A different kind of ship comes to Duluth

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The Kent Trader arrived Duluth on October 5, 2008 with her cargo holds filled with 29 Gamesa nacelles loaded in Spain. For many years, salt water ships visiting Duluth have had their superstructure (pilot house and crew quarters, office and galley) at the stern of the ship. You will note in the picture above that the superstructure on the Kent Trader is in the middle. I am told this ship, built in 1986 at 403 feet long, was built for loading rolled paper but no one on board could remember when it last carried that cargo. Nor have they ever seen another ship like it except for a sister ship to this one. Fourteen nacelles were loaded behind the pilot house and 15 more nacelles were loaded in front of it.
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The nacelle above is being pulled from the cargo hold of the ship by the 2 Port Terminal gantry cranes (see below). They  slowly brought it over the side of the ship for placement on a waiting trailer for transport to another area of the Port Terminal.
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Kent Trader has unusual design

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The Kent Trader came under the Lift Bridge on Friday night with its cargo holds filled with 29 nacelles loaded in Spain. All salt water ships that bring wind turbine parts here have until now had all cargo holds in front of a stern mounted superstructure where the pilot house, crew quarters, office and galley are. In fact, all salt water ships that have come here for many, many years were built like that. You will note in the picture above that the superstructure on the Kent Trader is in the middle. Fourteen nacelles were loaded behind the pilot house and the other 15 were loaded in front of it. I am told this ship, built in 1986 at 403 feet long, was built for loading rolled paper but no one on board could remember when it last carried that cargo. Nor have they ever seen another ship like it except for a sister ship to this one. Photo taken on October 04, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-05-2008

More wind turbine equipment for Duluth

kenttrader2008Oct04_3446 The Kent Trader arrived Duluth on Friday night, October 3rd. On Saturday morning, Lake Superior Warehousing began to discharge the cargo of 29 Gamesa nacelles loaded in Spain. The morning started out with a heavy fog but it soon cleared. The nacelle above has just been pulled from the cargo hold of the ship and the 2 gantry cranes are slowing bringing it over the side of the ship for placement on a waiting trailer for transport to another area of the Port Terminal.