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February 2009

On this month's cover: Beauty, brains and brawn: Bold new lines on a new P&H 4100XPC only hint at an impressive array of powerful command and control technology that makes one of the world's heavyweight digging machines a valuable prime mover in high-throughput coal and hardrock mining operations. A talented team of designers, industrial artisans and service support professionals is behind each and every high-performance P&H digging and drilling machine. With a bright future ahead for the global mining industry, P&H Mining Equipment needs more such talent.

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Coal News
Coal News

India Report
NULLRachael Johnson considers what impact current events may have on the Indian coal industry.

The End of an Era
The shipping market’s extraordinary collapse does not automatically mean that coal volumes will fall. But much depends on the loosening of credit facilities, writes Michael King.

Benefits in Bulk
Peter Klein, Gottwald Port Technology GmbH, Germany, looks at the history, features and benefits of portal harbour and floating cranes.

Thinking in the Long-Term
Hugo du Mez, the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, discusses the port’s current coal handling capabilities and its view of the future.

Floating Transhipment Solutions
Giordano Scotto D’Aniello, Coeclerici Logistics, Italy, discusses flexible solutions to current transhipment problems.

Linking Europe with the World
Annemieke van Woercom, Zeeland Seaports, the Netherlands, reports on current activities and future developments at the seaports.

Advisory to Ships
Giles Noakes, Chief Maritime Security Officer of BIMCO, gives some guidelines to ships transiting areas at risk of piracy.

Mechanical Splicing vs Vulcanisation
Rory Summerford, Flexco, US, compares two methods of belt splicing in search of increased productivity.

The Steel Cord Revolution
Gavin McKenzie and Dave Pitcher, Fenner Conveyor Belting (SA) Pty Ltd, South Africa, discuss the latest trends in the supply and management of steel cord belting and show how lifetime costs can be reduced.

Stopping the Slide
Aaron Gibbs, ASGCO Complete Conveyor Solutions, US, discusses how to eliminate side-travel problems on conveyor belts.

Modelling Roadway Design
In the concluding part of this article, Dr Andreas Hucke, Carsten Scior, Axel Studeny and Dieter Wittenberg, DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, discuss some example applications of numerical and physical modelling for roadway design in hard coal mines.

Crane News
Crane News

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