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New publication released: Potash Fertilizer Handbook

In July 2015 a new handbook was published: ĄPotassium and potash fertilizers. Handling at sea terminalsď (in Russian) by Dr. Viktor Skorobogatov, chemical engineer. 


The main content of the Handbook are potash fertilizers. The Handbook also provides an estimation of world production/consumption and balance of mineral fertilizers by macroelements (nitrogen, phosphor, potassium) up to 2017. The Handbook comprises characteristics of chemicalsí properties, shows the impact of chemical elements contained in fertilizers on the development of plants and humans.  General classification of mineral fertilizers, physical and chemical properties, fertilizersí loading features in Russian Federation and European Union are provided as well as sampling methods and chemical analysis established in the European Union.   

Certain chapters are devoted to potassium salts and mining thereof, production of potassium compounds, handling safety of potash fertilizers. Examples of classification and marking of potash fertilizers in the UN and GHS systems are provided. Techniques and means are presented for handling of bulk and packaged (containers, big bags) fertilizers and transportation thereof by rail, water and road. There is a description of bulk fertilizersí storage conditions in hip and dome roof facilities as well as in open storage.  It is also shown how physical properties and storage mode of fertilizers impact the preservation of fertilizer quality and storage duration. Considerations are provided in terms of process schemes and equipment for possible use of pneumatic transport systems at a sea terminal for handling of dispersed (dusty, fine-grained) mineral fertilizers.

30 annexes to the Handbook contain the process information necessary for handling mineral fertilizers including UN and GHS data of classification and marking of hazardous goods and chemicals, international system of units, names of mineral fertilizers in 15 EU languages.

The Handbook is meant for a wide range of various profile specialists of sea port terminals handling potash and other mineral fertilizers, surveyors, port services. The content of the Handbook is advantageous for specialists of fertilizer producing companies and can be used for training purposes by chemical fertilizer companies and sea bulk terminals.

22 chapters, 511 pages, tables, process charts, photos.

ISBN 978-9949-38-185-2


Contents of the Handbook

Abstract, p.2
Introduction, p.3.
Author's note, p.4

Part I. General characteristics of chemical elements
  Chapter 1. Chemical elements in the nature, p.12
  Chapter 2. Chemical elements in the Element Periodic Table, p.16
  Chapter 3. Chemical elements in plants, p.29
  Chapter 4. Chemical elements in living organism, p.56

Part II. General characteristics of fertilizers
  Chapter 5. General classification of fertilizers, p.145
  Chapter 6. Characteristics of bulk mineral fertilizers, p.165
  Chapter 7. Inspection methods of fertilizersí physical and chemical properties (examples),   p.188 

Part III. Chemical element potassium and its compounds
  Chapter 8. Potassium, properties, production, use, p.223
  Chapter 9. Potassium compounds, p .228
  Chapter 10. Availability and mining of potash salts, p.263
  Chapter 12. Potash fertilizers, p. 273
  Chapter 13. Production methods of potash fertilizers, p. 293
  Chapter 14. Safety requirements for handling potash fertilizers, p.306 

Part IV.  Transportation, storage and packaging of mineral fertilizers
  Chapter 15. Transportation of mineral fertilizers, p.315
  Chapter16.  Handling of mineral fertilizers in  bulk, p.344
  Chapter 17.  Storage of mineral fertilizers in bulk and packaging,  p.353

Part V. Development of AS DBT-BCT fertilizer handling capacity
  Chapter 18. Potash fertilizer terminal, p.381
  Chapter 19. Handling of dispersed fertilizers by pneumatic transport, p.390

Part VI. Reference information
  Chapter  20. Photos  of handling fertilizers at AS DBT terminal, p.404
  Chapter 21. Annexes, p.412
  Chapter  22. Reviews, bibliography, regulatory documents, references, p.518