Special visitors to the port

Big cargos like wind turbines usually bring special visitors to the port. The ship comes with its crew, but with expensive cargo, the manufacturer often likes to have their people onsite to make sure everything is ok. It is good business but it also allows each party to monitor any problems like bumps, bruises and worse that can happen anywhere from the manufacturing site, to the ocean, the seaway, the port, the trucks and the construction site, to name a few possibilities.
Siemens, a very large international company, builds the wind turbines that have been coming here in the early part of the season at their factory in Denmark. In the case of the Asiaborg, here now, the pieces were loaded onto the ship in Denmark, and brought to Duluth and then discharged here from the ship to trucks that moved them to a temporary location at the Port Terminal. From there, trucks will carry the pieces to their final destination in Iowa where Siemens will construct the wind turbines.
Lene Soenderholm (left) worked for Siemens in Denmark, where she was born. She still works for Siemens although she recently moved to Houston (Siemens has offices all over the world, including Houston). She is a materials logistics specialist. On this job, she watches over the cargo until it is discharged in Duluth onto the truck. That work often finds her on the ship looking into the cargo holds.
Jim Anderson (right) is the Duluth Port Coordinator for Siemens. He is responsible for watching the wind turbine pieces once they are on the truck and until they depart the port for Iowa. He is rarely on the ship but stays close to the trucks as they are loaded. Jim has worked for Siemens since 1998 and works out of their Orlando office. He also graduated from Denfield in 1961 and soon after went on to other pursuits beyond Duluth. He has made only a couple trips back since then. When Siemens called Jim to assign him to this project, they had no idea they were sending him home. He has enjoyed the visit, working at the port terminal during the day and cruising some of his old haunts on the few off hours he has.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-11-2008
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