Atlanticborg departs with wind turbine blades

The Atlanticborg arrived Duluth on July 8, 2012 with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, the blades will go by truck to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota.
She then moved out to the anchorage off the Duluth piers for a few days, coming back in on July 15, 2012 to load wind turbine blades built in North Dakota that she took to Brazil.
The two wind turbine shipments the Atlanticborg carried are totally separate. It is a coincidence that both cargos on the ship were wind turbine blades and also that the inbound cargo went to North Dakota and the outbound cargo came from North Dakota. Go here for more pictures of the Atlanticborg loading these blades at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal. Above and below, the Atlanticborg departed the port for Brazil on July 17, 2012.


  1. These are fantastic pictures. I love the one at the bottom.

  2. U raise an interesting point; i asked the same question. The rush to use Wind Turbines has created many new companies trying to take advantage; especially in the US where there is a tax break available i think until December, 2012. The parts of a wind turbine are not generic; they are many different designs; even within companies, there are different designs. So one could have wind turbines, built 5 years ago, that used blades, and everything else for that matter, built in Europe. Now u are buying wind turbines built in this country. So your sources for the parts many be spread out. I am sure there are wind turbine farms in North Dakota that use wind turbine parts made in North Dakota; of course we never see those. In a sense, the port of Duluth Superior benefits from multiple sources; we specialize in moving parts from one part of the world to another, and have to a degree a vested interest in US wind farms using parts from Europe, not that we have anything to do with the original decision.

  3. Jerry B. says:

    Blades built in Denmark for ND. Blades built in ND for Brazil. Adolph explain this logic.

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