500,000 tonnes shipped at Viterra's Thevenard terminal

RECORD: Viterra Thevenard team members Sean Sleep, Tyler Dunn, Nick Pratt, Erica Faithfull, Jamie Hartwig, Dennis Willcox and Robbie Haseldine. Picture: Luca Cetta
RECORD: Viterra Thevenard team members Sean Sleep, Tyler Dunn, Nick Pratt, Erica Faithfull, Jamie Hartwig, Dennis Willcox and Robbie Haseldine. Picture: Luca Cetta

Last year’s productive grain season has seen Viterra’s Thevenard terminal break its season record for grain shipping.

More than 500,000 tonnes of grain has been exported for the 2016/17 harvest, crushing the previous record of 479,000 tonnes set during the 2010/11 season.

Viterra western region operations manager James Murray said the record amount was testament to local growers and the hard work of employees and logistics partners to move the grain efficiently.

“For a port which averages about 250,000 tonnes of grain shipping each season, this has been a phenomenal effort while still executing other commodities,” he said.

“Reaching half a million tonnes, with four months of the season still to go, demonstrates the strength of the Viterra supply chain to handle a record harvest.

“Our employees and logistics partners have worked very hard to achieve these results and meet customer requirements in a timely and efficient manner.”

Mr Murray said the record grain load had been shipped across the world.

“Thevenard has loaded 23 grain vessels for five different exporters since October, providing growers with access to a number of different buyers,” he said.

“Grain from Thevenard goes to many destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, China, Indonesia and the Middle East.”

Mr Murray said the Thevenard terminal was a very important asset for Viterra, as had been proved by this record haul in the 2016/17 harvest season.

“Thevenard is an extremely busy port, loading multiple commodities other than grain including mineral sands, gypsum and salt,” he said.

“A new shipping belt has just been installed and further capital works are earmarked for the site in the coming months to improve its performance and sustainability.

“These infrastructure projects have flow-on benefits for the wider community, not to mention growers who will benefit from increased efficiencies at harvest.”

Grain exports from South Australia passed 5 million tonnes for the season by the end of May, with shipping from the Eyre Peninsula passing 2 million tonnes.

Viterra has also secured its shipping capacity for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.