Would it have been cheaper to deliver to Portland and not Newcastle? How do the port arrangements work?
@bevans it's all about our wonderful "free market".
The fools up north wrote delivery contracts that they cannot get out of, even during the worst drought since...
Hence they have to buy some of what's around at stupid prices, and bugger what the rest of the country desperately needs.
Portland has no chance of a look in. Its a different grain co.
Same BS as the gas "shortage".
The fools in far north contracted to deliver far more than they could ever get out of the ground. So they suck it out of Vic and SA , and again bugger the rest of the country; we're making oodles of cash.
@bevans may get his wish after allBut still grain out of Portland will only happen when Geelong and Appleton Dock export grain terminals are at capacity (because of It's low grain handling efficiency)
ABSOLUTE OCCUPATION - PORTLAND LINE 0700hrs Wednesday the 8th of January 2020 until 1700hrs on Saturday the 22nd of February
2020. Scheduled work shifts 0700hrs to 1700hrs daily, weather permitting.
ARTC will be taking Absolute Occupation of the Portland Line from Signal Post 8 at Maroona to Signal Post 1 at Portland. Multiple work groups ranging from Signal technicians, tree trimming and signage crews through to re-sleepering crews will be working over the entire Maroona to Portland section during this period.
Is there any way that Portland rail access can be efficiently reconfigured or is it a very hard project?Well of course the answer is yes, james but as has been said 650 times nobody has the inclination to do so. If GrainCorp was gunna do something, they would have included it in the regeneration projects a few years ago and above all else, the Port owners are in love with their wood chips.
I'm still here with camera ready for the first train that arrives as long as it turns up while I'm still alive. Seemed pointless posting nothing for the last twelve months or more.Bit slack there Y115. You could have done a picture every day / week / month and posted it so we could have proof that nothing has indeed happened! Nice to hear that you are still out and about and hopefully some action soon on the Portland thread.
We do have a grain ship in port at the moment, she's loading from a portable grain terminal on Berth 5 (not a normal grain berth).