End of the crush sea­son

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JOHN GOR­RINGE CEO

THE 2015 sea­son, which com­menced at 8am on Mon­day, June 15, came to a con­clu­sion around 5.37pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 6.

The sea­son, which lasted 20.63 weeks, yielded the fourth-high­est through­put in the com­pany’s history, with 1,284,981.58 tonnes of cane crushed through the mill.

This sea­son’s crop was 120,000 tonnes higher than the 2014 sea­son, which yielded 1,164,001 tonnes.

In terms of tonnes of 94 NT sugar this sea­son, the mill pro­duced 192,559 tonnes which was the sec­ond-best sugar out­put in the com­pany’s history and only sur­passed by the record sea­son of 2012.

The CCS for the sea­son reached 14.31 units, which came in at 12th spot in the ar­chives as­so­ci­ated with the history of the Isis Mill.

This eas­ily eclipsed the CCS re­sult of last year, which was 14.09 units.

In­ci­den­tally, the high­est ever sea­sonal CCS at Isis Mill was recorded way back in 1940 when 14.98 units was achieved.

Mill per­for­mance was ex­cel­lent, with min­i­mal lost time due to me­chan­i­cal is­sues, and a good crush­ing rate of 428 tonnes per hour was achieved.

The safety per­for­mance across the busi­ness has been good, with no lost-time in­juries re­ported dur­ing the sea­son.

The road trans­port com­pa­nies con­tracted to the mill are also re­port­ing a good safety per­for­mance, with no in­juries re­ported.

The good re­sults at Isis Mill are tes­ta­ment to the team of staff and employees that main­tain the fac­tory and rail cor­ri­dors and those peo­ple who con­trib­ute to the safe and ef­fi­cient har­vest­ing, haul­ing and pro­cess­ing of the crop.

The fo­cus now turns to grow­ing the 2016 crop, and with the good rain­fall of the last few weeks and a buoy­ant Sugar Price, which has con­tin­ued to trade around 15 cents per pound, we should achieve good re­wards for our ef­forts.

I take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all stake­hold­ers for their in­put into the com­ple­tion of a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

SUGAR RUSH: An­other sea­son draws to a close on the cane rail­way.

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