Tuesday 17th Oct, 2017

CBH Group announces shipping and rail records

Grain ship at Albany Port. Photo: Jemma Castle
Grain ship at Albany Port. Photo: Jemma Castle

CBH Group says it has set new state shipping and rail records for grain moved by the co-operative during a 12-month period.

A total of 15.01m tonnes was shipped from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 through CBH’s port terminals in Geraldton, Kwinana, Albany and Esperance.

This included a monthly record of 1.89m tonnes in January.

The previous annual shipping record of 13.88m tonnes was recorded in 2013-14.

Record rail movements were recorded in the same period with a total of 8.65m tonnes, topping the previous high of 8.53m recorded in the 2013-14 harvest.

A new monthly record of 964,832 tonnes was set in March.

CBH Group general manager operations, David Capper, said the annual records were driven by the bumper 2016-17 harvest, while praising the work of staff.

“These new records would not have been possible without the hard work and commitment by our regional and port teams,” Mr Capper said.

“More than half of the amount shipped, just over 9.8 million tonnes, was exported between January and June 2017, demonstrating CBH’s supply chains capacity to respond to global demand.”

Mr Capper noted a strategy of increasing total tonnages through the shipping system and better berth utilisation.

He said the decision to invest in new rail infrastructure five years ago had helped CBH manage increasing volumes.

“We are always looking to provide real value to our growers. Through our Network Strategy, we’ll be focused on delivering an efficient and optimal supply chain from paddock to port to help our growers compete in the global market.”

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