Cane convoy set to hit the road
AFTER winning the contract to harvest cane for the NSW Sugar Milling Cooperative more than a year ago, staff at SCT Logistics can't wait to begin this season's harvest, according to contract manager Bob Briggs.
Mr Briggs said the harvest would begin with the Broadwater Mill on June 7 before moving to Condong and Harwood mills about two weeks later. He said the cane delivery trucks would run 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the season and would harvest roughly 2.5 million tonnes of cane.
Mr Briggs said the company, which won the 10-year contract from Mill's Transport early last year, had introduced some unique equipment for this year's harvest.
"Each prime mover will be fitted with a GPS system which will be interfaced with a vehicle scheduling computer system," he said.
Mr Briggs said the technology, which was designed for exclusive use by the NSW Sug- ar Milling Cooperative, would help ensure maximum harvesting efficiency.
"It allocates pick-ups from the farm either close by the mill or one further away, depending on how the crushing rate is going at the mill," he said.
"So if something happens and a truck is held up behind roadworks for example ... the computer system will know that and start sending the next lot of trucks to closer destinations so they are back quicker to cover those gaps."