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  • African Potash deals open new regional trade route 01 October 2015

    Exports of fertiliser from the Republic of Congo to South Africa raises shipping opportunities for logistics businesses with the country knowledge and capacity to take the material from supplier to customer efficiently and at a low cost. Read More

  • Carrying kaolin IM October 2015

    Kaolin transport pollution must be managed; tech upgrades can help alleviate dust issues and up bagging efficiency. Read More

  • Guinea Bissau phosphate project boosted by port 17 September 2015

    West Africa Ponta Chugue port gives the Farim phosphate project access to international markets. Read More

  • US Maine port withdraws dredging application 10 September 2015

    Plans to deepen the port at Searsport in the northeast US states would likely have increased shipments of gypsum and road salt, however concerns about mercury contamination from a nearby chemical plant have halted the proposal. Read More

  • Twin Eagle breaks ground on US Permian Rail Park 04 September 2015

    As an increasing number of frac sand sales are being made in-basin and proppant suppliers are having to turn orders around in a shorter timeframe, Twin Eagle is developing its rail network to accommodate changing trends in the oil and gas industry. Read More

  • Ports on Europe’s inland water superhighways up their game IM September 2015

    Duisburg-Antwerp shuttle gets new backing; Hafen Wien looks to become Danube hub; Kosice-Vienna line to boost rail freight to Asia. Read More

  • BDI to rise as China restocks minerals 20 August 2015

    Shipbroker Clarksons expects dry bulk mineral demand to rise as China replenishes inventories, although Goldman Sachs is sticking to its “hard landing” prediction for the world’s second largest economy. Read More

  • Tianjin explosion may affect industrial minerals exports 14 August 2015

    The blast which has left 50 people dead has disrupted the operations of iron ore exporters and Indian refractories manufacturer, IFGL Refractories, and could also affect trading of rare earths, graphite, metspar, kaolin and bentonite, among other minerals. Read More

  • Wisconsin frac sand logistics facility to shut down 07 August 2015

    Iron Mountain Trap Rock’s Chippewa Sand facility is to be shut down as a result of the termination of contracts with Superior Silica owing to lower sand demand. Although the closure is expected to be temporary, 58 employees will be made redundant. Read More

  • Shippers positive on dry bulk rates as BDI hits eight month high 06 August 2015

    Following a recent BDI rally, some ship owners are forecasting higher shipping levels for the rest of 2015 based on high levels of scrapping and a dearth of new ships entering the market – although others point to waning Chinese mineral demand as a lingering concern for dry bulk. Read More

  • Rum Jungle extends Darwin port fertiliser agreement 30 July 2015

    The company has expanded its agreement with the Port of Darwin, ensuring it will be able to use land and infrastructure at the East Arm Wharf. Rum Jungle is still looking for a joint venture partner however, while the BDI trade index has slipped slightly, after a stronger July. Read More

  • Mixed results for Rotterdam and Antwerp ports 23 July 2015

    Belgium’s Antwerp port experiences a jump in dry bulk handling while volumes at the Netherlands’ Rotterdam trading hub fell in the first half of this year, painting a conflicting picture of European dry bulk demand. Read More

  • Global shipping groups urged to cut emissions IM July August 2015

    Industry told to halve CO2 output by 2020; lines including Maersk take lead in cutbacks; matter set for discussion at COP21 in Paris. Read More

  • Construction minerals to benefit from Redwood port dredging and expansion scheme 16 July 2015

    Project approval for expansion at Redwood port in California will see capacity expand at a port handling bauxite and gypsum and other construction minerals. Read More

  • Canpotex to purchase 700 railcar units 26 June 2015

    By using an innovative design, Canpotex has increased its rail logistics capacity by 90% without adding new trains. The company has opted to continue purchasing the specialist railcar units from its partner since 1999, National Steel Car. Read More

  • Unimin expands US frac sand network with Jerry Run terminal 15 June 2015

    Together with CSX Railroad and Process Transload, Unimin Corp.'s Energy Solutions business runs a ten terminal sand network, which the company has recently expanded via improvements at its Jerry Run terminal. Although some companies are scaling back frac sand developments in response to lower drilling activity, Unimin is investing in its delivery network to enable it to respond to anticipated increased demand as the year progresses. Read More

  • Frac sand logistics slow in line with oil price decline IM June 2015

    Energy price declines have directly impacted the amount of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activity taking place in North America since the end of 2014, inextricably linking the fate of the US industrial frac sand industry to volatile global oil and gas markets. Read More

  • Twin Eagle delivers first 130-car frac sand unit in Texas 22 May 2015

    Responding to calls from the frac sand industry for a smoother logistics operation, Twin Eagle now has four frac sand terminals located at the heart of US fracking destinations. Its latest delivery of 130 rail cars to Texas is one of the largest sent to the Eagle Ford formation. Read More

  • US west coast port strikes hamper mineral supply chains IM May 2015

    Walkouts cost US economy $2bn per day; workers reach fragile deal with operators as ports cooperate to minimise congestion. Read More

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