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Grab unloading here to stay

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Although the gradual demise of bulk ship unloading by grab was being predicted in the 1990s for reasons of its inefficiency and environmenta...

Iron ore market heats up

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Australiaโ€™s iron ore miners have secured an unprecedented 71.5 per cent increase in iron ore contract prices, which, coupled with a 120 pe...

Coking coal hot

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BHP Billiton (BHPB)โ€™s decision to increase its coking coal export volumes to 100 mtpa by 2010 (see Bulk Materials International September/...

Boom leads to bottlenecks

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There is a general feeling in Australia that the current boom in coal and ore demand marks the start of a sustainable long-term trend. Confi...

K-Line orders bulker

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K-Line has placed an order with Universal Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) for an other 300,000 dwt super large ore carrier, its third, to be ...

MOL thinks big

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Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced an agreement with Nippon Steel Corp to construct and operate a 323,000 dwt ultra large ore carrier (ULO...

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