal from its Barney Point Terminal after almost exactly 50 years of operation. More
TEC lifts
TEC Container SA in Spain recently supplied Mammoet Europe BV with a BA-110LG (20-50) 20ft spreader attachment fitted with 1m long chains and 5t capacity automatic Elebia hooks for lifting big bags. More
...but one bright spot
With coal, iron ore and other mineral export volumes all falling, Transnet is at least enjoying one bright spot in trade. It expects to transport a record 7 Mt of corn this year, as traders and governments across Southern Africa seek to boost their inventories after they were depleted last year. The South African farmers union, AGRI SA, puts the figure at closer to 9 Mt. More
Ruscon unitises fertilisers
Russian intermodal supply chain specialist Ruscon, part of Delo Group, has installed an automated system for loading mineral fertilisers at its terminal close to the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea. More
New rail strategy for Nigeria
The new Nigerian government of President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled its national rail plan, which includes the provision of coalcarrying capacity. Nigeria has coal reserves of its own, but they are largely unused, apart from as a feedstock in some cement production plants. More
CombiPort debut
Terminales Graneleras Uruguayas SA (TGU) has begun operating an "all-in-one grain terminal in one machine" at the port of Nueva Palmira in Uruguay. A single "Combi-Port" machine is responsible for unloading barges at 800 tph (2 x 400 tph), weighing the product with commercial scales, and loading ships at a rate of 1,500 tph. More
Commodity downturn hits SA...
South African transport utility Transnet has not yet released figures on the country's dry bulk exports for the first few months of this year, but it has announced that these have already fallen. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) transported record volumes on its two main dry bulk lines last year - 60 Mt on the Sishen iron ore railway to the Atlantic port of Saldanha, and 76.4 Mt on the coal line to Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). This was achieved as projects sanctioned two to four years ago came on line. More
 Feature articles
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
New models on the catwalk
Several manufacturers of front-end loaders have updated their product ranges with new models in recent months. More
Versatile and flexible machines
Mobile cranes and their derivatives provide a high degree of flexibility and productive handling rates. More
Coal industry on the cusp
As global energy policy moves to a greener footing, coal continues to be a vital energy resource in the short term. More
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

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