Deniliquin Freighters now run Kenworth T909 A-double roadtrains

Riverina-based transport contractor Deniliquin Freighters has taken delivery of two purpose-built Kenworth T909 A-double roadtrains that haul 60 tonnes of export rice from SunRice’s newly reopened Coleambally mill in southern NSW.

The innovative A-Double two-trailer configuration, which is ten metres longer than a regular B-double, is a first for the state, according to Kenworth. “The company was granted a special permit by the NSW Government’s Roads and Maritime Services,” Kenworth stated. “This enables the trucks to carry two 20-foot (6.1 m) TEU shipping containers of up to 30 tonne gross weights on specific routes from the mill to rail terminals in the region.”

The permit allows the combinations to carry containers which are filled to capacity. That is around a 13 per cent increase or 3.5 tonnes of milled rice per load more than trucks were permitted previously.

SunRice’s Coleambally and Deniliquin mills had been closed almost five years ago due to severe droughts which decimated Australian rice crops. Today, SunRice has had its second consecutive year of full rice production, with a harvest of more than 963,000 tonnes. That’s a dramatic turn-around compared to its low of just 19,000 tonnes in 2008. To meet the increased capacity, it reopened the Deniliquin mill in early 2011, followed by the mill in Coleambally in November 2012.

“The beauty about the T909, in fact all Kenworths, is their flexibility,” said Deniliquin Freighters’ Managing Director, Russell Tait. “If the Riverina went back into drought, we could remove the pusher axle and turn the T909s back into bogey drives and they would join our other Kenworths doing linehaul work. We run a variety of models which are configured as single trailer, B-Double and roadtrains. It all depends on the needs of SunRice and our other customers. Our Kenworths are versatile, and that allows us to react quickly to changes in the market.”

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