BBC Ontario

The BBC Ontario came into port on June 13th to discharge 11 component sets (minus blades) of Siemens wind turbines loaded in Denmark. Each wind turbine has a cone shaped piece, called a spinner. It sits just in front of the hub, the piece that holds the three blades. The BBC Ontario had 11 spinners in their cargo hold. Above, you see the Port Terminal crane yesterday placing the last of 3 spinners it lifted out of the ship’s cargo hold onto a waiting truck that will carry them to another part of the Port Terminal. They will eventually go to a wind farm in Shelby, Montana. There is a delay at that work site, in part caused by the weather so the number of wind turbine pieces that have been discharged from ships here but are still waiting at the Port Terminal to be shipped to their final destination increases.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 06-16-2008

BBC Ontario loading wind turbine blades

Above, the 4th of 10 wind turbine blades is lowered onto a lower deck of the BBC Ontario Monday morning at the Port Terminal. Over the weekend, beet pulp pellets were loaded into the cargo holds below this deck at General Mills. After ten blades were placed here, hatch covers were lowered over it to form the weather or top deck. Twenty one blades were put on the top deck before it departed last night for Spain. Both cargos were loaded in North Dakota and both cargos will be delivered to Spain. The Edward L. Ryerson was delayed in the Detroit area but is now expected to arrive in Duluth sometime later today for winter layup, the first layup arrival of the year. Photo taken on December 03, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-04-2007

The crew of the BBC Ontario

Repairs to their ship have kept the crew of the BBC Ontario in port for longer than they planned. Captain Jorgen Melchiors had some time to gather most of his crew of 15 for a group picture. He is from Denmark, the chief engineer is from Myanmar, while the rest of the crew is from Russia, most of them from Kaliningrad.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/26/2005