Emerald Grain’s Melbourne Port Terminal is celebrating a major milestone this week after it clocked 10 million tonnes of grain exports since operations began in 2000.

Emerald Grain Managing Director John Murray said the port had achieved strong throughput since Emerald took over operations in March 2012.

“The port has achieved around three million tonnes of exports in about two and half years.”

He said the increase in throughput was due to strategic investment and integration of businesses.

“We have successfully integrated our marketing arm with the storage and port businesses to create more efficient pathways to market for growers and customers.

“We have built a new weighbridge, a state-of-the-art sample stand and new road hopper in order to speed up our road-intake capacity.

“Rail is the most efficient way to move grain to port and we have the long term lease of three train sets in order to draw grain from North West Victoria and Southern New South Wales to make maximum use of rail intake at the site.

“We will work with governments and future port owners to ensure we can continue to improve and provide a viable, alternative pathway to export markets for grain growers in our catchment area.”

The port draws grain by road and rail from Emerald Grain’s 1.3m tonnes of networked storage capacity throughout Victoria and New South Wales, along with third-party suppliers.

It exports to different destinations across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East, with some cargoes going as far as the United States.

Mr Murray said although the team at the port had been busy unloading trains, packing containers and loading vessels with the output of this year’s harvest, they still found time to have a quick celebration on Tuesday with a specially made cake.

“We are really proud of what the team at the Terminal has achieved, and we are certainly on track to continue to improve throughputs and provide greater value to our export customers and our growers,” Mr Murray said.

What does 10 million tonnes mean?

  • Approximately $3 billion in value generated along the supply chain
  • 20 billion flatbreads in the middle east
  • 256 billion packets of instant noodles in Indonesia
  • 175 billion pints of beer in China
  • 73.5 billion bowls of ramen noodles in Japan