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What a difference four decades can make

The Publisher and Editor of International Bulk Journal would like to apologise for this possibly rather biased introduction to our feature on the 40th anniversary of the launch of the magazine in 1981

40 years of continuous improvement

As with IBJ, this year also marks the 40th anniversary of Switzerland-based Aderco, a leading fuel treatment technology specialist with its roots originating from the maritime sector

Canada stays strong

Following a year of challenging pandemic conditions, Canada's ports and shipping companies are demonstrating a high level of resilience, including setting performance records in handling the country's grain crop

Seven decades of Polsteam

Polska Zegluga Morska (Polsteam), the largest Polish shipowner and one of the largest in Europe, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Polsteam's main activity is now the transportation of bulk cargo on a global scale 

Boosting maritime safety  

Abu Dhabi Maritime and ADNOC have sealed a waterways safety agreement to enhance the Emirate's position as a global maritime centre

New guidance for cargo ventilation 

Many cargo shipments transported in bulk form can suffer damage or even pose a hazard to the crew while in transit 

Mixing it up 

US West Coast ports are looking to expand their commodity mix, although it doesn't always work 

Demand holds up

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, bulk ports, terminals and ship operators worldwide are continuing to rely on the flexibility of mobile harbour cranes

Baltic ports seek a "new normal" 

The full impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is yet to be assessed but in terms of output, seaborne trade many believe won't reach its Q4 2109 levels until next year at the earliest 

Meeting the highest demands

Managing Director of SMB International, Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Heckel, describes how his Quickborn, Germany-based company has built a full-fledged ship loading system for bags in the port of the Polish city of Gdansk

Putting the customer first

The reputation of Solent Stevedores continues to create new opportunities as it places customer service at the heart of its operations

The reach of Freemium software 

TBA Group Director, Yvo Saanen discusses Freemium, the transition of software pricing in the equipment manufacturing industry. Freemium refers to the internet-based business model where basic services provided are free, but additional (more premium) features are payable 

The Butterfly Effect

This year's MVTTC conference in New Orleans was cancelled for obvious reasons. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, IBJ invited David Ryan, MVTTC Chairman, who serves on various industry boards and is also Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Associated Terminals to share his thoughts and insight

Vessel draft survey accuracy

The key to accuracy in a Vessel Draft Survey may very well be found in a hole in the ship. Chris Zeringue, owner of MTS Marine Technical Surveyors gives IBJ his perspective from working on bulkers

Shi.E.L.D.'s sound expertise

Shi.E.L.D. Services is currently the technical and crew manager of four transhippers in Indonesia, owned by major mining and shipping companies in East Kalimantan, and one transhipper in Guinea

Unofficial ban hits Oz coal exporters

With an unofficial ban by the Chinese government on Australian coal since 2020 impacting global trade flows of the bulk commodity, traders expect to see a more diversified structure for China's coal supply this year if the ban remains in place

Closer to a hydrogen backbone

The Port of Rotterdam is working with various partners towards the introduction of a large-scale hydrogen network across the port complex, making Rotterdam an international hub for hydrogen production, import, application and transport to other countries in Northwest Europe

Mats Berglund

The Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Basin Shipping outlines some of the opportunities and challenges faced by the group in what have been some very challenging times


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