Records set

Bumper crop brings mile­stones for CBH

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Gareth Thomas

It has been a pos­i­tive start to the year for the CBH Group across the Great South­ern, with record­ing-break­ing grain ton­nage leav­ing port for the first three months of the year as the grain han­dlers break Statewide records for ex­ports for April.

Al­bany CBH re­ceived its big­gest monthly haul in March, with 441,934 tonnes of grain mak­ing its way to the port.

This fol­lowed new monthly records of 360,386 tonnes in Al­bany dur­ing Jan­uary, and 324,815 tonnes in Fe­bru­ary.

CBH broke the State ship­ping record in April with 1.6 mil­lion tonnes shipped, just shy of the all-time monthly record of 1.8 mil­lion tonnes, which was set in Jan­uary.

The bumper har­vest also re­sulted in a record 964,832 tonnes of grain be­ing moved by rail across the State in March, 166,249 tonnes of which trav­elled across the Al­bany rail network.

CBH Group gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions David Cap­per said about 62 per cent of the record 16.6 mil­lion-tonne crop brought in this har­vest had been ex­ported so far.

South­ern Ports Author­ity har­bour mas­ter Cap­tain Gary Wil­son said the bumper har­vest for CBH had re­sulted in in­creased ship vis­its at the Al­bany port.

“In the first quar­ter of this year, 28 grain ships were loaded at Al­bany com­pared to 23 grain ships for the same pe­riod dur­ing the pre­vi­ous two years,” he said.

Capt Wil­son said South­ern Ports recorded its high­est bar­ley ship­ment for five years in Fe­bru­ary at 59,308 tonnes and the high­est canola ship­ment for five years in April of 60,742 tonnes.

Mr Cap­per said the suc­ces­sive records demon­strated the abil­ity of CBH’s sup­ply chain to re­spond to a record har­vest.

“Without the ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture and ded­i­ca­tion of our re­gional and port teams we wouldn’t be able to con­sis­tently break records,” he said.

“It’s im­por­tant that we’re able to ex­port grow­ers’ grain to in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers at the time they’re want­ing it and de­mand is nor­mally higher in the early part of the year.”

Pic­ture: Claire Tyrrell

CBH Group broke Statewide records for ex­ports in April.

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