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Thevenard terminal breaks grain shipping record

15 June 2017

Viterra’s Thevenard terminal has broken its all-time season record for grain shipping with more than 500,000 tonnes of grain exported for the 2016/17 harvest.

The previous record was 479,000 tonnes set in 2010/11.

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

“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,” James 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.

“Our employees and logistics partners have worked very hard to achieve these results and meet customer requirements in a timely and efficient manner.

“Thevenard has loaded 23 grain vessels for five different exporters since October, providing growers with access to a number of different buyers.

“Grain from Thevenard goes to many destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.”

James said the Thevenard terminal is a very important asset for Viterra.

“Thevenard is an extremely busy port, loading multiple commodities other than grain including 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.

“These infrastructure projects have flow-on benefits for the wider community, not to mention growers who will benefit from increased efficiencies at harvest.”