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Bulk decline dents Antwerp growth
A decline in bulk throughput dented the overall growth trend achieved by the port of Antwerp the first six months of 2014. More
Strong H1 production for Rio Tinto
Mining giant Rio Tinto has reported record iron ore shipments, production and rail volumes in the first half of 2014. More
Seagull launches bulk carrier e-learning
Bulk carrier operations and cargo liquefaction are among a series of new modules being introduced by computer-based training company, Seagull AS. More
Sandvik plant boost for UK aggregates firm
Sandvik Construction has supplied new crushing and screening equipment to Somerset, UK-based John Wainwright & Co Ltd. More
Class 66 locomotives arrive in UK
GB Railfreight has welcomed the arrival of the first batch of its new Class 66 locomotives from the US into the port of Newport, UK. More
Beumer launches new filling machine
Beumer has expanded its product portfolio with the Beumer Fillpac filling machine. More
UK warned over materials supplies
A new report by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, has warned the UK Government to act over escalating risks to the country's supply of essential materials. More
Brussels to scrutinise Dutch port taxation
The European Commission has launched a "profound" investigation into the Dutch taxation regime for seaport authorities More
Liebherr MHC for Norway's Drammen
The Norwegian Port of Drammen has acquired a new Liebherr mobile harbour crane, which started operation in June 2014. More
First Sennebogen 821 E-Series in France
A Sennebogen 821 M E-Series is being operated by Eurometal for handling up to 480t per day of scrap and aluminium. More
Rio chair for University of Tokyo
Mining giant Rio Tinto is to fund a new academic role for an initial three-year period as part of a collaboration between the Australia-Japan Foundation and the University of Tokyo. More
Ports join to form Kvarkenhamnar
Two Gulf of Bothnia ports are set to merge More
Bobcat celebrates one million milestone
Doosan-owned Bobcat is celebrating its one millionth compact loader at the Bobcat Convention in Prague in the Czech Republic, one of several events worldwide this year where the landmark will be marked. More
Schade to Brazil
Schade has delivered a circular column equipped spreader to cement producer Ciplan Cimento Planalto. The equipment has a flow rate of 1,800 tph, a 23-metre beam and a belt width of 1,400 mm. Another Schade bridge scraper with a flow rate of 700 tph was also supplied, with a harrow covering the entire area of the stockpile's profile. More
Ardelt Tukan cranes to Tunisia
Ardelt GmbH, the German crane maker based in Eberswalde and a member of Kranunion, has sold two new Tukan double level-luffing jib cranes for bulk handling duties to the ports of Sfax and Gabes in Tunisia. More
Chukotka coal port
Russia is set to begin exploiting huge coal resources in the Chukotka region in the far east of the country and it plans to internationalise an existing cabotage harbour as well as building a completely new port. More
Pilbara still pumping iron
Rio Tinto's newest Pilbara expansion project has achieved its latest target two months ahead of schedule, as it heads to an eventual run rate of 360 Mtpa. In mid-May the integrated iron ore system of mines, rail and ports reached a run rate of 290 Mtpa, based on the ramp-up of infrastructure improvements completed in September 2013, which itself was delivered four months ahead of schedule and A$400M under budget. More
Scottish coal deal
DB Schenker Rail UK has been awarded a new contract by ScottishPower to supply coal to its Longannet Power Station. The rail operator said 10 years' experience of reliably transporting coal across Central Scotland was a key factor in it securing the deal. More
Hestya poised to take HES
HES Beheer and Hestya Energy BV have agreed to conclude the public offer by Hestya for all shares of the Dutch bulk stevedoring group. The offer price is Euro43.64 in cash per issued and outstanding ordinary share. More
Peiner grabs is spun off
Salzgitter Maschinenbau (Smag), the parent company of the Peiner grabs, has restructured and spun off the product divisions of the corporation into independent companies. More
and on Swazi coal line
The completion of the planned coal railway through Swaziland to Richards Bay has also been postponed, in this case by two years. The 146 km line will run from Lothair in South Africa's Mpumalanga Province to Sidvokodvo in Swaziland, where it would connect with another line back into South Africa and on to Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The project is designed to take general cargo traffic, including forestry and agricultural products, off the existing coal line, which will then have greatly increased coal handling capacity. Transnet Freight Rail hopes to be able to match RBCT's handling capacity of 91 Mtpa. More
Docksolid hoppers to Hull
Ireland-based mechanical engineering company Buttimer has launched a new bulk port equipment brand, dubbed "Docksolid". The company said it wanted to clearly position its bulk port equipment in the global marketplace and it has already received interest from ports in Europe, the Middle East and further afield. More
More Oz assets for sale?
The above-expectation price achieved for the sale of a 98-year lease of the Australian port of Newcastle has prompted a range of government and private sector interests to expedite plans to take advantage of high demand from infrastructure investment and superannuation funds. More
New African manganese producer
A project described as the biggest manganese mine in the world is planned in landlocked Burkina Faso. The Tambao scheme close to the border with both Mali and Niger is being developed by Pan African Minerals, which is mainly owned by Timis, a Romanian company that, in turn, is owned by Romanian billionaire Frank Timis. The deposit is believed to contain more than 100 Mt of manganese and production of 3 Mtpa is anticipated. The government sanctioned the project development in May. More
Mechel's Ulak-Elga railway to RZD?
State-controlled Russian Railways (RZD) is considering acquiring the Ulak-Elga railway from Mechel, the major privately owned coal and steel producer. The 320 km railway line links the Elga coalfield in Yakutia, Eastern Siberia with the Baikal-Amur Railway (BAM). More
Brown coal clean-up export drive
Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and its industry partners plan to trial the Direct Injection Carbon Engine (DICE) in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, the second largest and lowestcost brown coal resource in the world, with the aim of reducing emissions from brown coal-generated electricity by 50% compared to current technology. More
Esperance says YES
The West Australian Government has awarded the tender to design, build and operate Esperance Port's new Multi-User Iron Ore Export Facility (MUIOF) to the Asciano-led Yilgarn Esperance Solution (YES) consortium. YES also includes McConnell Dowell Constructors and Marubeni Corporation. Transport minister Dean Nalder said all members had "a proven track record in developing and operating ports in Australia and internationally". More
Delay to SA manganese
Transnet has postponed the opening of a new manganese terminal at the port of Ngqura in Eastern Cape Province from 2016 to 2019. The completion of the feasibility study on the project had already slipped by six months, but such a prolonged delay had not been widely expected. The transport utility needs to develop a larger, more modern facility and decided to switch its manganese handling operations from Port Elizabeth to neighbouring Ngqura. Port Elizabeth handled 5.4 Mt of manganese last year, just short of its annual capacity of 5.5 Mt. More
 Feature articles
Beating each other to a pulp
The wood pulp industry is highly competitive so port operators have to match shippers' expectations. More
Gas filtration moves along
Sonic Wave Acceleration Pulse technology is helping to increase the lifetime of bag filters while also reducing energy consumption. More
Ethics and global sourcing
As well as cost and quality, there are ethical and regulatory considerations that should be taken into account when choosing FIBCs. More
China's bulk resilience
Strong demand for imported raw materials to China is prompting supply chain investments, despite its economic growth slowing. More
Bulk cargo takes a turn
There is growing interest in container rotating spreaders as a costeffective solution for relatively low volume bulk material supply chains. More
Power to the plant
Cable and reel manufacturers must meet the demand for higher power requirements as handling equipment performance improves. More
Second wind for pneumatic unloaders
While the cement handling market remains depressed, the advantages of pneumatic discharge for the agri-bulk and biomass sectors continues to generate strong demand. More
Mixed fortunes for Benelux bulk
Benelux bulk handling is in a transitory phase as new operators emerge and the long term prospects for coal imports appear uncertain. More
Bulking up the heavy lift market
The bulk sector has proved rewarding for heavy lift operators but as miners scale back on expansions, new markets must be sought. More
Re-inventing the wheel
Upgrades to current designs continue but building the ultimate "green" wheel loader is a bigger challenge. More
What's next for Richards Bay?
With its coal volumes continuing to grow, the South African port of Richards Bay needs additional capacity but there is considerable controversy over who should provide it. More
Banking on Chinese prospects
Despite fears of a Chinese slowdown, the country's steel manufacturing, fed by iron ore imports, remains robust, with miners confident of increasing growth over the long term. More
Mobile forces in good shape
Liebherr has reported that its LHM mobile harbour cranes (MHCs) once again contributed strongly to the overall success of Liebherr Maritime Cranes. The company said that 2013 ranks amongst its most successful years, with deliveries of almost 80 cranes with an order value of Euro280M. Various highlights characterised the year, including the remarkable order intake for the 600 series in Latin America and the launch of the Liebherr Maritime Cranes simulator range. More
Italy's coal imports locked in limbo
Italy has the highest electricity prices of all major EU countries and is heavily reliant on Russian natural gas, despite coal-fi red generation being 20% cheaper. More
Wagons roll on the tippler trail
While rail wagon rotating tipplers can efficiently discharge large volumes, alternative systems should be considered to suit specific applications. More
Biomass failing to fire
The UK's switch from coal to biomass power generation is fading due to confused, complex and contradictory government policies. More
Reclaiming lost ground
Despite Capex cutbacks by mining conglomerates, commodity demand is such that stackers/ reclaimers are still very much in demand, particularly for the non-mainstream bulks. More
Lakers set to go green
A series of vessel replacement programmes means the Great Lakes fleet is getting progressively cleaner and more fuel efficient. More
Seaborne grabs face a tough life
Shipboard grabs experience very challenging conditions and manufacturers must supply reliable, high productivity designs, but at a price ship operators are willing to pay. More
Fog clears on dusty problems
Advances in dust control, particularly the use of sprayed fogging atmospheres, can reduce fugitive dust problems to acceptable levels. More

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