One million tonnes shipped from Port Lincoln this season

LOADING: Viterra Port Lincoln reaching its one millionth tonne as it loads barley onto bulk carrier Soroco last week. Photo: supplied
LOADING: Viterra Port Lincoln reaching its one millionth tonne as it loads barley onto bulk carrier Soroco last week. Photo: supplied

Viterra is celebrating a milestone at its Port Lincoln terminal with one million tonnes of grain loaded onto vessels bound for the east coast domestic and international markets.

Last week a 56,000 tonne load of barley was loaded on the bulk carrier Soroco, which brought up the one millionth tonne loaded since November.

Viterra chief operations officer James Murray said the achievement was a credit to Viterra's employees who did an outstanding job to safely and efficiently load the huge amount of grain during this busy time.

He said the terminal continued to be a key asset in the Viterra network.

"We are experiencing continuous demand for grain from the Viterra system and out-turning through all of our supply chains," he said.

"Our Port Lincoln terminal can load around 75,000 tonnes onto a vessel in three days, with loading rates of up to 3000 tonnes per hour.

"This provides significant value to the industry."

Viterra experienced its busiest month of shipping for the season in March, with 442,000 tonnes of grain loaded onto vessels at its port terminals at Port Lincoln, Thevenard, Port Giles and Wallaroo.