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Viterra’s Thevenard port terminal loads over three million tonnes of commodities

10 January 2019

Viterra’s Thevenard port terminal recently reached over three million tonnes of commodities loaded onto vessels for 2018.

The terminal loaded a 20,000 tonne wheat vessel for Glencore Agriculture which tipped the terminal over the three million tonne mark for the calendar year. It surpassed the last three million tonne milestone achieved in 2016 by roughly 30,000 tonnes.

Thevenard is Viterra’s busiest port, exporting grain, mineral sands, gypsum and salt. It is a very important asset in the Viterra storage and handling network.

The terminal exported 177,000 tonnes of grain in 2018, with ships destined for both the east coast of Australia and international markets.

Six exporters have executed shipping from Viterra’s six port terminals across South Australia so far this season with a total of nine exporters expected to execute shipments across the year.

The first vessels for the 2018/19 season were loaded in Port Lincoln with a busy month of shipping in December. Port Giles’ first vessel was loaded in mid-December with the first vessels from Wallaroo and Outer Harbor loaded last week and this week.

Port Lincoln has a busy month of shipping booked for January and Port Giles has two vessels booked this month. Wheat, barley and canola are the commodities being shipped.

Viterra is working with buyers to facilitate movements of grain into the South Australian domestic market and the east coast by rail and coastal vessels to meet the strong domestic demand, while also working closely with export customers to meet their needs.

Viterra has received 3.8 million tonnes of grain into its sites for the 2018/19 harvest. Most areas across South Australia have finished harvest with later areas on Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and South East still harvesting.