Viterra ready for truck only grain delivery

Viterra has unveiled its new infrastructure to cater to road transport this harvest with a tour of the new grain delivery sheds at Port Lincoln.

Three former rail delivery sheds converted to cater to truck deliveries, electrical upgrades and new roads are all part of the $6 million upgrade to the Port Lincoln site.

About 40 people attended the opening, which included a tour of the new sheds that are almost double the height to the previous sheds, and a truck unloading demonstration.

Viterra operations manager Nick Pratt said the upgrades catered better to high productivity vehicles (three trailers) with reinforced grids and would ease congestion at the site over the busy harvest season.

"We can efficiently load vessels larger than panamax vessels in under three days with loading rates of up to 3000 tonnes per hour, which provides significant value for the industry," he said.

"Port Lincoln is also a key site for Eyre Peninsula growers to deliver into and the new infrastructure will improve efficiency and help growers deliver more quickly at the site given there is more unloading points and a larger area to operate in.

"The $6 million we've invested in this project forms part of our $15 million capital investment at the Port Lincoln site over the last three years, and we plan to inject an additional $3.8 million in 2020."

Mr Pratt said additional storage had been added at Cummins and the Lock site had also been upgraded.

"Our Cummins and Lock sites underwent roadwork upgrades for trucks to safely and efficiently out-turn," he said.

"We've built an additional 50,000 tonnes of storage at Cummins, and also installed extra equipment at the site as well as at Rudall, to efficiently load grain from silos to trucks."

He also said reducing freight rates, dynamic binning for barley and the Viterra app were all helping to create efficiency.

"We have great confidence harvest is going to go as smooth as possible," he said.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said the EP had always been "all about grain" since the early 1900s.

"Logisitics is all about efficiency, and back then the railway was the way to go," he said.

"As time has gone on...the road system has become more efficient.

"It's a wonderful facility and Viterra has shown a commitment to Port Lincoln...we need to be positive about where we are going in future."