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Air cannons mitigate chute plugging at Texas cement plant
11 November 2015: Spring and summer in Central Texas (USA) bring unpredictable weather, and at times thunderstorms rage across the region, pounding the dry ground with so much water that parched riverbeds can suddenly become torrents in minutes, writes Don Papini, Martin Engineering Territory Manager...

Claudius Peters reports on recent cement handling activity
11 November 2015: Claudius Peters has unveiled its new PACPAL range of packing technologies which provide a state-of-the-art packing capability for any plant, and which also enable the company to offer a complete end-to-end ‘new plant’ capability (see graphic, above). The high-performance modular PACPAL range comprises a Roto Fill

DemcoTECH meets the challenges of a hard-to-handle material
11 November 2015: While the many benefits of cement have made it a huge global business, it remains a difficult material to handle, in terms of both its potential to pollute the environment and being a very bulky material to transport, says Paul van de Vyver, General Manager of DemcoTECH Engineering...

Family firm overcomes adversity – sets foundation for loading spout industry in Northern Michigan, USA
11 November 2015: At 14 years of age, I would sit in an office and bind marketing books together for our sales department, writes Walter Pair of Midwest International. This was my gig every day after school. It wasn’t really an office, more of a storage room...

New mobile odour control technology from atomized mist innovator
11 November 2015: A renowned global provider of atomized mist technology has announced the next evolution in odour suppression, introducing a new line of mobile equipment specifically engineered to...

Strong material handler for strong women in Turkey
11 November 2015: The Mediterranean Port of Mersin in Turkey is taking an unconventional path — with great success. Stevedoring company AHTAPOT Denizcilik handles a variety of scrap for the proprietors of the port using...

Bedeschi acquires Dearborn Mid-West Conveyor
10 November 2015: In September this year, Bedeschi S.P.A. of Padua, Italy announced the recent asset purchase of the Bulk Group of Dearborn Mid-West Conveyor Co, a leading provider of turnkey bulk material handling systems for utility, mining, cement, fertilizer, refinery and marine terminal markets...

Cement: too hot to handle? major equipment suppliers detail their cement handling solutions
10 November 2015: Emerging markets worldwide create a permanently increasing demand for cement that significantly influences the AUMUND Group as well. As reliable and ingenious partners for the cement industry, the AUMUND product companies constantly...

Flowrox heavy duty valves and pumps in cement handling
10 November 2015: The performance of any reliable process starts with the most basic components. This applies also to the selection of a process valves and pumps...

Innovation in dust-free bulk loading
10 November 2015: With environmental concerns for ports and bulk exporters becoming more strict, several companies are turning to a new technology to stop pollution during shiploading...

Man and machine combined make better decisions
10 November 2015: The themes ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Big Data’ have become indispensable. Many industries are in the midst of a digital transformation. Also in the bulk goods industry, operations and processes will change through data analytics...

Martin Engineering names new distributors in Africa
10 November 2015: A global provider of high-performance bulk material handling technologies has named two new distributors of its complete line of conveyor components and flow aids, including belt cleaners, transfer point solutions, safety products and training, air cannons and field services...

Modern technology in a new swivel from Indexator
10 November 2015: The new hose swivel is the fruit of several years’ research and development whose many tests and long field trials gave extremely positive results...

Nectar sign multiple contracts with DBIS software
10 November 2015: Nectar was established in 1972 and in the early 1980s revolutionized the bulk handling industry at developing ports around the world when it invented and launched the world’s first mobile bagging system...

New AUMUND belt bucket elevator for the vertical transport of coarse grained bulk material
10 November 2015: During the last 60 years, AUMUND delivered more than 5,500 bucket elevators worldwide to all those industries where the vertical transport of bulk material is of importance. These are especially the cement...

Orts wins major European orders for its hydraulic grabs
10 November 2015: ORTS GmbH dates back to 1972 when it was founded as an engineer office and consulting company, specializing in the construction of grabs (main business) and many other kinds of bulk handling equipment...

Super heavy-duty conveyor belt cleaners for severe operating conditions
10 November 2015: A family of primary conveyor belt cleaners has been engineered for the world’s fastest, most heavily-loaded belts, with industrial- strength construction that delivers effective cleaning...

Superior Industries introduces new flush mount, quick install belt scale
10 November 2015: In mid-September this year, Superior Industries, Inc., a major American manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, launched a new belt scale for dry bulk material handling applications...

Tunisia quarry loyal to Case wheel loaders for over 25 years
10 November 2015: The quarry ‘Les Carrie`res de L’Ariana’, a family business in the Raoued-Ariana region of Tunisia, purchased the first Case 821 wheel loader in 1989. Founder Mohamed Djelassi was so delighted with its performance and the support he received from his Case dealer Sotradies...

Van Beek makes sampling simpler
10 November 2015: Checking product during processing is very important to maintain quality. But how do you safely take a representative sample without having to shut down the whole process? Van Beek has developed the Sample Screw for this purpose: an innovative sampler that is easy to clean...

Baltic bulk activity key investments driving progress in the area
09 November 2015: The next five years at the Port of Gdansk will see the implementation of the largest-ever investment programme, in terms of both scope and expense...

A touch of Finesse: Regional report: France & Belgium
06 November 2015: Dunkirk is historically an industrial port, and is notably the location of one of ARCELOR’s strategic sites. Because of this, bulk traffic has always been significant in the port, and now accounts for half the total volume...

Chinese give the thumbs up to Valemax bulk carriers
06 November 2015: The Chinese government has finally given its official blessing for Vale to deploy its fleet of 34 400,000dwt vessels into domestic ports, having previously prevented their deployment for three years.

BSM: A strong player in the Cyprus shipping industry
05 November 2015: Following a 20% increase over the past year in the number of ships managed by its Cyprus-based Ship Management Centre, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)...

Celebrating 50 years of Freightliner
05 November 2015: On November 12, Freightliner, the UK’s largest rail maritime intermodal operator, celebrates 50 years since the running of its first train which ran from London to Glasgow. Customers, industry representatives and colleagues will mark the anniversary with an event at the National Rail Museum in York...

Coal trade weakness becomes more visible
05 November 2015: Negative influences affecting commodity imports into a number of countries have become much more prominent during recent months. Although signs of additional volumes elsewhere are still visible, the result is sluggish overall dry bulk trade growth this year. Clear signs of a pick-up in 2016 are still awaited.

End in sight to Brazil sugar crisis
05 November 2015: The calamitous five years for Brazil’s sugar industry may be over, as the world price is set to rise, and a hitherto hostile government is on the defensive...

Fading enthusiasm for Handymax bulkers
05 November 2015: Handymax bulk carriers have been a popular choice for shipowners investing in new tonnage during recent years. But this year a distinct lack of enthusiasm is evident, despite expectations of further growth in some trades where these vessels are regularly employed...

Fednav’s ‘Federal Oshima’ evacuates adventurer
05 November 2015: On 10 October, Fednav Limited, Canada’s largest international dry-bulk ocean transportation group based in Montreal, disembarked well-known British athlete and adventurer, Sarah Outen, in Saint-Lambert, QC, after she was picked up by the crew of the Federal Oshima on 3 October.

Global fertilizer outlook
05 November 2015: In its latest review of the global economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revealed that prospects had deteriorated since July with growth for 2015 revised down to 3.1%, mainly due to the slow-down in China...

LDC eyes Brazilian investments
05 November 2015: French multinational Louis Dreyfus Commodities (LDC) says it is “eager” to participate in new rail and port tenders in Brazil. Andrew Roth, chairman of the company in Brazil, says that, for several years, LDC has invested heavily in logistics in the country as a means of remaining “very competitive”.

Magdalena River to be operational 24/7
05 November 2015: In Colombia, the Magdalena River will have night signalling and satellite navigation systems in place by the end of this year, which will allow 24 hours a day operation...

NAVOR accelerates growth in Asia with new Japan office
05 November 2015: Less than a year after opening its first office in Asia, Norwegian e-navigation specialist NAVTOR is expanding in the region again — this time with a dedicated presence in Japan. NAVTOR Japan K.K...

New cement grinding plant for Pecém
05 November 2015: Polimix is to invest $44 million in building a cement grinding plant in the port of Pece´m's industrial area, in Brazil. This will occupy an area of 34ha and produce up to 900,000 tonnes of cement annually...

New shuttle rail service between Malmö and Stockholm
05 November 2015: Green Cargo’s new direct shuttle between Malmo¨ and Stockholm is now in operation, linking CMP and Northern Harbour in an attractive new intermodal logistics service.

Omani dry bulk to benefit from new rail links
05 November 2015: Once the new rail network in Oman is connected to the country's three main ports, dry bulk traffic carried by rail is expected to increase exponentially. Currently, most mineral exports are handled by road...

Over-confidence in Chinese growth comes back to haunt investors
05 November 2015: China conducts itself in a way as to remain inscrutable to the rest of the world. Data relating to the country’s economy released by official agencies remain suspect as many of the pronouncements by Chinese leaders...

Underwriters fall out with expert witness over valuation of fire-damaged vessel
05 November 2015: International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which hull & machinery insurance underwriters instituted proceedings against a marine consultancy firm for alleged negligence in failing to properly review shipyard quotes in respect of the cost of repairing a fire-damaged vessel...

Dry Cargo Conference & Exhibition 2015: the global arena of dry bulk
26 October 2015: The first edition of the Dry Cargo Conference & Exhibition organized by Easyfairs took place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands at 30 September & 1 October...

Port of Sept-Îles hosts ‘Hermel’ exhibition
07 October 2015: In mid-August this year, the Port of Sept-I^les, in partnership with Destination Sept-I^les Nakauinanu, officially opened the Hermel exhibition site in the Port of Sept-I^les Marina building...

Russian coal industry prospects - the effects of the 2015 global recession
07 October 2015: In the last decade, coal production within Europe has fallen significantly, due to the strict environmental legislation of EU members, as well as the gradual depletion of shallow depth fields, writes Ibragimov Dovronbek, Chairman of Carbo One Limited.

The award-winning Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge
07 October 2015: The new MK5 Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge has been awarded an ‘Honourable Mention’ by Red Dot Award for its design excellence in the most important competition for product design...

Vroon Group implements TMSeanique
07 October 2015: Vroon Group, an international shipping company, has announced on-target progress in the implementation of TMSeanique, SOFTimpact’s Maritime Software Solution based on Microsoft Dynamics AX, catering for the Vroon Group’s operations in crewing and payroll across the entire fleet..

Contrasting grain and soya trade prospects - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK OCTOBER 2015
06 October 2015: Global seaborne dry bulk trade, during 2015, may see its weakest period of growth since the contraction resulting from the world recession six years ago. Over the past nine months the dry bulk commodity import demand trend has slackened noticeably...

New GAC–Clearvac partnership
06 October 2015: Global shipping, marine and logistics services provider GAC has boosted its range of integrated services to shipping in the Middle East by forming a joint venture with the Clearvac Group...

Silo complex to open at Quequén port
06 October 2015: In Argentina, work continues on the third grain silo complex at the Port of Queque´n, which is being built on a six-hectare site adjacent to the turning basin. In total, four storage silos are to be built, with the initial phase of the terminal to open for traffic in early January, 2015...

Busy times for ESI Eurosilo: enclosed storage specialist reports on recent activities
05 October 2015: ESI Eurosilo is a Dutch solution provider of storage facilities for non-free flowing bulk solids and large quantities. Its highly automated silos offer maximum control in material handling, up to 100,000m3, while saving operational costs and valuable space...

Driving force? bulk handling drives, systems & controls
05 October 2015: Hafen Wien operates the largest free port in Austria. Its perfect connection to waterways, road and rail network characterize this port in the Austrian capital of Vienna...

End of commodity super cycle spells higher prices
05 October 2015: The end of commodity super cycle and metals and minerals now likely condemned to long periods of low prices will mean many high-cost operations, where cash flows are not paying for operational costs and debt servicing, will fall by the wayside...

European coal trade in 2015
05 October 2015: European coal consumers continue to enjoy low prices for thermal and coking coal at present. At the time of writing, the price of thermal coal delivered ex-ship at the ARA (Antwerp–Rotterdam–Amsterdam) ports has slumped to the lowest level since the start of 2015...

Georgia to build major new port
05 October 2015: The government of Georgia has selected two consortia to enter the final phase of a tender to build a new deepwater port at Anaklia, on the Black Sea. Those involved are Anaklia Industrial Europe Park/Port and the Power China Consortium...

Hamburg–Le Havre range - Improved cereals boost southern half
05 October 2015: For the first five months of the current year, HAROPA Ports, which manages traffic on the River Seine from Le Havre to Paris, encompassing the port of Rouen, handled 5.4mt (million tonnes) of import-export dry bulk...

India poised to take over from China?
05 October 2015: The rapid-fire growth of China in a decade and a half to become a $10.3 trillion economy, next only to the US, and emerge during this period as the world’s biggest trading nation and the largest consumer of energy and a whole range of commodities...

India to help Bangladesh built third port?
05 October 2015: The Indian Prime Minister has visited Bangladesh, where he announced his intention to help build a deep sea port at Payra. This is in the Patuakhali district on the Bay of Bengal...

India wants more bulk goods move by water
05 October 2015: The Indian government is aiming to promote the increasing use of coastal shipping and inland waterways to transport coal, iron ore and edible grains.

Ipswich opens cereals warehouse
05 October 2015: In the UK, the port of Ipswich, which belongs to Associated British Ports, has opened a new £2.2 million dry bulk warehouse. Known as the Orwell Bulk Terminal, it is a replacement for the previous Number...

Italiana Coke wracked by financial problems
05 October 2015: In Italy, the financial crisis afflicting Italiana Coke has impacted negatively on the activities of the company’s bulk terminal at the Port of Genova. As a result, two potential new shareholders — Aldo Spinelli and Luigi Negri, which were willing to each take a 20% stake...

Kamarajar Port to boost coal capacity
05 October 2015: Ennore Port Limited, which is now trading as Kamarajar Port Limited, is seeking investment totalling $1.467 billion for a variety of projects. Of this amount, the private sector will inject $1.219 billion...

Kochi receiving Australian wheat for the first time in a decade
05 October 2015: The Indian port of Kochi has begun receiving wheat shipments from Australia for the first time in over a decade. Its arrival coincided with the unseasonal rains in several parts of northern India, which have damaged large areas of local production, hence the need to encourage imports...

Largest ever coal carrier arrives at Vysotsk
05 October 2015: In Russia, the Port of Vysotsk’s coal terminal has accommodated its first 93,000dwt bulk carrier. Formerly, the largest vessel to use the port had been 229m in length and of 87,052dwt.

Louis Dreyfus in Russian investment
05 October 2015: Louis Dreyfus Commodities and the government of the Rostov region of Russia signed an agreement which will result in construction by the end of this year of a cereals terminal at Kagalnitskaya...

Maharashra wants ports every 100km
05 October 2015: The government of the Indian state of Maharashra has adopted a policy of building a major port every 100km along its 720km-long coastline. The aim is to increase the use of coastal shipping to move goods and also to incentivise import-export trade...

Mandatory use of MHCs at Chennai suspended
05 October 2015: Chennai Port Trust in India has decided to suspend for a period of about a month the mandatory use of newly installed mobile harbour cranes (MHCs)...

Nectar signs 10-year agreement to manage bulk terminal in Sierra Leone
05 October 2015: Nectar Group has announced that it has signed a ten year agreement with the government of Sierra Leone to manage and run the bulk terminal located at Queen Elizabeth II Quay, Freetown...

New evaluation to be made of Sukhodol project
05 October 2015: In Russia, a second state expert evaluation is to be made of the coal terminal project at Sukhodol, in the country’s Primorsky region. An initial evaluation had to be rejected because of inadequate documentation, especially that relating to environmental issues...

New steel products warehouse for Bilbao
05 October 2015: Inbisa has begun construction of a new warehouse in the port of Bilbao in behalf of Progeco. In its initial phase, this will have a 5,000m2 capacity, which will be used to warehouse iron and steel products...

New technology enhances safety of Hitachi mining equipment
05 October 2015: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd (HCM) has obtained the licence for camera image processing technology — jointly developed by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and Clarion Co., Ltd. — for use in its rigid dump trucks and ultra-large mining excavators...

Paradip develops new iron ore berth
05 October 2015: JSW Paradip Terminal Private Limited has signed a 30-year concession agreement with Paradip Port Trust to develop a new iron ore berth to handle export consignments. The terminal will be totally mechanized and have a capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum...

Port of Sept-Îles hosts ‘Hermel’ exhibition
05 October 2015: In mid-August this year, the Port of Sept-I^les, in partnership with Destination Sept-I^les Nakauinanu, officially opened the Hermel exhibition site in the Port of Sept-I^les Marina building...

Portsur adds mobile harbour crane
05 October 2015: Portsur, which handles dry bulk at the Spanish Port of Castello´n, has taken delivery of a new Gottwald mobile harbour crane. This is its fourth such unit, costing €3 million.

River Consulting ranks among top firms on ENR sourcebook lists
05 October 2015: River Consulting claimed two spots in the 2015 Top 500 Design Firm Sourcebook by Engineering News-Record (ENR). Published annually, the ENR Sourcebook recognizes top-performing architectural ...

Rocktree expands transshipment fleet with ‘Apollo’
05 October 2015: The Singapore-based shipping and logistics company Rocktree offers logistics solutions to dry bulk commodity producers, end users and international trading companies in the natural and mineral resources sectors.

Second port mooted for Natal
05 October 2015: Two studies have been put forward in respect of a new port on the Potengi River close to the city of Natal, in Brazil. Each would have a cost of around $300 million.

Self-Unloading Vessels getting the lowdown
05 October 2015: Building on the successful implementation of exhaust gas scrubbers on its self-unloading bulk carrier Hon. James L. Oberstar, the Interlake Steamship Company announces its plans to expand its emission-reduction efforts...

Soufflet invests in Illichivsk
05 October 2015: The French agricultural company Soufflet has signed an agreement with the Ukrainian port of Illichivsk to build a 1.2 million tonne-capacity cereals terminal. Overall, investment of between $70 million and $100 million is planned.

Storage and reclaim with Laidig Systems
05 October 2015: Laidig Systems, Incorporated provides custom-engineered bulk storage and reclaim systems that are exceptionally durable, reliable, with fully automated, state-of-the-art control interface technology...

Superior Industries acquires Brazilian manufacturer of conveyor idlers and pulleys
05 October 2015: On 2 September, Superior Industries, Inc., a major American- based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, announced its acquisition of Brazil-based conveyor idler and pulley manufacturer...

Takraf delivers cross conveyor system
05 October 2015: In August 2014,TAKRAF GmbH received an order from Vattenfall Europe Mining AG for the supply and installation of the new cross-conveyor system for the F60 conveyor bridge in the open cast mine at Welzow-Su¨d/Brandenburg...

Taman to have secure rail link
05 October 2015: The Russian government has recently amended the project to build a dry bulk port at Taman on the Black Sea. This now includes construction of a rail link to the dry bulk cargo area, which will be built on the Taman peninsular in the Krasnodar region...

Telestack gets to grips with grain
05 October 2015: With the demand for grain exports increasing over the last number of years, UK-based Telestack has been at the forefront in providing custom-designed solutions for this important sector...

Thee new port projects in Rio Grande do Norte
05 October 2015: Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte is to back three new ports within the state, one of which is a new port on the Potengi River and another the construction of a dry bulk terminal at Porto do Mangue on the northern coast.

UK birthplace of modern commercial shipping turns 300
05 October 2015: The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, North-west England is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other trading ports...

Ust-Luga coal exports on the rise
05 October 2015: At the Rosterminalugol facility at the Russian Baltic port of Ust-Luga, coal traffic in the first half of this year rose 17% to more than 8,000,000 tonnes. The number of vessels, at 135, is also 6% higher than the previous year...

Vizag handles fully laden Capesize coal carrier
05 October 2015: Visakhapatnam Port in India has played host to its largest ever bulk carrier, which brought in a consignment of coal from Richards Bay in South Africa. On board was steam coal bound for Jindal Steel and Power Ltd...

White is the new green
05 October 2015: Energy consumption and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important when a company invests in new material handling equipment. In other words, nowadays the impact on the environment caused by a material handler needs to be minimized...

Brazillian port concessions to favour up-front payments
02 October 2015: The Brazilian government has decided to change the way it awards port concessions....

Busy times for ESI Eurosilo: enclosed storage specialist reports on recent activities
02 October 2015: ESI Eurosilo is a Dutch solution provider of storage facilities for non-free flowing bulk solids and large quantities. Its highly automated silos offer maximum control in material handling, up to 100,000m3, while saving operational costs and valuable space...

Cochin wants grain switched to containers
02 October 2015: The Indian Port of Cochin’s policy towards encouraging grain consignments to switch from bulk carriers to containers is causing alarm among stevedoring companies.

New shiploader for LKAB at the Port of Narvik
02 October 2015: LKAB Norge AS, the biggest iron ore supplier in Europe, invests into a new loading facility at the port of Narvik in Norway...

Stockyard systems from some of the bulk industry’s big hitters
02 October 2015: As a major supplier of materials handling equipment, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG Business Unit Resource Technologies (TKRT) has developed a complete range of products for stockyards, mines, bulk terminals and fertilizer...

Thee new port projects in Rio Grande do Norte
02 October 2015: Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte is to back three new ports within the state, one of which is a new port on the Potengi River and another the construction of a dry bulk terminal at Porto do Mangue on the northern coast.

4B Braime launches new website
16 September 2015: 4B Braime Components, a worldwide manufacturer of material handling and electronic components for bucket elevators and conveyors, has just announced the launch of its new company website...

ABP invests £2.2m in Garston bulk terminal
16 September 2015: Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing £2.2m in an environmentally-friendly new bulk terminal at the Port of Garston, providing the port with future growth opportunities...

Bedeschi’s new marine projects
16 September 2015: The coal and iron ore industries are going through tough times, writes Sanjeev Mathur – General Manager Bedeschi East Dubai. At the same time, the shipping market is also experiencing its own difficulties...

Brazilian port concessions now to favour upfront payments
16 September 2015: The Brazilian government has decided to change the way it awards port concessions. Previously, those bidding with the most competitive tariffs to be charged to customers were favoured...

Bulk carrier safety
16 September 2015: In January this year the Bulk Jupiter sank along with 18 crew off the coast of Vietnam. One crew member was rescued, two bodies were recovered and a further 16 crew, all from the Philippines, were presumed dead...

Eriez strengthens its engineering team
16 September 2015: Glenn Kiernan joins Eriez Europe with extensive design, R&D and manufacturing experience, gained in the mining, plastic and engineering industries. In past roles, he has been involved in many aspects of business from designing and machining...

Fratelli Neri orders first Damen ASD 3212 tug with Render Recovery winch in Mediterranean
16 September 2015: One of the largest Italian tug owners, Fratelli Neri S.p.A, ordered its first Damen tug, an ASD 3212, on 21 July 2015. The vessel will be the first ASD tug in the Mediterranean region with a Damen Render Recovery Escort winch...

Ghent Port Company and Zeeland Seaports travel to Baltic States to promote the region
16 September 2015: The Belgian Ghent Port Company and the Dutch Zeeland Seaports have been jointly promoting the assets of the powerful economic region between Flushing and Ghent for some time already...

Grain handling equipment: reaping the rewards of high quality products
16 September 2015: For the past few years, more and more E-Cranes have been popping up in South America to handle grain. A few months ago, we discussed a several E-Crane installations taking place in 2014 and 2015. All of these machines are successfully up and running...

Keeping up with the Canadians
16 September 2015: The tide of environmental protection is changing the landscape of maritime regulation, with the industry being slowly forced to clean up its act, writes Warwick Norman, Chief Executive Officer, RightShip...

La Nouvelle to expand into new markets
16 September 2015: La Nouvelle, which is the third largest French port on the Mediterranean coast, is in the processing of implementing a major new expansion as a means of boosting business and making it possible to enter new markets, such as those in South America, Asia and the West Coast of Africa.

Landmark vessel call for Greenore Port
16 September 2015: Following the completion of an extensive port dredging project, the arrival of the largest steel ship to ever call to Greenore Port in Ireland represents a new landmark for the port...

Moving along nicely...mobile equipment serving the bulk industry
16 September 2015: The new Cat® MH3037 is the first in a series of the new wheeled material handler line that Caterpillar is introducing in the greater than 25-metric tonne size class...

New bulk terminal for Suape
16 September 2015: Odebrecht TransPort (OTP) expects to commence civil works in August at the Brazilian port of Suape on a new dry bulk terminal...

New coal port for Mexico
16 September 2015: Mexico’s Transport Ministry has awarded a 30-year concession to the San Fernando de Cortez company to undertake the handling of dry bulk traffic at a 2,072,299m2 area in Sonora...

New shiploaders help Paranaguá break records
16 September 2015: The Brazilian port of Paranagua´ is claiming a new record for the export of soya. It believes this was achieved in April, when 1.476mt (million tonnes) were loaded onto vessels. This was 2% more than in March and 6% higher than April 2014...

Pioneer Marine appoints V.Ships India as managers
16 September 2015: V.Ships, the ship management arm of global maritime services provider V.Group, has recently completed the transfer of the rapidly growing Pioneer fleet of geared dry bulk carriers into its management portfolio...

Port of Vancouver celebrates new rail entrance
16 September 2015: On 13 August, the Port of Vancouver USA and its partners cut the ribbon on a $30 million rail project that will help ensure trains move, goods flow from regional businesses and Washington state remains competitive in the global market...

PSM wins UK navy supply contract
16 September 2015: In recognition of its unique ability to ‘reverse engineer’ existing installations, the UK’s Royal Navy has named PSM as a primary supplier of tank level instrumentation to their surface warship and support vessel fleet...

Ringing the changes: containerized transport of bulk commodities
16 September 2015: CODELCO, the largest copper producing company in the world has revolutionized mining logistics of its copper concentrate. It has re-engineered bulk handling, using a completely sealed zero material loss system from the mine to the hatch of the ship at Puerto Angamos in Mejillones, Chile.

Sudeste losing major client because of delays in opening
16 September 2015: In Brazil, Porto Sudeste has revealed that it client Minerac¸a~o Usiminas (Musa) and declared its intention of terminating its contract that allows it to export iron ore at the port terminal, which is located in Itaguai´, in the state of Rio de Janeiro...

Taking cover? enclosed storage of bulk commodities
16 September 2015: It’s more than a nuisance. Some stockyard operators lose valuable open air inventories when the wind kicks up. Worse, nearly every manufacturing process injects clouds of fugitive dust into the atmosphere...

Thome Ship Management signs agreement with WSS
16 September 2015: Singapore-based Thome has signed a Safety Service agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS)...

Topcon acquires Digi-Star
16 September 2015: Topcon Positioning Group has acquired Digi-Star, a Fort Atkinson,Wisconsin-based global provider of agricultural solutions involving weight sensors and control systems for feeding, planting, fertilizer, and harvest equipment manufacturers.

Transshipment and floating cranes - overcoming infrastructure restrictions
16 September 2015: Despite the weakness of the global economy, demand for raw materials is still (slowly) growing. Growing demand in depressed raw commodity and shipping markets turns inevitably into tough competition between traditional suppliers and new mines entering the market.

U-ONE-SAFETY: easy implementation of safety functions
16 September 2015: ‘Functional safety’ is the key phrase when safety questions are raised concerning accident prevention on machines and systems. When developing its products...

VIKING moves to expand Australasian activities
16 September 2015: VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has announced it has acquired a part of Australia-based Wiltrading Pty Ltd.’s maritime safety equipment activities effective 1 September...

Wood pellet storage: temperature monitoring and supervision
16 September 2015: Countless small-scale heating systems worldwide are equipped with pellet furnaces. More and more medium- and large-scale heating systems for industrial plants, or bio power stations, are also entering the market...

China dry bulk imports: a sliding trend
15 September 2015: Signs of weakness in China’s dry bulk commodity imports are very prominent this year. Growth abruptly slackened last year to 2%, compared with the preceding twelve months, following much higher expansion rates previously...

China dry bulk imports: a sliding trend
15 September 2015: Signs of weakness in China’s dry bulk commodity imports are very prominent this year. Growth abruptly slackened last year to 2%, compared with the preceding twelve months, following much higher expansion rates previously.

Fading prospects for dry bulk trade growth
15 September 2015: Earlier optimism, about a sizeable increase in global seaborne dry bulk trade during 2015 as a whole, has faded in the past few months. Imports of commodities into many countries are still growing, but negative changes have become much more prominent...

Global grains and oilseeds
15 September 2015: In the latest economic assessment of the global economy, the international monetary fund (IMF) project global growth of 3.3% in 2015, lower than anticipated, and below 2014...

First Phase of £100m Liverpool biomass terminal nears completion
25 August 2015: Work is nearing completion on the first phase of the new £100m biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool, which will eventually handle three million tonnes of wood pellets a year as part of the decarbonisation of Drax Power Station...

Thyssenkrupp supplies new shiploader Narvik - LKAB
25 August 2015: LKAB Norge AS, the biggest iron ore supplier in Europe, invests into a new loading facility at the port of Narvik in Norway. Being deep enough for ocean going vessels and ice-free all year round...

AUMUND equipment for RWE Power Plant
12 August 2015: With the conversion of 16 arched plate conveyors,AUMUND Fo¨rdertechnik GmbH contributed to the improvement of the operating procedures at the RWE power plant in Neurath, Germany...

Bedeschi works with Yara, successful co-operation in the fertilizer sector
12 August 2015: Bedeschi Spa, a long-time supplier of crushing and handling machines for the cement mining industry, steel factories, coal and others industrial processes, has in the latest...

BRUKS Rockwood shiploader serves Port Sulphur
12 August 2015: BRUKS Rockwood was selected to provide complete engineering and equipment for the shiploader at the IMT terminal facility in Port Sulphur, LA, USA...

Innovative dust control solutions to meet new petcoke regulations
12 August 2015: Recent environmental regulations have presented a difficult challenge to petroleum coke (petcoke) storage operations and transfer stations by establishing tight restrictions on...

Mechanical ship unloaders taking centre stage
12 August 2015: Bu¨hler is a specialist and technology partner for plant, equipment, and services for processing basic foods and for manufacturing advanced materials...

Pulp bucks the trend
12 August 2015: In contrast to most commodities, the prices of which have tumbled in the past few years due mainly to oversupply, the price of market pulp has continued strong enough to encourage companies in Brazil to make a start on four new pulp lines...

Açu port hits 1.5 million tonne mark
11 August 2015: Terminal 1 at the Brazilian port of Ac¸u, which opened for business in October 2014, has already handled 1.5mt (million tonnes) of iron ore at its facility in Sa~o Joa~o da Barra...

Adani Ports builds on success of port acquisitions and expansions
11 August 2015: Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone, the flagship company of India’s fast ascending businessman Gautam Adani, has advanced the target of handling cargoes of 200mt (million tonnes) by three years to 2017...

Antaq and Bunge reach agreement
11 August 2015: Antaq has signed a contract with Bunge Alimentos, covering the Terminal Portuario Graneleiro facility in Barcarena...

Arica free to handle mineral concentrates
11 August 2015: The Court of Appeal of the Chilean city of Arica has rejected two requests to ban the storage of mineral concentrates from the Sierra Gorda mining area at Terminal Puerto Arica (TPA)...

Biomass handling facility relies on Talentum flame detectors
11 August 2015: As part of the conversion of Ironbridge power station in Shropshire, UK, from coal to biomass, E.ON Energy has constructed a biomass handling depot at Gladstone Docks in Liverpool...

Bolivia seeking sovereign outlet in Chile
11 August 2015: Bolivia has taken Chile to the International Court of Justice in The Hague in respect of its demand to be allowed a sovereign outlet to the sea for its products. Chile, for its part, stresses that Bolivia already has relatively open access to its ports...

Class acts: bulker classification
11 August 2015: Bulk carrier freight rates may be in a long-term dive, but this is not stopping classification societies from seeking to expand their fleets and pushing forward with new design innovations and safety rules...

Coal trade growth faltering - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK AUGUST 2015
11 August 2015: Signs pointing to sharply slowing growth of global seaborne dry bulk trade have become more prominent. Although commodity import demand in many countries is still expanding, much of the increased volume is being offset by reductions elsewhere...

Coeclerici celebrates landmark year in 2015
11 August 2015: Coeclerici Logistics, the logistics division of Coeclerici Group, is one of the world’s leading bulk material transshipment companies with a history of more than 40 years in this specific field...

Cold water poured on São Sebastião expansion
11 August 2015: The expansion of the Brazilian port of Sa~o Sebastia~o would have “catastrophic” and “irreversible” effects on the Bay of Arac¸a´ claims a group of scientists contracted by the State Prosecutor who is trying to...

Containerized soya booming at Rio Grande
11 August 2015: Rio Grande container terminal agreed to export its largest-ever consignment of containerized soya. This took place in the second quarter of this year, with 7,700 tonnes of this commodity involved, being loaded into 275 containers...

Containerized sugar exports up in Brazil
11 August 2015: In the first quarter of this year,Williams Brasil reported a rise in sugar being exported via container. The peak came in March, when 185,980 tonnes were shipped...

Cross-border bulk trade increases between Russia and North Korea
11 August 2015: In 2014, cross-border trade between Russia and North Korea, carried by Russian railways via the Khasan for the interchange increased 3.2 times. Coal traffic went up by 24 times in the same period...

Dry bulk investment in Piombino
11 August 2015: The Italian business Aldo Spinelli is to invest in the port of Piombino, where it intends to handle cellulose and aluminium. It will do this in partnership with an unnamed Anglo–Dutch...

Essar acquires Vizag concession
11 August 2015: The government-owned iron ore handling complex project at Vizag port in India has been acquired by Essar Ports Ltd, which will operate it as a concession for 30 years...

Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute hosts IMO delegation
11 August 2015: Officials from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently completed a fact-finding mission to the Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Juvenal Shiundu and William Azuh from IMO’s Technical Co-operation Division...

GAC UK appoints Chartering & Project Manager
11 August 2015: GAC UK is expanding its services for the heavy lift and project forwarding sector with the appointment of industry specialist Martin Kenney as Chartering & Project Manager...

Going Great Guns - bulk handling on the Great Lakes/ St Lawrence Seaway System
11 August 2015: The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a deep draught waterway extending 3,700 km (2,340 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean to the head of the Great Lakes, in the heart of North America...

Inspection, Analysis & Sampling
11 August 2015: Whether performed automatically or manually, sampling occurs through extracting a quantity of commodity smaller than the original quantity, and sending it for laboratory analysis or screening purposes...

Itaguaí to get dry bulk investment
11 August 2015: The FI-FGTS investment fund has approved financing of $385 million for the national steel company CSN. The loan will be used to expand the port of Itaguai´, in Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil, which is used to handle iron ore and coal...

Japan continuing to bankroll Nacala
11 August 2015: An agreement has been signed between Japan and Mozambique, which will see a further Japanese loan of $280 million made available to partially fund phase 2 of the expansion of the port of Nacala...

Konecranes and Terex Merge
11 August 2015: The Boards of Directors of Konecranes Plc and Terex have approved an agreement to combine their businesses in a merger of equals...

Malcolm Youll takes over at SAMSON Materials Handling
11 August 2015: On 1 June, SAMSON Materials Handling, formerly B&W Mechanical Handling Ltd., appointed Malcolm Youll as new Managing Director. He will be based at the SAMSON Office in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK...

Material handlers for steel mill
11 August 2015: The Korean logistics provider Il Shin Marine Transport Co., Ltd. is responsible for supplying the largest steel producer in Korea — POSCO Specialty Steel. Its newest steel mill is in Vietnam, near the capital of Ho Chi Minh City, and will be fed by four SENNEBOGEN material handlers in the future...

New Cat® 16M3 motor grader delivers greater fuel efficiency and power fuel efficiency and power
11 August 2015: The new Cat® 16M3 motor grader features engineering enhancements that boost fuel economy, increase structural durability, simplify maintenance, add operator convenience and promote the safety of both the operator and those around the machine...

New hopper for Avilés
11 August 2015: CHIA Espirales y Maquinaria de Transporte has delivered a new mobile hopper to the Northern Spanish port of Avile´s for the discharge of dry bulk commodities...

Swiss civil engineering company invests in large ZX470LCH-5 excavator
11 August 2015: A Swiss civil engineering company has made a successful investment in a Hitachi ZX470LCH-5 excavator as the main production machine for its sand and gravel pit. The large Zaxis-5 excavator was delivered to Scrasa’s Satigny site on the outskirts of Geneva in October 2012 by the country’s Hitachi dealer, Probst Maveg.

Tarragona aims for 33mt in 2015
11 August 2015: Tarragona port authority is aiming to handle a combined 33mt (million tonnes) in 2015, an increase of 3.5% over 2014. For the first four months, overall tonnage was up by 10%, following an 8% first-quarter increase, when 8.25mt passed through the port...

The China Syndrome? Vale anticipates tough times ahead
11 August 2015: How much tougher will things get for Vale and the world’s other large iron ore mining companies, as prospects for the Chinese economy deteriorate, while the production of ore booms?...

The petcoke market tossed on a turbulent sea of change
11 August 2015: During the last year, the global petroleum coke (petcoke) market was buffeted by declining energy prices, changing ocean freight market, various delays, burgeoning petroleum coke production in the Middle East, and environmental issues...

Thmbs up for Coquimbo expansion
11 August 2015: In Chile, the environmental agency has given the go-ahead for construction of a third berth at the port of Coquimbo. Once in place, the new facility will allow the port to handle additional cargo...

Urabá Port construction to start next year
11 August 2015: In Colombia, construction is due to begin in March 2016 of Uraba´ Port, which is known locally as Antioquia port. Phase 1 opening is mooted for 2018, with the project being bankrolled by Puertos, Inversiones y Obras SAS at a cost of $400 million...

Vale Pecém to start operations in September
11 August 2015: Vale Pece´m, the mining arm of the Brazilian company Vale is to start supplying raw materials to the Pece´m Iron and Steel Company (CSP), which is located in the port of Pece´m's industrial complex, as of September.

Bleak times for aluminium?
21 July 2015: The commodity cycle has hit the bottom, writes Kunal Bose. Prices of minerals, intermediate items like alumina derived from bauxite and metals are traded at multi-year low prices...

Chief grain bin to be manufactured in Europe
21 July 2015: Chief Industries UK Ltd has announced it will be manufacturing the tried-and-tested Chief grain storage silos at its European facility beginning in October 2015...

ContiTech conveyor belts conveying excellence
21 July 2015: In mining and in many other industries, conveyor belts and systems by ContiTech offer a winning combination of quality and flexibility. Extensive expertise has made the ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group a leading development partner...

E-Crane celebrates 25th birthday with the launch of E-Handler
21 July 2015: To celebrate its 25th birthday, E-Crane organized a five-day business event under the name ‘Demo Days’. Clients, dealers and agents from across the globe visited the company to raise a...

Engineering Consultants
21 July 2015: Ausenco has built a reputation on the delivery of innovative and cost-effective project solutions for mining clients, a philosophy that is carried through to its work in the transportation and bulk terminal market...

Environmental inspection for Antofagasta
21 July 2015: In Chile, the Environmental Agency (SMA) has undertaken an inspection of Antofagasta Terminal Internacional (ATI) to see whether it is complying with regulations for the loading and discharge of mineral concentrates...

Euorports asks for Tarragona warehouse concession
21 July 2015: Euroports Ibe´rica TPS has requested a concession to build a dry bulk warehouse in the Spanish Mediterranean port of Tarragona. The warehouse will be approximately 7,000m2.

Fixing conveying problems with ASGCO’s ‘Complete Conveyor Solutions’
21 July 2015: In today’s ever-changing world of coal handling, one thing stays the same, material like coal needs to be loaded and unloaded onto conveyor belts. You would think this process would be easy, build conveyors and chutes that carry the coal...

Hitachi excavators offer reliable support on tough Senegalese project
21 July 2015: A diverse fleet of Hitachi excavators is being utilized by Razel-Bec on a 90.5km canalization project in Senegal,West Africa...

igus develops an electronic diagnostic tool for energy chains
21 July 2015: The motion plastics specialist igus has presented a new electronic diagnostic tool for energy chains. The EMA system prevents unexpected down time in the system as well as unexpected repair work...

Inside Negrini’s electro-hydraulic orange peel grab
21 July 2015: Major Italian grab manufacturer Negrini Srl has delivered the country’s largest electro-hydraulic orange peel grab...

Keeping it clean
21 July 2015: A renowned belt conveyor technology specialist has become the sole distributor of the acclaimed CleanScrape Cleaner. Martin Engineering GmbH has taken exclusive responsibility...

La Coruña targets Vigo’s granite trade
21 July 2015: The Spanish North Western port of La Corun~a is trying to tempt the granite industry, which currently uses the neighbouring port of Vigo, to switch exports to its facilities...

Legacy Building Solutions achieves ISO 9001:2008 quality certifica
21 July 2015: Legacy Building Solutions, a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, the highest quality- management certification standard available in industrial manufacturing...

MAJ welcomes new IMO Secretary-General
21 July 2015: The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) has welcomed the appointment of Mr Ki-tack Lim of the Republic of Korea as the incoming Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation...

Major North American West Coast ports learning to work together
21 July 2015: Collaboration, co-operation, alliance — these are all words and actions major North American West Coast ports would have shuddered to even think about a few years ago...

Mumbai to have cement terminal
21 July 2015: The Port of Mumbai is to lease 2.5 ha of land at Petroleum Godown to Ultratech Cement for a period of 30 years. Here, a fully automated cement handling terminal will be built, incorporating a 100% dust suppression system...

New £100m Port of Liverpool biomass facility to support EU’s largest decarbonization project at Drax power station
21 July 2015: A new £100m biomass terminal planned for the Port of Liverpool will see it handle up to 3mt (million tonnes) of wood pellets a year as part of the decarbonization of Drax power station...

New cellulose terminal in Santos
21 July 2015: A new cellulose terminal under construction in the port of Santos belonging to Eldorado Brasil Celulose is due to open by the end of May...

PIRS domes: more than a storage system
21 July 2015: Domes are highly effective storage systems, as they not only protect the environment from potentially harmful products, but they also protect the stored commodities from destructive elements such as moisture and condensation...

Port of Dunkirk - Bulk Volumes rise to 50% of throughput
21 July 2015: Dunkirk is historically an industrial port, and is notably the location of one of ARCELOR’s strategic sites. Because of this, bulk traffic has always been significant in the port, and now accounts for half the total volume...

Port of Kiel expands forest products handling
21 July 2015: Swedish concerns SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) and Iggesund Paperboard AB (Holmen Group) are including Kiel in their logistics network. In future Kiel’s Ostuferhafen will join those ports handling and distributing the forest products of the two companies...

Rail & barge transportation
21 July 2015: Ingram Barge Company (Ingram) has been a quality marine transporter since 1946, starting out as a small, family-owned business and growing into what they are today: the leading carrier on America’s inland waterways...

Record profit for EBHI
21 July 2015: The European Bulk Handling Installation (EBHI) at the Spanish port of Gijo´n reported a net turnover in 2014 of €33.8 million, up 10% over the previous year. Operational costs reached €28.4 million, which was a 1% drop on 2013...

Residents say no to dusty cargo at Vizag
21 July 2015: Protests have broken out in the Indian city of Visakhapatnam against dust being generated by dry bulk consignments of commodities such as coal...

Right side of the tracks? equipment for handling bulk by rail and barge
21 July 2015: The Boot-Lift® Railcar Connector from Martin Engineering improves the speed and safety of connecting a hopper car to under-track conveying systems, preventing the loss of material to wind or contamination...

Slackening grain trade impetus - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK JULY 2015
21 July 2015: Rising commodity imports into many countries are still assisting global seaborne dry bulk trade to continue enlarging. But restraining factors have become more visible as well, especially affecting China’s import demand. Consequently a further deceleration in overall trade seems to be evolving this year.

Steel foundry for Khalifa
21 July 2015: Abu Dhabi Ports has signed an agreement with Advanced Manufacturing Solutions, which is a subsidiary of the FourWinds Group, to build a steel foundry at the port of Khalifa...

Steel production restrains raw materials trade
21 July 2015: Weakening influences affecting steel production in the main countries importing raw materials — principally iron ore and coking coal — were prominent during the first half of this year...

Svitzer orders two more ASD 3212 tugboats for large vessel towing operations
21 July 2015: Svitzer, a global market leader within towage and emergency response, has ordered two more Damen ASD 3212 tugs with 80 tonnes bollard pull performance for its escort and towing operations on the Thames and Felixstowe in the UK...

TPA undertakes direct discharge of sodium sulphate
21 July 2015: In Chile,Terminal Puerto Arica (TPA) has recently undertaken the discharge of 3,000 tonnes of sodium sulphate en route for Bolivia on behalf of Unilever Bolivia...

Traffic chaos continues at Rosario
21 July 2015: Trucks arriving at ports in Argentina's city of Rosario are causing traffic chaos, with around 5,400 vehicles a day discharging consignments of grain at the ports of San Lorenzo,Timbue´s and General San Marti´n...

Venice invests in waste and scrap
21 July 2015: Venice dry bulk operator Terminal Rinfuse Venezia, which is part of the Euroports group, has invested more than €600,000 in the construction of a new storage area dedicated to scrap and waste. The aim is to make the facility a reference point in the North Adriatic Sea for both these commodities...

VIKING Saatsea gets flag state approval
21 July 2015: VIKING Saatsea has become the first and only provider to achieve flag state approval for its unique STCW on-board training solution with refresher modules according to the new STCW 2010 Manila Amendments for Basic Training...

Logmarin reaches agreement with Emirates classification society
09 July 2015: In early July, Logmarin Advisors (RINA Group) — which specializes in shipping logistics and supply chain design for dry bulk commodities such as coal, iron ore, agribulk and others — has signed an agreement with Emirates classification society Tasneef...

AkzoNobel’s carbon credits methodology wins environmental award
06 July 2015: AkzoNobel’s landmark carbon credits methodology for the shipping industry has won the Best Offsetting Project award in the 2015 Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings...

Korean Register launches overhauled software solution to support Harmonized Common Structural Rules
06 July 2015: The Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has radically overhauled its ground-breaking software package, SeaTrust-HullScan, the ship design support solution that analyzes and appraises a vessel’s hull structure...

Barloworld Logistics and LBH Africa partner to deliver excellence in bulk
03 July 2015: Forming mutually beneficial, strategic relationships with key suppliers and business partners enables companies to focus on their core business, while leveraging the expertise and experience of industry leaders in order to fast-track innovation and enter into new markets...

Cambiaso&Risso Group expands operations in the Middle East with the opening of a new hub in Dubai
02 July 2015: Cambiaso&Risso Group expands operations in the Middle East with the opening of a new hub in Dubai Cambiaso & Risso Group, a leading shipping company founded in Genoa (Italy) in 1946, today announces the opening of its Dubai subsidiary...

US bulk equipment - living the American dream?
18 June 2015: Krech Ojard Engineers recently worked with Malteurop North America at its Winona, Minnesota processing and storage facility on a project involving transfer of malted barley by belt conveyor across a rail courtyard to greatly simplify their material transfer requirements...

New Russian port on border with China and North Korea
17 June 2015: Construction is set to begin in Russia’s Primorye region of the new Severniy port, which is on the border of China and North Korea and opposite Japan...

Almeria invests in Carboneras
17 June 2015: The Spanish port of Carboneras, which is administered by Almeria authority, is to receive investment of €4.4 million to fund infrastructure upgrade...

Argentinean revolution in grain loading
17 June 2015: Argentinean Terminal Puerto Rosario (TPR) has revolutionized the world of grain loading and storage after becoming the first terminal in the world to utilize containerized bulk handling (CBH) to export grain...

Bulk terminal opens at Kandla
17 June 2015: Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone has taken delivery of a new 20mt (million tonne) annual capacity dry bulk terminal at Tuna Tekra in Kandla port in India. The facility was built in 24 months...

China gives thumbs up to Valemax ships
17 June 2015: China has modified regulations concerning the size of vessel that can access its ports. This, in future, will allow boats up to 400,000dwt to be accommodated, thereby allowing...

Coal handling equipment in the spotlight
17 June 2015: Hardly a site of the energy or steel industry can be found, where no machines of the AUMUND Group are in use for the handling of coal or other bulk materials. They provide not only for a timely and efficient transport...

Damen Shipyards Group pilot: Thorn-D® outperforms traditional antifouling
17 June 2015: Thorn-D® antifouling outperforms conventional antifouling coatings and is environmentally friendly. A pilot project which started one-and-a-half years ago, has proven that this new thin film...

Domes of Asia Geometrica makes its mark
17 June 2015: Geometrica domes have changed the landscape in Asia with storage solutions for bulk stockpiles, writes Melanie Saxton of Geometrica...

Flexco names new manager
17 June 2015: Aaron Rosso recently joined Flexco as Senior Product Manager, Heavy-Duty Mechanical Belt Fasteners. In this role, Rosso is responsible for managing the global Heavy-Duty Mechanical Belt Fastener programme for Flexco...

Freight wagons with a sweet tooth
17 June 2015: Leading up to the annual ‘sugar beet campaign’ in the autumn, sugar beets are trucked and railed by the tonne to the production plants of AGRANA Zuckerruben GmbH in Leopoldsdorf near Vienna every day..

Higher first quarter throughput at Hamburg
17 June 2015: The Port of Hamburg handled total throughput of 35.6mt (million tonnes), up by 0.1%, in the first quarter of 2015. Bulk cargoes at 11.7mt (up by 12.3%) and container transport on railways between the port and its hinterland at 602,000 TEU (up by 11.1%)...

Indian ports stuck with low grade ore
17 June 2015: High export taxes and plunging prices have resulted in 12mt (million tonnes) of low-grade iron ore effectively stuck in Indian ports, given that higher grade ore is now proving more attractive to buyers...

Netherlands focus regional bulk handling
17 June 2015: The EMO terminal in the Rotterdam Port has been a major hub in transporting coal and iron ore from all over the world to the European hinterland. EMO has always been a reliable partner for its customers in helping to control these flows of goods by combining daily processes...

New GAC base opens to drive UK renewable energy sector
17 June 2015: As part of its continuing strategy to focus on growing business sectors in the UK, GAC has opened a new quayside office in Great Yarmouth to meet the needs of the renewable energy sector in the Southern North Sea for integrated shipping and logistics services...

Port of Gdansk basin logistics FMCG
17 June 2015: On 17 February 2015 the Supervisory Board of the PGA SA approved the decision of the Management Board of PGA SA to close the tender for the lease of the real estate located behind the container terminal DCT Gdansk. Following this, on 21 May this year, The Treasury agreed to the conclusion of the lease contract.

Railway wagons and tall containers easy to fill with new Dino XXL
17 June 2015: Two new versions of the Dino® bulk truck loader now make it easier to load taller (square) storage silos such as railway wagons and containers. These XL and XXL Dinos from Van Beek were initially developed at the request of two customers...

Riga handles 2 million tons of fertilizer
17 June 2015: Uralchem’s Riga Fertilizer Terminal has announced that it has handled 2mt (million tonnes) of fertilizer in a 12-month period up to February 2014...

Rio Grande exporting soya in boxes
17 June 2015: In February, Rio Grande container terminal, in partnership with Gomes Marques and Serra Morena, began exporting soya bean meal in containers. Consignments of 100 containers will be sent on a weekly basis to a user in Germany...

River Consulting continues 8-year run in ENR’s ‘Top 500 Design Firms’
17 June 2015: River Consulting has been ranked as one of the ‘Top 500 Design Firms’ in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR) for the eighth consecutive year. Published annually, the ‘ENR Top 500’ recognizes top-performing architectural and engineering firms. River Consulting took the 390th spot in the 11 May 2015 Engineering News-Record issue, moving up the list from last year. The ranking is based upon 2014 revenue.

Solid fuel concession for Tarragona
17 June 2015: The Spanish port of Tarragona has awarded Garci´a-Munte´ Energi´a a 30-year concession to handle solid fuel on Muelle Catalun~a. The concession...

Sugar vessels form queue for Brazilian ports
17 June 2015: At the end of March, it was reported that a total of 34 vessels were awaiting at anchor prior to berthing to take on consignments of export sugar from Brazilian ports...

Three SENNEBOGEN 830 Mobiles: Metaal Recycling Twente invests in new equipment
17 June 2015: Metal recycling company MRT in Enschede is committed to investing in the future. The scrapyard has been expanded, a new building constructed, now all that is missing is the right material handler. In April, three SENNEBOGEN 830s left Straubing on their way to Holland...

TTS recent work includes major fertilizer and bulk terminals
17 June 2015: TTS (Transportation Technology Systems) is a manufacturing company with more than 20 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing of non-standard material handling systems and large-scale steel structures...

Vessel loading up close shiploaders and barge loaders
17 June 2015: VIGAN specializes in the design and manufacturing of port equipment for dry bulk handling, mostly agri-bulk. The company offers a range of bulk handling equipment, and has significant expertise in shiploaders and ship-unloaders...

‘Make in India’ government programme could spell good news for India’s steel industry
15 June 2015: Much good will befall the Indian steel industry, which has been given a capacity growth target of 300mt (million tonnes) by 2025, if prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme is pursued with vigour backed by local and foreign direct investments...

Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery (ZPMC) to intensify activities in Hamburg
15 June 2015: The Shanghai Zhenhua Port Machinery (ZPMC) will be creating up to 100 new jobs in Hamburg by setting up its European Purchase Center in the Elbe metropolis...

Americas coal trades
11 June 2015: While the coal markets continue to see weak prices around the world, and many American players face serious challenges, the latest indications suggest overall thermal coal trade in the Americas will continue its modest recovery seen over the past couple of years...

Brisk iron ore trade growth envisaged - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK June 2015
11 June 2015: Expectations for some commodity imports into a number of countries have become more cautious. Positive signs are still prominent but adverse factors and uncertainties are more visible. Reflecting these perceptions...

Liverpool in ‘Motorways of the Sea’ fast lane
11 June 2015: The UK city of Liverpool has hosted a major international conference concerning logistics infrastructure and the European Commission’s £1+billion Motorways of the Sea initiative...

Self-unloading vessels - getting the lowdown
11 June 2015: Coeclerici Logistics, the logistics division of Coeclerici Group, bulk material transshipment company, has a history of more than 40 years in this specific field. The year 2015 will mark an important goal for the whole Coeclerici Group which will celebrate its 120th anniversary...

Ship buyer asks EC to reconsider beaching as recycling option
11 June 2015: Major ship buyer GMS has called upon the European Commission to think carefully before banning beaching as an option for recycling European ships following the very positive study visits by a Japanese delegation and representatives from the Danish Shipping Association (DSA) to...

Time for a new palette? slowing global trade growth could adversely affect trade of paints and coatings
11 June 2015: What has world trade got to do with demand behaviour of marine paints and coatings? asks Kunal Bose. A lot, since it boils down to at what rates ships for dry bulk and liquid cargoes and containers will be hired...

Blown away? - the advantages of pneumatic bulk handling
18 May 2015: Safeguarding the environment, and gaining acceptance from the local community, have become increasingly important in evaluating new projects and selecting the right technology from the start...

Duro Felguera’s successful work at Roy Hill nears completion
18 May 2015: Duro Felguera (DF) specializes in delivering high quality turnkey projects in the fields of mineral processing and material handling. With over 150 years’ experience and an extensive list of global references...

FIBCs & bagging
18 May 2015: One of the recent developments in the bulk market is that more and more clients are in need of special and custom-built solutions for a reasonable price. TBMA Europe can rely on 50 years of experience and a wide range of...

ABS appoints new Chief Technology Officer
15 May 2015: ABS, provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has announced the appointment of Howard Fireman to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology...

ADM to acquire full ownership of Black Sea export terminals
15 May 2015: Archer Daniels Midland Company announced on 6 May that it has reached an agreement to acquire complete ownership of North Star Shipping and Minmetal, enhancing the company’s European origination...

ArcelorMittal given Brazilian concession
15 May 2015: The National Waterway Agency (Antaq) has signed a contract with ArcelorMittal to run a port installation in the state of Espi´rito Santo, where the company will oversee the movement nd warehousing of cargo at Terminal de Barcac¸as Ocea^nicas...

Bibby Ship Management Philippines receives FAME Award
15 May 2015: Bibby Ship Management Philippines, Inc, has been recognized by the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc (FAME) for its vital role in the development of the Philippine maritime industry...

Cascades shiploader successfully commissioned on site in Ukraine
15 May 2015: Cleveland Cascades has announced that the shiploader that it supplied to Telestack Ltd has now been successfully commissioned on site in Ukraine...

CEMA 576 — classification for conveyor belt cleaners: what this means for designers, manufacturers and users
15 May 2015: The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (CEMA) has issued a new standard for the ranking of conveyor belt cleaners, a long-awaited publication that provides performance-based guidelines for specifying belt...

ClassNK releases PrimeShip-GREEN/ProSTA
15 May 2015: ClassNK has released PrimeShip-GREEN/ProSTA, making it the world’s first classification society to develop software which analyzes and calculates a ship’s speed trial results for EEDI calculation in compliance with the latest IMO Guidelines on 1 May 2015...

Coal trade growth support fading - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK MAY 2015
15 May 2015: Although signs of growth in many commodity imports into numerous countries remain prominent, offsetting influences are evident also. China is still seen as a key contributor to global seaborne dry bulk trade expansion...

Compact AUMUND conveyors for sintering plant in The Netherlands
15 May 2015: After consistently positive experiences with machines already delivered, a third sintering line at a Dutch steel mill will also be equipped with an AUMUND special conveyor for the conveying of hot sinter material...

Dry bulk supply chains logistics in action
15 May 2015: The world of logistics is changing in front of our eyes in many and varied ways, mostly driven by new technologies that have transformed how the needs of the world’s growing number of middle class consumers are met...

Economical handling specialist at the port with SENNEBOGEN
15 May 2015: The SENNEBOGEN 875 port crane that Heavy Movement has been using at the Port of Santander in Spain for a short time is now proving itself with state-of-the-art technology and low consumption...

GAC launches eco-friendly hull cleaning solution
15 May 2015: GAC EnvironHull’s eco-friendly, diver-free hull cleaning technology makes its Asian debut at this year’s Sea Asia exhibition, marking its introduction at one of the world’s busiest ports, Singapore...

Getting a handle on biomass storage and handling under the spotlight
15 May 2015: Large-scale imports into the UK of wood pellets are primarily driven by those generators who have converted power station units to burn wood. UK legislation requires the fuel to come from a sustainable source...

Getting to grips with cement handling and storage
15 May 2015: Energy efficiency has become a major focus of the cement industry and IBAU HAMBURG has been looking at ways to reduce the energy demand of large central cone cement silos, which use compressed air for fluidizing the cement material in the discharge process...

Global cement trades May 2015
15 May 2015: Why are global cement giants like Holcim, Lafarge and Heidelberg already in India staying busy in identifying capacity expansion opportunities both by way of acquisition of operating factories and building greenfield units?

GPA introduces breakbulk tracking
15 May 2015: In the US, Georgia Ports Authority has introduced a proprietary tracking system for the processing of break bulk cargo, which will henceforth be dispatched more quickly and also be tracked in real time...

Grain exports in Argentina down by a quarter
15 May 2015: In 2014,Argentinian ports exported almost 8mt (million tonnes) of grain fewer than they did in 2013. According to figures released by the Ministry of Agriculture, combined, all the various port terminals dispatched 32mt of grain...

Hitachi ZW180-5 proves a perfect fit for the stockyard
15 May 2015: The road construction, drainage, sewage and groundworks contractor, A Molenaar, has bought an ideal machine for its new material-handling site in the form of the Hitachi ZW180-5...

Lower Mississippi – bulk benefits abound
15 May 2015: Associated Terminals (AT) is a major cargo handling and logistical solutions company, which operates terminal facilities on the Lower Mississippi River. The company offers dry bulk and breakbulk cargo shippers an extensive range of services, including the total co-ordination of movements to provide customers with a comprehensive transportation and stevedoring package...

Mediterranean crisis — shipping industry responds
15 May 2015: Following the meeting of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg on 20 April, the European and global shipping industries have welcomed the increased attention that all EU Member States are giving to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean...

New Gijón port concessions
15 May 2015: At the Spanish port of Gijon, the port authority has granted a seven-year concession to Cargas y Estibas Portuarias to operate a 1,500m2 area on Muelles de la Osa. Here, it will handle and store dry bulk traffic, be it for its own use or for that of third parties...

Panama Canal expansion coming, ready or not
15 May 2015: With a year to go before the opening of the US$5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion there is a frenzy of activity in some ports and even angst in others throughout North America’s East and West Coasts...

PEBCO® announces its new SBDX Diverter
15 May 2015: The SBDX diverter from Pebco® has been developed with exceptional sealing performance and easy seal replacement. THE SBDX diverter provides...

Port of Long Beach to consider cement import facility
15 May 2015: The Port of Long Beach in the USA has prepared the final environmental impact report (EIR) for the Mitsubishi (MCC) Cement Facility Modification Project...

Scandi-bulk - dry bulk operations in the Scandinavian region
15 May 2015: In recent years, it has become more and more apparent that those ports in Sweden that have concentrated on particular traffic sectors have fared somewhat better than rivals intent on handling everything imaginable that is transported by sea...

South America’s bounding grain and soya exports
15 May 2015: Higher exports of grain and soya from South America, probably reaching well over 140mt (million tonnes), are predicted for 2015. This huge volume, equivalent to around 2,800 Handymax-size bulk carrier cargoes, comprises about 30% of world trade in these commodities...

Tegram starts operations
15 May 2015: In early February, the new Terminal de Gra~os do Maranha~o (Tegram) received its first consignment of soya. Vessels began arriving in early March...

Continental Signs a Cooperation Agreement with Siemens and ThyssenKrupp
06 May 2015: ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group, Siemens AG Process Industries and Drives Division, and ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions are concluding a cooperation agreement for the development and marketing...

DB Schenker Rail UK and CEMEX UK celebrate breaking record with locomotive naming
06 May 2015: DB Schenker Rail UK and its long standing customer CEMEX have made history after despatching over 2 million tonnes of aggregates by rail from Dove Holes Quarry in Derbyshire during 2014...

Euroports & BauMineral sign a 10 year agreement for the handling & distribution of fly ash
06 May 2015: Euroports has developed dedicated and fully integrated logistics to handle BauMineral’s fly ash EFA-Füller. BauMineral is a market leader in Europe in the distribution of EFA-Füller, a primary product used in the cement industry...

Asian agribulk 2015
05 May 2015: Food price inflation pinches at least half the 1.25bn Indian population hard. This is of much concern to the government of the day. Weather behaving untowardly at crucial points of crop growing and harvesting leaves the government in jitters...

Big leap forward for Terneuzen lock
05 May 2015: On 5 February, the Netherlands and Belgium’s Flemish Region reached the next phase in the construction of the new lock in Terneuzen. Flemish Minister of Public Works, Ben Weyts, and Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment...

Delivery of ‘Corona-series’ coal carrier ‘Corona Triton’
05 May 2015: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.,Tokyo, (‘K’ Line) has proudly announced the delivery of the Corona Triton, an 88,000dwt- type special coal carrier at Marugame Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan on 7 April this year...

Djibouti to build two new ports
05 May 2015: Djibouti is building two new ports: on Lake Goubet and in the Gulf of Tadjura, with total investment reaching $125.7 million. Goubet port will export both culinary and industrial salt extracted from Lake Assale, which is located 120 km West of Djibouti city...

Dunkirk confirms identity as multimodal port
05 May 2015: The share of alternative transport modes at Dunkerque-Port has reached 49%, an increase of 1% over 2013. The modal share of rail transport is 30%...

Will your cargo arrive ‘dry’?
05 May 2015: One of the most common claims against bulk carriers is damage to cargo from water ingress and more seriously, where this happens in cargoes vulnerable to liquefaction, it can result in the capsize and loss of the vessel and often loss of life...

Adani group to open new Abbot Point terminal
27 April 2015: In Australia, the Adani group has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korean company POSCO to build a new terminal at Abbot Point coal port. This will handle high-quality coal for export...

Asian Coal Trade 2015
27 April 2015: Asia continues to be the main area of activity in international coal trade this year. China and India remain major consumers and producers in the region, but with the former exhibiting lower economic growth during the past year.

New Tergrasa warehouse in Rio Grande
27 April 2015: In Brazil, a new warehouse (A3) has been opened at Terminal Graneleiro Tergrasa. This facility, which cost $15 million, has a capacity of 150,000 tonnes and is the largest of its kind in Rio Grande do Sul, belonging to the local co-operative...

New Topolobampo terminal opened
27 April 2015: A new terminal has opened at the Mexican port of Topolobampo. In its initial phase, the facility has absorbed investment of $13.5 million. Further expansion of the terminal will take place throughout 2015...

PELIKAN material handler proves its worth
27 April 2015: KIROW ARDELT GmbH operates globally as a crane builder and is the bulk handling specialist within the Kranunion group. With experience extending over more than 110 years, Kirow Ardelt offers a wide variety of bulk handling machines, ranging from...

Support from grain and soya trade - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK APRIL 2015
27 April 2015: The outlook for economic activity in several key areas has improved slightly, although not enough to imply more than a modest positive impact on dry bulk trade. Estimates published recently by the OECD organization showed an upwards revised forecast for GDP in the OECD area...

Ventanas to open state-of-the-art copper warehouse
27 April 2015: The Chilean port of Ventanas is undertaking environmental impact assessment studies prior to the construction of the hi-tech warehouse for the storing of copper concentrates. This will be able to hold up to 46,000 tonnes of copper and will require investment of $20 million...

Copper traffic up at Angamos
26 April 2015: In 2014, Chile's port of Angamos reported cargo handled amounting to 3.3mt (million tonnes), up 26% over 2013. Of particular note was 1.4mt of copper cathodes...

GAC Netherlands & GAC Belgium join Green Award Foundation
26 April 2015: As part of their continuing commitment to supporting environmental issues, GAC Netherlands and GAC Belgium have signed up to the Green Award (GA) Foundation's incentive scheme.

J&B Grabs to celebrate 70th anniversary
26 April 2015: J&B Grabs B.V. is a holding company engaged primarily in the development, manufacture and reconditioning of hydraulic and wire rope grabs. The company started in 1945 in the manufacture and overhauling of re-handling grabs...

Ship owners should stop their seafarers eating fish caught from vessel
26 April 2015: Allowing seafarers to eat fish they have caught off the side of their ship is a sure way for the crew to contract food poisoning and it can take a whole ship out, according to one of the shipping industry’s leading voices on food quality and catering standards onboard ship...

Waste water treatment at Van Opdorp
26 April 2015: Aquavia, a subsidiary of KWS Infra, has worked on an improved, environmentally friendly water treatment facility at Van Opdorp Transportgroep in Sas van Gent,Terneuzen, the Netherlands...

Beco supplies round-nose grab to US client
25 April 2015: For a customer in the USA, BV Beco has manufactured a mechanical two-rope round nose grab. The grab has a capacity of 5,000 litres, weighs 13.8 tonnes and exchangeable teeth; it will be used for dredging and digging purposes...

BRUKS Rockwood supplies shiploader to the Port of Portland
25 April 2015: BRUKS Rockwood has supplied a fixed, shuttling, and slewing shiploader to the Port of Portland in Portland, Oregon.The system is being supplied by Kinder Morgan Company, a terminal operator in bulk material products...

Cleveland wins SIA NK Tehnologija order
25 April 2015: Cleveland Cascades have been successful in winning an order from Latvian company SIA NK Tehnologija for a Cascade shiploading chute...

ICL to have new Barcelona terminal
25 April 2015: ICL has requested that it be allowed to build a new terminal in the port of Barcelona. This will handle salt and potash. The proposed terminal, which will be on the A´lvarez de la Campa quay, will require investment of €100 million...

New Terneuzen terminal for Turkish ‘salt of industry’
25 April 2015: In September last year, Packaging Terneuzen Terminal (PTT) officially opened in the Port of Terneuzen. The Verbrugge Terminals subsidiary is the Northwestern Europe distribution centre for Etimine SA...

South Africa challenges and opportunities
25 April 2015: Bulk export cargo flows from South Africa showed a moderate but slowing growth of 2.0% in 2014 also following sluggish growth in 2013.Whilst in recent year’s slower growth was more to do with infrastructure constraints (rail and port) there was also a change in...

TAKRAF India supplies two giant bucketwheel excavators to NLC
25 April 2015: Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd (NLC) has installed two state-of-the-art bucketwheel excavators with an operating capacity of up to 6,800 cubic metres per hour for its Mines-II Project...

Tocatins rail terminal opens
25 April 2015: Brazil’s most modern rail transshipment terminal for grain began operations at Tocatins in February. The facility has been designed to load both soya and corn, with Agrex do Brasil estimating that this year...

Upgrades on the way for Rio Grande
25 April 2015: In Brazil, the Ports Ministry authorized investment of $118 million to undertake a comprehensive dredging programme at the port of Rio Grande. The dredging programme will last for eight months, having started in February...

Highway H2O 2015
24 April 2015: The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a deep draught waterway extending 3,700km (2,340 miles) from the Atlantic Ocean to the head of the Great Lakes, in the heart of North America. The St. Lawrence Seaway portion of the System extends from Montreal to...

Service contracts support ENEL CSUs
24 April 2015: Open pit mining and underground solutions provider,Tenova TAKRAF, is supporting four continuous ship unloaders (CSUs) through two service contracts awarded by the leading Italian power generation company, ENEL S.p.A. Tenova TAKRAF is part of the global total technology solutions...

Repeat order for Siwertell unloader confirms long-term customer satisfaction
24 March 2015: Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Jaewoo Industries Co Ltd for the sixth Siwertell screw-type ship unloader at Taean Power Station in Korea...

Japan’s ‘Big Four’ steel mills look to Bolero for ePresentation
19 March 2015: Bolero has announced that four major steel mills in Japan are using its ePresentation platform to facilitate faster and more efficient transactions with key trading hubs such as Australia and South America...

Mobile port handling at BLG Logistics: energy-saving and flexible
19 March 2015: "Something big is headed our way," Andre Heidkrüger of BLG Logistics may have thought as the new SENNEBOGEN 875 mobile crane arrived at the Port of Neustadt (Bremen) in March 2014.

‘Happy Star’ arrives at the Port of Sept-Îles bearing two giant shiploaders
18 March 2015: The Port of Sept-I^les has announced the arrival of the Happy Star with the two gigantic shiploaders destined for the port’s multi- user dock. The ship, which left the Port of Longxue in Nansha, China, on 29 December for a 43-day, 10,275-nautical-mile voyage via the Panama Canal...

Biomass terminal for Hull
18 March 2015: A new biomass terminal has been opened at the port of Hull in the UK. This has been built to support the Drax power station, which is been converted for use as a lower carbon power generator. ..

Cabinda development under way
18 March 2015: In Angola, work will begin in June on the first of a three phase development of a new deepwater port at Cabinda. Construction is to be undertaken by Caio Porto...

Caterpillar unveils its MH2033 and MH2024 wheeled material handlers
18 March 2015: The new Cat® MH3022 and MH3024 are the smallest models in the new Caterpillar line of wheeled material handlers in the greater-than-20-tonne size class. Building on the solid reputation of their predecessor models...

China’s dry bulk imports pace slackens
18 March 2015: A sharp reduction in China’s dry bulk commodity imports growth rate occurred last year, after a lengthy period of rapid expansion. Following 13–14% annual increases for several years, the 2014 rise was very limited at under 2%...

ClassNK NK establishes new rules for bulkers and oil tankers
18 March 2015: Major classification society ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced the establishment of its Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships Part CSR-B&T) on 27 February...

DA-Desk announces new managing director
18 March 2015: In late February, DA-Desk announced the promotion of Hans-Christian Mordhorst as Managing Director of DA-Desk to support the continuous commercialization of value-adding services to the company’s fast-growing list of customers...

Ership awarded dry bulk concession at Cartagena
18 March 2015: In Spain, Cartagena port authority has awarded a concession to Ership to build and operate a dry bulk installation in the Escombreras expansion area...

Global Grain Trades
18 March 2015: In the latest economic assessment of the global economy, global growth is expected to receive a boost from lower oil prices although other negative factors, including investment weakness and diminished prospects for medium-term growth in many advanced and...

Good prospects for soybean production in South America
18 March 2015: “The prospects for soybean production in South America in 2015 and for the next ten years, are good,” writes Ruben Olveira, Marketing & Sales Director, Inspectorate Agriculture Division...

Gothenberg opens forestry products terminal
18 March 2015: The Swedish port of Gothenberg has opened a new forest products terminal, which is run by Soren Thyr AB. Despite always having had a buoyant trade in paper, pulp and timber products, the port has lacked a dedicated facility to handle sawn timber...

guidefast® — the new quick e-chain trough for indoor cranes
18 March 2015: Energy supply specialist igus® has launched a guide trough system for energy chains that is quick and easy to install. guidefast® is a simple modular system that comprises mounting brackets, clips and a trough...

Idle capacity in all ship categories is bad news for charter rates
18 March 2015: Charter rates for dry bulk commodities from grains to iron ore and coal at any point will depend on growth rate in seaborne trade and supply of vessels in different size categories. The world shipping industry continues to suffer as world trade growth

New fertilizer contract for Pasajes
18 March 2015: An Australian company, Highfield Resources, which in Spain is based at the city of Pamplona, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pasajes (Pasaia) port authority in respect of shipping up to 440,000 tonnes of fertilizer through the port’s facilities...

New forestry products terminal at Tilbury
18 March 2015: The port of Tilbury and L & G Forest Products have agreed to set up 6,502m2 hub for handling timber. This will be a dedicated facility to serve the Grafton group, as well as handling some third-party traffic...

Nidera invests in Constanta
18 March 2015: The Nidera agribusiness company has bought the USA/USC terminal at the Romanian port of Constanta, which belonged to the United Shipping Agency (USA)...

Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry strengthens global presence
18 March 2015: The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry is the third largest registry in the world, standing at more than 117 million gross tonnes (GT) and over 3,395 vessels at the end of January 2015...

Safe storage prevents losses
18 March 2015: The Cimbria Unitest 5G is a newly developed state-of-the-art temperature measurement system. It is a fully-automatic system for the monitoring of temperature in grain and other crops or woodchips. The system can be used in all types of grain storage facilities and can be installed in both new...

Slowing growth in dry bulk trade - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK MARCH 2015
18 March 2015: Various signs point to a sizeable increase in global seaborne dry bulk trade during 2015. Import demand around the world, for many commodities, almost certainly will rise but, after last year’s slower growth, a decelerating pattern seems to be evolving...

Staying safe at sea - safeguarding crew and vessels on the water
18 March 2015: Water ingress detection and hatch cover testing on bulk carriers are two essential procedures for safe operation and husbandry of vessel, cargo and crew...

Steel market crisis? nerves of steel needed to ride out market woes
18 March 2015: The world steel industry is facing a major crisis of poor demand growth, low capacity use and falling prices which is unlikely to ease anytime soon, writes Kunal Bose. Steelmakers in Russia, however, have not been singed by the global crisis...

Traffic record for Rio Grande
18 March 2015: The Brazilian port of Rio Grande set a new traffic record for the export of soya in 2014. This is the main export of the surrounding state of Rio Grande do Sul...

Traffic record for Rio Grande
18 March 2015: The Brazilian port of Rio Grande set a new traffic record for the export of soya in 2014. This is the main export of the surrounding state of Rio Grande do Sul...

United Kingdom BULK
18 March 2015: One of the largest shipments of grain to ever leave the UK has been loaded at the Port of Tyne (United Kingdom)...

Artexis Easyfairs acquires Dry Cargo Europe Conference & Exhibition
17 March 2015: On 6 March 2015 Artexis Easyfairs acquired the management of the Dry Bulk Conference and Exhibition from the publishers of Dry Cargo International.

Erck Rickmers combines boxship and dry cargo chartering
18 February 2015: Hamburg shipbroker Harper Petersen has gained responsibility for chartering of E.R. Schiffahrt's fleet of 21 bulk carriers including capesize, panamax and supramax tonnage...

Açu now shipping iron ore
17 February 2015: The Brazilian port of Ac¸u has begun to ship iron ore, much of which will be bound for China. The port owner, Prumo Logi´stica Global invested $565 million in the facility in 2014...

APPA ports break fertilizer record
17 February 2015: In 2014, the amount of fertilizer handled by the Brazilian ports of Paranagua´ and Antonina beat the previous year’s record. In the first ten months alone, traffic was up by more than 6%...

Bright future ahead for India
17 February 2015: After two years of disappointing sub 5% GDP growth, India is getting primed for better times. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook report says India will be growing 6.5% in 2016/17...

CMA receives bridging concession in Santos
17 February 2015: The Brazilian Aluminium Company (CBA) has been awarded a 20,010m2 concession at the port of Santos. This includes Warehouse 32 and its surrounding area...

Customer satisfaction drives repeat Siwertell road-mobile unloader deliveries
17 February 2015: Following an order signed in early November 2013, Siwertell, part of Cargotec, delivered a road-mobile unloader to Muhammet Gu¨mu¨stas AS in Istanbul, Turkey, in December 2014. This is Siwertell’s third road-mobile unloader delivery to the operator since 2012...

Indian coal imports increase
17 February 2015: In figures just released from August, the 12 major ports in India noted a 12% increase in imported coal to 9.41mt (million tonnes). Imported thermal coal alone rose 14% to 6.81mt...

Malabar Cements begins operations at Cochin
17 February 2015: State-owned Malabar Cements is to install an automated cement handling and bagging unit along with a raw material import facility at the Indian port of Cochin. The company expects to handle a minimum of 300,000 tonnes of cement...

McAsphalt Industries Hamilton terminal lauded for environmental leadership
17 February 2015: Hamilton Port Authority (HPA) has been announced the winner of its annual Environmental Excellence Award: McAsphalt Industries, Hamilton Terminal...

New shiploaders for Paranaguá
17 February 2015: The Brazilian Port of Paranagua´ has put into operation two new shiploaders, which are expected to be put fully into service during February in time for the new harvest season. Each of the machines has its own generator, allowing autonomy of operation when mains power is not available...

Port of Dunkirk appoints new Finance & Purchasing Director
17 February 2015: Franc¸ois Lambert has just joined the Port of Dunkirk as Director of Finance/Purchasing and General Services...

Port of Dunkirk signs partnership charter for the welfare of seafarers
17 February 2015: On Monday 26 January 2015 Ste´phane Raison, Chief Executive Officer of Dunkerque-Port, and Philippe Bertone`che, Chairman of the Seafarers’ Welfare Council of the Port of Dunkirk, signed a Partnership Charter for the welfare of seafarers...

RBCT to offer capacity to smaller companies
17 February 2015: In South Africa,Transnet is not now to go-ahead with a new $1.28 billion coal terminal, which would have been located alongside the existing facility at Richards Bay Coal Terminal...

Sinwa commences Thailand operations
17 February 2015: Marine and logistics supplier Sinwa is expanding its operations. With the Gulf of Thailand seen by many as the fastest developing oil field in the world, and perhaps even set to eclipse the Gulf of Mexico, Sinwa has recently added this new growing...

Special re-handling buckets from KINSHOFER
17 February 2015: The requests for special re-handling clamshell buckets that are received by KINSHOFER’s Department for Custom Solutions, focus on best quality and longevity...

Strong global demand for Tenova Pyromet Client Support Service
17 February 2015: High capacity furnace and smelting plant specialist,Tenova Pyromet, is seeing strong growth in demand worldwide for its Client Support Service. Recent contracts range from installing a roof cleaning system for a major platinum producer in South Africa...

Sugar in crisis? is revenue sharing ratio the answer?
17 February 2015: Brazil, by far the world’s largest producer and exporter of sugar, is in the horns of a dilemma. The excruciatingly long run of low sugar prices and unchecked fall in crude oil prices are making it difficult for sugarcane crushing factories in Brazil to decide...

Thome Group appoints new CEO
17 February 2015: The Thome Group has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Olav Magnus Nortun, who will take up the position on 1 April, 2015...

Vizag sets manganese ore unloading record
17 February 2015: Visakhaptnam Port Trust says that it has established a new single day record for the unloading of manganese ore...

World coal trade 2015
17 February 2015: The past year has been a struggle for coal producers with depressed prices continuing to hinder the international markets. Those miners who are able to increase volumes in order to survive have been doing so...

EMTI welcomes new US C1/D visa initiative for Ethiopian seafarers
13 February 2015: The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) has welcomed an initiative by the United States that will provide Ethiopian seafarers with a new class of C1/D visas.

Coal trade trend changing - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK FEBRUARY 2015
12 February 2015: Global seaborne dry bulk trade grew fairly briskly last year, but the expansion rate estimated was noticeably lower than seen in the three preceding years. Restraining influences affecting commodity import demand became more prominent, and this slackening pattern may continue during 2015...

Almeria handles imported marble
11 February 2015: The southern Spanish port of Almeria has received its first shipment of Turkish marble, inbound from the port of Izmir and imported by Cantursa...

Barcarena now handling export soya
11 February 2015: Reports from the Brazilian port of Barcarena (in Para´ state) suggest that it handled 492,080 tonnes of soya from Mato Grosso between May and August. Recently opened, it now provides a major maritime outlet from the centre-North region of the country...

Bulk in the Netherlands
11 February 2015: The provisional figures of 2014 show that the Port of Amsterdam handled more than 34.4mt (million tonnes) of dry bulk, writes Barry Cross. Although this was a rise of only 1% compared with the 33.7mt handled over the same period in 2013, Lex de Ridder...

Bulk movements end on São Francisco River
11 February 2015: This year’s drought in Brazil has made it difficult to make use of the Sa~o Francisco River to transport dry bulk consignments from the ‘new agricultural frontier’ of western Bahia in ports in the north-east...

Cherbourg coal terminal closes
11 February 2015: Louis Dreyfus Armateurs has announced that it is pulling out of the bulk terminal at the French port of Cherbourg, where it is estimated to have lost up to €30 million over the last five years...

Cimbria sets up its own office in Spain
11 February 2015: The Iberian peninsula has been an interesting market for Cimbria for many years, not least Spain where, for decades, many customers in the agricultural sector have purchased Cimbria technology...

Coal export traffic up at Vysotsky
11 February 2015: The Russian Port of Vysotsky reported coal traffic up 23.6 % in the first 10 months of 2014, during which it handled 18.48 million tons of thermal coal...

Full steam ahead for for Novorossirisk export terminal
11 February 2015: The NCSP group and Metalloinvest have signed a memorandum of intent to build an iron ore and pig iron export terminal at the port of Novorossirisk. This will have a capacity of 10 million tonnes annually and be rail-linked...

GME moves into Avilés
11 February 2015: Garci´a-Munte´ Energi´a (GME), which currently handles 500,000 tons annually of coal and coke at the Port of Gijo´n, has reached a 14-year agreement...

Heyl & Patterson names Len Walnoha Vice President
11 February 2015: Heyl & Patterson Inc., manufacturer of bulk materials handling and thermal processing systems, has announced the promotion of Len Walnoha to Vice President...

igus® launches new square profile linear guide
11 February 2015: igus® has extended its Q10 series square guide with the introduction of the drylin® Q20. This new size, with a 20mm profile is ideal for self- supporting and high load applications...

New bulk terminal for Tenerife
11 February 2015: Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority has received a request from Cementos Cosmos Sur for a concession, which will involve operating from a 6,850m2 area on the Dique del Este. Here, it intends to establish a dry bulk terminal...

Ovet finds solution for blending and grinding sticky and high moisture cargo
11 February 2015: Dry bulk stevedore Ovet offers a high level of quality in all its services at its terminals in the ports of Vlissingen (Flushing) and Terneuzen. It is able to unload dry bulk cargo at a rate of 70,000 tonnes a day using its four floating cranes...

Plans afoot for leading Indian ports to run Chabahar Port in Iran
11 February 2015: India’s two leading ports Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Kandla Port Trust (KPT) are in the process of forming a special purpose vehicle likely to be named Indian Ports Global (IPG) to take on long-term lease two berths for development...

Port of Gdansk reports record high throughput in 2014
11 February 2015: The results show that in the twelve months of 2014, the Port of Gdansk handled 32.3mt (million tonnes) of cargo i.e. 7% more than in 2013...

Silopor concession annulled
11 February 2015: The Portuguese government has annulled the concession of Silopor to the ETE Group after it did not pay an agreed deposit, thereby costing the state €40 million.

TTS expands its service operation with a new Houston facility
11 February 2015: TTS has announced the opening of its new service facility in Houston,Texas, USA. This is a significant development for TTS and means that it has expanded the full range of specialized services to the offshore and marine industry in the Americas...

Dry bulk trade’s varying evolution
10 February 2015: Some of the key influences affecting global seaborne dry bulk commodity trade became less supportive during the past twelve months. Consequently, trade growth was not maintained at the brisk expansion rate seen in the previous few years. A deceleration emerged, and signs appearing recently suggest that this slowing tendency could continue through 2015.

Grain and soya trade contrasts - BULK CARRIER TRADE & FLEET OUTLOOK JANUARY 2015
10 February 2015: Could a pick up in economic activity around the world provide more impetus? Following the huge reduction in oil prices recently, prospects for GDP and industrial output in a number of countries are looking more encouraging.

Industry steels itself for aluminium revolution - auto industry turns ever more to white metal in car construction
10 February 2015: At the time when the use of aluminium was restricted to marquee models in the stable of Audi, Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes Benz, steelmakers were smug in the belief that the white metal would find fringe application in cars...

ISS focuses on Africa with key hire to regional management team
10 February 2015: Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), provider of marine, cargo and supply chain solutions, has announced another key hire to its African regional management team as the company gears up for ambitious growth across the region in 2015...

Last ‘saltie’ departs Duluth-Superior in late December
10 February 2015: On Friday 19 December last year, the last oceangoing vessel (‘saltie’) to have called on the Port of Duluth-Superior in 2014 departed just after midnight – passing beneath the Aerial Lift Bridge at 12:26 a.m. Saturday morning, to be exact...

Ponta da Praia to continue grain handling
10 February 2015: An attempt to overturn a decision to annul legislation introduced by Santos municipality to prevent the storage of grain at Ponta da Praia in the port of Santos has been rejected by the Federal Supreme Court.

Santa Fe upgrading port accesses
10 February 2015: The government of the Argentinian province of Santa Fe is to invest $4.22 million in improving access to cereals exporting ports...

Transnet and BHP Billiton sign RSA agreement
10 February 2015: In South Africa,Transnet and BHP Billiton have signed a ten-year contract worth $218 million a year to move coal by rail to Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

Road-mobile Siwertell unloader evaluated as best solution for Gambian operator
12 January 2015: In September this year Siwertell, part of Cargotec, received and delivered an order for a road mobile unloader for Jah Multi Industrial Ltd, based in Banjul, Gambia. Following its delivery from Sweden, the unit was commissioned and taken into commercial operation at Banjul in November...

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