Wet weather delays crushing at Prossie and Plane Creek
WET weather impacted crushing at the Proserpine Mill, restricting throughput to just below 52,900 tonnes.
Wilmar Sugar's Proserpine cane supply manager Tony Marino said the weather event late in the previous week delayed the resumption of crushing until Monday morning, followed by another issue on Thursday.
"There was an unplanned stop on Thursday to repair a boiler ash belt," he said.
"Crews carried out other factory maintenance during the stoppage.
"The highest CCS sample was 16.17 from a rake of first ratoon Q183 in the Kelsey Creek Productivity District."
During week seven, the mill crushed 52,824 tonnes which brings the season to date total to 434,141 tonnes.
The average bin weight was 9.46 last week, above the season average of 9.31.
CCS was 13.81 this week.
Plane Creek cane supply manager Jim Kirchner said the Sarina mill began crushing again on Monday too after the weather also put a temporary stop to week eight harvesting for his team.
"Crushing rates steadily improved towards the middle of the week and a healthy throughput of more than 51,500 tonnes was achieved," he said.
"There was only a marginal improvement in CCS of 0.19 a unit over the previous week, taking the season-to- date CCS to 12.80 units.
"The highest CCS was 16.3 from a rake of Q208 1st ratoon from the Dawlish productivity district."
Plane Creek has crushed 51,524 tonnes this week, making the season total 396,884 tonnes.
The average bin weight was 3.77 against an average 3.75 for the season.
The CCS was 13.70 this week.
Mr Marino reminded drivers to 'use your train brain' and always take care around our cane rail network.
"Be aware that, even after brakes are applied, cane trains require long distances to slow down and come to a complete stop," he said.
Mr Kirchner reiterated the warning, saying a car collided with a brake wagon at a flashing light intersection on Hoey Street on Monday last week.
"Fortunately, the locomotive was travelling at low speed and there were no serious injuries," he said.
"In a separate incident, a loco driver reported seeing a vehicle zigzag through boom gates guarding an active intersection on Anzac Street."
"Cane trains can't swerve and they can't come to a quick stop."