Bumper crop brings milestones for CBH
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.”
CBH Group broke Statewide records for exports in April.