Blades to Brazil

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The Alamosborg is now (June 28, 2012) at the Port Terminal loading 60 wind turbine blades. She was here a week ago to discharge wind turbine parts she brought into port. After that, she left the Port Terminal dock to go to the anchorage and wait for the Flinterstar to complete discharging her cargo of wind turbine blades. She then came back in to load 60 wind turbine blades manufactured in North Dakota and going to a wind farm in Brazil. Yesterday, they were loading the blades into the ship’s cargo hold below deck. Today, they are placing the last blades on the weather deck of the ship. It should be a good sight to see when they depart the port, probably on Friday.
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Note that each blade includes a stabilizer which is used to stack the blades on top of each other while underway. They of course will be removed at the site in Brazil.
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Comments

  1. It’s a global market and wind farm developers buy the brand of turbines that will do the job for them–price, quality, service, availability etc.
    Just as if there was a Ford auto plant near you—not everyone in your area buys a Ford just because they are assembled there.

  2. Mark Scheidel says:

    Very interesting pictures on moving these windmill parts – it must be an art. I live in S MN and see them hauled here and installed. One thing I can’t is why we make parts right here and ship them overseas and they make them overseas and ship them here. Why don’t windmill builders in the midwest buy parts from the midwest. There must be a good answer as I know shippers wouldn’t waste money.

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