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October 2017

The Autumn issue of Dry Bulk includes Regional Reports on Europe and the USA and Canada, as well as a Commodity Report on seaborne metallurgical coal. Technical features cover Stevedoring & Logistics Management, Conveyor Monitoring, Maintenance & Repairs, Bagging, Packaging & Processing and Cargo Inspection & Testing.


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Industry View: Leveraging Data Intelligence
Terry Gidlow, CEO, WaterFront Maritime Services.

A Balancing Act
Grains will help improve North America’s dry bulk industry. But, declining prices and production in the iron ore and coal sectors will present a headwind to dry bulk transporters still recovering from a multi-year industry downtrend. Molly Shutt, BMI Research, USA, reports.

European Dry Bulk: A Mixed Bag
Shefali Shokeen, Drewry, India, presents a mixed outlook for European dry bulk trade.

Commodity Review: Seaborne Met Coal
A Goldilocks Moment For Seaborne Metallurgical Coal
Steve Doyle, BtuBaron LLC, USA, reports on the recent supply and demand volatility in metallurgical coal and illustrates why things will change going forward.

Fully Loaded
Manoel Morales Nascimento, Brazil, and Scott Jost, USA, Rockwell Automation, introduce a model predictive control that has maximised productivity in an iron ore shiploading port facility.

Minimising The Impact Of Imports
Karl Woodhouse, SAMSON Materials Handling, UK, considers the structural and environmental considerations of importing cement clinker at a bulk terminal in Abidjan.

Going Strong
Sean Kinder, Kinder, Australia, provides an overview of the uses of engineered cast polyurethane in bulk materials handling.

The Key To Effective Belt Cleaning
Alan Highton and Todd Swinderman, Martin Engineering, USA, illustrate ways to optimise conveyor belt cleaner tension to maximise performance and service life.

Safety By Design
Aaron Gibbs, ASGCO, USA, discusses improvements and maintenance to belt conveyors that can help reduce total cost of ownership and improve safety.

A Perfect Set-up For Change
Gregor Baumeister, BEUMER Group, Germany, details the successful use of the group’s single-source-solution for bagging, palletising and packaging different building material in Switzerland.

Driving Demand
Nate Reznechek, GSI InterSystems, USA, demonstrates how high yields are increasing demand for high-speed dry fertilizer processing systems.

Umpiring Commodity Analysis
Piet Bagchus, RC Inspection, The Netherlands, illustrates the importance of umpire analyses and why they are requested.

Staying Safe
Prof. Mike Bradley, The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich, UK, highlights cargo liquefaction as an ongoing danger to life and property.


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