Western Australia grain port ops and logistics hit by bumper harvest

A bumper grain harvest in Western Australia has impacted the region’s grain port operations and logistics, reports North of England Club.

Local correspondent CocksMacnish advised that the 2020/21 harvest produced an exceptional harvest. As a result the local storage facilities, and in particular Cooperative Bulk Handling, were struggling to deal with the size of the harvest and the associated logistics for shipping. This has led to greater numbers of bulk carriers calling at grain ports for shipments. Particularly affected were the ports of Fremantle (Kwinana), Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance.

This had also led to difficulties in obtaining accredited grain surveyors to assist with hold condition surveys and draft surveys.

CocksMacnish reminded clients of the costs associated with surveyors travelling to the outports (particularly Geraldton, Albany and Esperance). Therefore the correspondents further recommend giving them as much notice as possible concerning necessary surveys for grain cargos, while recognizing that there was often a short period between the time that the vessel was fixed and its ETA at the particular port.