Expansion plans follow record grain exports: Emerald Grain

Plans are in motion to expand Emerald Grain’s Melbourne port terminal

Expansion plans follow record grain exports: Emerald Grain
Expansion plans follow record grain exports

July 11, 2013

Plans are in motion to expand Emerald Grain’s
terminal at the Port of
Melbourne, following a record year of exports.

Emerald Grain Supply Chain and Operations Group General Manager John Warda today announced plans to expand the terminal’s capacity during the next three years.

"Subject to the Port of Melbourne Corporation’s agreement, we are proposing
to build additional grain storage and add extra road intake facilities to improve the throughput capability at the port," Warda says.

"Once these works are complete, the terminal will be capable of exporting around 2.4 million tonnes per year."

The news comes amid celebrations at the grain export terminal, following its first full financial year of operations under Emerald Grain’s stewardship.

According to Emerald Grain, annual port throughput hit a ten-year high of 1.4 million tonnes from July 2012 to June 2013.

Exports included about 1.3 million tonnes of bulk shipments of wheat, barley, canola and corn and 100,000 tonnes of containerised grain.

The grain was reportedly shipped to 17 countries throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific.

A record number of ships also berthed at the terminal this year, with 47 vessels loading an average of 27,000 tonnes each.

"We are extremely pleased with the way the terminal is performing," Warda says.

"Depending on the season, we could match or beat our record again this year."

Warda says the higher-than-average throughput is partly due to Emerald’s utilisation of the Victoria and New South Wales’ train network.

The terminal aims to receive at least 50 percent of all grain via rail to help increase efficiencies.

"This year Emerald’s trains have hauled more than 500,000 tonnes of grain to Victorian ports, primarily through our own Melbourne port terminal," Warda says.

Grain moving through the terminal comes from farmers in the Mallee, Wimmera, North Central Victoria and the New South Wales Riverina.

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