Asiaborg discharges nacelles and hubs

On Monday and Tuesday, longshoremen at the Port Terminal discharged 37 wind turbine nacelles from the Asiaborg, each with a hub attached. Together, they will sit at the top of the finished wind turbine. The nacelle, with the company name, Acciona on it, holds the machinery for the wind turbine; the hub will hold the 3 blades. They are together for the trip over from Spain only because it was easier to load the ship that way. The piece as you see it will not fit on the truck that will soon carry each piece to wind farms in Montana, Oklahoma and Illinois. The piece in the picture will be taken to another area of the Port Terminal where it will be taken apart. The hubs will not necessarily be reunited with the nacelles they came with. Once separated, they are just interchangeable parts. Eighteen of the nacelles and 18 of the hubs will be taken to Illinois and 18 of each will go to Oklahoma; one pair will go to Montana. The special rigging just above the nacelle was sent here by Acciona just for lifting these pieces. Photo taken on September 30, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-01-2008

Asiaborg brings more wind turbine parts

Two boats are working the Duluth North Shore shuttle. The American Courage arrived here on Sunday afternoon with limestone and was expected to depart the port earlier this morning to go to Silver Bay to load taconite. The James R. Barker left here with coal for Taconite Harbor on Saturday and is expected back today to load iron ore pellets. The Asiaborg, arriving last night (above) on her 4th trip here this season, is taking care of the Europe to Duluth shuttle. It brought wind turbine pieces from Spain, the largest part being 37 nacelles all loaded below the weather deck. After loading the nacelles in Spain, it went over to Rotterdam to load cargo for discharge at both Detroit and Burns Harbor before coming here. That means sailing the entire length of Lake Michigan to Burns Harbor and then coming back to sail the entire length of Lake Superior to arrive here. Photo taken on September 28, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2008

Two salt water ships at the Port Terminal

That’s the Asiaborg on the left, tied up at berth 2 at the Port Terminal. It has been waiting for the BBC Elbe (right) to complete discharging wind turbine pieces at berth 1. That happened late Friday afternoon when the BBC Elbe moved out of the slip on its way to get fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock right around the corner. It probably departed the port early this morning. The plan was for the Asiaborg to move up to the position just vacated by the BBC Elbe. Discharge of that cargo, also wind turbine pieces, began early this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-21-2008

Asiaborg here 2nd time this season

We have only had 18 foreign flagged vessels visit the Twin Ports this season. The Asiaborg is trying to help. It will be here early this afternoon for the second time. It will bring wind turbine parts from Europe as it did on its first trip here in early May. It will have to wait for the BBC Elbe to complete discharging the wind turbine parts it brought in this morning.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-19-2008

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

Asiaborg brings wind turbine to Duluth

The Asiaborg came under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on May 7th, 2008 and encountered a traffic jam as she turned up the Duluth harbor. The CSL Assiniboine (in the rear at right) came into port at 4:25 pm, the Asiaborg (at left) arrived at 4:37 and the John J. Boland came between them before going under the Lift Bridge at 5:03.
After the Asiaborg got through the ‘situation’, top, she moved into the port terminal to discharge wind trubine parts from Denmark. They were taken by truck to a wind farm in Iowa. Above, a nacelle is slowly discharged from the Asiaborg by the two Port Terminal cranes working in tandem.