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