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