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    World's Largest Bulk Handling Ports?

    Hello all,

    I'm wondering if anyone knows/could take a guess at/knows where to find info on the world's largest dry bulk handling ports. I'm looking for something like a list of the 10 or 15 largest. It's for a research project concerning global transportation of ore and minerals.

    Thanks in advance for the help!


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    Just for starters, here is what I've found so far:

    Wikipedia (fwiw) lists:
    * Port of South Louisiana
    * Port of Rotterdam
    * Port of Vancouver

    I also found a source on the major bulk handling ports in China that lists the following:
    • Fangcheng Gang
    • Zhanjiang
    • Huangpu
    • Yantian
    • Majishan
    • Beilun
    • Rizhao
    • Yantai
    • Tianjin
    • Qinhuangdao
    • Caofeidian
    • Bayuquan
    • Dalian

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    Gustavo Sosa

    Gustavo Sosa

    Mechanicalanical Engineer, Projectect Manager

    RONTIL S.A. [eDir]


    other ports

    In Argentina:

    Port of Bahia Blanca

    In Brazil:

    Port of Paranagu

    In Uruguay:

    Port of Nueva Palmira
    Mr. Gustavo Sosa
    Mechanical Engineer
    Licensed Grain Inspector
    Montevideo, Uruguay

    Providing equipments and assistance to the grain, biomass, fertilizer and sugar industries in Uruguay.

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    DavidC Guest


    If you haven't already found it , try

  5. Dear Mr. Mike,

    Well I do not have the list of worlds largest bulk material handling plants at port (although I know quite few number of such plants being in material handling profession). I can only mention some hints, which can help you to find out the information.

    1) List out the prominent countries, and investigate where are their port facilities for bulk material handling. Big and or industrially advanced countries invariably have the large facilities for bulk material handling at port because it is necessity for keeping their industry running.

    2) There are few number of manufacturers for large sized bulk material handling equipment at port. Refer to them or their literature about the port handling systems done by them.

    Ishwar G Mulani.
    Author of Book : Engineering Science and Application Design for Belt Conveyors.
    Author of Book : Belt Feeder Design and Hopper Bin Silo
    Advisor / Consultant for Bulk Material Handling System & Issues.
    Pune, India.
    Tel.: 0091 (0)20 25871916

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    Hans | LogSys, Belgium Guest
    Hello Mike,

    I can only give you info on Europe. Based on stats from 2006, this is the top 20 :

    1. Rotterdam
    2. Hamburg
    3. Dunkerque
    4. Amsterdam
    5. Antwerp
    6. Taranto
    7. Immingham
    8. Gijon
    9. Velsen / Ijmuiden
    10. Ghent
    11. Constanta
    12. Marseille
    13. Narvik
    14. Ravenna
    15. Riga
    16. London
    17. Tees & Hartlepool
    18. Tarragona
    19. Venezia
    20. Tallinn

    When you place these in a world ranking most of these ports will probably not even make it in the top 50. There's not a lot of mining left in Europe so dry bulk volumes aren't very large.

    A good source of information is ESPO ( and maybe Eurostat can also help you with data about European ports.

    Best regards,


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    thanks so much to everyone for their help!

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