BBC Maine

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The BBC Maine completed the discharge of wind turbine parts at the Port Terminal last night. They have either left for Thunder Bay to load grain or will shortly do so. Above, some of the last pieces were lifted from the lower deck of the ship yesterday. This a hub that was just pulled out and is being placed onto a truck that will take it to another part of the Port Terminal until it will  be taken to a wind farm in Adair, Iowa. The hub sits at the top of the tower in the wind turbine. It connects the 3 blades to the tower. Photo taken on September 18, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-19-2008

BBC Maine brings wind turbine parts

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Wind turbine parts have been coming into the port since the Moezelborg arrived on July 26, 2004. Many of those parts, including the blades, were built by Siemens in Denmark. The BBC Maine is here today with more wind turbine parts from Siemens but no blades. The blades for this project will be manufactured at a Siemens plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. The final destination for the parts discharged here is a wind farm at Adair, Iowa. Above, the BBC Maine is seen arriving in Duluth on Tuesday morning. The pieces on the deck of the ship are wind turbine base units that are used for the tower on the wind turbine. Photo taken on September 16, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-17-2008

BBC Maine brought parts from Denmark

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On Monday evening, the gantry crane at the Port Terminal was being used to pull one of 11 wind turbine base units from the hold of the BBC Maine (above). They are slowly lowering the piece onto a truck where it will be taken to another part of the Port Terminal. It is the base unit for one of 11 almost complete sets of wind turbines built by Siemens and loaded into the BBC Maine at Aarhus, Denmark. There were no blades for the 11 wind turbines on this shipment. From here, all the wind turbine pieces will go by truck to a wind farm at Adair, Iowa, about half way between Des Moines and Omaha. Just below the base unit is the 405 ton reactor vessel that was discharged from the Daniella to a special rail car on Sunday. It was moved away from the platform last night and is about ready to be hooked to a locomotive for the trip to Billings, Montana. It will be the only car in the train. Photo taken on August 05, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-06-2008