The CBH Group has selected a new rail services provider, which will be responsible for rail logistics planning services including train planning and scheduling, tracking, maintenance, inventory control and crew management.
Aurizon won the contract following a Request for Proposal process and has proposed an operating model that includes three fleets in addition to CBH’s 10 existing fleets, access to maintenance and operational facilities at Forrestfield, Narngulu, Merredin, Albany and Wagin, and an investment in Avon to bring the maintenance facility and yards back into operation.
The agreement is for six years with two 2-year options to extend, which is contingent on Aurizon meeting their relevant contract KPIs.
Watco has agreed to transition the contract to Aurizon before the coming harvest and will begin a three-month transition later this month.
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CBH Acting Chief Executive Officer Ben Macnamara said the new rail service agreement was a high capability model that delivered the best value to Western Australian growers and CBH.
“Aurizon presents the most effective and efficient model of maintenance, scheduling, and execution of rail services to meet the needs of the growing Western Australian crop,” Macnamara said.
“Rail transport plays a vital part in CBH’s ability to get tonnes to port efficiently with around 60 per cent of tonnes transported by rail to port, providing growers a low-cost pathway to port.
“I would like to thank Watco for their service to Western Australian growers over the past nine and a half years, and for working diligently and collaboratively with Aurizon to transition ahead of our peak rail period.