AWB Ltd will this week load its 4 millionth tonne of bulk export wheat from the Australian Bulk Alliance (ABA) operated Port of Melbourne terminal. The milestone was reached during the loading of wheat on the vessel MV Nordtrave, which is due to set sail for Egypt.
The Port of Melbourne terminal was constructed in 2000 and averages bulk grain exports of about 1 million tonnes per annum.
AWB Group General Manager of Supply Chain, Jill Gillingham, acknowledged ABA’s level of service in ensuring AWB’s customer needs were met.
“Put simply, ABA’s contribution has increased our capability to deliver grain to our customers. The two organisations have worked well together and AWB looks forward to a long continuation of the relationship.”
ABA Port Manager, Peter Nichol, also believes the close working relationship between ABA and AWB has been a key factor in its success.
“Establishment of the terminal has provided a huge grain export opportunity”, he said. “We’ve had tremendous support from AWB and without that commitment the facility simply would not be there.”
“It has also resulted in lower total supply chain costs from country silo to port, and, therefore, higher returns for growers.”
Since the first vessel, MV Anna, was loaded on 29 August 2000, terminal activity has grown considerably. Exports are approximately 85% wheat with barley and rice, faba beans, canola and other pulse crops making up the balance.
Grain loaded at the facility has been exported to 23 countries throughout South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Note: Australian Bulk Alliance (ABA) is a joint venture between ABB Grain Ltd and Sumitomo Australia Limited
For additional information or images, please contact:
Ryan McKinlay, AWB Ltd Tel. (03) 9209 2324
Meredith Loxton, ABB Grain Ltd (08) 8211 7199