BBC India taking on cargo

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Siemens, in Denmark, filled the BBC India with the parts to 22 wind turbines, a total of 174 pieces weighing 8,039,321 pounds and sent the ship off to Duluth. A lot of hardware, owned by Siemens, was needed to pack those pieces in the ship tightly and safely. The BBC India will be returning those pieces to Siemens. Some of that stuff was placed in containers. In the picture above, a container is being placed on the deck of the ship on Thursday. The container is at the end of a cable connected to one of the Port Terminal’s 2 gantry cranes. The other crane is at the top left. The picture was taken from the bow of the ship. You can see some of the rope used to tie the ship up to the dock. The top of the ship’s pilot house is at top center. Before arriving in Denmark, the ship will drop off electrical housing components in Iceland (they will be loaded onto the deck today), and grain in Ghent, Belgium. The grain was loaded earlier this week at CHS in Superior, after the wind turbine parts were discharged.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-29-2006

BBC India discharges nacelles

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The BBC India completed discharging the parts for 22 wind turbines last night that will soon be shipped to a North Dakota wind farm built by Siemens. The electrical power generated there will be used by Minnesota Power to keep the lights of Minnesota bright. The last pieces to be brought out, from the bottom of the ship’s hold, were the nacelles, 22 of them. Above, one is being pulled out by the two Port Terminal gantry cranes yesterday. There are five more still sitting in the hold. The nacelle is a covering, or shell, that holds much of the machinery that operates the wind turbine. Doors on the top of the nacelle, here visible on the right side, are opened so that very strong cables hanging down from the crane can be connected to the nacelle so it can be pulled out of the hold. You can see more pictures at: www.lswci.com
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-22-2006

BBC India discharges onto truck

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The BBC India came back to Duluth on Monday afternoon and began discharging a cargo of wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal on Tuesday morning. The cargo hold on the ship contains parts for 22 wind turbines. With 3 blades per turbine, the ship brought 66 blades, lashed to the deck and some in the cargo hold below deck. They also brought 23 hubs, 23 nacelles, 23 spinners, 23 power units and 20 containers filled with smaller components. These parts will go by truck to North Dakota where Florida Light and Power will build and operate the wind turbines. It will all eventually come back to Minnesota since all the electrical power generated there will be purchased by Minnesota Power. Above, a blade is lowered from the ship to a waiting truck by the Port Terminal’s two gantry cranes.  Pictures of the discharge can be seen at the Lake Superior Warehousing Company page at: http://www.lswci.com/
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*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-20-2006

BBC India discharging with crane assist

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Last September, the Federal Leda was here loading flax for Northern Europe. This year, it will load about 21,600 tons of taconite at Burlington Northern in Superior, only the 3rd ship to ever load taconite there, all this year. That cargo will go to Algeria. The BBC India came in here as a heavy cargo ship (above). It discharged that cargo (wind turbine parts from Denmark) and will now load grain at CHS in Superior. Both ships represent new trading patterns for salt water vessels coming to the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-07-2006

Cranes lift blades from BBC India

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Two gantry cranes at the Port Terminal lifted the last of 66 wind turbine blades from the hold of the BBC India on Friday. They were discharged onto waiting flat bed trucks and moved over to temporary storage at the Port Terminal. The 66 wind turbine blades will be mounted on 22 towers, 3 blades for each tower in the wind farm being built in Mower County. Other pieces making up the shipment of wind turbine equipment are still being discharged from the ship, but should be completed this evening. Starting next week, the blades and other equipment will begin shipping out to Mower County by truck.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-05-2006

BBC India brought wind turbine parts

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Lots of U.S. flagged freighters, most of them 1,000-footers, will be coming and going today. While one salt water ship sits at anchor (Federal Leda), two are in port, one discharging wind turbine parts for Mower County and one loading wheat for Africa (Federal Miramichi). In the picture, a truck starts out from Clure Public Marine Terminal on Thursday morning, pulling an expandable flat bed trailer loaded with one of the almost 150 foot long wind turbine blades on it. It will take the blade to a wind turbine farm in Mower County, Minnesota. You can see the stern of the BBC India sticking up on the right. It brought the blades here from Denmark. Notice the ends of more blades on its deck pointing toward the stern from the right.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-04-2006

BBC India bridge to go under the Bridge

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The BBC India, expected here this morning, last came under the Lift Bridge 6 years ago yesterday. It was called the Maria Green then and was here to load grain. The picture shows a view of the bridge of the ship on that trip. It was sold in 2004 and received its current name. It is bringing cargo this time, wind turbine blades for a wind turbine farm in Waltham, Minnesota. The ship is also carrying 4 pieces for a crane that will be assembled and then used to assemble the wind turbine. Another ship will be here later this year with 69 more pieces of the crane.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-02-2006