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First Trans-Africa Locomotive arrives
South African president Jacob Zuma has unveiled the first locomotive to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa. More
Strong start for port of Antwerp
The port of Antwerp handled 54,324,303 tonnes of freight during the first three months of 2017, 1.5% more than in the same period last year. More
Liebherr/Damen celebrate 110th crane order
Liebherr's ship crane department has announced that Damen Shipyards Group has ordered its 110th Liebherr crane product. More
New port developments in Hamilton
The Canadian port of Hamilton has announced that work is well underway on two new additions to its facilities. More
Additional public offering of UWC shares
Russian railcar builder RPC United Wagon Company (UWC) has announced its intention to undertake a secondary public offering (SPO) of its ordinary shares on the Moscow Exchange. More
ContiTech presenting digital solutions
ContiTech is expanding its portfolio of industrial applications for the conveyor belt industry. More
ICHCA opens safety awards entries
ICHCA is inviting submissions for the second annual TT Club Innovation in Safety Award. More
Central chain bucket elevator to Romania
Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH will deliver a new central chain bucket elevator type BWZ to Alum SA in Romania this month. More
Semco for MB Crusher in Australia
MB Crusher has appointed Semco Equipment Sales as its distributor for Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia, and New Zealand. More
Terex Fuchs scoops design award
Terex Fuchs has won a design award for the new Fuchs cabin on its material handling machines. More
Liebherr opens subsidiary in Buenos Aires
Liebherr is expanding its activities in Argentina and Uruguay, and has opened a new subsidiary in Buenos Aires to serve this market. More
Dutch cargo surveyors go on strike
Dutch cargo surveyors have gone on strike for today's day shift, Tuesday 11 April. More
Tax dispute pitches Rio Tinto against Australia
Rio Tinto has said it would fight a US$360M tax bill from the Australian government and its practice of using Singapore as a commodities trading hub. More
Nod for new West Oz project
The Western Australian Government has committed to a State Agreement with the proponents of a new A$5.6B integrated iron ore project, the Todd Corporation-controlled Balla Balla Infrastructure Group (BBIG). More
Three-tower design shiploader for CMT
Italy-based Bedeschi has commissioned a "three-tower design" of shiploader at Sun-Coke Energy's Convent Marine Terminal (CMT) near Convent, Louisiana. More
Chornomorsk to become grain hub
Ukraine, one of the world's largest and most promising grain exporters, is set to transform its Black Sea port of Chornomorsk (formerly Ilyichevsk), situated 20 km south of Odessa, into a grain export hub. More
Aumund RDM for BlueScope Steel
Aumund Fordertechnik GmbH has supplied a new rotary discharge machine (RDM) to BlueScope Steel in Wollongong, New South Wales. More
Shallow draught partnership
ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions entered into a partnership with National Ports, an Australia-based developer and operator of large-scale floating port solutions, to make the operation of bulk carriers and materials handling equipment more efficient and environmentally friendly in shallow water ports around the world. More
New Magnetek reels
Wisconsin, US-based Magnetek, Inc has introduced a new series of heavy-duty spring-driven cable reels for power or control cables on a range of lifting equipment, such as overhead materials handling cranes, mobile cranes and construction cranes, as well as emergency and rescue vehicles, monorails, excavators, and welding systems. The new reels are available in five sizes. More
Vostochny receives shiploaders
Vostochny Port (VP), the largest coal handling operator at the Pacific harbour of Vostochny/Nakhodka, has taken delivery of a new shiploader from Japan's Mitsui Miike Machinery Co. More
NLR line concession
Russian Railways (RZD) and Gazprom are about to sign a concession agreement for the construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway (NLR), a 700 km-long line linking the Polar Urals' mineral deposits with the country's Polar harbours. More
Transnet denies manganese danger at Cape Town
South African transport utility Transnet has rejected claims that there is a threat from manganese dust at Cape Town Multipurpose Terminal. More
Records fall at Newcastle port
The New South Wales port of Newcastle has reported that a surge in coal and wheat exports has underpinned a new trade record, handling just under 168 Mt in 2016 (trade value: A$18.69B), an increase of 3.8 Mt on the previous year. More
Richards Bay aiming high
South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) has announced a record handling target for 2017, after a fall in 2016. More
Spark detection system
Cimbria has launched a new Infrared Spark Detection System, dubbed CIM-Safe, for the grain processing industry. More
No sale but Utah Point signs up
Chinese-owned, Hong Kong-based Brockman Mining has struck a deal with Pilbara Ports Authority for guaranteed access to the Utah Point Common User Bulk Handling Facility at Port Hedland, despite continued uncertainty over the terminal's ownership. More
Unloaders for Chinese power plant
Cargotec-owned Siwertell has secured an order from Beijing-based Shenhua Logistics Group Corporation Ltd for two rail-mounted ST 790-D screw-type ship-unloaders. More
GBP3.3M Investment at King's Lynn port
The UK port of King's Lynn has invested GBP3.3M into constructing a new bulk warehouse and new hydraulic crane. Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) said the investment would provide its customers with access to upgraded facilities and equipment that will drive efficiency across the port. More
 Feature articles
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
Slowly down the Ganges
India aims to breathe new life into its extensive inland waterways as cost-effective arteries for the transport of bulk cargo. More
Phoenix from the ashes
A calamity sometimes affords a timely opportunity for operators to install brand new stockyard equipment. More
Getting rail handling back on track
An upturn in the mining and minerals sector may well be good news for suppliers of rail handling equipment, but operators are still determined to keep control of costs. More
Challenges and innovation
Makers of covered storage domes are targeting a wider range of bulk materials sectors, to compensate for the mining downturn. More
Africa invests for the future
Recent years have been challenging for African ports handling dry bulk cargo but pragmatic investments continue to be made. More
Guarded optimism in uncertain times
The result of US presidential election could have widespread implications for cargo flows through US and Canadian ports if protectionist trading emerges. More
Improving bulky fortunes
This year has seen the Baltic Dry Index increase from record lows in February to its highest level in more than two years in November. More
Bolt up the backyard
As Russia tightens its control of export flows out of the Baltic, there are questions over what the future holds for bulk terminals in its former Soviet-controlled neighbours. More
Globetrotting grain gains
Emerging countries' growing demand for meat, and weather events in many grain-producing countries, have driven the trade in cereals and animal feeds in recent years. More
Denmark's green revolution
As Danish power providers switch from coal to biomass, the county's bulk ports have an opportunity to benefit from harnessing a new commodity cargo flow. More
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












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