Co-Operative Bulk Handling LTD (CBH) is accelerating export activities to meet strong demands for Western Australian grain.
All four CBH grain port terminals in Albany, Geraldton, Kwinana and Esperance are fully booked up to the end of June.
To keep up with demands the organisation supplemented its own rail fleets with an additional two locomotives, 48 wagons and train drivers from rail freight operator Aurizon on February 1.
CBH Chief Operations Officer Ben Macnamara said they anticipate shipping a further 9.3 million tonnes to multiple international destinations between now and June.
“Our export program significantly ramped up in December 2020, a month in which we shipped 1.64 million tonnes alone,” he said.
“The previous monthly record of 1.62 tonnes was achieved in December 2018.
“It’s a credit to our site, terminal and logistics teams who received grain deliveries from growers during harvest while safely moving a significant amount of grain through our system to our ports.”
Mr Macnamara said the busy shipping season in the first half of the year is in alignment with past seasons trends before the northern hemispheres harvest starts.
“We’re seeing a larger portion of the crop going out of a narrower window, so we are focused on getting more out of our existing infrastructure to maximise efficiency and get grain to port when it matters most,” he said.
35,000 tonnes of malting barley alone were shipped from the Albany grain terminal to Mexico on January 17.