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Published: 01 May 2014
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New Beira fertilizer terminal
Work is to begin shortly on a new fertilizer terminal at the port of Beira, in Mozambique, which will have a daily capacity of between 6,000 tonnes and 8,000 tonnes...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Trade & Commodities
Better infrastructure allows Colombia to boost coal exports
Thanks to expansion taking place in various ports, Colombia will be able to export a further 40mt (million tonnes) of coal by sea by the end of this year...
Published: 18 August 2014
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Brazilian soya harvest to be bigger than ever
During its three-month harvest season, 25mt (million tonnes) of soya will be exported by Brazilian ports this year. In the following three months, an additional 50mt will be sent abroad...
Published: 18 August 2014
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Iron ore trades: China’s influence remains strong
The single most important determinant of prices of iron ore will continue to be China, which alone is responsible for two-thirds of the 1.2bn tonnes of seaborne trade in the commodity...
Published: 18 August 2014
Iron ore trades: China’s influence remains strong
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More uncertainty about coal trade - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK AUGUST 2014
Healthy growth in dry bulk commodity trade during 2014 as a whole is still a realistic expectation. But signs have emerged suggesting that expansion may be more limited than foreseen earlier...
Published: 18 August 2014
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Freight key for
Transportation cost, especially ocean freight transportation cost, is becoming increasingly important to the petroleum coke (petcoke) market as more of this material is transported greater distances to reach customers...
Published: 19 August 2014
Freight key for
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Contrasting changes in China’s bulk imports
Imports of dry bulk commodities into China, after impressive expansion in recent years, now comprise over one-third of all global trade in these cargoes...
Published: 15 September 2014
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Dry bulk trade progressing solidly - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK SEPTEMBER 2014
World seaborne dry bulk trade still looks set to achieve a healthy growth rate of about 4% during 2014 as a whole. Commodity imports into many countries are expected to increase...
Published: 15 September 2014
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Grain trades - Burgeoning grain and oilseed supplies weigh on feed prices in 2014
Global wheat and coarse grain output is forecast at 1,984mt (million tonnes) in 2014, slightly below last year’s record, but with coarse grain crops still in the ground upward revision...
Published: 15 September 2014
Grain trades - Burgeoning grain and oilseed supplies weigh on feed prices in 2014
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Waste not, want not? if only...
It is yet another facet of the crisis of civilization, particularly manifest in developed economies like the US and the UK...
Published: 15 September 2014
Waste not, want not?  if only...
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Shipping & Transportation
GAC appoints new Group Vice President for Asia Pacific
Global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC has appointed Fredrik Nyström as its new Group Vice President for the Asia Pacific region. He takes over from Dan Hjalmarsson, who has retired...
Published: 19 August 2014
GAC appoints new Group Vice President for Asia Pacific
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Grabs and shipboard equipment
Shipboard cranes are designed to achieve a short term payback based on a high cadence of production and working flexibility...
Published: 19 August 2014
Grabs and shipboard equipment
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ISS assists complex Algeciras ‘super crane’ installation
Four STS cranes, the largest of their type anywhere in the world, have been brought onshore, ready for commissioning, at Algeciras port in Spain...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Marshall Islands Registry: third largest in the world
International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries...
Published: 19 August 2014
Marshall Islands Registry: third largest in the world
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Shipping industry submits comments to Australian Anti-Trust Review
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has submitted comments on behalf of the global shipping industry to a comprehensive competition policy review being conducted by the Australian Government...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Solving ballast convention implementation problems
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) — in co-operation with a wide coalition of international shipping organizations — has submitted an important paper to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that proposes a means of overcoming...
Published: 19 August 2014
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SSA appoints new executive director
The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed Michael Phoon as the new Executive Director of the SSA as a result of the forthcoming retirement of Daniel Tan after 29 years of dedicated service to the Association...
Published: 19 August 2014
SSA appoints new executive director
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WSS joins MACN and global fight against corruption
Alongside the Wilh.Wilhelmsen group,Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is now a full member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) and will be joining the campaign to eliminate corruption across the maritime industry...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Improving efficiency through hull and propeller maintenance
Improving energy efficiency is among the primary concerns of bulk carrier fleet owners and operators today. Despite volatile fuel prices and the costs of compliance with pollution regulations,
Published: 15 September 2014
Improving efficiency through hull and propeller maintenance
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Preparing for Ebola: keeping crews safe
Global maritime organizations have issued health guidance on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus...
Published: 15 September 2014
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Safety at sea? brighter prospects for today’s mariners
He also said that qualitative data analysis on negative performance indicators on bulk carriers over the last three years points out the perceived underlying...
Published: 15 September 2014
Safety at sea? brighter prospects for today’s mariners
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Scrubber on ‘Laura’ receives class approval
On 17 July, Langh Ship received final class approval from Germanischer Lloyd for its exhaust gas cleaning system on the vessel Laura...
Published: 15 September 2014
Scrubber on ‘Laura’ receives class approval
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ICS vice chairman repeats call for governments to see sense on ballast convention
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) today reiterated its call for governments to address the serious implementation issues concerning the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention before it is too late...
Published: 25 September 2014
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Ports & Terminals
Caacupemí de Pilar port opens in Paraguay
Authorities in Paraguay have inaugurated a new port terminal at Caacupemí de Pilar, which is expected to handle general cargo, containers and finished vehicles. It is one of the few ports that barges can still reach even during restricted water levels...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Inspection, Analysis & Sampling
Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a broad range of products to support bulk materials processing and transportation including state-of-the-art sampling systems, highly accurate belt scales, tramp metal detectors and the ability for real time online analysis with its PGNAA coal analyzer product line.
Published: 19 August 2014
Inspection, Analysis & Sampling
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Louis Dreyfus to invest US$1 billion in Brazilian port infrastructure
Louis Dreyfus Commodities is to invest half its budget over the next five years in improving logistics in Brazil...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Miritituba to up business
The new transshipment river port at Miritituba, in Brazil, is seeing a rapid expansion of business, which currently involves it in providing storage for agricultural produce from the midwest to the north regions of the country...
Published: 19 August 2014
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New Santos grain terminal opposed
Santos’ municipal government is lobbying Brazilian authorities to dissuade them from permitting a tender to be issued for a new grain terminal at Ponta da Praia, in the port of Santos...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Pecém adds silo capacity
CearáPortos, which manages the Brazilian port of Pecém, has decided to create a bank of silos to meet the demand of producers and exporters of soya beans in Maranhão and Piauí...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Port of Antwerp maintains growth trend
The Port of Antwerp handled 98,229,046 tonnes of freight in the first six months of 2014. That is 2.7% more than in the same period last year, itself already a record year...
Published: 19 August 2014
Port of Antwerp maintains growth trend
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Rio Grande prepared for bumper harvest
The Brazilian port of Rio Grande expects to handle 9.5mt (million tonnes) of an estimated harvest of 40mt in the state of Rio Grande do Sul...
Published: 19 August 2014
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Liberia to build alternative to Port of Greenville
In Liberia, the Putu Iron Ore Mining (PIOM) company, which is located at Putu Petrokon, is to build an alternative port at Grand Butal Point...
Published: 15 September 2014
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Port of Hamburg Marketing opens representative office in North Rhine-Westphalia
With the opening of a representative office in North- Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the second most important region of the German market for Hamburg...
Published: 15 September 2014
Port of Hamburg Marketing opens representative office in North Rhine-Westphalia
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Rhenus Midgard breaks coal handling record
Rhenus Bulk Terminal Wilhelmshaven (BTW) handled 557,319 tonnes of coal in July. This is the best figure for one month at the long-standing bulk handling centre...
Published: 15 September 2014
Rhenus Midgard breaks coal handling record
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APPA introduces RFID tags for fertilizer trucks
In Brazil, the Paranaguá and Antonina Port Authority (APPA) has introduced a new system to monitor fertilizer trucks. The new technology will make it possible to organize flows of these vehicles, thereby reducing the impact they have on the city centre.
Published: 16 September 2014
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Argentina to reinforce use of locally flagged vessels
Argentina is to introduce a new series of measures to make it difficult for Paraguayan traffic to make effective use of the Paraguay- Paraná inland waterway system...
Published: 16 September 2014
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Argentina to reinforce use of locally flagged vessels
Argentina is to introduce a new series of measures to make it difficult for Paraguayan traffic to make effective use of the Paraguay- Paraná inland waterway system...
Published: 16 September 2014
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Draught reduced on Tietê-Paraná waterway
In Brazil, in May, drought cut the minimum draught on the Tietê-Paraná inland waterway from 2.7m to 2.2m. Because of this, barge convoys had to reduce loads from 6,000 tonnes to 4,000 tonnes, adding a further 140 road trips to carry outstanding cargo...
Published: 16 September 2014
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Rocha deepwater port under analysis
The parliament of the Mercosur is to analyse the viability of building the deepwater port in Uruguay at Rocha. This is viewed as being of particular interest by neighbouring — and landlocked — Paraguay...
Published: 16 September 2014
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Santa Catarina builds grain warehouses
The government of Santa Catarina state, in Brazil, is to contribute towards the construction of 11 grain warehouses, with a combined capacity of 110,000 tonnes...
Published: 16 September 2014
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Venice receiving larger bulk carriers
The Port of Venice has recently unloaded 100,000 tonnes of soya bean seeds and soya bean meal for the Italian market. These were imported by Nidera, which is represented by freight forwarder Sagem...
Published: 16 September 2014
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Floating cranes - September 2014
Atlas Double is the next-generation crane vessel specially designed for the extreme conditions of open seas transshipment of bulk cargoes...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Go ahead given for new terminal at São João da Barra
In Brazil, the Ports Secretariat (SEP) has given the go-ahead for the installation of a third private use terminal at São João da Barra, in the state of Rio de Janeiro...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Nacala to start Tete coal exports
In December, the port of Nacala, in Mozambique, will begin exporting coal extracted in Tete (Nampula province). Trains of 1,500 metres long, consisting of up to 120 wagons and pulled by four locomotives, will shift coal from the mine to the port.
Published: 17 September 2014
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Navigability of Magdalena River to be improved
In Colombia, $1.3 billion is to be invested in improving the navigability of the Magdalena River. Work will take place along a distance of 700km from the centrally located Puerto Salgar to the coast at Barranquilla. This should cut transport costs by up to 50%...
Published: 17 September 2014
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New dry bulk quay at Ingeniero White
At the Argentinian port of Ingeniero White, in Bahia Blanca,Toepfer International has opened a new 282m dry bulk quay with alongside draught of 13m...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Spanish dry bulk traffic shows growth
For the first quarter of 2014, Spain's 28 centrally owned ports reported a combined 20.81 mt of dry bulk traffic, up 13.89%. Gijón, with 3.5mt (million tonnes), remains Spain's main dry bulk port, experiencing growth of 16.28%...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Two illegal iron ore shipments found at Manzanillo
In the Mexican port of Manzanillo, authorities have twice intercepted iron ore carriers trying to leave the country with 100,000 tonnes of this product, which was being moved illegally...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Vale to invest in southern port complex
The Brazilian transport and mining company Vale is to invest $150 million in modernizing and increasing capacity of its southern ports, which is a hub formed by Terminal da Ilha Guaíba (TIG) and also by the mining terminal the company...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Valencia performs well in dry bulk
The Port of Valencia reported a 48.88% increase in dry bulk traffic during the first three months of 2014. During this period, a total of 664,410 tonnes was handled...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Engineering & Equipment
Building projects driving cement demand in Oman
In Oman, it is estimated that demand for cement over the next four years will rise at an annual rate of 6%...
Published: 18 August 2014
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First SENNEBOGEN 821 E-Series in France: scrap handling at Eurometal
Eurometal is successfully using a new SENNEBOGEN 821 E-Series for handling scrap and aluminium. The compact material handling machine moves up to 480 tonnes daily...
Published: 19 August 2014
First SENNEBOGEN 821 E-Series in France: scrap handling at Eurometal
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Hitachi GET launched for European market
Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has introduced a range of ground engaging tools (GET) to its customers in Europe,Africa and Russia...
Published: 19 August 2014
Hitachi GET launched for European market
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KRANUNION’s new sales strategy pays off
KRANUNION, with its brands KIROW KOCKS and ARDELT, recently celebrated its 400 years combined anniversary...
Published: 19 August 2014
KRANUNION’s new sales strategy pays off
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Westfield launches award-winning innovative drive-over hopper
Westfield, a leading grain auger and accessories manufacturer, recently announced the release of the new GULP Drive Over Hopper* with an ultra-low profile, allowing for efficient and quick truck unloading for on-farm applications...
Published: 19 August 2014
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‘Slide and Roll’: drylin W hybrid bearings from igus
The combination of linear plain bearings with supporting rollers offers low driving forces with no requirement for lubrication...
Published: 20 August 2014
‘Slide and Roll’: drylin W hybrid bearings from igus
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Automation and electrification: key to Cavotec’s success in optimizing bulk efficiency
The Cavotec engineering group is working closely with a number of mining groups, port authorities and others to optimize the efficiency with which bulk materials are shipped, handled and stored — from extraction to final destination — by expanding the use of automation and electrification...
Published: 20 August 2014
Automation and electrification: key to Cavotec’s success in optimizing bulk efficiency
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Cement vessels: the first of four flexible cement carriers heads into service
The first two of four new 20,000dwt self-loading/unloading cement carriers for Thai owner Precious Shipping has recently been delivered; it features a MacGregor cement loading and unloading system with a rated capacity of 1,000tph...
Published: 20 August 2014
Cement vessels: the first of four flexible cement carriers heads into service
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Digging deep: mechanical ship unloaders get to the bottom of bulk unloading issues
Tenova TAKRAF Italy has been awarded a contract by ILVA S.p.A., the leading Italian steel producer, for the design and supply of a bucket-chain continuous ship-unloader (CSU) for handling iron ore and coal at the ILVA steel plant in Taranto, Italy...
Published: 20 August 2014
Digging deep: mechanical ship unloaders get to the bottom of bulk unloading issues
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Eriez demonstrates nonferrous fines separation at RWM
Eriez Magnetics Europe Ltd will be present at the RWM 2014 exhibition, to be held between 16–18 September at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham, UK...
Published: 20 August 2014
Eriez demonstrates nonferrous fines separation at RWM
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Hiab: search for best crane driver at 2015 World Crane Championships
Hiab, part of Cargotec, is inviting the world’s best crane drivers to compete in the 2015 World Crane Championships. The winning driver will win a prize worth €25,000...
Published: 20 August 2014
Hiab: search for best crane driver at 2015 World Crane Championships
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Tüfentobel RopeCon extended
Since the year 2005, a RopeCon system has been transporting inert material which is used for backfilling a long-stretched valley at the Tüfentobel landfill site near the city of St. Gallen, Switzerland...
Published: 20 August 2014
Tüfentobel RopeCon extended
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AUMUND belt bucket elevators move minerals at Kwale Mineral Sands in Kenya
At the end of 2013 AUMUND Fördertechnik delivered eight belt bucket elevators to the end-customer Base Titanium Ltd. via the global engineering and project management contractor...
Published: 17 September 2014
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AUMUND delivers conveyor for transport of hot sinter material
A steel plant in the Netherlands has ordered another conveyor for transporting of hot sinter from AUMUND Fördertechnik, Germany...
Published: 17 September 2014
AUMUND delivers conveyor for transport of hot sinter material
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Brazilian company benefits from Terex Port Solutions’ unloading system
Terex Port Solutions (TPS) will supply the Brazilian fertilizer manufacturer Yara Brasil Fertilizantes S.A. (Yara) with a system solution for unloading raw materials for fertilizer manufacture...
Published: 17 September 2014
Brazilian company benefits from Terex Port Solutions’ unloading system
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Doosan launches Stage IV/Tier 4 Final articulated dump trucks
Doosan Construction Equipment has launched new versions of the company’s DA30 and DA40 articulated dump trucks (ADTs) meeting Stage IV/Tier 4 Final engine emission regulations...
Published: 17 September 2014
Doosan launches Stage IV/Tier 4 Final articulated dump trucks
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Eurodeck weighbridges play vital role in biomass transportation in Hull
Three surface mount Eurodeck weighbridges installed by Weightron Bilanciai are playing a small yet crucial role in the transportation of biomass to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire...
Published: 17 September 2014
Eurodeck weighbridges play vital role in biomass transportation in Hull
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First GreenTech robot with hybrid drive
Vollert’s new GreenTech robot promises impressive ‘e-power’ high-torque output right from the start, and greater efficiency...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Heyl & Patterson relocates to new headquarters
In late July, Heyl & Patterson Inc., a world-renowned supplier of thermal processing and bulk materials handling equipment, announced its relocation to a new base of operations in Carnegie, PA, USA, in a move to accommodate growth...
Published: 17 September 2014
Heyl & Patterson relocates to new headquarters
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Hitachi ZW330-5 proves a profitable investment
The Colas Group has invested in a new Hitachi ZW330-5 wheel loader for its Socavi limestone quarry in Savoie, in the Rhône- Alpes region of France...
Published: 17 September 2014
Hitachi ZW330-5 proves a profitable investment
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Keeping bulk moving: mobile harbour equipment
In the middle of this year, SENNEBOGEN’s Dutch sales and service partner Kuiken N.V. was able to transfer three new SENNEBOGEN 835 M machines from the company’s new E-Series to the materials handling service provider, E. Drost B.V.
Published: 17 September 2014
Keeping bulk moving: mobile harbour equipment
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Metso develops works with University of Queensland and mining companies in Chile
Metso has signed a five-year strategic research agreement with The University of Queensland’s JKTech division to develop next- generation technologies and services for energy-efficient minerals concentration...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Pontchâteau plant produces 20,000th Bobcat telehandler
The Pontchâteau plant in Loire Atlantique in France has just manufactured its 20,000th Bobcat telehandler. The Pontchâteau plant produces all the Bobcat telehandlers for the world market, with telehandler design, development, production and sales organizations all based at the plant...
Published: 17 September 2014
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Seinfra places first order for Tenova TAKRAF CSU
Open pit mining and underground solutions provider,Tenova TAKRAF, has been awarded a major turnkey contract by Secretaria Da Infraestrutura (Seinfra) — Governo Do Estado Do Ceara, for a continuous ship unloader (CSU) to handle iron ore at the Port of Pecem, Brazil...
Published: 17 September 2014
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The Dust Assassins: keeping today’s bulk handling activities clean and safe
When a solution for dust control is needed, Den Bakker Dustcrusting technology b.v. (dbd global), is an expert in dust control and prevention. The company now has a demonstration team available....
Published: 17 September 2014
The Dust Assassins: keeping today’s bulk handling activities clean and safe
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Covering up? enclosed storage solutions for the bulk industry
Whether port side or high on a mountain, operations for mining, cement, fertilizer, power and many other industries require the stockpiling of large quantities of dry bulk materials...
Published: 29 September 2014
Covering up? enclosed storage solutions for the bulk industry
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Breakbulk & Bagging
The Cat® M325D MH log handler offers superb fuel economy
Caterpillar offers a complete range of forestry machines and work tools to meet the demanding application needs of the industry. The Cat® log handler range is one of many purpose- built machines specifically designed for the forestry application...
Published: 20 August 2014
The Cat® M325D MH log handler offers superb fuel economy
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Regional Reports
Hwy H2O: keeping North American bulk moving
The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a deep draught waterway extending 3,700km (2,340 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean to the head of the Great Lakes, in the heart of North America...
Published: 20 August 2014
Hwy H2O: keeping North American bulk moving
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North American East Coast - basics of the bulk business
In 1953, the year Port Canaveral was dedicated, a Special Act of the Florida state legislature created the independent governmental agency that operates the port — the Canaveral Port Authority...
Published: 20 August 2014
North American East Coast - basics of the bulk business
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