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J Clubb contract for GB Railfreight
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Hazcheck for Thomas Miller insurers
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Agri blockchain pilot for CBH Group
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New Fuchs handler for Moerdijk port
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DP World interested in Nigeria
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Structural failure at Thevenard port hits bulk shipping trades
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Moscow seeks Arctic investors
Russia's State Transport Leasing Company (STLC), has signed a cooperation agreement with the Switzerland-based global energy and commodity trader Mercuria for the construction of an 18 Mtpa Lavna coal terminal on the western shore of Kola Bay, near the Russian Barents Sea harbour of Murmansk. More
John Banks
Our former colleague John Banks died on 31 July, aged 69, just two years after retiring from writing for WCN Publishing on WorldCargo News and Bulk Materials International. John had a varied and interesting career, at sea and on land. As a journalist, he combined industry knowledge with an affable and unassuming personality that earned him the confidence, trust and friendship of many industry contacts. More
New grain terminal at Novorossiysk
The Commercial Seaport of Novorossiysk Group (NMTP), Russia's largest port operator, is to construct two new cargo handling facilities at the country's largest Black Sea harbour. This year, NMTP acquired land adjacent to the port from the local (bankrupt) railcar repair works for about US$29M. More
New terminal for Chornomorsk
The Commercial Seaport of Chornomorsk, the state-run operator of Ukraine's Black Sea harbour of the same name (former Ilyichevsk), and Israel's Bitan Nissim & Sons Ltd have signed a memorandum for the construction of grain storage facilities at the harbour's berth No. 8. More
Bundaberg gypsum
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TKHD heavy-duty cable carrier
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Samson hoppers for Mombasa
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Russian northern harbour takes market opportunities
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Matola deep
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A new coal port for Mozambique
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Rio Tinto's Dampier renews stacker trio
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Peiner SMAG crane solution
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The art of bagging dry bulk
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Qatarisation of supply chains
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Careful cabling considerations
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Standing up for people and planet
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Grain trades drive Black Sea ports
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European coal and steel crucible
Benelux ports are key nodes in the global coal and dry cargo trades, but the drift of European energy policies away from fossil fuel signals change for power consumption needs and bulk terminals. More
Reorienting the East Indies
Indonesia's reforming government has decided to tackle the nation's ageing port infrastructure, as it looks to awaken the region's sleeping giant economy. More
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Bidding arrivederci to coal?
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The more the merrier
The mobile harbour crane market is becoming increasingly competitive. More
China's coal conundrum
Asia's powerhouse has started to take steps to reduce its reliance on coal, but the scale of its needs means it has turned increasingly to seaborne imports. More
The Sino-Australia ore bridge
As well as keeping China's steel mills rolling and bulk ports busy, seaborne iron ore shipments have kept Australia one step ahead of the recessions that have gripped other commodity-heavy economies. More
Challenging times for SA mining
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