Caught by a wind turbine base unit

While out for a run today, I looked behind me and saw a wind turbine base unit gaining on me. Duluth is an important hub, connecting the middle of the United States with the rest of the world and connecting ships, trains and trucks here in Duluth. This base unit probably came here in June on the Sjard.

Sjard wind turbine discharge in Duluth Minnesota

The Sjard blew into town last night with wind turbine parts she is discharging at the Port Terminal. She is one of many BBC ships that have been coming to Duluth for many years, although she does not carry the letters BBC in her name as did her sister ship the BBC Haren, in town in late May.

More wind turbine blades for Minnesota Power

HHL Tyne arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the early evening of August 26, 2015 with her deck piled high with wind turbine blades.

More wind turbines in Duluth

The HHL Elbe arrived Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 2015 with wind turbine parts to discharge at the Port Terminal. Built in 2008, this is her first visit to the Twin Ports. When she completes discharging the wind turbine pieces, she will go over to CHS in Superior to load grain as her departing cargo.

HHL Amur, under Bridge, into slip

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The HHL Amur arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon, July 17, 2015 at 1:45 with wind turbine blades on her deck. She is now discharging them at the Port Terminal. (Two images above courtesy of Dave Campbell; click pics for larger versions)

HHL Volga brings more wind turbine blades to Duluth

After half a day at the outside anchorage, the HHL Volga came in Sunday afternoon, June 28, 2015, with a cargo of wind turbine blades she will begin discharging on Monday morning. She is the former Beluga Family when she was operated by Beluga Shipping in Bremen, Germany. After Beluga went bankrupt, the ship was purchased by Hansa Heavy Lift, also in Bremen. Although many Beluga ships have been to Duluth before, this will be the first visit for this ship. This is, I think, the 3rd shipment of wind turbine pieces to come to Duluth this season. There are more coming.

Clipper Makiri arrives Duluth with blades

The Clipper Makiri arrived Sunday night at 11:41 with wind turbine blades she loaded in China and some machinery she picked up in Thailand. This is her first trip to the Twin Ports. She was built in 1999 as the Makiri Green. She then sailed as the Sloman Server until 2012 when she became the Mikiri Green again. Her name was recently changed to Clipper Makiri. She was a member of the Dutch shipping company Green Fleet and still sailing with her green colors. Many Green Fleet ships have visited Duluth in the past, although this is the first trip here for the Clipper Makiri.

Wind turbine blades again

After several days at anchor, the salt water ship Johanna C came into port on Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2015. After going under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, the Heritage Marine tug Helen H. moved up to help her make her dock at the Port Terminal. On Monday, workers at Lake Superior Warehousing Company, at the Port Terminal, will begin discharging the wind turbine blades.

Wind turbine blades at anchor off Duluth piers

On April 18th, the Johanna C (above) was off just off the coast of Newfoundland and due in Montreal on the 19th on her way to Duluth. She arrived Montreal on the 21st. By the 26th, she was in the Welland Canal, at Detroit on the 27th and at the Soo Locks on the 28th. She arrived off the Duluth piers last night (April 29th) as the sun was setting and dropped her anchor.She has wind turbine blades on her deck, the first to come to Duluth in several years. She is in the anchorage waiting for the Lady Doris (below) to complete her discharge of clay at the port terminal.

Peter Rönna here with wind turbine parts

The Peter Rönna arrived this morning (above) on her first visit to the Twin Ports. She brought the 15th shipment of wind turbine parts to come here by ship for Minnesota Power. They loaded the cargo in Brande, Denmark, where the equipment is manufactured by Siemens. After the equipment is discharged here, trucks will take the over 2 dozen pieces to the Bison Wind Energy Center near New Salem, N.D. As she moved up the Duluth harbor, she was greeted by the departing Roger Blough, going to Two Harbors to load iron ore pellets after some repairs were made at Fraser Shipyards.

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.

Containers first, then blades

The Atlanticborg arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge this morning (Sunday, July 8, 2012) at 2:59. Workers at Lake Superior Warehousing Company began to discharge her at 8 am.

Atlanticborg coming our way with blades

Kent Malo took this photo of the Atlanticborg on her way to Duluth from a  Cessna 172 at 1500 feet. She will be here early Sunday morning with a cargo of wind turbine blades loaded in Denmark. After discharge here, they will be taken to a Minnesota Power wind farm in North Dakota. When discharge is completed, she will go to anchor for about a week, then coming back in to load wind turbine blades, built in North Dakota and going to Brazil.

Next stop: Brazil

The Alamosborg departed Duluth late Friday afternoon, June 29, 2012

Blades to Brazil

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.
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.

Flinterstar brings wind turbine blades

After waiting at anchor for a few days, the Flinterstar came into port on Sunday evening, June 24, 2012. On Monday morning, she was at the Port Terminal dock discharging her cargo of wind turbine blades and nacelles.

Alamosborg waits for the rains to stop

Rains came to Duluth; the ships are still on the water but the workers stayed  home, as the Mayor asked. The Alamosborg is at the Port Terminal, waiting for better weather tomorrow, and some folks back to help her discharge her wind turbine pieces.

HHL Congo brings blades to Duluth

The HHL Congo arrived in Duluth on May 19, 2012 (below) with a cargo of wind turbine blades. She was assisted by the Heritage Marine tug Nels J. Launched in 2011 as the Beluga Fealty, this was the HHL Congo’s first trip to Duluth Superior. Above, one of the blades is lifted from the ship’s cargo hold at the Port Terminal.

Americaborg brings wind turbine parts

The Americaborg came into port on May 15, 2012 with wind turbine pieces built in Denmark by Siemens Wind Power. Above, a nacelle has just been discharged from her cargo hold and deposited on ‘Big Red’ for the short trip to the other end of the Port Terminal. After all wind turbine pieces had been discharged, she moved over to the CHS 1 terminal in Superior to load grain. She may leave on Sunday although weather may delay her departure.

Adriaticborg brings more wind turbine parts

The Adriaticborg arrived on November 2, 2011 to discharge wind turbine parts adriaticborg20111103_6421loaded in Aarhus, Denmark. She brought 15 hubs, 3 power units and one 20 foot container; the cargo was loaded in Aarhus, Denmark for Siemens. Wind turbine technology keeps advancing. These hubs are bigger than earlier ones and they have to be plugged in at almost all times so bearings inside do not go flat during transit. As soon as the cranes dropped each hub at Lake adriaticborg20111103_6442Superior Warehousing this morning, they were plugged into an electrical connection prepared by the warehouse. The power slowly moves the inside around, keeping the bearings smooth. Earlier nacelles came here in August with radiators to cool off a new type of motor inside. Odd; all this stuff requires electricity; wind mills aren’t what they used to be!

Wind turbine blades on the way

We haven’t had any shipments of wind turbine blades in the port for more than a year, but we have had some stored on the ground from past deliveries over at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal. Today (Thursday, September 8, 2011), the last of those were loaded onto trucks.They will take them to wind farms in Illinois. During the time they have been stored here, they have actually been sold to new customers, rather than the customers who originally ordered them. Delays, construction issues and the poor economy have kept the wind turbine business in flux.  (Click pic for larger version)

Federal Power, a truck and a big wind turbine blade mold

The Federal Power brought wind turbine pieces from Denmark, arriving in Duluth on June 8, 2011. Top left, you see 3 wind turbine molds on the ship’s weather deck. At right, on Thursday, June 9, the Port Terminal’s 2 gantry cranes discharged them onto a special service truck (top right). Below, the truck slowly moved each piece out of the warehouse yard and made the wide turn onto the road that led them to the other side of the Port Terminal where they were carefully laid down. (Click any picture for larger version)
On Friday, work continued bring pieces from the ship’s cargo holds. Above, 3 hubs can be seen with one nacelle in the foreground and some of the 150   containers also loaded onto the ship in Denmark. Below, in the engine room, engineers did some work on the big diesel engine that powers the ship.

First wind turbine shipment of season

bbcoregon20110425_2237 At the left, on Monday morning, April 25, one of the Port Terminal cranes is pulling one of the 100 power units brought here by the BBC Oregon for Siemens. Power units contain the brains of the wind turbine, calculating the many variables, like the wind, that are checked to make adjustments to the turbine, such as the pitch of the blades.
Yesterday, on a sunny Sunday Easter morning, the BBC Oregon arrived in port with a shipment of wind turbine parts loaded in Aarhus, Denmark. After discharging the parts (nacelles, power units, hubs and containerized equipment), destined to go by truck to Adair, Iowa, she will load wheat at the CHS terminal in Superior.

Two ships in Duluth, both with wind turbine parts loaded in Aarhus, Denmark.

The BBC Volga is discharging wind turbine parts loaded in Aarhus, Denmark. The parts will be taken by truck to Minnesota and Manitoba. The Avonborg, sitting just in front of  the BBC Volga, had just finished doing the same thing except all her cargo will be going to Manitoba.

Wind turbine parts by train

A train loaded wind turbine parts in California and brought them to Superior and then over the Grassy Point Bridge to Duluth and to Lake Superior Warehousing. There the pieces were taken off the rail cars in the same place they take them off the ships. They were then taken by truck to another part of the Warehouse and put in lay-by until they will be picked up and loaded onto trucks for the trip to the final destination in Manitoba. The picture shows 2 views of the train approaching the 27th Ave bridge over I-35. They had crossed over the Grassy Point Bridge about 45 minutes earlier.