BBC Amazon getting loaded for Chile

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The BBC Amazon appeared ready to depart the port last night after loading 40 wind turbine blades at the Port Terminal on Tuesday. Fourteen of the blades were on the weather deck and had to be secured to the deck, a job done by local welders after the blades have been loaded. Wind turbine blades are built to catch the wind. This ship is going down to Chile and will encounter lots of wind as it sails through the Atlantic to the Panama Canal and then down the Pacific along the west coast of South America to Chile. The photo was taken Tuesday morning at the Port Terminal. Each gantry crane has one end of a blade as they are slowly lowering the blade into the cargo hold. Photo taken on June 09, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-10-2009

BBC Amazon waiting for calmer winds

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All was quiet at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Monday morning. The wind blew away the plan to load 40 wind turbine blades into the BBC Amazon on Monday. Three wind turbine blades were in place to be loaded into the BBC Amazon (above) but the work was postponed until this morning. Before arriving in Duluth on Sunday afternoon, the ship had loaded wind turbine parts in Denmark and had discharged them in Burns Harbor and Thunder Bay. It came here light, ready to load wind turbine blades built in Grand Forks and headed for Chile. After that, the ship was scheduled to enter the BBC’s liner service between Houston and ports in Brazil and Argentina. Liner service is a regular, scheduled service with a variety of cargo from many different shippers, a little like a UPS service. Photo taken on June 8, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-09-2009

Wind turbines for Chile

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One of 40 wind turbine blades built in Grand Forks and going to Chile is hoisted off a a trailer and into the BBC Amazon this morning (June 9, 2009), all this at the Port Terminal in Duluth. You can see another trailer with another blade to be loaded into the ship at the lower left of the picture.

BBC Amazon makes first trip to Duluth

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As of today, the Twin Ports are back in the wind turbine business for another season. The BBC Amazon arrived late Sunday afternoon, its first trip to the Twin Ports. Longshoremen at Lake Superior Warehousing Company at the Port Terminal will begin loading 40 wind turbine blades at 8:00 this morning. The ship will deliver that cargo to Chile, departing either late tonight or sometime on Tuesday. The BBC Amazon will look more interesting on departure since the weather, or top, deck will be loaded with wind turbine blades, always a fun sight to see. Photo taken on June 07, 2009
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-08-2009