Photo courtesy of Viterra.
James Murray, operations manager for the Western region, said the record is testament to local growers and the hard work of employees and logistics partners to move the grain efficiently.
“For a port which averages about 250,000 tonnes of grain shipping each season, this has been a phenomenal effort while still executing other commodities,” Murray said. “Reaching half a million tonnes, with four months of the season still to go, demonstrates the strength of the Viterra supply chain to handle a record harvest.”
Murray commended Viterra’s employees and logistics partners in helping achieve the goal.
“Thevenard has loaded 23 grain vessels for five different exporters since October, providing growers with access to a number of different buyers,” Murray said. “Grain from Thevenard goes to many destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.”
Murray noted the Thevenard terminal is a very important asset for Viterra. The terminal loads multiple commodities, including grain, mineral sands, gypsum and salt.
“A new shipping belt has just been installed and further capital works are earmarked for the site in the coming months to improve its performance and sustainability,” Murray said. “These infrastructure projects have flow-on benefits for the wider community, not to mention growers who will benefit from increased efficiencies at harvest.”
This is the latest in breaking records for Viterra this year. In May, Viterra Australia’s grain exports from South Australia passed 5 million tonnes for the season, with shipping from the Eyre Peninsula passing 2 million tonnes.
The record shipments were made through Viterra’s six export terminals in South Australia.