The first shipment of new season grain has been loaded at Viterra's Port Lincoln terminal, kicking off a busy grain shipping schedule.
Glencore Agriculture's vessel was loaded with 26,500 tonnes of wheat bound for Yemen, a country which Glencore's senior wheat trader Simon Gellert said was a regular export market for Australian grain.
"Australia has experienced consistent demand from Yemen who have taken on average 800,000 tonnes a year over the past five seasons despite our weather impacted production volumes.
"We are able to provide a high level of confidence to export markets and end use customers when sourcing our grain through the Viterra network because of the rigorous supply chain procedures and track record of providing the highest standard of quality management and guaranteeing the food safety of grain."
The terminal infrastructure also supports quick turnaround times with loading rates of up to 3000 tonnes per hour.
Viterra western region operations manager Nick Pratt said vessels larger than a panamax could be efficiently loaded in under three days.
He said Viterra had four exporters with shipping booked out of Port Lincoln for November and December, with grain bound for a number of domestic and international export markets.
"We are currently running 24-hour operations at Port Lincoln to load vessels at night, using the terminal's infrastructure off peak, to ensure we maximise efficiency for harvest receivals from Eyre Peninsula growers," he said.
"Increased elevation capacity benefits both vessel loading and deliveries to the site, with the vessel loaded more quickly at night and all our elevation points dedicated to deliveries during the day."