A return to operations at the Port of Thevenard was signalled on Thursday with the arrival of the CSL Reliance.
Flinders Ports’ announced on Wednesday that the port had reopened following the completion of repair work, having been shut since late June.
With the arrival of CSL Reliance, Port of Thevenard joint operations managers Andrew Wotton and Andrew Wilkins said they expected to see more ships at the port next week.
“We are very happy to have it back up and running, to get back to normal,” Mr Wotton said.
“To be ahead of schedule was a good bonus,” Mr Wilkins said.
“We have a gypsum boat scheduled to arrive on Saturday and we should be back running normally next week.”
The reopening of the port was ahead of schedule, which proved to be a relief for Flinders Ports chief executive officer Vincent Tremaine.
“Our team and project partners have worked hard on developing and implementing a solution to allow ship loading operations to restart as soon as possible,” he said.
Ceduna mayor Allan Suter said he was thrilled to see operations restart at Thevenard.
“It is fantastic news and it was great that Flinders Ports’ reacted as quickly as they have to fix the problem at the port,” he said.
“This is great news for the entire community.”
The port is used regularly by companies including Iluka Resources, Viterra, Cheetham Salt and Gypsum Resources Australia.
Viterra’s operations manager for the Western region James Murray said the company welcomed the news of the reopening.
“Flinders Ports has advised that ship loading operations at the Port of Thevenard can recommence following successful completion of remedial works on the Thevenard wharf and jetty,” he said.
“Capacity has now been released for grain customers to make bookings on a first-come first-serve basis from September 25, 2017 until February 2018.
“Viterra looks forward to receiving further advice from Flinders Ports regarding a long-term solution for the jetty, to ensure it is a stable and safe piece of infrastructure into the future.”
The last of the minor repair work is also scheduled to be completed in the upcoming days.