Dry Bulk News Archive



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Cargotec delivers a range of MacGregor transloading equipment for bulk export operations in India
24 November 2010: In August, Indian bulk export specialists, M/s. VM Salgaocar & Bros. Pvt. Ltd signed an agreement with Cargotec for the supply of a range of MacGregor transloading equipment for handling iron ore at the company’s new terminal in Goa, India...

GAC wins ‘Freight, Transport and Logistics’ award at Lloyd’s List Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards 2010
24 November 2010: Global shipping and logistics services provider GAC has won the “Freight, Transport and Logistics” accolade at the Lloyd’s List Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards (MEISA) 2010.

Cargotec wins €80m+ of orders for shipboard cranes
11 November 2010: Cargotec has secured MacGregor cargo handling crane orders worth more than €80 million.

ClassNK named ‘best in class’ at Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2010
11 November 2010: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) received one of the highest honours in the maritime industry when it received ‘The Classification Society Award’ at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards 2010 held in Singapore in October...

First drop in ship operating costs for eight years
11 November 2010: International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens reports an average fall of 2% in total annual operating costs in OpCost 2010, its unique ship operating costs benchmarking tool....

Handysize market overview - outlook for Handysize vessels looks better than for the bulk carrier fleet as a whole
11 November 2010: Like the bulk shipping industry in general, owners in the Handysize sector have had something of a tumultuous year. As the end of September approached, the Baltic Handysize Index was hovering between 1,050 and 1,100 points...

Henry hatch cover tapes enjoy seal of approval from the bulk market
11 November 2010: Protecting sensitive cargoes, such as cement, is vital to ensure the cargo arrives in good condition — dry and fully protected from the outside elements...

In the bag - bagging and FIBCs in the bulk industry
11 November 2010: On the one hand, there is the FFS (form, fill and seal) filling concept for bulk commodities, on the other, there is woven tape fabric as a packaging material, write Bernd Hartmann...

New ore carrier ‘Ore Amazonas’ delivered
11 November 2010: On 13 October, Ore Amazonas, a new 300,000dwt class ore carrier built by Nantong COSCO KHI Engineering Co. Ltd. (NACKS), was delivered to NYK...

Viking welcomes Hygrapha aboard
11 November 2010: Viking Life-Saving Equipment has raised the competitive stakes in maritime safety by announcing a deal to acquire renowned independent trading company Hygrapha...

Water-lubricated bearings make retrofit impact
11 November 2010: The recent conversion from sealed oil lubricated bearings to open water-lubricated bearings on the bulk carrier Peter R Cresswell demonstrates the way owners of existing ships are solving oil pollution leakage issues...

Wilhelmsen Ships Service wins prestigious Seatrade Award
11 November 2010: Major maritime service network Wilhelmsen Ships Service has been awarded the prominent Seatrade Award in the category of Best Ship Agent...

Antwerp Port Authority organizes breakbulk forum in St. Petersburg
10 November 2010: Antwerp has long been a pre-eminent breakbulk port for Europe. Its comprehensive expertise in breakbulk is one of the port’s signature features.

Bulk handling equipment — Italian-style
10 November 2010: Tenova Takraf is the business segment within Tenova S.p.A. that specializes in the design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning of...

Buoyant steam coal imports - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK November 2010
10 November 2010: Recent news and statistics confirm that, in a range of dry bulk trades, activity is still buoyant and prospects through 2011 seem positive...

Caterpillar wins EPA certification for its C9.3 ACERT non-road engine
10 November 2010: Caterpillar Inc. has announced today that its C9.3 ACERT engine has received the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Tier 4 emissions certification and European Union (EU) emissions type approval.

Contitech buys Chinese belt maker
10 November 2010: The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group, Northeim, Germany, is acquiring the conveyor belt operations of Tianjin Xinbinhai Conveyor Belt Co., Ltd., Tianjin. The relevant agreements were signed in China on 18 October.

France & Belgium - bulk handling in this busy region
10 November 2010: The largest inland port in Belgium (18.2mt [million tonnes] in 2009), Liège Port Authority, currently manages 32 port areas (369ha) along the River Meuse and the Albert canal in Liège province...

German manufacturer sets its sights on global market
10 November 2010: KRÖGER Greifertechnik is promoting its extremely robust and durable products with the aim of capturing the global market...

Global fertilizer outlook
10 November 2010: In its latest assessment of the world economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirms the economic recovery is proceeding broad...

Gottwald strengthens its position in South Korea
10 November 2010: Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has recently secured two orders for the delivery of three mobile harbour cranes to South Korea...

Handling and storing cement - all along the dry bulk supply chain
10 November 2010: Although the financial crisis has meant a significant fall in the demand for ship unloaders for cement, Van Aalst Bulk Handling can still boast a healthy order book...

Hesitant economies may restrain bulk trade
10 November 2010: Around the world raw materials suppliers, shipowners and port operators are looking anxiously for signs pointing to continuing global economic recovery. After last year’s worst global recession...

Hitachi helps to make Spanish port safer with new sea wall
10 November 2010: Over the past four decades, the exterior port at Punta Langosteira near La Coruña, north-west Spain, has experienced several maritime disasters, which have given it the name ‘Costa da...

ICL Fertilizers: manufacturer of fertilizers and hub in the Port of Amsterdam
10 November 2010: In its current form ICL Fertilizers has been in Amsterdam since 1982, but actually the company’s roots date back to 1907...

Largest mobile harbour crane on US east coast commissioned
10 November 2010: The largest mobile harbour crane on the US east cost has been officially commissioned for service at Rukert Terminals, Baltimore...

Making dust a thing of the past
10 November 2010: Fallout from bulk loading dry goods is now a thing of the past with the development of DSH Systems Ltd (dust suppression hopper) which fertilizer companies in New Zealand, Australia...

Martin Engineering Quick ChangeTM blade for conveyor belt cleaning
10 November 2010: A new, high-quality cleaning blade for use on vulcanized conveyor belts features a special polyurethane blend and tungsten carbide tip to deliver service life two...

Mini loss-in-weight feeder from Schenck Process
10 November 2010: Big isn’t always better. From Schenck Process there is now an ideal solution for feeding very small volumes of powder, and it’s called MechaTron® Min...

Mundra operates dry bulk port of Dahej
10 November 2010: Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone, which belongs to the Adani group, has commenced operations at Dahej, in Gujarat, India, where it is investing $254 million...

New Cargotec operator interfaces for dry cargo market
10 November 2010: Cargotec has developed new operator interfaces for MacGregor dry cargo products; customer feedback formed an essential part..

New conveyor idler aligner delivers improved safety, precise adjustment
10 November 2010: A new conveyor idler aligner featuring a safe and effective method to manually fine tune OEM-style self-adjusting idlers has been introduced by Martin Engineering...

Port of Hamburg: focus on flexibility and efficiency
10 November 2010: The Port of Hamburg is one of the most flexible and efficient universal ports in Europe. Its modern cargo terminals can handle every type of ship...

Santos is Mato Grosso’s corn export port of choice
10 November 2010: The Brazilian port of Santos is the largest outlet for corn produced in the country’s Mato Grosso state. On the 1.56 million tonnes exported in the first half of 2010, 48% went through Santos, which handled 756,000 tonnes...

Specialist operations at German feedstuffs terminal
10 November 2010: J. Müller Agri Terminal is Germany’ largest port for the import of feedstuffs. Based on the River Weser, it performs to a high level.

Start-up for TAIM WESER-built facility at Peruvian phosphate plant
10 November 2010: The shiploader supplied by TAIM WESER for the Brazilian firm, VALE, began operations in August at the new phosphate plant in Bayovar (Peru), the largest phosphate reserve in South America...

Thumbs-up for Sandvik’s role in world’s largest conveyor bridge
10 November 2010: Prince Herrmann Ludwig Heinrich von Pückler-Muskau, a landscape gardening genius, built the Muskau Park in the Lusatia region in 1817...

50th Liebherr Mobile Harbour Crane for Russia
08 November 2010: Leading cargo handling equipment specialist Liebherr has been a key player in the development of Russian commercial sea ports with the recent supply of numerous tailor-made products from its Liebherr Port Equipment range...

QMASTOR Finalises Contracts for Pit to Port Software with Exxaro Resources’ Coal and Mineral Sands Divisions
08 November 2010: The Directors of QMASTOR Limited are pleased to announce that QMASTOR has finalized contracts with one of South Africa’s largest and fastest growing mining groups.

Antwerp Port Authority organises Breakbulk Forum in St. Petersburg
26 October 2010: To highlight Antwerp’s breakbulk know-how, as well as its range of shipping services and its strategic location within Europe...

Fortune Plum makes Panama Canal history
26 October 2010: Houston, Texas, 26 October 2010 – History was made recently when the dry bulk carrier, Fortune Plum, was the 1,000,000th vessel to transit through the Panama Canal since it opened in 1914.

MechaTron® Min: the mini loss-in-weight feeder
26 October 2010: Big isn't always better. From Schenck Process there is now an ideal solution for feeding very small volumes of powder, and it's called MechaTron® Min.

Two Worlds Unite – Woven Fabric Meets FFS
26 October 2010: The FFS (Form, Fill and Seal) technology is a fully automatic low cost packaging method for powders, resins, flakes and many other free-flowing goods.

Ventilator manufacturing company in Oelde is now represented in the Middle East by Haver & Boecker
26 October 2010: Since October 1, the company Ventilatorenfabrik Oelde has been represented in the Middle East by the Haver & Boecker subsidiary Haver Middle East in Ras Ál Khaimah (United Arab Emirates) in the sector of cement plants.

ContiTech buys Chinese conveyor belt manufacturer
20 October 2010: The ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group, Northeim, is acquiring the conveyor belt operations of Tianjin Xinbinhai Conveyor Belt Co., Ltd., Tianjin.

Adani to build new port in Australia
07 October 2010: India’s Adani group has been selected as the preferred developer of a new coal export terminal at Dungeon Point in Australia, which will be operated as part of a 99-year lease...

AIRCHOC® WIRELESS air cannon saves time and money
07 October 2010: STANDARD INDUSTRIE has drawn on its 30+ years’ experience in solving blockages to develop its new AIRCHOC® WIRELESS, the only air cannon in the world that does not need an external power supply.

Another grain trade shake-up
07 October 2010: Dramatic events in the global grain market have unfolded over the past few months. As the full extent of this summer’s likely harvest shortfalls among Black...

Anti-piracy initiative disables attacking vessels
07 October 2010: Anti-piracy and maritime security specialist Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre (MMWC) has developed an innovative device to improve the safety of shipping in...

Aussie ports gear up for rising bulk throughput
07 October 2010: Two of Australia’s lesser known ports are gearing up to handle ever rising exports of bulk cargoes. The port of Townsville in North...

BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK - Faltering economies could hamper trade
07 October 2010: Optimism about import demand for raw materials and other industrial bulk commodities in many countries is still evident. But there are greater...

Bulk terminal opens at Ukraine river port
07 October 2010: A Ukrainian company, Nibulon LLC, has put into operation a new grain and oilseed terminal at the river port of Gradizhsk in the Poltava region...

Cargotec develops training simulator
07 October 2010: A new simulator represents an important enhancement to Cargotec’s commitment to complete value added customer solutions...

Cargotec wins major cargo handling contract for Lithuanian terminal
07 October 2010: Cargotec has signed a contract with the Lithuanian stevedoring company Bega to supply electro-mechanical cargo handling...

Cavotec MoorMaster units bound for Australia’s Port of Dampier
07 October 2010: Global engineering company Cavotec offers, among its many products and solutions, the MoorMasterTM vacuum mooring technology. The MoorMasterTM helps make ports safer and more...

China strives to guarantee grain supply
07 October 2010: Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has called on authorities to give more support to the country’s major grain production areas so to ensure grain supply and security...

Coal India in new Vizag venture
07 October 2010: The Indian power company, Coal India, has announced plans to invest $107 million in building a terminal in the country’s...

Danish shipping giant: serving the bulk market
07 October 2010: Independent Danish company NORDEN A/S was founded in 1871, making it one of the country’s oldest internationally operating shipping companies.

Drives & Control Systems
07 October 2010: Because of its strengths in planning and good engineering practice, AE AUTOMOTION (AE) has grown rapidly. This, in turn, has made it a successful material handling company in the...

DSI Snakes – making their mark in Spain
07 October 2010: Dos Santos International, LLC is a major supplier of high-angle conveyor applications and designer of sandwich belt type high-angle conveyors. DSI has extensive worldwide experience in sales...

Efficient antifoul keeps fuel costs down
07 October 2010: With increasing fuel costs and a focus on emissions, ship operators are increasingly seeking quick, simple and cost effective...

Equipping today’s bulk handling stockyard
07 October 2010: Telestack Limited continue to excel in providing innovative mobile coal handling solutions to its worldwide customer base...

European coal trade 2010
07 October 2010: European coal trade has been rather lacklustre this year in some respects, particularly over the summer months...

Germanischer Lloyd: 7,000th vessel milestone
07 October 2010: Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has reached another milestone in its continuous growth strategy. Seven thousand vessels with 90 million gross tonnages (GT) are currently under the...

Grain surge is good news for Great Lakes/St Lawrence Seaway
07 October 2010: Grain shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway increased by 51% to 830,000 metric tonnes in August compared with the same period last year as international demand began to ramp up...

Hamburg–Le Havre - recovery in sight after economic downturn
07 October 2010: France has been as badly affected as any of its European neighbours by the financial turmoil sweeping the continent over the past couple of years...

Indian west coast ports see rising ore traffic
07 October 2010: India’s west coast ports are handling more iron ore than similar facilities on the East Coast. Mormugao, for example, handled 43mt (million tonnes) in the 2009/10 financial...

Innovative port queue system set to lessen congestion at Newcastle
07 October 2010: Newcastle Port Corporation (NPC) in Australia is trialling an innovative new port queue system to try to reduce congestion and improve safety at anchorage in the wake of a number of...

Innovative solutions from Mantsinen
07 October 2010: Green awareness in the heavy machine market is being reflected in the research and development of Finland-based Mantsinen Group Ltd Oy. The company’s customers are becoming increasingly aware of...

Jolconsultancy: the unique result of 40 years of experience in shipping and logistics
07 October 2010: Frans Jol, born in Holland on 9 February 1953, started his seaman’s life early. Jol comes from a family with a great deal of shipping in its history...

Kazakhs operate terminal in Iran
07 October 2010: ProdKorporatsiya, a grain trader based in Kazakhstan, has begun operating a 700,000-tonne-capacity grain terminal in the Iranian port of Amirabad...

Kinder Morgan upgrades its major coal terminals for the 21st century
07 October 2010: Over the past three years, the world’s demand for thermal and metallurgical coals has resulted in coal becoming one of the primary commodities handled within Kinder Morgan’s terminals...

Martin Engineering offers expanded conveyor training
07 October 2010: Martin Engineering has expanded its FOUNDATIONS™ training programme on the design and development of more productive belt conveyors to offer three customizable seminars...

Matutuine to handle Botswana coal
07 October 2010: Mozambique is to build a new deep water port at Matutuine, in Maputo province, at a cost of $2.34 billion...

Moves afoot to transform Australia’s Abbot Point into major coal export port
07 October 2010: Plans are moving forward which could transform Abbot Point in Australia into one of the world’s largest coal export ports...

New bulk transfer terminal in Bay of Bengal
07 October 2010: The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) have formed a joint-venture to build a dry bulk transshipment facility in the Bay of Bengal...

New cement facility being developed for Klaipeda
07 October 2010: Heidelberg Klaipeda is to invest $3.67 million in developing a logistics terminal at the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda. This will import high-quality cement...

New JV bulk terminal for Vizag
07 October 2010: A public-private initiative, Vizag Seaport Private Limited (VSPL), is to invest $32 million in the development of a dry bulk handling...

NKS speeds up storage operations with RDS on-board weighing
07 October 2010: UK company North Killingholme Storage (NKS) provides one-stop storage and logistical solutions, including customs approved warehousing for bulk products.

Paradip bulk berths await environmental clearance
07 October 2010: The two deep water coal and iron ore berths for which concession agreements have been signed at the Indian port of Paradip have so far failed to obtain environmental clearance...

Pressure on Capesize rates set to continue for a year
07 October 2010: The unexpected recovery of dry bulk freight rates in early 2009 which prompted a fresh bout of newbuilding orders is...

Raft of contracts for Tenova TAKRAF
07 October 2010: Tenova TAKRAF has reported several recent contracts for its equipment...

Russia’s Vostochny Port invests in equipment
07 October 2010: Vostochny Port JSC reports it has invested $50 million in renewing equipment over the past two years. It has recently put into operation two large-wheeled...

Schenck Process signs sales representation agreement with FCT-ACTech
07 October 2010: Schenck Process GmbH of Germany (Schenck Process) and FCT-ACTech Pty Ltd of Australia (FCT) have announced the signing of a sales...

Self-unloading vessels and transloaders
07 October 2010: Floating transloading terminals outside dry bulk loading and discharging ports offer an efficient and cost-effective alternative to dredging, and their...

Shaken not stirred: vibrating floors come into their own in bulk industry
07 October 2010: Silexport International of France manufactures a unique bulk reclaiming system, the active floor VIBRAFLOOR...

Soya producer to build bulk terminal at Santarém
07 October 2010: The world’s leading soya producer, Eraí Maggi Scheffer, is to build a $28.52 million new dry bulk terminal at the port of Santarém, which is located at the confluence of the Amazon...

Stewart Group gears up for sharp rise in European coal imports
07 October 2010: As many industry experts predict European coal imports will rise sharply, international inspection, analysis and assaying specialist...

Stewart Group gets fired up in Mongolia
07 October 2010: Stewart Group, the international inspection, analysis and assay group has developed its operations in Mongolia, with a state-of-the-art expansion at its laboratory in the heart of the country...

STL’s new transshipment solution improves operational cost-effectiveness
07 October 2010: Sea Transport Logistics (STL) claims it has designed a new transshipment solution which has lower power requirements, can handle rougher seas and offer faster transfer rates than rival...

Success story for Rulmeca: China Resources Cement project
07 October 2010: In July 2010, Rulmeca Tianjin Co. Ltd completed the delivery of rollers for the second phase of the important project of China..

Tenova TAKRAF signs new contract in Mauritania
07 October 2010: Tenova TAKRAF has recently signed a contract for the turnkey supply of a shiploader and a conveyor system with Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM), the state-owned company in Mauritania.

Transport problems threaten bumper Aussie grain crop
07 October 2010: Transport shortages are looming as a serious problem as preparations are made for Australia’s third biggest winter crop on record...

Ust-Luga builds 5mt dry bulk terminal
07 October 2010: The Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga is to have a new five-billion dry bulk terminal, which is to be built by MCC EuroChem. This will annually handle...

Vale may move to monthly price contracts for iron ore
07 October 2010: The commodity market remains rife with rumours that the Brazilian Vale may shift from quarterly to monthly price contracts for iron ore, with some clients...

Vanino to open new coal terminal
07 October 2010: In 2014, phase one of a new coal terminal is due to open in the Russian port of Vanino. It will have an annual capacity of 5 million tonnes...

Why store coal under cover?
07 October 2010: Wet coal is obviously less efficient as fuel. But, most importantly, dust from open stockpiles can travel on air currents to coat...

Wireless scale operation improves safety
07 October 2010: Weighing and feeding can be a very elaborate, timeconsuming and costly process. Configuration, monitoring and maintenance work are significant factors depending on the raw materials to be processed...

Metso will design and supply the world’s largest SAG Mill for the Newmont Mining Yanacocha Conga copper-gold project in Peru
05 October 2010: Metso has been selected to design and supply a 42 ft x 25 ft, (12.8m x 7.6m) 28 MW gearless SAG mill, plus two 26 ft x 42 ft, (7.9m x 12.8m) 15.6 MW ball mills and...

World: Steel demand to grow 13.1%
05 October 2010: Demand for world steel was likely to rebound this year, growing by 13.1 percent after a contraction last year , and should hit a record high next year, the World Steel Association said yesterday...

Navios expects eight newbuilding capesizes over next three quarters
04 October 2010: Fast-expanding dry bulk and logistics company Navios Maritime Holdings said its appetite for new ships had not been sated as it unveiled stronger than expected earnings for thee second quarter of 2010.

Newly inaugerated Vale Phosphate mine in Bayovar (Peru) facility built by Taim Weser
04 October 2010: On August 5, the President of Peru, Alan García, officially launched the Bayovar phosphate plant in Sechura (Piura). The plant, which will be the largest phosphate production facility in South America, was built by the Brazilian company...

Pilot project: Filling natural stones using the HAVER-FFS machine
04 October 2010: Recently HAVER & BOECKER carried out a pilot project in Kaisheim, Bavaria at the Gandl Natursteine GmbH company. It was the first time a HAVER-FFS machine was used for filling natural stones...

The largest mobile harbor crane on the US east cost was officially commissioned for service at Rukert Terminals, Baltimore
04 October 2010: In August Liebherr one of the top suppliers of port equipment and the world market leader for mobile harbour cranes delivered a Mobile Harbour Crane, type LHM 500S to Rukert Terminals...

GAC teamwork makes light work of heavy lift
30 September 2010: At 745 metric tonnes, the reactor unit was a big load for the crane loading it onto a SAL-heavy lift vessel at Dubai’s Jebel Ali port and it took two hours to load...

Gottwald Reinforces its Position in South Korea with Orders for Three Mobile Harbour Cranes
30 September 2010: Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has recently secured two orders for the delivery of three Mobile Harbour Cranes to South Korea...

Cargotec has secured MacGregor cargo handling crane orders worth more than EUR 80 million
28 September 2010: In August Cargotec confirmed contracts for 275 MacGregor cargo handling cranes with a total value of more than EUR 80 million. The cranes are destined for 72 ships on order at various shipyards in China and South Korea...

New Commercial Manager to strengthen GAC Australia
28 September 2010: GAC Australia has appointed Gareth Long as its Commercial Manager, to drive business development at all Australian ports and beyond the country’s borders...

Cargotec wins comprehensive cargo handling contract for Lithuanian export/import terminal
15 September 2010: Cargotec has signed a contract with the Lithuanian stevedoring company Bega to supply electro-mechanical cargo handling equipment for a grain and animal feedstuffs export/import terminal at the port of Klaipéda in Lithuania...

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics launches handling operation in Bielefeid
08 September 2010: Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has reached another milestone in the consolidation of its European network after announcing the establishment of a new main handling operation...

ABS revises guide for vessels operating in low temperatures
08 September 2010: ABS has revised its comprehensive guide for vessels operating in the Arctic and comparable harsh environments incorporating nearly four years of operational experience since...

Agromatic unveils ‘one-wire’ technology for temperature monitoring systems
08 September 2010: Agromatic, the Swiss manufacturer of monitoring and controlling equipment for mills, feed mills and silos has introduced its newly developed ‘one-wire’ registration system, in combination with...

Australia introduces national ports plan
08 September 2010: The National Transport Commission in Australia has called for a public consultation regarding the National Port Strategy, which it has launched in conjunction with Infrastructure Australia...

Brazilian pulp mills defy price fall to plan major expansions
08 September 2010: The price of Brazil’s market pulp rose by $300 per tonne in the first half of this year, with that destined for Europe fetching close to $900 per tonne, and that going to China being sold for about $100 per tonne less.

BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK – Dry bulk trade recovery continues
08 September 2010: Prospects for global seaborne dry bulk trade over the next twelve months are still broadly positive. There are many signs of upwards import demand trends

Bulker safety – more research is needed on the effect of high loading rates on structural integrity
08 September 2010: More research is required on the impact of high loading rates on bulk carrier safety, according to leading classification societies...

Business confidence in the transport sector holds up despite a UK decline in optimism
08 September 2010: Confidence levels among businesses in the transport & storage sector increased in Q3 2010 while the outlook across the whole economy weakened, states the latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM).

China Shipping-Jumbo Heavy Lift opens China office
08 September 2010: China Shipping-Jumbo Heavy Lift Co. Ltd., a joint venture between Jumbo Shipping and China Shipping, has opened a Representative Office in Beijing, China, Together with its...

China starts work on new coal port
08 September 2010: China’s northeast Liaoning province has begun construction of a new coal port at the city of Jinzhou...

Dust control systems - Keeping it clean in the bulk handling market
08 September 2010: The Port of Seward has completed a conveyor system upgrade for its coal handling operations that has raised throughput by an estimated 20%, allowing Alaska’s largest coal producer to better compete for international customers.

Enclosed storage systems in the dry bulk market
08 September 2010: The reasons for large bulk terminals are very diverse: stock for trading, stock for production facilities, stock for emergency reasons...

Feedstuffs, grains & oilseeds trades
08 September 2010: With the world economy continuing to recover, better than anticipated, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts world growth at 4.5% in 2010, but notes the global growth rate...

Fertilizer traffic rises at Paranaguá
08 September 2010: The Brazilian port of Paranagua forecasts handling 7 million tonnes of fertilizer by the end of the year, divided between urea, potassium chloride and nitrates...

Floating cranes – the offshore solution for many bulk handling needs
08 September 2010: Scorpio Logistics, part of the Monaco-based Scorpio Group, operates specialized transshipment vessels, designs customized logistics systems and invests in businesses and projects...

FLSmidth the technological advantage
08 September 2010: FLSmidth is a major force in the manufacture and supply of bulk handling equipment. The FLSmidth office in Wadgassen, Germany, combines the consolidated strengths of two leading brands for material handling — KOCH and MVT — and forms the...

High speed Case 121E HTS loaders boost travel performance
08 September 2010: Case Construction Equipment has introduced High Travel Speed (HTS) versions of three of its popular Series 3 compact monoboom wheeled loaders...

India’s Hazira bulk terminal opens
08 September 2010: Essar Bulk Terminal at Hazira port in India has commenced operations. The facility cost $171 million and can handle 30mt (million tonnes) per annum, making it...

Liverpool aims to be UK’s most reliable and responsive port
08 September 2010: Peel Ports has appointed Briggs Equipment UK to undertake the engineering maintenance of its operational plant and equipment at the Port of Liverpool...

LogSys software goes live at three terminals
08 September 2010: In the past months LogSys has seen its software successfully go live at no fewer than three terminals. The three terminals handle a variety of dry bulk commodities and all use...

Moving with the times - mobile harbour equipment continues to evolve
08 September 2010: Telestack Limited has recently installed four innovative and unique grain handling mobile shiploaders to form an integral part of the largest transshipment terminals in the Ukraine...

New Holland launches new WE Series wheeled excavators at Bauma exhibition
08 September 2010: New Holland took advantage of the Bauma 2010 exhibition to unveil the first three models of its new range of wheeled excavators: WE150, WE170 and WE190...

Oversize vehicle shipment handled by Wilhelmsen in India
08 September 2010: The Logistics Team at Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Mumbai has just completed the handling of a specialized project of oversized vehicles from...

Pavan takes over the GBS Group
08 September 2010: Pavan Group has expanded its activities and has become a major player in its sector, which is providing a broad range of technology and equipment, from flour milling right up to product packaging...

Putting brain in the grain supply chain
08 September 2010: Melamine in Chinese milk, mad cow disease or BSE in Europe, listeriosis in Canada, salmonellosis in the US, maybe even a risk for future bioterror attacks

Richards Bay coal prices remain high
08 September 2010: The price for coal being shipped from Richards Bay in South Africa continues to remain high because of strong demand from Europe...

Rio Grande becomes major Brazilian deep water port
08 September 2010: The Brazilian port of Rio Grande has increased its draught to 12.8 metres, an increase of 0.6 metres...

Siemens improves its Sitrans LR250 radar level transmitter
08 September 2010: Siemens Industry Automation Division has added Foundation Fieldbus certified communications to the Sitrans LR250 radar level transmitter. Sitrans LR250 comes complete with Enhanced EDD...

Supply ‘squeeze’ results in substantial vessel queues at Santos and Paranagua
08 September 2010: Up to 110 ships were waiting to load sugar at the ports of Santos and Paranagua on several occasions during July and August this year, three times the usual number.

TMBP: Portuguese bulk handling specialist
08 September 2010: Empresa de Tráfego e Estiva, S.A. is licensed as a port operator in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon, Setúbal, Sines and Faro. Founded in April 1936, it has developed its core business activity in offshore handling of maritime cargo.

Walvis Bay expands to handle more copper and uranium
08 September 2010: Walvis Bay port in Namibia is to complete its expansion plans by the end of 2012. This will allow it to handle larger quantities of both uranium and copper, which will mostly be shipped by container.

Water-lubricated bearings help in battle against oil pollution leakage
08 September 2010: The recent conversion from sealed oil lubricated bearings to open water lubricated bearings on the bulk carrier...

Wilhelmsen Ships Service completes project cargo contract in Saudi Arabia
08 September 2010: Wilhelmsen Ships Service undertook a significant project in Saudi Arabia when the company moved equipment and parts totalling some 32,000 tonnes over...

Company to build a facility in Sumatra as part of a $1.65bn project with India’s Adani group.
26 August 2010: India's Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone will take part in a $1.65bn port and rail project in Indonesia together with a unit of Indian conglomerate Adani.

CSL confirms $514m order
26 August 2010: The CSL Group has confirmed a $514m order for 10 self-unloading bulk carriers from China’s Chengxi Shipyard, in what will be the company’s largest fleet renewal programme.

Cargotec to benefit from boom in dry bulker boom
25 August 2010: A bulker boom has seen Cargotec confirm new orders worth €20m ($24.8m) to deliver MacGregor bulk handling cranes and hatch covers for 17 handysize bulk carriers and hatch covers for nine kamsarmax bulk carriers, with all the vessels to be built at China's Zheijiang Ouhua Shipbuilding yard.

Drought and fires slows Russia's black sea grain exports
25 August 2010: The suspension of Russian grain exports from Black Sea ports is expected to weigh further on bulk carrier freight rates. Russian Prime Minister Valdimir Putin...

Ecoship orders 2 bulkers from Samho
25 August 2010: Malaysian dryhulk operator Ecoship is understood to have placed an order for two 35,000dwt bulkers with an option for one more at South Korean shipyard Samho Shipbuilding.

J. Lauritzen adds to its bulk carrier fleet
25 August 2010: Copenhagen-based shipowner J. Lauritzen has added more tonnage to its dry bulk fleet after a strong first half of the year, which saw it record post-tax profits of $101m.

Rise in dry bulk volumes boosts HES Beheer
25 August 2010: A 25% surge in dry bulk volumes helped Rotterdam-based port storage specialist HES Beheer to post half-year pre-tax profits of €10.8m ($14.1m), up from €6.9m in the like period 2009.

ABB Azipod: proven in the harshest marine environments
18 August 2010: Power and automation technology group ABB, has received endorsement from two leading Russian customers on the performance of Azipod propulsion in the harshest environments in the marine sector.

Cat® B-Series 3 loaders: safety refinements as well as more power
18 August 2010: The Cat® Skid Steer Loader (SSL) and Multi Terrain Loader (MTL) have earned the distinction of being tough, reliable machines that perform a variety of tasks competently, while...

Class NK continues global expansion
18 August 2010: On 1 July, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) officially announced the opening of three new exclusive surveyor offices in Tartous, Syria; Callao, Peru; and Sibu, Malaysia.

Class NK president and chairman assumes IACS chairmanship
18 August 2010: On 1 July, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) Chairman and President Noboru Ueda assumed the role of Chairman of the IACS Council.

Coal handling and unloading with BLL and Bedeschi
18 August 2010: Bulk Logistic Landmark (BLL — the initials represent the member companies Bedeschi, Liebherr and Logmarin) is a strategic business alliance that benefits from the synergies, individual strengths and networks of each of the three partners.

Digger from Kocks optimized for bulk cargo
18 August 2010: Kocks has developed its Digger, exclusively for bulk cargo handling (coal and other raw materials) and has been optimized over the course of many decades. It is a shiploader with excellent performance....

DP World Antwerp commissions its first Liebherr portal slewing crane
18 August 2010: In March 2010 DP World Antwerp officially commissioned its first Liebherr mobile harbour crane on a portal (LPS 500) for service.

IBIA certifies first Bunker Cargo Officer graduates
18 August 2010: The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has awarded Certificates of Competency to the first graduates of its Professional Training Programme for Bunker Cargo Officers.

ISF marks IMO ‘Year of the Seafarer’ in run-up to STCW conference
18 August 2010: The International Shipping Federation (ISF) has published a special brochure to promote the International Maritime Organization (IMO) ‘Year of the Seafarer’.

MacGregor cranes for Grieg Shipping’s new open-hatch cargo vessels
18 August 2010: Six open-hatch cargo ships ordered by Grieg Shipping will feature a total of 24 MacGregor variable frequency drive cranes; the order is worth €20 million and was booked into the...

Mechanical ship unloaders - working like clockwork in the dry bulk industry
18 August 2010: Equipment manufacturer Buhler is a major supplier of mechanical ship unloaders, as well as many other products including pneumatic handling equipment, grain storage solutions...

Metso to supply crushing/screening to Australia
18 August 2010: Metso will supply a complete crushing and screening system to Mount Gibson Iron for the Extension Hill mine...

Metso to supply lime calcining system to OJSC Novolopetsk Steel in Russia
18 August 2010: Metso will supply a lime calcining system to OJSC Novolopetsk Steel’s (NLMK) steel plant in Russia. Equipment delivery will be completed during the fourth quarter of 2011 and the refractory...

Secure shiploading with minimal effort with BEUMER
18 August 2010: The BEUMER group designs, manufactures and installs complete systems for loading bulk material and bags on lorries, ships and trains...

Shipboard Cranes & Grabs
18 August 2010: This year has seen Cargotec launch two new MacGregor crane products: the first is its next generation of electrically-driven cranes, and the second is a heavy-duty workhorse with a 50-tonne lift...

Terex Fuchs welcomes 4,000 visitors to an ‘open house’
18 August 2010: On 20 June this year, Terex® Fuchs showcased its qualities and products to local residents and entertained visitors with numerous attractions.

Widening its range - Gottwald unveils entry-level harbour crane for 100-tonne segment
18 August 2010: In launching its Model 3 harbour crane, Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has expanded its current range of Generation 5 harbour cranes. As the successor to the Generation 4, HMK 260, the...

Anxiety about China’s dry bulk imports
17 August 2010: Optimism about China’s dry bulk imports over the longer term is still largely intact. But confidence in the upwards trend continuing strongly during the period immediately ahead has been dented...

Arica rail link to Bolivia to be upgraded
17 August 2010: A total of $32 million is to be spent on upgrading the Chilean portion of the Arica–La Paz railway...

BHP Billiton part of group bidding for coal freight network
17 August 2010: In Australia, a group including BHP Billiton has reportedly raised its bid for QR National, the state of Queensland’s coal freight network. The bid now stands at A$5.2 billion, though there has been no comment from the state...

Callao to have mineral concentrates terminal
17 August 2010: Proinversión, Peru’s state body aimed at increasing private investment in public companies, has declared the project to build a mineral concentrates terminal at the port of Callao to be in the public interest.

Coking coal trade recovery under way - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEETOUTLOOK Aug 2010
17 August 2010: Signs of favourable influences benefiting global seaborne dry bulk trade are still prominent. Rising import demand for industrial commodities in many areas is clearly visible, and the upwards trend is likely to...

Inspection, Analysis & Sampling
17 August 2010: On-belt analysis of coal has been found to assist efficient production and reduce operating costs of mining operations...

Investment in Tarragona
17 August 2010: Codemar-Iberbulk has invested €6.1 million in the mechanization of its installations at the Spanish Mediterranean port of...

Iron ore trades - China remains market driver
17 August 2010: Although steel output is now recovering in other parts of the world, Chinese demand for iron ore will remain the foundation of bulk carrier demand for the foreseeable...

Kinder Morgan Terminals makes improvements to better serve petcoke customers
17 August 2010: As major refining companies increase their focus on exporting petroleum coke to world-wide markets, finding a reliable partner who can best barge, store and transfer the product onto ocean...

New terminal at Australia’s Abbot Point
17 August 2010: BHP Billiton has been designated as the preferred bidder for a new coal export terminal at Abbot Point in Queensland, Australia...

Newcastle opens third coal export facility
17 August 2010: The Australian port of Newcastle has opened its third coal export terminal. It was built by the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group and took three years to complete.

Petcoke winds of change are blowing from the east
17 August 2010: The recession caused demand for petroleum coke (petcoke) in traditional markets to plummet. Asia, especially China and India, stepped in to fill the void. While Japan has been the largest...

Record coal handling at Ust-Luga
17 August 2010: The Russian stevedoring company RosTerminalUgol has announced that it had handled 2mt (million tonnes) of coal exports before the end of April. The company, which operates at the port of Ust-Luga..

Russia to upgrade bulk handling at far east ports
17 August 2010: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that the national government is prepared to back the development of the sea ports on the far east coast as a means of boosting domestic grain export volume...

South Africa Regional Report
17 August 2010: Bulk Connections is part of the Bidvest group which operates a wide range of specialist material handling facilities in South Africa. The operations are mainly in and around...

Ukraine river port opens grain terminal
17 August 2010: Kherson River Port in Ukraine has opened the initial phase of its grain terminal, which was funded by UkrKazeksportastyk Ltd, a jointventure between the port and a...

Ust-Luga to double exports
17 August 2010: The Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga is expected to more than double its exports this year. By 2015, projected turnover should be in the region of 170mt (million tonnes)...

Metso expanding North American vibrating equipment line with key appointment
13 August 2010: Metso has announced the appointment of Scott Snyder to the position of Product Manager, Vibrating Product Line, North America. The appointment is effective July 1, 2010 and Snyder will be based in Metso’s York, Pennsylvania, USA office.

Metso to supply mining equipment for Nordic Mines in Finland
12 August 2010: Metso will supply mining and minerals processing equipment and services for the new gold ore processing plant of Nordic Mines Oy in Finland.

New £1.1M IT system at the Port of Liverpool leads to rapid reduction in turnaround times
03 August 2010: A new £1.1M IT system installed at the Port of Liverpool has led to immediate improvements in customer service since its launch, with 95% of truck drivers processed though the port within an hour, surpassing the performance of other major UK ports.

AUSA vehicles used in the maintenance and repair of railway lines
06 July 2010: Spanish company AUSA’s rail dolly equipped vehicles are used to carry out maintenance and repair jobs on railway lines. The self-propelled concrete mixers prove very useful, given that this

Australian regional report 2010
06 July 2010: A $25 million berth at the Port of Newcastle was officially opened in May this year by the NSW Ports and Waterways Minister, Paul McLeay...

Barge and rail transportation
06 July 2010: Barging is the most economical mode of cargo transportation, able to transport bulk commodities like grain, coal, petroleum and salt for a fraction of the cost of moving them by truck...

Brazil to build new pulp mills
06 July 2010: Spurred by accelerating demand from China, and soaring prices, half a dozen new pulp mills are to be built in Brazil.

Caterpillar updates its M325D wheeled handlers to improve barge operations
06 July 2010: The updated Cat® M325D MH and M325D LMH wheel material handlers are designed to meet the production requirements in bulk materials handling applications and in the scrap and

DB Schenker develops covered wagon for dry bulk
06 July 2010: DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd, Britain’s largest rail freight operator, has unveiled a new covered wagon that will target bulk commodities that must be kept dry during...

E-Crane® barge handling: often a critical factor in efficient unloading
06 July 2010: E-Cranes are unloading barges worldwide at rates of up to 2,000tph (tonnes per hour), often in ‘mission critical’ applications where the E-Crane is the only means of unloading...

Forest products for export from Australia’s Port of Newcastle
06 July 2010: The growing diversity and export capability of the Australian Port of Newcastle will see an increase in forestry product being exported from the port, according to the CEO of Newcastle Port Corporation, Gary Webb...

GAC wins ‘Shipping Agent of the Year’ at SCAT 2010
06 July 2010: Global shipping and logistics services provider GAC has been named ‘Shipping Agent of the Year’ at the Supply Chain & Transport (SCAT) Awards 2010, the leading awards event for the Middle East’s transport and logistics industry...

Gottwald wins further order for barge-mounted mobile harbour crane technology
06 July 2010: Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), has received an order from India-based Archean Group (Archean Logistics Limited) for a G HPK 8200 B floating crane, a variant of Model 8 of Generation 5, derived from...

Handling by-products from the power and steel industries
06 July 2010: Schade Lagertechnik (Aumund Group) is generally associated with large stacker and reclaimer equipment used for coal and iron ore stockpiling, recovery and blending at the mine site and power plant, handling often up to 4,000tph (tonnes per hour) on...

Ingram accepted into EPA SmartWay Program
06 July 2010: Ingram Marine Group’s operating units are involved in transporting bulk commodities on America’s inland waterways, dredging sand, terminalling bulk commodities, and delivering fuel and supplies to the towing industry...

iSAM: offering a technological advantage in electrical equipment for train loading
06 July 2010: In recent years, German company iSAM AG, which is based in Mülheim an der Ruhr, has become prominent in the supply of electrical equipment for train loading stations...

Loading bags into barges and other vessels with SMB technology
06 July 2010: SMB International offers a range of solutions for the loading of bulk materials and bags, or combined bag/bulk material loading, for all situations...

Low-cost seed bagging system
06 July 2010: Chronos BTH Limited has several bagging systems installed with a leading provider of food, beverage and speciality chemical ingredients.

Making a splash with Seafarers Awareness Week
06 July 2010: The leading maritime charity Seafarers UK successfully launched its Seafarers Awareness Week campaign in early June with the unveiling of a specially commissioned piece of artwork by 3D pavement artists Max Lowry and Joe Hill, at Paternoster Square in London, UK...

Maritime insurers with sizeable bulk carrier fleets saw claims fall last year
06 July 2010: Preliminary figures compiled in March by the International Union of Marine Insurance revealed that 2009 was a good year for the global merchant shipping fleet...

Martin Engineering’s railcar equipment helps keep cargo moving smoothly
06 July 2010: Major US manufacturer Martin Engineering includes equipment for handling cargo by rail in its product range. The company’s railcar connectors connect cars to under-track material...

Plastics in the transportation industry – a smoother ride all round
06 July 2010: Plastic liners in railcars. Plastic liners in barges. Plastic fendering on freshwater and saltwater docks. Plastic pads on rotary dump walls...

TMSA: equipment and solutions for the dry bulk industry
06 July 2010: Brazilian company TMSA is a major supplier of equipment to handle dry bulk products...

‘Death’ mine was operating illegally
05 July 2010: A coal mine in central China’s Henan Province where an underground explosion killed 47 people in on 21 June was operating illegally, officials have said...

Cargotec wins Siwertell contract for Singapore power plant
05 July 2010: TP Utilities’ new biomass/coal-fired power plant in Singapore has specified a Cargotec fuel receiving system for its efficiency and environmental qualities.

Chile’s Port of Coquimbo to ship iron ore
05 July 2010: Explomineral Chile has signed an agreement with CDII Trading Inc, a US-based company backed by Chinese capital, to provide up to 50,000 tonnes of iron ore each month...

Dismal news from Canadian grain farmers
05 July 2010: Exceptional spring rainfall has forced Western Canadian grain farmers to abandon all chance of plantings in an area of land about the size of Switzerland...

Eight Indian coal mines face closure
05 July 2010: At least eight open cast mines of the Mahanadi Coal Fields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of state-run Coal India, are facing closure in Orissa due to opposition by...

Euromec: focusing on ‘green’ handling and saving money for its clients
05 July 2010: Euromec Srl is a major manufacturer of electrohydraulic equipment to handle all different types of bulk material. The company has 60 years’ experience and a highly knowledgeable...

Fighting dust with technology: Cimbria chutes show the way
05 July 2010: By early 2010, Cimbria Bulk Equipment had supplied a total of 11,000 loading chutes, thereby strengthening its position as the world’s largest supplier of loading chutes used for the dust-free...

Global demand for bauxite and alumina
05 July 2010: China’s phenomenal success in building a strong steel industry, now accounting for close to half the global capacity has no doubt overshadowed an equally impressive progress...

iSAM AG helps the Port of Hamburg to become ‘operatorless’
05 July 2010: The last step towards the fully automatic grab unloader has now been made at the Port of Hamburg. Three years ago Hansaport decided to strive for a fully...

JV builds grain terminal in Kaliningrad
05 July 2010: A new grain terminal is to be built at the Russian port of Baltysk by a joint-venture consisting of the British...

LogSys becomes LXE’s preferred partner
05 July 2010: LogSys, IT solutions provider for port terminals and logistic service provider has become an official LXE preferred partner. LXE is a manufacturer of rugged vehicle-mounted...

Martin Engineering acquires industrial vibrator manufacturer Cougar
05 July 2010: Martin Engineering, the world’s largest supplier of industrial vibrators, has acquired Cougar Industries (Peru, IL), a manufacturer of high-quality industrial vibrators made in the USA...

New Argentinian fertilizer terminal
05 July 2010: Nidera is to build a new fertilizer terminal in the Argentinian port of General San Martín, which will be able to handle up to 350 trucks daily.

New Chilean port at Ancón
05 July 2010: The Santa Sofía Puertos company, which forms part of the Chilean Romero group, is to start construction of a new port at Ancón in January 2011.

New transfer point technology eliminates dust in conveyor systems
05 July 2010: Cleveland Cascades Ltd designs and manufactures handling systems for dry bulk materials and has extensive practical experience handling a wide range of dry bulk products...

Reality tempers 2010 West Coast port gains
05 July 2010: With some impressive gains as 2010 builds momentum, North American West Coast ports are finally coming to grips with the ‘R’ word — recovery rather than recession...

Recent installations by Duro Felguera
05 July 2010: Duro Felguera is currently in the final construction period for various important projects, among others petroleum coke handling facilities for the refinery plant of Repsol YPF...

Resumed growth in grain trade - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK - JULY 2010
05 July 2010: News about dry bulk trade has been mainly positive in recent weeks. Import demand for many commodities is strengthening in a large number of...

Rotterdam expands commercial activities on the Maasvlakte
05 July 2010: ECT, EMO and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have reached agreements for the further development of their commercial activities on the existing Maasvlakte.

Rulmeca unveils new motorized pulley
05 July 2010: Rulmeca has announced the introduction of its newly developed 1000HD motorized pulley...

Sampler controller from Sentry simplifies operations
05 July 2010: Sentry Equipment Corp announced the release of the Model SBC controller, which can control every automatic sampler in the Sentry product line...

Santos breaks all throughput records
05 July 2010: The Brazilian Port of Santos reported record cargo handled during the first three months of the year, despite a slight reduction in vessel calls.

South Louisiana — Globalplex Intermodal Terminal increases storage capacity
05 July 2010: The Port of South Louisiana and Associated Terminals (AT) recently dedicated a new 40,000 square foot multipurpose warehouse at the Globalplex Intermodal Terminal...

Resource Capital Research [RCR] - Iron Ore Company Review, June Quarter 2010
01 July 2010: Resource Capital Research („RCR‰), an equity research company which focuses on small and mid size resource companies, today published its quarterly research report covering iron...

New office in Krishnapatnam reflects Wilhelmsen Ships Service growth in India
24 June 2010: Wilhelmsen Ships Service is pleased to announce the opening of a branch office in Krishnapatnam on the east coast of India...

Riversdale Mining signs agreements with Chinese venture partners for the development of the Zambeze Coal Project, Mozambique
24 June 2010: Riversdale Mining Limited (ASX: RIV) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding („MoU") with Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corporation („WISCO") and a logistics...

Metso to supply mining equipment to TISCO in China
23 June 2010: Metso will supply mining equipment to TISCO’s iron ore processing plant in Lan county Shanxi Province China. The delivery will be completed during the third quarter of 2011...

Coal handling at the Port of Seward looks set to improve after ship loader conveyor upgrade
21 June 2010: The Port of Seward has completed a conveyor system upgrade for its coal handling operations that has increased throughput by an estimated 20%, allowing Alaska’s largest coal producer to better compete for international customers...

Amazonehaven to be widened, part of EMO to Hartelstrook
15 June 2010: ECT, EMO and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have made agreements for the further development of their commercial activities on the existing Maasvlakte.

Bag technology FIBCS & BAGGING EQUIPMENT
08 June 2010: Last autumn the German packing machine specialist BEHN + BATES succeeded in winning two interesting projects in Australia and Thailand...

Handling and storing cement
08 June 2010: Screw pumps were developed in the early 20th century as material feeders for pneumatic conveying lines in the cement industry...

Hybrid drive offers greater energy efficiency for cranes
08 June 2010: Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald) is a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG and a world market leader in mobile harbour...

International Paint unveils its toughest-ever coating
08 June 2010: International Paint Ltd. has introduced its Intershield®803Plus, a new cargo hold coating specifically designed to address the key issue of impact damage from the loading of dry bulk cargoes.

Offshore facilities
08 June 2010: Development of existing port infrastructure has often been unable to keep pace with the need for increased shipment sizes, the necessity for faster and more efficient cargo handling

Scandinavian Engineering Expertise
08 June 2010: A clear tendency within the bulk handling industry is a growing demand for dust controlling equipment as the presence of dust pollution is an environmental threat and constitutes a severe hazard to health.

Scandinavian shipping – hopes are high despite market unpredictability
08 June 2010: The rollercoaster ride endured by the dry bulk shipping industry is slowing. But the unpredictable nature of vessel supply growth means a few twists and turns might still be to come...

Sentry Equipment Corp Introduces New Automatic Sampler Controller
08 June 2010: Sentry Equipment Corp announced the release of the Model SBC controller, which can control every automatic sampler in the Sentry product line.

United Kingdom regional report
08 June 2010: In these days of incredibly tight capital budgets, cost effectiveness of equipment and system flexibility come to the fore like never before. The Stormajor™ mobile loader from UK Company...

At least 21 miners die in China colliery blast
07 June 2010: An explosion at a coal mine in China’s southwestern Guizhou province has left 21 miners dead, state media reports.

B&W wins substantial shiploader order in Algeria
07 June 2010: The UK-based port mobile plant specialist B&W Mechanical Handling Limited has won an order for two of its ‘top of the range’ mobile shiploader systems from North African...

Barranquilla exports coke in containers
07 June 2010: The Colombian port of Barranquilla has begun the export of petcoke in containers, whereas previously it was dispatched in the holds of bulk carriers.

Baxet Coal Terminal project emerges
07 June 2010: Investment of €50 million-€100 million has been promised for the proposed Baxet Coal Terminal project at Liepaja in Latvia.

BCT handles record coal shipment
07 June 2010: Baltic Container Terminal, which is located at the Latvian port of Ventspils, reports handling a record consignment of 79,142 tonnes of...

BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK – Iron ore trade expansion
07 June 2010: An upwards trend in global dry bulk trade seems set to continue over the remainder of 2010 and possibly through next year...

Bulk handling with pneumatic and mechanical equipment
07 June 2010: Major equipment manufacturer Buhler is very active in the production of pneumatic bulk handling equipment, as well as mechanical products...

Caterpillar wheeled material handlers updated for improved operations
07 June 2010: The updated Cat® M325D MH and M325D LMH wheeled material handlers are designed to meet the production...

Cement trades
07 June 2010: Never make the mistake of underestimating Asia’s cement sector, writes Fred Pundol. The region took a beating from the global economic downturn in 2009.

Chinese aluminium consumption may rise 20%
07 June 2010: CBI China Co. says that consumption of aluminium in the country may rise by 20% this year.

ContiTech buys special belt operations
07 June 2010: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH, Northeim, is expanding its position in the market and is taking over the Moers plant of Metso Minerals (Deutschland) GmbH, Bochum. Around 60...

E-Crane installed at recycling plant
07 June 2010: The new E-Crane® installed at Van Heyghen Recycling is one of seven in the Group Galloo system spanning three countries...

Grain export hits new heights at ABP’s Port of Immingham
07 June 2010: Humber International Terminal, Associated British Ports’ (ABP) deepwater riverside dry-bulk handling facility at its Port of Immingham, has broken yet another...

Klaipeda potash traffic under threat
07 June 2010: The Belarus potash producer, BelKaliy, may well switch consignments from the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda to neighbouring ports...

Krishnapatnam ‘irons’ its way into the record books
07 June 2010: Krishnapatnam Port in India achieved a new benchmark by loading 60,021 metric tonnes of iron ore fines in just 24 hours surpassing its previous record of 54,500 tonnes. The cargo was...

Liberia expansion for Stewart Group
07 June 2010: Stewart Group, the international inspection, analysis and assaying group, has expanded and relocated its sample preparation laboratory in Monrovia, Liberia.

Mediterranean focus
07 June 2010: Dry bulk traffic at Spanish ports decreased by an average of 22% in 2009, with tonnage down from 101mt (million tonnes) to 79mt.

MPX to open Colombian subsidiary
07 June 2010: The Brazilian company MPX Energia has announced that its Colombian subsidiary is to start production at four mines and set up a port facility for the distribution of coal...

Olya to build grain terminal
07 June 2010: Port Olya, which is located in Russia's Astrakhan region, is to build a new grain terminal capable of handling and storing up to a million tonnes a year.

Scandinavian ports and terminals
07 June 2010: Although many container terminals around the globe have seen catastrophic reductions in volumes handled, dry bulk terminals have been more robust in withstanding the onslaught...

Vollers reports successful testing of Dino to load from big bags to trucks
07 June 2010: Logistics company Vollers Belgium wanted to be sure that it was making the right decision before it purchased equipment to load cargo from big bags into trucks. It has therefore spent...

Humber loads record-sized cargo
01 June 2010: Humber International Terminal, the deepwater riverside dry bulk handling facility at Immingham, has loaded a cargo of almost 50,000 tonnes of grain, the largest such export to leave the Humber estuary.

ABB wins automation orders worth $40 million
26 May 2010: ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth a total of $40 million from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd (ZPMC) to supply...

Liebherr Pactronic® - Hybrid Power Booster
26 May 2010: The world leader in mobile harbour crane technology has announced the industry’s first hydraulic hybrid drive for mobile harbour cranes. The new Pactronic® - hybrid drive system addresses two critical issues: increasing handling performance and reducing fuel consumption...

Cargotec supplies Siwertell ship unloader for busy Brazilian coal jetty
20 May 2010: The commercial, operational and environmental advantages of Cargotec’s continuous screw unloading technology have led to several recent orders, all for unloading coal cargoes, including one for a state-owned port in northeast Brazil...

Aft body for SMT’s ‘Canadian Mariner’ to be built by Chengxi Shipyard
19 May 2010: Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Upper Lakes Group Inc., has announced that it and its unrelated partner in Seaway Marine Transport have entered into an agreement with...

Bulker classification
19 May 2010: Classification societies are more motivated than ever to attract owner’s bulk carrier vessels to their fleets. Insights into the improvement of fleet operational efficiency and the...

BV optimistic as classed fleet tops 9,000 ships
19 May 2010: International classification society Bureau Veritas’s classed fleet has surpassed 9,000 vessels, totalling over 70m gt. Launching the 2009/10...

FC ‘Princesse Chloe’ — setting new standards of excellence
19 May 2010: Logmarin and associated marine engineering company, Interprogetti, have developed jointly with Liebherr and Bedeschi an innovative floating crane...

New Kannad Marine RESCUER 2 SART
19 May 2010: McMurdo Ltd, a company of the Orolia Group has announced that it has introduced the very latest Search and Rescue Transponder (SART), the RESCUER 2 to its Kannad Marine range...

PT Indo Dharma Transport (IDT) – Indonesia
19 May 2010: PT Indo Dharma Transport (IDT) is a reputable shipping agency and logistics service company in Indonesia. The company offers extensive experience and professionalism...

Scorpio triples transshipment capacity in Indonesia
19 May 2010: Scorpio Logistics will take delivery of Offshore Floating Terminal (OFT) Mara in late 2010...

Seizing their share of the bulk market – grabs come into their own
19 May 2010: Credeblug has been strongly involved in the bulk handling equipment market for more than 44 years, with many different kinds of grabs working successfully in the five continents...

Asian coal trade 2010
18 May 2010: Coal trade in the Asian region has seen a remarkable comeback compared to the situation a year ago. The trend in trade can be seen in the charts and tables accompanying this article, and the...

Bulk Logistic Landmark: reaping the rewards of multi-discipline team efforts
18 May 2010: Bedeschi, Liebherr and Logmarin are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic business alliance — Bulk Logistic Landmark (BLL) — profiting from synergies, individual strengthsand...

Caterpillar wheel loaders
18 May 2010: The Cat® 988 wheel loader from Caterpillar has worked in global quarry, mining, industrial and construction applications since 1963, and the present 988H field population numbers nearly 4,000 units...

Cavotec MSL and Vahle Group enter into worldwide co-operation
18 May 2010: Cavotec MSL and Vahle Group have announced the start of a co-operation between the two companies with the intention to supply new innovative systems to the ports and maritime...

Colombia to build two new Pacific ports
18 May 2010: Two new port projects have emerged in Colombia aimed at the development of facilities on the Pacific coast to rival those at Buenaventura. These will be at Bahía Málaga and Tribugá...

Essar reaches agreement with India’s Paradip Port Trust
18 May 2010: Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip Ltd. has signed a licence agreement with Paradip Port Trust for the mechanization of multi-user berth for handling dry bulk cargo with a capacity of 16mtpa (million metric...

Fourteen bid for Mormugao iron ore export terminal
18 May 2010: India’s Mormugao Port Trust reports receiving bids from 14 groups to set up its $162 million iron ore export terminal, which will be financed as part of a public-private partnership agreement. The terminal, which will handle the majority of Karnataka’s iron ore...

Getting round a ‘fishy’ problem
18 May 2010: A good example of today’s ever increasing demands for a dust-free, no spillage, rapid unloading operation for bulk material is in the Port of Lüderitz, in Namibia.

Gottwald mobile harbour crane for Baltic project cargo
18 May 2010: Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald), a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, has received an order from the Norwegian NorSea Group for a new mobile harbour crane. The G HMK...

Great Yarmouth shiploader installation takes B&W back to its roots
18 May 2010: World-renowned port mobile plant specialist B&W Mechanical Handling Limited, based at Ely in the UK is enjoying a journey back to its roots with its latest mobile shiploader order...

Handling equipment grabs attention at ABP’s Humber ports
18 May 2010: Cargo handling capacity at Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Humber Ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole received a boost following the delivery of two Liebherr A 944 c HD Litronic material-handling machines. The delivery is a first for the Humber ports and represents an investment by ABP of £1 million...

Hitachi launches new compact ZW wheel loader range
18 May 2010: Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) NV (HCME) has reinforced its popular range of ZW wheel loaders with the launch of three new compact models. The ZW65, ZW75 and ZW95 are comfortable, reliable...

Ibicuy opens new rail terminal
18 May 2010: The Argentinian government in partnership with private-sector backers is to equip Puerto Ibicuy with a rail terminal. This will involve the relocation of much existing infras...

Inclement weather causes problems for Asian agribulk
18 May 2010: Agribulk trade has taken a new dimension for India which continues to reel under last year’s most deficient south-west monsoon since 1972 when rains were 27% less vis-à-vis the long period average...

New berth signals confidence in port and region
18 May 2010: Australian Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay heralded the first operations at the Port of Newcastle’s new $25 million Mayfield No.4 Berth as a sign of continued confidence in the economic future...

New products extend Kabelschlepp’s ‘conveyor and protection systems’ range
18 May 2010: Kabelschlepp Metool is best known for its cable carrier solutions. However, being a company of true machine tool expertise, the inventor of the cable chain has more to offer...

Paranaguá traffic increasing
18 May 2010: The number of trucks transporting soya beans, corn and bran into the Brazilian port of Paranaguá increased from 300 per week to 800 per week in the early part of the season. Soya bean traffic commen...

Russian grain terminal ‘largest of its kind’
18 May 2010: Food holding company Belgorod EFCO and grain operator RusAgroTrans are to jointly develop a grain terminal, which will be the largest deep water facility of its kind in Russia.

Stewart Group boosts management team
18 May 2010: Stewart Group, the UK based global inspection and analysis group, is continuing to expand its management teams across its divisions, and in key positions, as part of its...

Stockyards - how to ensure smooth-running and value for money
18 May 2010: In December 2009, ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik TKF (business unit Materials Handling, St. Ingbert) handed over the new ‘Kohlelogistik’ to its client HKM Hüttenwerke Krupp...

Sulphur hazards require expert cargo care
18 May 2010: When handling sulphur, operators must consider risks such as explosions, fires and environmental protection, and bulk-handling equipment needs to be able to prevent or contain these hazards...

Tenova’s latest BOF process technology hits the market
18 May 2010: At the beginning of March Tenova acquired ‘LanceStat’, the ‘anti-slopping’ technology developed by the US Company Nupro Corporation, to prevent ejection of scrap and steel from the furnace...

Third coal terminal opens at Australia’s Port of Newcastle
18 May 2010: On 4 May this year, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group opened its third coal export terminal for business. The group said that the first stage of the terminal is completed fully now and ready to operate.

Throughput hike at Ust-Luga in Russia
18 May 2010: The Russian Baltic Port of Ust-Luga boosted throughput last year by more than 50%, equivalent to 10.3 million additional tonnes.

Tuapse inaugurates grain terminal
18 May 2010: Tuapse Commercial Seaport has inaugurated a 2.4 million tonne-capacity grain terminal, which is now the largest in southern Russia.

Venice to build offshore terminal
18 May 2010: The Italian port of Venice is to build an offshore terminalfor the handling of dry bulk, liquid bulk and containers.

Volvo celebrates 10,000th excavator milestone
18 May 2010: Volvo Construction Equipment has celebrated the production of the 10,000th excavator to roll off its Chinese production lines as it ramps up its growth strategy in the region...

Philippines to increase rice imports to combat El Niño
17 May 2010: The Philippine government is importing 3.26mt (million metric tonnes) of rice this crop year — 365,000 tonnes more than originally planned — to ensure a 90-day inventory amid the persistent El Niño-induced drought.

Rio Tinto Alcan lured by Algeria?
17 May 2010: Rio Tinto Alcan is in talks with the Algerian government about building an aluminium plant in the North African country.

South America’s corn and soya exports upturn
17 May 2010: Corn and soya exports from South America during 2010 are set to increase strongly. Good weather in recent months, benefiting this season’s crops, has prompted upwards revisions to forecasts...

Steam coal trade growing - Bulk Carrier Trade & Fleet Outlook
17 May 2010: Indicators of global dry bulk trade seen recently have been mostly positive for the 12 months ahead. During the remainder of 2010 and into next year, additional...

Strike action begins at Lafarge in South Africa
17 May 2010: More than 1,000 members of the National Union of Mineworker’s (NUM) in South Africa have begun a nation-wide strike against cement producer Lafarge over wages.

ContiTech Opens New Plant in Brazil
14 May 2010: ContiTech opened a new production facility in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, for textile and steel cord conveyor belts.

North Pacific grain trade lifts owners' confidence
28 April 2010: Owners with panamax tonnage trading in the Pacific region are heading for another bumper week as coal import into China and continued buoyancy in the South American grain trade keep the market alive...

VIBCO Introduces New "XL Bertha" DC-5000 Dumpbody Truck Vibrator
28 April 2010: The new VIBCO XL Bertha™ DC-5000 vibrator is ideal for use on the tri-axel “coal bucket” style dump trucks typically used to haul fly ash and coal...

Automation for large-scale dust control
26 April 2010: One of the dust control industry’s leading suppliers has announced a strategic collaboration to apply computer-controlled automation for monitoring and managing dust suppression equipment. Driven by proprietary software, the resulting “intelligent” systems can be...

ContiTech to Buy Special Belt Operations
26 April 2010: ContiTech Transportbandsysteme GmbH, Northeim, is expanding its position in the market and is...

1,600m new bulk quay in Dutch Eemshaven for Groningen Seaports
19 April 2010: Groningen Seaports invests over €70 million in bulk facilities in Eemshaven, in the northern part of the Netherlands

50th anniversary season on the Seaway sees lowest volume since 1960s
19 April 2010: The St. Lawrence Seaway concluded its 50th anniversary season on 28 December 2009 with the passage of the JW Shelley. The vessel transited the Iroquois Lock at 7:37 p.m. on route to Lake Ontario. The Seaway navigation season for 2009 spanned 274 days.

Additional crane power for rhb
19 April 2010: rhb has purchased the world’s most powerful mobile harbour crane. This crane has a lifting capacity of 208 tonnes and is...

Americas coal trade
19 April 2010: The global recession had its effects on the coal industry in north and south America in 2009, with a decrease in exports seen for Colombia, Canada, the USA, and Venezuela.

Associated Terminals christens two Gottwald cranes
19 April 2010: On 25 March this year, Associated Terminals, one of the largest providers of midstream stevedoring services on the Lower Mississippi River, christened two new barge-mounted cranes, the...

Australia’s alumina ports solve air pollution
19 April 2010: Over 48mt (million tonnes) of alumina are shipped each year, 38% of which comes through Australian ports. Alumina is a difficult-to-handle, free-flowing material which is prone to causing dust pollution during handling operation...

Bulk Quality: DB Information Systems releases Grain Quality Management Module
19 April 2010: The Port of Tilbury in the UK has recently implemented DB Information Systems’ new Grain Quality Management Module at its grain terminal...

Bulker management
19 April 2010: With the regulatory burden of managing a vessel unlikely to lighten any time soon and with operational dangers such as piracy to counter, the technical management of...

Chile’s Angamos predicts 12% growth
19 April 2010: The northern Chilean Port of Angamos, which is located at the heart of the country's copper industry, is predicting 12% traffic growth this year. In 2009, it handled 2.2mt (million tonnes), which should grow to 2.4mt this year, following a 2% decline last year, when exports nevertheless grew by 9%.

Coal in the laboratory — sustaining quality of service in difficult times
19 April 2010: With current economical challenges, laboratories are facing challenging experiences when it comes to remaining competitive whilst reducing costs and improving their margins, writes F.E. De Andrade, laboratory manager at SABS, Mining and Minerals, RBCT...

Demand for paints expected to grow by 15% annually in India
19 April 2010: The market for marine paints in a country depends on the size of its shipbuilding industry and capacity of its ship repairing yards. In the past decade and a half the world has seen the east, particularly...

Fednav defies drastic downturn in steel to celebrate 65th anniversary
19 April 2010: According to Fednav International Ltd. (FIL), a division of Fednav Limited, Canada’s largest dry bulk and general cargo ship owning and chartering group, steel tonnage into the Great Lakes were at historical lows in 2009.

Further success for ThyssenKrupp Foerdertechnik shiploaders in Indonesia
19 April 2010: The Indonesian company ‘Krakatau Engineering (KE)’ was awarded the contract as main contractor for the Cigading International Bulk Material Terminal.

Geometrica is finalist in the 2010 Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award
19 April 2010: The Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award was established to recognize excellence in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) field. This award provides an exciting and unique way for end...

Hazy outlook for grain trade – BULKCARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK
19 April 2010: Prospects for many key elements of global dry bulk import demand, in the next twelve months, seem quite promising...

Indian customer chooses Model 7 portal harbour crane to handle coal
19 April 2010: One of Gottwald’s most recent projects involves a G HSK 7432 B portal harbour crane, a Generation 5 variant of Model 7, for APM Terminals Pipavav in Gujarat India.

Iron ore shipments through ports to reach 1bn tonnes
19 April 2010: A report issued by Clarkson Research Services suggests that iron ore shipments this year will rise by about one million metric tonnes...

Mobile shiploading solutions for ports and terminals
19 April 2010: B&W Mechanical Handling Ltd. of the UK (part of the Aumund Group) has recently commissioned an important new mobile shiploader in Greenland for the export of olivine rock at...

Modern design for transfer points
19 April 2010: While handling and processing coal and other bulk solids, transfer points are used to change the momentum of the material flow...

Nemag looks forward optimistically to a bright future
19 April 2010: Nemag has experienced seven consecutive years of growing turnover in the sales of grabs and grab-related components, such as the Nemag Quick Release Links and Nemag Rope Pear Sockets.

New coal terminal planned for Liepaja, Latvia
19 April 2010: A new coal terminal is to be developed at the port of Liepaja, Latvia, by Russia's Baxet Coal Terminal (BCT) company. The BCT Company and the Latvian government are to invest an...

New shiploader to boost Australia’s export capacity
19 April 2010: The successful transportation and installation on Berth 2 of a new 51-metre-high shiploader at the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in Queensland, Australia, represents an important milestone in the terminal’s X50 expansion.

Next-generation transfer points offer dust-free operation
19 April 2010: Cleveland Cascades Ltd is at the forefront of the design and manufacture of handling systems for dry bulk materials and has extensive practical experience handling a wide range of dry bulk products. Recently the company introduced an entirely new...

Paints & coatings on the marine market
19 April 2010: Although newbuilding deliveries from many yards did not emerge at the rates expected last year as owners responded to a fall in rates by delaying and cancelling orders, such was the magnitude of the orderbook that most yards were still at close...

Pavan takes over GBS Group
19 April 2010: The Pavan Group is expanding its activities and has become a major force in the market, and can provide a broad range of technology and equipment, from flour milling right up to product packaging...

Rio Tinto joins BHP and Vale to end annual ore pricing
19 April 2010: Rio Tinto has followed rival mining firms and says it is negotiating new iron ore supply contracts priced for three months rather than a year.

Ship operators faces prosecution over Barrier Reef short-cut
19 April 2010: Those responsible for a Chinese ship running aground on the Great Barrier Reef and leaking oil will be prosecuted, Australian authorities say.

Slovenian coal hub can now load larger ships
19 April 2010: Meeting the needs of Slovenia’s largest coal-importing/exporting port is a new Siwertell bulk ships loader from Cargotec; the port operator wanted similar technology to an earlier system, but able to load bigger ships.

Tegran to open in Brazil’s Santos
19 April 2010: Santos Port Authority (Codesp) and a consortium composed of Cargill Agro and Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC) have signed a leasing contract to build the Vegetable Grain Terminal (Tegran), which is situated in the Guarujá area on the left bank of the Port of Santos in Brazil...

Temcor completes massive dome project for Hyundai steel
19 April 2010: With the erection of the final two aluminium domes, Temcor’s total order for five bulk storage domes at Hyundai Steel’s newest plant will be complete. The plant, in Dangin, South Korea...

TKF commissions its first pipe conveyor in Qatar
19 April 2010: Currently at the Industrial city of Mesaieed, in the small but rich sheikhdom of Qatar in the Persian Gulf, the first aluminium smelter to be built in Qatar is under construction.

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority acquires two new mobile harbour cranes
19 April 2010: The Port of Toledo, the largest land mass seaport on the Great Lakes, offers the advantages of a full service seaport and an inland distribution centre all in one location.

Two new TAIM WESER overhead cranes for ArcelorMittal Creusot
19 April 2010: The two 600-tonne and 175-tonne overhead cranes that TAIM WESER supplied as part of the enlargement of the ArcelorMittal steelworks in Le Creusot (France) are operating...

Upper Lakes Shipping and SMT reach agreement with Chengxi Shipyard
19 April 2010: Upper Lakes Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Upper Lakes Group Inc. has announced that it and its unrelated partner Seaway Marine Transport have entered into an agreement with Chengxi Shipyard in China for the construction of an aft...

Vollert offers interesting loading alternative
19 April 2010: The Vollert plant engineering company specializes in the intra-plant transport of dry bulk material, including coal. Since 1974, the company has delivered tailor-made, customized loco-shunters.

Weatherbug network grows from prairies to ports
19 April 2010: An innovative network of Prairie farm-based weather stations is now monitoring grain-loading conditions for vessels at ports.

WSS incorporates subsidiary into UK operations
19 April 2010: On 29th March 2010 Wilhelmsen Ships Service in the UK incorporated its wholly owned subsidiary Wilhelmsen Premier Marine Fuels (WPMF) into its main operating centre in Dartford, London.

Asian demand and congested ports to lift coal prices
14 April 2010: Physical coal prices will strengthen on strong Asian demand and supply bottlenecks that could lead to a much steeper price rise.

Iron ore hits 1bn tonnes milestone
14 April 2010: Leading shipbrokers believe continued Chinese demand will drive 2010 global seaborne trade in iron ore past 1bn tonnes for the first time.

Brazilian steel: ramping up production to meet government demands
29 March 2010: Under pressure from the increasingly nationalistic government, Brazil’s steel companies have announced plans to increase capacity...

Empowering owners and seafarers to take control of their own vessel safety
29 March 2010: The potential for seafarers to recognize risks to their ship’s structural integrity long before routine inspections by shore-side superintendents and classification societies is a valuable...

Outlook improves for steel market
29 March 2010: The world steel industry had a roller coaster ride last year, worsted badly in the first three quarters by economic recession, next only in severity to the Great Depression...

Argentina’s Barranqueras revived
24 March 2010: The Argentinian government has signed a $156 million contract with Hidrovi´a to renovate railway lines and bridges connecting the northeastern Port of Barranqueras, which should be operating at full capacity within 2 1/2 years.

Belt conveyor widths – CEMA and ISO standards
24 March 2010: Due to the increasingly globalized nature of the bulk material handling business, fundamental decisions that once were made based on localized requirements are now more frequently being addressed based on international standards, codes, and...

Building the tower of Basel: grain storage with the help of Buhler
24 March 2010: At the site where Ultra-Brag AG has up to now unloaded ships and warehoused goods in the Rhine port of Basel, Switzerland, the international pharmaceutical corporation Novartis plans to realize its ‘Campus of Knowledge, Innovation, and Community’.

Bulker maintenance
24 March 2010: Bulk carrier managers and operators did not see any significant reduction in maintenance costs last year.

Doppelmayr’s RopeCon® is a transport solution worth its weight in gold
24 March 2010: After successfully completing its RopeCon® project in Jamaica, Doppelmayr Transport Technology GmbH has now struck gold on the tropical island of Simberi, Papua New Guinea: since the beginning of May 2008, a new RopeCon®...

Drive innovation simplifies hatch cover operations
24 March 2010: Bulker safety clearly depends on a variety of factors, one of which is effective cargo hatchcovers. These must be watertight at all times during the voyage...

Getting it right in the Port of Stockton
24 March 2010: A new dry fertilizer storage facility on the port’s west complex built to serve a key agricultural region in the USA is now in operation. It consists of an 80,000-tonne storage warehouse for dry bulk fertilizer and a terminal which...

Global grain trades – Record oilseed harvests and abundant supplies weigh on prices in 2010
24 March 2010: Even with, an unprecedented level of policy stimuli, which has seen, critical public support for the financial sector, interest rates down to record lows in a number of advanced and in many...

Gottwald presents first hybrid drive for mobile harbour cranes
24 March 2010: Düsseldorf (Germany), 23 March 2010 – With its new hybrid drive, Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, a subsidiary of Demag Cranes AG, demonstrates that improved energy efficiency contributes to both the economical and environmentally compatible operation of Mobile Harbour Cranes.

Grain terminal design – An expert view of terminal design with Royal Haskoning’s Jan Dekkers
24 March 2010: Jan Dekkers is a senior project manager at consultancy company Royal Haskoning, based in the Netherlands. As part of its wide remit, Royal Haskoning offers consultancy services to the ports...

Major Cimbria Unigrain contract with Ukrainian company Nibulon
24 March 2010: On 20 May 2009 the final negotiations between Cimbria Unigrain A/S and Nibulon Ltd (Ukraine) were successfully completed with the signing of a new contract for the delivery of grain silos and handling equipment for Nibulon.

Mozambique’s Matola Silos and Grain Terminal Ltd. offers quality and speed
24 March 2010: STEMA — Matola Silos and Grain Terminal Ltd. is a Mozambican firm, founded on 9April 1996, with initial capital of 130 thousand million meticais.

New agribulk terminal for Portugal’s Aveiro Port
24 March 2010: Aveiro Port is a major Portuguese hub for the transport of dry bulk cargo.

New potash potential for the Port of Saint John
24 March 2010: With the world’s population growing from 2.5 billion people in 1950 to 6.8 billion today, it won’t be long before growing countries increase their demand for Canadian potash.

Panama Canal expansion continues on schedule for the benefit of dry bulkers
24 March 2010: The current $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion is continuing, and is scheduled to be completed in the middle of 2014, on time for the centenary of the canal.

Port of Sept-Îles developments prepare for increase in iron ore shipping
24 March 2010: The Port of Sept-Îles announced on 19 February this year the signing of an agreement with the federal government to develop the Pointe-Noire dock. The sum of $5 million was granted...

Recession has contrasting impact on Baltic dry bulk market
24 March 2010: Unlike the global container market, which experienced across the-board drops in throughput in 2009, the dry bulk sector has proved somewhat more resilient.

To weigh or not to weigh? Belt weighing more accurate than draught surveys
24 March 2010: For over a century, draught surveys have been internationally accepted as an accurate and convenient means of establishing the weight of bulk cargoes, writes Mark Hopkins BSc(Hons), C.Eng, FIET, FInstMC, Technical Manager Procon Engineering Ltd...

Award for Wilhelmsen Ships Service Middle East
18 March 2010: Wilhelmsen Ships Service is proud to announce that it has won the WCA (World Cargo Alliance) Best Partner Award — Middle East 2009.

Cargotec to supply 24 electric cranes for bulker series
18 March 2010: Cargotec’s contract to supply electric-drive MacGregor cranes for a series of eight 16,900dwt bulkers being built in China is a breakthrough order in the bulk carrier sector for the company’s new environmentally-friendly range of equipment.

ClassNK releases arc welding guidelines
18 March 2010: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the publication of a new guideline entitled, Guidelines for laser beam arc hybrid welding.

Dry bulk trade revival under way - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK April 2010
18 March 2010: Global import demand for dry bulk commodities is reviving, and the positive trend could continue. Last year saw very strong iron ore trade growth, but...

Grain handling with VIGAN equipment
18 March 2010: Major equipment manufacturer VIGAN SA has particular expertise in the handling of grain and related products...

Lean bulk? DBIS’s CommTrac OEE measures equipment performance
18 March 2010: In the manufacturing sector there are some well proven techniques for improvement — costs, scrap, and throughput.

Quick and safe operator-less unloading with iSAM technologies
18 March 2010: The quick and safe unloading of a sea-going vessel is of prime importance in any large port operation. Until now, only simple ‘teach-in’ methods have existed for it.

Record amounts of soya beans to be shipped from South America
18 March 2010: Record amounts of soya beans and meal will be shipped from South America this year, following ideal weather conditions. All-time record soya crops in both Brazil and Argentina and large crops in Paraguay and Bolivia as well, will result in about...

Steel recovery boosts raw materials
18 March 2010: Over the past few months, signs of a steel production recovery in a wide range of countries around the world have become clearer.

Stewart Group expands German operations
18 March 2010: K-based Stewart Group, the international inspection and analysis, group, has increased its European capacity with the opening of a new inspection site in the heart of Nordenham Port, Germany.

Decline in steel expected to bottom out in 2010
02 March 2010: Declining European steel consumption is expected to bottom out during the first half of this year which could be positive news for owners of dry bulk carriers that transport steel products and raw commodities used to produce the material.

Japanese steel mills asked for quarterly contracts
02 March 2010: The world's largest coking coal producer, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, has asked Japanese steel mills to accept quarterly contracts which could shift the pricing index from annual contract.

New shipping company for Load Line boss
02 March 2010: Greek shipping executive George Souravlas has emerged at the helm of a new shipping company aiming to focus on the handysize dry bulk sector.

Favourable renegotiations of existing contracts
23 February 2010: Bocimar has converted its order for three Aframax tankers from Hanjin into an order for four bulk vessels, i.e. one 180,000dwt unit to be delivered in October 2011 and three 205,000dwt units to be delivered in January, April and July 2012.

Agribulk up at Paranaguá
19 February 2010: Dry bulk traffic at the Brazilian Port of Paranaguá had a good 2009, growing by 6.2% overall. Soya volumes rose by 14.29% and sugar by 15.53%.

Angamos predicts 12% growth
19 February 2010: The northern Chilean Port of Angamos, which is located at the heart of the country's copper industry, is predicting 12% traffic growth this year.

Barranqueras revived
19 February 2010: The Argentinian government has signed a $156 million contract with Hidrovía to renovate railway lines and bridges connecting the northeastern Port of Barranqueras, which should be operating at full capacity within 2 1/2 years.

Iron ore shipments to hit one billion tonnes
19 February 2010: A report issued by Clarkson Research Services suggests that iron ore shipments this year will rise by about one million metric tonnes.

Klasco to expand bulk terminal
19 February 2010: Lithuanian stevedore Klasco is to expand it is bulk fertilizer and agribulk terminal at a cost of $30 million.

Largest ever coal consignment as NMPT
19 February 2010: India's New Mangalore Port Trust has revealed that it has handled its largest ever consignment of coal from a single vessel on one day.

Mormugao seeks private sector partners
19 February 2010: Mormugao Port Authority is introducing a number of initiatives, some of which include working with private sector partners, to boost imported coal handling capacity at the port.

New grain terminal for Tuapse
19 February 2010: Tuapse Commercial Seaport has inaugurated a 2.4 million tonne capacity grain terminal, which is now the largest in southern Russia. Grain shipped in by rail widens can be cleaned and sorted.

New Taman grain terminal
19 February 2010: Food holding company Belgorod EFCO and grain operator RusAgroTrans are to jointly develop a grain terminal, which will be the largest deep water facility of its kind in Russia.

Qingdao coal traffic benefits from Chinese bad weather
19 February 2010: In January, the Chinese Port of Qingdao handled a record 28.1 million tonnes, an increase of 9.3% over the corresponding month in 2009.

Riga to build Russian terminal
19 February 2010: Riga Port Authority is to invest €85 million on dry bulk infrastructure on Krievu island, which forms part of Russia. There will be four cargo berths, where bulk commodities including coal will be handled.

Rio Grande expands infrastructure
19 February 2010: Work continues at the Brazilian Port of Rio Grande on extending the Barra Quay 370 metres towards the east and 700 metres towards the West.

Rizhao tops iron ore import table
19 February 2010: Iron ore imports at the Chinese Port of Rizhao amounted to 78.9 million tonnes last year, a dramatic increase of 50% year-on-year.

Tegran to open in Santos
19 February 2010: Santos Port Authority (Codesp) and a consortium composed of Cargill Agro and Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC) have signed a leasing contract to build the Vegetable Grain Terminal (Tegran), which is situated in the Guarujá area on the left bank of the Port of Santos.

Throughput hike at Ust-Luga
19 February 2010: The Russian Baltic Port of Ust-Luga boosted throughput last year by more than 50%, equivalent to 10.3 million additional tonnes.

Antwerp welcomes Scheldt deepening
18 February 2010: The saga of Antwerp’s River Scheldt access deepening has ended with a positive court ruling for the Belgian hub port, Europe's second largest.

Baosteel takes 20% stake in Yantai port
18 February 2010: Baosteel, China’s largest steel group, has made its second investment in a Chinese port after spending Yuan673.2m ($99m) to take a 20% stake in Yantai port, which has been set up at a cost of Yuan3.4bn.

Brazilian company to build Chilean port
18 February 2010: OMX, which is part of Brazil’s EBX group, has received the concession from the Chilean government to build a port in the city of Copiapó in the country’s Northern region.

Cavotec Connectors continues steady expansion with new premises in southern Sweden
18 February 2010: Heavy-duty electrical power connector and power unit manufacturer, Cavotec Connectors, continues its solid growth with the opening of new premises in Staffanstorp, southern Sweden.

Coeclerici orders two bulkers
18 February 2010: Coeclerici has placed an order with Chinese yard Iiangsu Hantong Heavy Industry for two 55,000 dwt self-unloading bulk carriers.

CVRD to set up distribution at Qingdao
18 February 2010: Brazil’s iron ore exporter CVRD is planning to set up an iron ore distribution centre at Qingdao port in China.

Irish Continental Group Opts for G HMK 6407 – First Gottwald Generation 5 Mobile Harbour Crane for Northern Ireland
18 February 2010: Du¨sseldorf (Germany), 17 February 2010 – Gottwald Port Technology GmbH (Gottwald) nhas recently received an order from Irish Continental Group (ICG) for a new Mobile Harbour Crane for their operation at the Port of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Liebherr’s mobile harbour cranes undaunted by volatile market
18 February 2010: In a highly volatile business environment, Liebherr’s Mobile Harbour Crane Division delivered satisfactory operational performance.

Mejillones-Angamos to boost capacity
18 February 2010: The Northern Chilean port complex of Mejillones and Angamos is receiving investment of $115 million from Ultramar, the Belfí construction company and Inversiones Portuarías Norte Grande.

Penco to handle coal for Chile
18 February 2010: In Chile, Muelles de Penco has been granted approval to offer its services to a planned coal-fired power station.

Peru builds new river port
18 February 2010: The planned new port of Yaurimaguas in the Loreto region of Peru will cost an estimated $56 million to build.

Precious forms joint venture with India's PFS
18 February 2010: THAI dry bulk operator Precious Ship- ping has formed a joint venture with PPS Shipping, part of the Indian shipbuilding group ABG, to develop a cement carrier dry bulk business.

Queues at the Port of Newcastle approach pre-crisis levels
18 February 2010: The queue of ships at major Australian coal port, Newcastle, is near its longest level since 2007, before the financial crisis, and waiting times are at a one-year record.

Riga to have fertilizer terminal
18 February 2010: One of Russia’s leading fertilizer producers, Uralchem, has put together a joint-venture with Riga Commercial Port, which is known as Riga Fertiliser Terminal.

Romero group invests in Peru
18 February 2010: A subsidiary of the Romero group is to build the new Ancón Port in Peru, with work slated to commence in June of this year.

Russia opens fertilizer port in the Strait of Kerch
18 February 2010: Russia’s latest port, Taman, which is located in the Strait of Kerch, has been officially opened, following the legal setting of its boundaries.

Sugar terminal for Brazil’s Port of Suape
18 February 2010: The Brazilian port of Suape is to have a $40 million sugar terminal covering an area of 70,000 square metres in the port’s industrial zone.

Ust-Luga sells shares
18 February 2010: The management company of the Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga is to sell its shares to Lichtenstein-based organization, Investport Holding Establishment.

New universal primer from International range meets all requirements
17 February 2010: A new range of universal primers for the newbuilding market is being introduced to address the productivity, regulatory, performance and commercial needs of shipyards and ship owners alike — wherever they are.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Middle East wins WCA Award
17 February 2010: Wilhelmsen Ships Service is proud to announce that it has won the WCA (World Cargo Alliance) Best Partner Award - Middle East 2009.

New Fire, Rescue & Safety Station opens in Gothenburg
16 February 2010: Wilhelmsen Ships Service has opened a combined new warehouse and Fire, Rescue & Safety station in Gothenburg. Both are already operational.

Brazilians to export Colombian coal
16 February 2010: The Brazilian company MPX Energia has confirmed a potential to export 110 million tonnes of thermal coal from the La Guajira region in Colombia.

Green dry bulk shoots in Latin America
16 February 2010: According to the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Commission (CEPAL)demand for dry bulk has declined during the last few years in that region.

Major profits boost for Rio Tinto
16 February 2010: Global mining giant Rio Tinto saw its profits increase by 33% in 2009 despite large losses in its aluminium division and a dramatic decrease in commodity prices.

Moore Stephens boosts shipping risk management capability with AHL merger
16 February 2010: Leading international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens has strengthened its shipping industry risk management services capability following a merger with AHL Business Assurance Limited, a specialist provider of governance, risk and internal audit services.

More support for coking coal trade - More support for coking coal trade - February 2010
16 February 2010: In many countries around the world, import demand for dry bulk commodities is expected to strengthen over the next 12 months.

New mines planned for Brazil as China’s need for ore set to double
16 February 2010:

Rice prices fall in Pakistan
16 February 2010: Prices of rice in Pakistan have witnessed 3% to 6% drops due to a decrease in international demand and the presence of plentiful stock of rice in Africa.

Shipping confidence levels hold up as concern persists about newbuilding glut
16 February 2010: Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry have stabilised, according to the latest Shipping Confidence survey by leading shipping account and adviser Moore Stephens, although a sustainable recovery in the markets still appears to be some way off.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service leads Sete league table
16 February 2010: Latest official statistics show that the world's leading maritime service network, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, is listed as the top ships agency in the port of Sete, France in terms of taxable volume.

Korean power plant to benefit from Cargotec’s bulk-handling capabilities
15 February 2010: As part of a collaborative delivery with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, Cargotec will deliver and install four Siwertell screw type coal unloaders for use at Korea Western Power Company’s Taean Power Plant

PWCS aproves $670 million coal loading expansion
15 February 2010: The Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) Board today approved a 670 million dollar expansion at the company’s Kooragang Island terminal, taking total PWCS expenditure on coal loading infrastructure over the past 12 years to more than 1.6 billion...

MPX to build $150M Colombian coal port
05 February 2010: Brazilian power company MPX Energia S.A has bought 521 hectares of land in Colombia on which it plans to build a 20 mtpa coal export terminal. It plans to spend $150M on the port, which will be located in the Dibulla region, Department of La Guajira.

Eskom's coal demand lessens
02 February 2010: Eskom, the South African electricity provider, will need a third less coal than expected to feed its power station by 2018 as the recession erodes electricity demand, the head of generation has said.

IBIA dispels confusion over EU directive on in-port sulphur limits
02 February 2010: THE International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has moved quickly to dispel the apparent confusion currently surrounding implementation of the EU directive requiring all ships to use low-sulphur fuel while at berth in EU ports.

Richards Bay coal exports
02 February 2010: South Africa’s coal exports declined to 61 million tonnes in 2009, largely due to constraints on the railway to Richards Bay.

South African coal prices to rise as Asian demand soars
02 February 2010: Asian imports of steam coal would rise to 460mt (million tonnes) this year from about 400mt last year, which would boost prices, a coal consultancy said yesterday.

BHP pushes growth of iron ore
31 January 2010: BHP Billiton Ltd, the world’s biggest miner, has approved US$1.93bil in capital expenses to spruce up rail and port facilities as it steps up expansion of its Australian iron-ore business to feed rising demand from China’s steelmakers.

Bureau Veritas upgrades maritime portal
29 January 2010: LEADING international classification society Bureau Veritas has upgraded its dedicated maritime website to make it easier for the shipping industry to keep up with changes to statutory and class requirements.

Prince Rupert Records 12 year-high Cargo Volumes in 2009
26 January 2010: The Port of Prince Rupert has sailed safely through the receding global economic storm, recording its highest volume throughput since 1997.

Breakbulk Fundamentals: Maritime Logistics online
25 January 2010: Teledata Marine Solutions, in collaboration with the Breakbulk Institute, USA, is pleased to offer the first ever, interactive online course in Breakbulk Fundamentals.

Cosco delivers supramax bulker
25 January 2010: Singapore-listed Cosco Corp says its 51%-owned subsidiary Cosco Zhoushan Shipyard has successfully delivered a 57,00dwt supramax vessel Dai Shan Hai.

MOL lifts Gearbulk Holding stake to 49%
25 January 2010: JAPANESE shipowner Mitsui OSK Lines has increased its stake in Bermuda- headquartered Gearbulk Holding from 40% to 49%.

Shippers see worst Great Lakes year in seven decades
25 January 2010: With the lowest cargo volume in 71 years for iron ore and the worst in 77 years for coal, the two chief backbones of U.S. Great Lakes shipping, fleet leaders are expecting better shipping in 2010 – but only mildly better.

US steel and car crises dent St Lawrence Seaway traffic
25 January 2010: The 50th anniversary of St Lawrence Seaway has proved to be a nightmare for shipping lines as the global recession forced down cargo volume to a level not seen since 1961.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service provides agency support to major port construction project
25 January 2010: Wilhelmsen Ships Service has secured a contract to provide ships agency services to Van Oord at Maasvlakte 2, the major port expansion project in Rotterdam. Land reclamation in the North Sea and dredging of the port basins will expand the existing port and industrial zone on the west side of Maasvlakte with 1000 hectares new land for port activities and industry.

World steel output fell 8% in 2009
25 January 2010: World steel output fell by 8 per cent last year as the economic crisis pounded major producing countries, but emerging powers China and India bucked the trend, an industry group says.

A new type of Theyssenkrupp unloader is realized
22 January 2010: In the end of 2007 ThyssenKrupp Fördertechnik, Business Unit Materials Handling, St. Ingbert-Rohrbach (TKF) received the order to design and deliver a new type of barge unloader for the Indonesian BONTANG COAL TERMINAL (UPGRADE STAGE 2).

AGP cements long-term relationship with ArcelorMittal
22 January 2010: The AGP stevedoring group has consolidated its relationship with the ArcelorMittal group by extending for a further four years...

BEUMER’s elevators successful in India
22 January 2010: India’s building industry boom has increased its demand for cement. In order to meet this demand, ever larger cement plants have been erected.

Coal terminal for Chinese city of Ningbo
22 January 2010: A major new coal terminal is to be built at Zhoushan Port at the Chinese city of Ningbo. It will have an annual capacity of 18.4 million tonnes and be the largest of its kind in the province of Zhejiang.

Grain storage boost at Paranagua
22 January 2010: The Brazilian Port of Paranagua is to invest $26 million from its own resources in expanding its capacity to receive and store grain.

Grain terminal for Russia’s Port of Tuapse
22 January 2010: A two million tonne-capacity grain terminal at the Russian Port of Tuapse has commenced operations. The facility is accepting consignments of grain for export shipped in by rail as part of a trial opening in the last quarter of 2009.

New Mangalore to improve iron ore handling
22 January 2010: Growing iron ore volumes at India's New Mangalore Port have prompted the governing trust to look at ways of improving mechanical handling of shipments.

New Mozambique port made viable by Botswana coal
22 January 2010: Research confirms that a new port at Ponta Dobela in southern Mozambique could be viable if it can attract export coal from Botswana, where high-quality seams could generate up to 40mt (million tonnes) a year.

Oscillation breakthrough quadruples dust-suppression coverage area
22 January 2010: Major dust-suppression equipment company Dust Control Technology (DCT) has announced the introduction of a 180° oscillation option on its two largest designs, effectively quadrupling the coverage area of each machine.

Smiley Monroe wins repeat order for conveyor dust encapsulation system
22 January 2010: UK company Smiley Monroe Ltd recently installed its fourth conveyor spillage control and dust encapsulation system at Brunner Mond’s Lostock site, having won the business due to its previous record of carrying out work safely...

Sohar to accommodate Very Large Ore Carriers
22 January 2010: A contract has been awarded for the construction of a new quay at the Port of Sohar in Oman to accommodate Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOCs).

Stewart Group announces partnership with G&T
22 January 2010: Stewart Group, the UK-based international inspection, analysis and assaying group has formed a significant new partnership with anadian specialist metallurgical and mineralogical research laboratory G&T Metallurgical Services.

Thai-ed over: bucking the trend in an economic downturn
22 January 2010: South East Asian ship owner bucks the trend during global downturn through its long-term diversification strategy and a conservative approach in sales and purchase market.

TKF delivers coal handling plant to TIS
22 January 2010: In May 2007, Transinvestservice awarded a contract to ThyssenKrupp Fo¨rdertechnik to supply a coal handling plant. The contract included a wagon tippler with side arm charger, a stacker and a shiploader for coal, ore pellets and ore concentrate.

TTA’s diversification plan
22 January 2010: TTA’s long-term plan is to diversify away from its core bulk shipping business to ensure stable growth prospects for shareholders.

China steel production climbs
21 January 2010: China’s crude steel production grew by 37.4 percent last Novermber, according to a Dec. 29 report by China’s National Development and Reform Commission.

A notable year for China’s bulk imports
20 January 2010: China’s imports of dry bulk commodities increased at an astonishing rate over the past 12 months.

Brazil benefits from Indian sugar shortfall
20 January 2010: Brazil’s sugar industry is benefiting greatly from the fact that output in India fell from 31mt (million tonnes) in 2006/07 to about 15mt last year.

Global sugar deficit causes prices to surge
20 January 2010: Prices of sugar globally remain a cause of concern because the commodity, essential in nature, has remained in short supply for two consecutive seasons with the cane crop failing in the world’s two leading production centres — Brazil and India.

Grain import demand falters - Bulk Carrier Fleet Trade & Fleet Outlook January 2010
20 January 2010: Various signs emerging over the past couple of months reinforced optimism about global dry bulk trade growth in 2010.

Unpredictable monsoon results in poor summer food crops in India
20 January 2010: It was a foregone conclusion that India would be harvesting poor summer food crops by November as the monsoon played truant in the first place and then floods in many parts of the country caused damage to standing plants.

Bulk Supply/Demand Highlights
18 January 2010: During the first part of November, average weighted bulk carrier earnings continued on the upward trend that commenced at the start of October, rising to $24,569/day on the 20th of the month. Earnings then dipped slightly w-o-w before rising again to stand at $23,721/day on the 4th December.

Chennai port reverses strategy to become multi-cargo terminal
18 January 2010: Reversing its previous year’s plan to become a ‘clean port’, Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has repositioned itself as a multi-cargo terminal, which will handle all categories of goods ranging from coal, iron ore and oil through sugar, edible oil and other perishables to containerized cargo.

Global Coking coal Market analysis 2009
18 January 2010: Seaborne Canadian coking coal exports fell slightly in August to stamd at 2.0mt, down by 11.7% m-o-m and 15.9% y-o-y. This brought exports in the year-to-date to 12.6mt, a decline of 30.4% in comparison to the same period in 2008.

Global Iron Ore Trade Analysis 2009
18 January 2010: South African iron ore exports have exhibited strong growth throughout 2009, increasing by 42.9% y-o-y in the first nine months of 2009.

Global Minor Bulk trade Analysis 2009
18 January 2010: The worlds largest rice importer, the Philippines looks set to increase its share of global imports in 2009 after recent storms destroyed over 1mt of the country’s rice crop.

Global Thermal coal market Analysis 2009
18 January 2010: The contraction in European industrial production in 2009 (which was down by 14.0% y-o-y in September) has lead to a decline in demand for electricity and hence for steam coal.

Grain Imports and Exports
18 January 2010: The International Grains Council (IGC) currently projects global grain trade to reach 228.4mt in the current 2009/10 crop year (CY, July to June). The projection has been raised by 2.1mt from last month, due to larger than expected wheat imports by Brazil and Syria in particular.

RBCT to increase coal export capacity
14 January 2010: Despite more challenging conditions Richard Bay Coal terminal (RBCT) exported 61.14mt (million tonnes) of coal last year, about the same as it had exported in 2008 when it exported 61.7mt, the company said last week.

Liebherr wheeled loader handles rock salt
12 January 2010: Cobra Middlesbrough Limited in the UK has been operating Liebherr wheeled loaders at its rock salt processing facilities in North Road for a number of years...

Transnet plans upgrades for rail line, coal and iron ore
12 January 2010: Transnet, South Africa's state-owned logistics group, is ti raise up to $1bn in a bond issue by the first quarter of 2010, to fund expansion projects.

Wilson sells bulk carrier
12 January 2010: OSLO-listed shipowner Wilson has sold the Wilson Mobulk bulk carrier to an unnamed company.

MOL to Boost Investment in Gearbulk
06 January 2010: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced a move to increase its investment share in Gearbulk Holding Limited ("Gearbulk") from 40% to 49% effective at the end of December 2009. MOL has been a shareholder in Gearbulk since 1991.

Nectar launch expanded model range for 2010
05 January 2010: Building on the strength of its Compac 140 mobile bagging machine, the Worlds most advanced mobile bagging system, Nectar Group is launching an entirely new model range for 2010.

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