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Published: 01 May 2014
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Trade & Commodities
Americas Coal Trade June 2014
The start of 2014 was a quiet one for coal shippers in the Americas as international coal markets took a while to warm up. With 1 January falling in the middle of the week there was little trade reported before the holiday...
Published: 10 June 2014
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Iron ore trade expanding briskly - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK - June 2014
Within many commodity trades, positive influences are supporting imports into a wide range of countries. Prospects for the remainder of 2014 and into next year seem broadly favourable, although some indications point to a possible slackening...
Published: 10 June 2014
Iron ore trade expanding briskly - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK - June 2014
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Brazil’s domestic demand for aluminium grows, while exports plummet
The news that Alcoa, Brazil’s largest producer of primary aluminium, has closed its 100,000- tonne-a-year-capacity smelter in Minas Gerais state, and slashed production by almost 150,000 tonnes at the 460,000-tonne-capacity Alumar...
Published: 21 July 2014
Brazil’s domestic demand for aluminium grows, while exports plummet
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Grain import demand may recede - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK JULY 2014
In many dry bulk commodity trades there are clear signs of continuing growth. Positive influences are expected to be more than enough to offset any negative changes...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Varying steel output affects raw materials
Changes in steel production, seen among the principal raw materials importing countries during the first half of this year, may set the pattern for 2014 as a whole...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Shipping & Transportation
RINA tackles ocean noise pollution
International classification society RINA has acted to tackle noise pollution of the seas by developing a voluntary notation which will apply to vessels for which efforts have been made to mitigate underwater noise...
Published: 02 June 2014
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DeltaLangh brings a true closed loop scrubber to the market
Deltamarin Ltd and Oy Langh Ship Ab have come together to offer a cost effective and reliable solution to the sulphur requirements with the scrubber that Langh Ship has developed...
Published: 04 June 2014
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MOL Marine Consulting Acquires Certification of Maritime Education & Training from NK
MOL announced that its group company MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd. has acquired certification for its Bridge Resource Management (BRM) training program from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK), effective May 30.
Published: 04 June 2014
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BLL wins another FTS contract
Bedeschi has received an order for the implementation of another Floating Transfer Station (FTS) for coal blending and loading in Indonesia (Logmarin devised the FTS to be equipped with Liebherr cranes), the engineering of which is under way and supplies are scheduled to commence later this year...
Published: 11 June 2014
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Damen Shipyards Bergum ready for market recovery
The Damen shipbuilders in the Dutch province of Friesland will not just be sitting on their laurels after the delivery and christening of the two Damen Combi Freighters 3850 (the Noordvliet and Zuidvliet) and the Damen Combi Coaster 2500 Anita...
Published: 11 June 2014
Damen Shipyards Bergum ready for market recovery
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InterManager welcomes new protection for seafarers
InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has welcomed the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment...
Published: 11 June 2014
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Onboard management critical for vessel safety, says BSM
Attitude change is key to boosting shipping’s professional image, says Rajaish Bajpaee, Chief Executive Officer of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)...
Published: 11 June 2014
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On-board self-unloading equipment, transshipment and floating cranes
At the start of the century,Winning Shipping established operations in Hong Kong with the aim of providing maritime logistical services to the growing Chinese non-ferrous metal market...
Published: 11 June 2014
On-board self-unloading equipment, transshipment and floating cranes
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Watching paint dry? marine paints and coatings: more interesting than you might think
The improvement in the shipping industry has come about on carriers postponing or cancelling new building contracts, idling ships and scrapping old, inefficient vessels and improved performances by economies in the West and Japan after being mauled by 2008 recession...
Published: 11 June 2014
Watching paint dry? marine paints and coatings: more interesting than you might think
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Seacurus calls for enforcement of Port State Control regulations on MLC
Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has called for proper enforcement of Port State Control regulations in the lead-up to adoption of amendments to the Maritime...
Published: 19 June 2014
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I-Tech's Selektope authorised for EU approval by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
I-Tech, the originator of Selektope®, a marine biocide used to improve ship hull performance and reduce maintenance, has been notified that Selektope has passed the EU evaluation criteria for marine biocides and therefore can be authiorised for approval in the EU.
Published: 09 July 2014
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I-Tech signs supply agreement with Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd (CMP)
I-Tech has entered into a non-exclusive supply agreement with Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd (CMP) for use of I-Tech’s proprietary product, Selektope®, in commercial antifouling paints. Selektope® is to be used as the principle biocide in new products to be brought to the market by CMP.
Published: 10 July 2014
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Pacific Basin - definitely quite Handy
Turn the clock back a decade. Bulk carriers were getting bigger and demand from China where a string of hulking new ports were under construction was starting to change the dry bulk trades in a way that seemed certain to consign Handysize vessels to the history books...
Published: 21 July 2014
Pacific Basin - definitely quite Handy
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Simplifying grain shipments in Brazil
The start up of two new terminals built by the Bunge trading company on rivers in the Amazon, heralds a new era for the export of soya and maize from Brazil, as they will cut the cost of shipping grain by up to a third...
Published: 21 July 2014
Simplifying grain shipments in Brazil
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SINWA Group: first non-UK stockist and agent for GUARDIAN
Following on from the recent announcement of its global expansion plans, Guardian Maritime Ltd, producers of GUARDIANTM anti-piracy barriers...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Star Bulk and Oceanbulk to merge
In mid-June, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. SBLK +11.85% said that it will merge with Oceanbulk Shipping, owned by Oaktree Capital Management L.P. and the family of Star Bulk’s non-executive chairman Petros Pappas, creating the largest US-listed dry bulk company...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Treading lightly on the environment transporting dry bulk cargo by barge and rail
AEP River Operations, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a barge company offering services in the transportation of bulk commodities throughout the inland river system. This includes the movement of grain, project cargo, coal, steel, ores, liquids and other bulk products...
Published: 21 July 2014
Treading lightly on the environment transporting dry bulk cargo by barge and rail
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Ports & Terminals
Cemex moves into Sagunto
Cemex has begun cement exports from the Spanish port of Sagunto. The initial consignment consisted of 4,500 tonnes of white clinker bound for Greece. Previously, Cemex made use of the nearby port of Valencia, but has switched to Sagunto...
Published: 11 June 2014
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Dropping anchor in the Netherlands - getting the lowdown on the European bulk hotspot
The Port of Amsterdam will see an expansion of bulk cargo traffic as new infrastructure projects come on stream and terminal investments prove their worth, according to Lex de Ridder, Manager Cluster Energy...
Published: 11 June 2014
Dropping anchor in the Netherlands - getting the lowdown on the European bulk hotspot
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Drummond suspends operations
The Colombian government forced mining company Drummond to suspend loading operations at its port on the Caribbean coast on grounds that it had failed...
Published: 11 June 2014
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Ferroeste resumes bran transport to Paranagua
In Brazil, the Ferroeste railway company has resumed the transport of bran to the port of Paranaguá, following an absence of seven years...
Published: 11 June 2014
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MoU signed to construct berth 4 at Cuxport in Cuxhaven, Germany
In March this year, Olaf Lies, the Lower Saxony Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, and Dr. Andreas Schmidt and Hans- Peter Zint, the managing directors of Cuxport, signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of berth 4 at...
Published: 11 June 2014
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Vale coal train attacked in Mozambique
In Mozambique, the Brazilian company Vale was forced to temporarily suspend export consignments of coal to the port of Beira after one of its trains was attacked and the driver injured...
Published: 11 June 2014
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ArcelorMittal and Vale oppose new Brazilian deepwater port
In Brazil,Vale,ArcelorMittal, Gerdau and Usiminas have asked the Espirito Santo Port Company (Codesa) not to build a super port in Praia Mole, but instead move it to Ponta da Fruta...
Published: 21 July 2014
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China continues ban on Valemax vessels
China has extended its ban on the use of Valemax vessels entering its port.A new directive, which takes effect as of 1 July 2014, specifically prohibits calls from 350,000dwt vessels...
Published: 21 July 2014
China continues ban on Valemax vessels
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Essar receives call from India’s largest bulk carrier
Essar Bulk Terminal has received a call from the 175,000dwt Kiran, which is the largest bulk carrier in the Indian fleet and also the largest vessel to make use of this facility...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Gijón consolidates leading position
In 2013, the Spanish port of Gijón grew by 3.21% in terms of dry bulk handled to 14.94mt (million tonnes), consolidating its position as the country’s leading port for that traffic segment.
Published: 21 July 2014
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Liberian ports to handle Guinean iron ore
The president of Liberia has reiterated her country’s intention to honour a memorandum of understanding signed with neighbouring Guinea to export iron ore...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Montevideo wants to attract containerized export soya
The management of the Uruguayan port of Montevideo is trying to provide incentives for local soya exporters to containerize consignments within the port...
Published: 21 July 2014
Montevideo wants to attract containerized export soya
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New coal terminal in Sukhodol Bay
A start is to be made on building a new coal terminal in Sukhodol Bay, in Russia, in the third quarter of this year. An initial phase, capable of handling 6 million tonnes...
Published: 21 July 2014
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New Nacala port to open in December
Mozambique’s Transport minister has said that the new Nacala-a-Velha port and coal terminal, as well as the railway line linking it to the Moatize mining district, would be ready by December...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Panama Canal expansion a lull before the storm?
North American West Coast ports are keeping a wary eye on the long-awaited Panama Canal expansion which should be completed in 2015 despite financial woes and delays...
Published: 21 July 2014
Panama Canal expansion a lull before the storm?
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Suape sugar terminal to go ahead
Brazil’s Administrative Council for the Defence of the Economy (CADE) has given the go-ahead for Odebrecht Transport to buy a 75% stake in Agrovia do Nordeste...
Published: 21 July 2014
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The Port of Yuzhny is the deepest in the Azov-Black Sea basin
In June 2014 the navigable draught at the Port of Yuzhny (Odessa, Ukraine) increased to 18.5m thanks to the dredging that has been carried out in the operational water area and the approach channel by Mobius GmbH since February 2013.
Published: 21 July 2014
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TPP beating all traffic forecasts
In 2013,Terminales Portuarias del Pacífico (TPP), which is based in the Mexican port of Lázaro Cárdenas, completed its first full year of operations, during which it handled 3.6mt (million tonnes) of iron ore...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Traffic at Ust-Luga continues to grow
By 2017, the Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga will be handling more than 100mt (metric tonnes). This will increase to 170mt by 2020...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Vale exports to make use of Nueva Palmira
The Uruguayan port of Nueva Palmira is no longer able to receive inbound cargo from Paraguay after Argentina closed the transshipment facility on the island of La Paloma, citing reasons of security and non-fulfilment of investment.
Published: 21 July 2014
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Vizag to become Indian coal hub
Visakhapatnam port in India is developing a role as a regional hub for imported coal. Vizag General Cargo Berth, which is a joint-venture between Vedanta (74%) and Leighton Welspun (26%) has built a coal terminal at a cost of $113 million...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Engineering & Equipment
Inlecom and DANOS introduce E-Maritime compatible collaboration platforms
Inlecom and DANAOS are delighted to announce that their e-Maritime compatible collaboration platforms enabling interoperability in shipping software solutions are now available commercially as beta versions...
Published: 04 June 2014
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DOCKSOLID biomass hoppers for ABP as Buttimer launches equipment brand
At the time of writing, Irish mechanical engineering company Buttimer was set to deliver two ship unloading hoppers to the Port of Hull for ABP (Associated British Ports). The delivery was set to take place in the middle of May...
Published: 12 June 2014
DOCKSOLID biomass hoppers for ABP as Buttimer launches equipment brand
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Feeder assessment, design and supply from Jenike & Johanson
Proper selection of a screw, belt, rotary valve (rotary air lock), or vibratory feeder should be integrated into the material handling system design early in the process...
Published: 12 June 2014
Feeder assessment, design and supply from Jenike & Johanson
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Getting down and dirty - the intricacies of handling coal
Viewed as a major investment for Coeclerici Group, Korchakol had the logistics in place to ensure easy transportation of raw materials to the port of Murmansk, where the company is well established...
Published: 12 June 2014
Getting down and dirty - the intricacies of handling coal
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IHI’s involvement in biomass handling projects
IHI Transport Machinery Co., Ltd is a leading Japanese company involved in the production of material handling equipment & systems...
Published: 12 June 2014
IHI’s involvement in biomass handling projects
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Liebherr LHM 550 for Terminal du Grand Ouest
Located at the French Atlantic coast,Terminal du Grand Ouest (TGO) has opted for its first Liebherr mobile harbour crane (LHM), type LHM 550...
Published: 12 June 2014
Liebherr LHM 550 for Terminal du Grand Ouest
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SCHADE solution for Brazilian stockyard
Five years after the delivery of a first bridge scraper for the cement plant at Sobradinho, SCHADE was able to carry out another contract by the Brazilian cement producer CIPLAN Cimento Planalto S/A: SCHADE delivers a circular column equipped spreader...
Published: 12 June 2014
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Townsville opts for Liebherr LHM 420
Australian-based Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) has placed an order for a Liebherr mobile harbour crane, type LHM 420, to operate on Berth 3 and 4 in the Port of Townsville...
Published: 12 June 2014
Townsville opts for Liebherr LHM 420
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Complementing the shiploader - quayside storage domes
Shiploaders are a common sight along the jetties and piers of the world, writes Melanie Saxton of Geometrica. Yet these enormous machines would have no loads if it were not for the ancillary port infrastructure...
Published: 13 June 2014
Complementing the shiploader - quayside storage domes
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Lafarge belt bucket elevator upgrade: BEUMER modernization considerably increases service life

Published: 13 June 2014
Lafarge belt bucket elevator upgrade: BEUMER modernization considerably increases service life
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Lafarge belt bucket elevator upgrade: BEUMER modernization considerably increases service life
Spectacular residential and office buildings, tunnels and other infrastructure facilities — nothing can be built without cement...
Published: 13 June 2014
Lafarge belt bucket elevator upgrade: BEUMER modernization considerably increases service life
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Shiploading success stories
From 1999 to 2012 ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, BU Resource Technologies (TKRT, formerly TKF) successfully supplied more than 18 high-capacity shiploaders...
Published: 13 June 2014
Shiploading success stories
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Formed in the USA: USA Engineering Expertise
In today’s competitive environment, just having a standard design for a silo, transfer chute, feeder, or stockpile may not be good enough. In fact, implementing a design that does not carefully consider critical bulk...
Published: 17 June 2014
Formed in the USA: USA Engineering Expertise
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Adjustable bracket for dust suppression ring
Dust Control Technology, a renowned provider of open-area dust suppression systems, has introduced a family of adjustable mounting brackets for the popular DustBoss® DB-RTM series of dust suppressors...
Published: 21 July 2014
Adjustable bracket for dust suppression ring
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Alumina trihydrate flows reliably with new silo design courtesy of Jenike & Johanson
Jenike & Johanson is a leading company in powder and bulk solids handling, processing, and storage technology...
Published: 21 July 2014
Alumina trihydrate flows reliably with new silo design courtesy of Jenike & Johanson
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Bauxite & alumina trades
Resource nationalism is asserting itself mostly subtly but on occasions bluntly across the globe, writes Kunal Bose. Even the countries swearing by free trade principles are too found to be practising resource conservation in ways hurtful for importing nations...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Bega’s flexible terminal
Thanks to its Siwertell technology from Cargotec, the Lithuanian stevedoring company Bega has not only increased its cargo handling capacity, but can now offer its customers greater flexibility and access to commercial benefits...
Published: 21 July 2014
Bega’s flexible terminal
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Disaster recovery - IHI comes to the rescue after Japan’s devastating 2011 tsunami
IHI Transport Machinery Co., Ltd, is one of major affiliates of IHI Corporation Group in Japan, and is a leading provider of cranes and material handling systems...
Published: 21 July 2014
Disaster recovery - IHI comes to the rescue after Japan’s devastating 2011 tsunami
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Electrified advantages
Electric material handlers offer several advantages, but there are several factors that must be taken into account...
Published: 21 July 2014
Electrified advantages
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Equipment controls, drives & components
igus® was founded in Germany in a double garage, back in 1964. For the first 20 years, the company worked as a supplier of complex technical polymer components...
Published: 21 July 2014
Equipment controls, drives & components
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EuroChem uses AUMUND bucket elevator to transport ammonium sulphate
With the expansion of its own Division Mineral Processing, AUMUND Fördertechnik has laid the foundations to market conveyors and bucket elevators for the transport of bulk materials in industries beyond cement successfully...
Published: 21 July 2014
EuroChem uses AUMUND bucket elevator to transport ammonium sulphate
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Good vibrations
The strategically placed coastal ports have, for very many years, played a key role in both the export and import of huge volumes of fossil fuels used to keep the lights switched on and the wheels of commerce turning across Europe...
Published: 21 July 2014
Good vibrations
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Keeping it green -equipment and technologies used in rail and barge handling
Inland water transport is one of the oldest and most sustainable modes of bulk product transportation. The transport of bulk product on rivers and/or along the coasts in small size vessels such as barges is recognized as an economical...
Published: 21 July 2014
Keeping it green -equipment and technologies used in rail and barge handling
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Mantsinen 200 M HybriLift®— world’s strongest hydraulic material handler
Finland-based Mantsinen Group Ltd Oy is steadily becoming larger and faster. The newest addition to Mantsinen’s range of hydraulic material handlers...
Published: 21 July 2014
Mantsinen 200 M HybriLift®— world’s strongest hydraulic material handler
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Metso wins Codelco Chuquicamata mine contract
Metso has signed an 18-month services contract with Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine. Codelco is the biggest state- owned enterprise in Chile and the world’s largest producer of copper...
Published: 21 July 2014
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Overcoming limits in vertical conveying
Space-saving, environmentally friendly and efficient: this is POCKETLIFT® from the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group. In terms of conveying height and capacity...
Published: 21 July 2014
Overcoming limits in vertical conveying
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Third Siwertell road mobile cement unloader order aids Libyan reconstruction
The Turkish construction services company Mussa Insaat Dis Ticaret Ltd of Istanbul has ordered a further road-mobile Siwertell 10 000 S cement unloader from Cargotec...
Published: 21 July 2014
Third Siwertell road mobile cement unloader order aids Libyan reconstruction
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Breakbulk & Bagging
Pulp fiction? the facts on Brazil’s pulp market
Will markets absorb the extra 6mt (million tonnes) of pulp to be added to output in Brazil in just three years, without causing prices to fall?...
Published: 21 July 2014
Pulp fiction? the facts on Brazil’s pulp market
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Regional Reports
The wizardry of Oz - bulk handling in Australia
Each year more than 240 customers worldwide — including charterers, ship owners, terminals and banks and insurers — rely on RightShip’s Ship Vetting Information System (SVISTM) as part of their maritime risk management process...
Published: 21 July 2014
The wizardry of Oz - bulk handling in Australia
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