Our cost effective and efficient transport system is based on the accepted industry-wide principle that there is some sharing of cost between miller and grower.

cane haulageWe offer innovative systems to assist in the administration and management of harvesting and transport, including centralised traffic control, computerised mapping of farms from aerial photography, the use of satellite imagery to predict cane yield, GPS tracking of harvesters and locomotives, the provision of information to growers using SMS messaging, a phone-in communications centre, and an interactive web site.

We mainly use rail to transport cane to our mills; however, road transport is also used in areas surrounding Marian, Farleigh and Mossman, where access to the rail line is limited.

The Mackay rail network (850km) stretches from Wagoora (70km north of Mackay) to Munbura (23km south of Mackay) and Finch Hatton (76km west). The lines are 610mm gauge wide.

The Mossman rail network (87km) extends from near Port Douglas (20km south of Mossman) to Rocky Point (13km north of Mossman) and west to the base of the Daintree National Park.

In Mackay, we operate 46 cane haulage locomotives with a fleet of 8,100 cane bins, comprising 5, 6 and 15 tonne bins. The brake vans are radio-controlled by the driver. The largest are 40 tonne bogie locomotives and the smallest are 18 tonne 060 locomotives. The largest locomotives can haul up to 1000 tonnes of cane (a payload of 180 6 tonne bins). These trains are about 800 metres long. There are 500 rail and road delivery sidings which are strategically located around the district to receive the cane. Some are built for roll-on roll-off trailers and others are built to handle the more modern tipper bins.

In Mossman, we operate six cane haulage locomotives with a fleet of 600 cane bins, comprising 9, 11 and 13 tonne bins.

Mossman Mill's road transport is handled by a contractor using mainly B-doubles, each carrying three 13 tonne rail bins. The bins are transferred back onto rail bogies in a hub and spoke type operation.

The Mossman coastal road transport network extends from Daintree in the north (35km north of Mossman), to Mowbray in the south (10km south of Port Douglas), and south-west to the Julatten district on the northern Atherton Tableland (20km south-west of Mossman).

The Mossman Tablelands road transport network extends to Dimbulah (40km west of Mareeba), Davies Creek (12km east of Mareeba) and to Yungaburra and Upper Barron in the Atherton area (60km south of Mareeba). Mareeba is 60km south-west of Mossman.The road transport networks feed into the rail network at road to rail transfer ramps in the Mossman area.