T-Ports supports local grain carriers through new freight group

T-Ports will transport grain between its operations through a new partnership with local freight operators, building on its commitment to support Eyre Peninsula-based businesses and communities wherever possible.

The company has coordinated development of the Eyre Peninsula Freight Group, a consortium of local freight companies with more than 40 trucks.

T-Ports General Manager of Operations Tim Gurney said the company was thrilled to be able to work with local freight operators, who would be able to get maximum use of their trucks year-round, increasing the value of their investment in heavy vehicles.

“Since the start, T-Ports has been adamant about supporting EP businesses and, in turn, our local communities wherever possible and the EP Freight Group is that commitment in action,” he said.

“At the end of the day, we need to get the grain as quickly and efficiently from wherever it is in our network of bunkers to the port in order to meet shipping demand. By having a team of flexible, like-minded carriers we can call upon, we will be able to continue our business operations while supporting their local business and community. It’s a win-win.”

EPFG coordinator Daniel “Bulldog” Gregory, owner of Kimba Transport, said he was excited to be working with T-Ports and looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership.

“It’s perfect for us as we don’t need to rely on the ad hoc seasonal work but we can be using our trucks all year round,” he said.

“We have carriers from Kimba, Lock, Ceduna and Cowell so with T-Ports setting up the EPFG, they’re really supporting a lot of local business and a lot of local communities right across the EP.”

The EPFG was officially launched this week to coincide with the increase in harvest deliveries to T-Ports sites.

Daniel (Bulldog) Gregory, Director of EP Freight Group and Kimba Transport, with T-Ports General Manager Operations Tim Gurney.
Kimba Transport truck delivering grain into Lucky Bay bunker site.