ABB uses 600 road trains to load record amount of canola.

ABB Grain has loaded what it says is a record load of canola from Australia

ABB Grain has loaded what it believes to be Australia’s largest ever single shipment of canola onto the 229-metre long ‘Baby Cape’ vessel, the Stalo.

In total 63,000 tonnes of Eyre Peninsula canola have been loaded onto the vessel, which set sail for Rotterdam on Saturday.

Loading took almost two and a half days, at a rate of 2,000 tonnes per hour and is described by ABB Executive Manager for Group Operations John Warda as being "quite a challenge".

"We’ve accumulated 40,000 tonnes from across ABB’s peninsula sites in just 12 days and that’s resulted in more than 600 road train loads coming into ABB’s terminal besides 120 wagons of the oilseed by rail.

"The shipment is so subsistent the oilseed has been stored across two blocks within ABB’s Port Lincoln terminal, taking up 39 different silo cells before it was loaded," Warda says.

Since ABB’s shipping program began in November 2008, the organisation says its South Australian terminals have exported one million tonnes of its own grain and that of clients.

The latest load to leave the terminal should arrive in Rotterdam during the first week of April.

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