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All change for South32
South32 is to spin off its South African operations into a separate company next year, paving the way for 20 years additional production at the Klipspruit mine. More
Copper revival boosts Townsville
The refurbishment and restart of one of Australia's largest copper development projects bodes well for the port of Townsville. More
WICET ponders new Aurizon
Shareholders in the troubled Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal in Gladstone, Queensland are considering a buyout proposal. More
Funding concluded for Nacala Corridor
Vale and Mitsui have announced that they have signed binding finance contracts for the development of the Nacala Logistics Corridor (NLC). More
Murmansk sea port gearing up
Commercial Seaport of Murmansk (MMTP) has received new handling machinery and equipment. More
Rolling stock investment by GB Railfreight
GB Railfreight (GBRf) has taken delivery of the first of its brand new, purpose-built IIA hoppers. More
Glencore partners with Canadian pension plan
Glencore and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTTP) have announced the creation of a new partnership focused on base metals streams and royalties. More
President Zuma addresses TOC Africa
South Africa's President, Jacob Zuma, delivered the opening speech at TOC Africa conference in Durban this week. More
San Pedro seeking cold ironing solution
The San Pedro Bay ports have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for alternatives to shore power to achieve emissions reductions for bulk vessels at berth. More
JDN promises 'elevated' hoist performance
J D Neuhaus (JDN) claims that the versatility and performance of its latest Profi TI series air hoists ensures their suitability for a wide range of applications. More
Cat goes for application-specific design
Caterpillar said it has maintained its 'purpose-built' philosophy with its new range of Cat wheeled materials handlers. More
Warning for bulk carriers calling Chittagong
The London P&I Club has warned of increased risk at the congested Chittagong anchorage. More
New life for Woodie Woodie
Chinese company Ningxia Tianyuan Manganese Industry (TMI) has decided to restart the Woodie Woodie manganese mine in Western Australia's Pilbara region, at a cost of A$30M. More
Coal mining and export cluster
In a bid to start exporting locally mined coal to Asian-Pacific markets, Suchan-Ugol, a coal producer operating in Russia's Far East, is to invest around US$70M to create a coal mining, enrichment and export cluster. More
Aegean enters dry bulk sector
Aegean Shipping Management SA has signed a newbuilding order for a series of four+two+two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carriers. The ships will be constructed at Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry Co's Cosco Zhoushan shipyard, with deliveries scheduled for the second half of 2019 onwards. More
Dunkirk port construction bulks up
Dunkirk Multibulk Terminal (DMT) is hoping to build a new industrial facility on land belonging to the port authority (GPMD). The aim of the plan is to set up a factory to produce construction materials. More
Oz nod for Urquhart Bauxite project
Another Cape York bauxite export project is moving closer to fruition with Australian Government environmental approval achieved for Metallica Minerals' Urquhart development. More
Wagon for ore and shipping containers
DB Cargo AG has come up with a system that allows type 'Ea' bulk wagons, mainly used to transport iron ore and coal, to also be used to transport steel coils in shipping containers for its customer Voestalpine in Linz, Austria, reducing costs and turnaround time. More
Canadian investor for Taman grain terminal
Russia's governmental commission for foreign investments has endorsed CPPIB Monroe Canada's acquisition of a stake in the grain terminal at the country's new Black Sea harbour of Taman. More
New rail operations for DRC?
Canada's Ivanhoe Mines is in talks with Congolese rail firm Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo (SNCC) about bringing the Kipushi mine back into production. The mine, which is located in Haut-Katanga Province, and is very close to the Zambian border, was previously operated by Union Miniere, and then the state-owned mining company of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gecamines. A disused spur line connects the mine to the Congolese rail system, and then Zambia. More
Sugar terminal expansion in Antwerp
Euroports has completed the expansion and improvement of its dedicated sugar terminal in Antwerp. More
Another Gottwald for South Korea
Following the delivery last year of three Gottwald Quaymate M50 MHCs to South Korea, in August, South Korean terminal operator Pyeongtaek Dangjin Central Terminal Co Ltd (PDCT) has put a new Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 MHC into operation. More
Big progress on Waterberg line
In early October, Exxaro announced that it has signed a 10-year transport agreement with Transnet to carry 7.8 Mt of coal on the Lephalale line from the Waterberg Basin to Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The deal is expected to trigger a big increase in output at Exxaro's Grootegeluk mine, and the company's CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, said that it will invest ZAR10B (US$711M) in the area over the next five years. More
Zinc mine ramps up
Chinese Minmetals Corporation-controlled MMG Ltd is on track to bring its massive Dugald River zinc mine in Queensland to production in late 2017, ahead of schedule, to take advantage of tightening worldwide supply. More
China to build Russian hub
China is set to invest in the development of port infrastructure in Russia's Far East, as Russian Pacific harbours may be instrumental in transporting bulk cargoes from China's landlocked northeastern regions to southern China. More
Preventing coal combustion
The German inland port of Orsoy (Rheinberg) and transport company NIAG Niederrheinische Verkehrsbetriebe AG have devised a system to prevent spontaneous combustion of coal. Orsoy handles around 3 Mtpa of bulk cargoes, mostly coal, which arrives by barge from ARA seaports. More
Transnet coal haulage record
South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has announced another achievement, breaking its monthly record for the amount of coal it transports to RBCT. TFR carried 7.46 Mt in August, a long way ahead of its previous best. Alan Waller, CEO of RBCT, said: "This is a major milestone, as it is the first time in 41 years of RBCT operation that we have offloaded more than 7 Mt per month." It will be interesting to see if this high level of performance can be sustained over the months ahead. More
 Feature articles
Grab unloader sales dry up
New orders for grab ship-unloaders are thin on the ground at the moment, but there is still business in upgrading existing cranes. More
Colombian optimism despite woes
Colombia's transport infrastructure plans have been impacted by declines in prices for some of its key export commodities. More
More capacity for Tete coal
In anticipation of much bigger coal exports in the near future, Mozambique continues to build rail and port infrastructure. More
Spring cleaning the dust away
Dust management remains an environmental priority for dry bulk ports worldwide. More
Splash test dummies - no can do
A new test kit being developed promises to predict the risk of liquefaction more accurately than using 'splash' and 'can' tests. More
Echoes of the boom sustain profits
Australia is still suffering a hangover from the resources and commodities boom of the second half of the last decade and the first half of this one. More
Growing pains hampering Brazil
Brazil's dry bulk sector has scope to expand if it can overcome infrastructure challenges. More
Grab maker focusing on bioenergy
Peiner SMAG says that its line-up of grab solutions is ready to handle the growing demand for biomass* More
The art of bagging dry bulk
Whether doing so by weight or volume, a wide range of equipment is available for bagging different materials. More
Mechanical CSUs on the rebound?
Since the downturn in commodity prices, times have been tough for mechanical CSU sales, but lately there has been a rally. More
Cementing solid relationships
US cement producers are upbeat about improved economic growth and the Trump administration's infrastructure pledges, even as seaborne imports have risen to plug the sector's current capacity gap. More
Poised to play the Trump card
After decades of debate about the renewal of America's port and waterway infrastructure, there is support and momentum on Capitol Hill for Investment. More
Waves on the north shore
One upshot of the slow recovery from recession in the heartlands of the US is that the Great Lakes transport artery endured a decade of relative neglect. But, with US industry limbering into shape - and infrastructure and industrial renewal at the top of Washington's agenda - America's 'fourth coast' is promoting its benefits. In 2016, a conference of Great Lakes governors - with Ontario and Quebec peers - set its bar for the decade at doubling maritime trade and bolstering its industrial core. More
Seeking sound advice
Consulting engineers working in the maritime, transport and logistics sectors are having to adjust their strategies to survive. More
Qatarisation of supply chains
The trade embargo and sanctions imposed on Qatar have interrupted cargo flows and severely disrupted established distribution Networks. More
Careful cabling considerations
Tailor-made solutions in cable management are called for when it comes to long travel distance and operators' specific requirements. More
Standing up for people and planet
FIBC and IBC manufacturers are taking steps to demonstrate their sustainability credentials. More
Moving in on the heavy lift market
Competition in the sector is fierce as non-specialist carriers scramble to get a piece of the action. More
Minerals to help feed the world
With more crops needed to feed the world's population, the international fertiliser trade has a key role to play in sustaining growth in agriculture. More
Grain trades drive Black Sea ports
Grain handling is becoming increasingly important to the trading performance of ports in the Black Sea - this is highly significant as other cargoes have declined. More

















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