Port of Vancouver USA receives longest wind blades ever to enter the West Coast of U.S.
The Port of Vancouver USA received a shipment of wind turbine components on July 22 that included the longest wind turbine blades ever to enter the West Coast of the U.S. and transported across North America, to-date. The delivery is a joint effort between the turbine manufacturer Goldwind Americas and the wind project owner Potentia Renewables.
The port received a total of nine wind turbines including blades, nacelles, generators, hubs, tower sections and other sub-components.
Eight of Goldwind’s GW155/4.2 MW turbines arrived on the MV Star Kilimanjaro. There are four complete turbines featuring Goldwind’s 76-meter blades and four additional turbines of the same model with blades arriving on later shipments. These are the longest blades ever transported across North America. Measuring nearly 250 ft. in length, the blades are nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty.
The remaining components on this vessel include one set of 67-meter wind turbine blades for the same 4.2 MW rated power capacity wind turbine.
“Wind manufacturers have kept us busy this spring and summer moving wind energy components,” said Julianna Marler, CEO of the Port of Vancouver USA. “We couldn’t do this work without incredible partnerships with companies like Goldwind, as well as ILWU Local 4, Local 40, Local 92, and the river and bar pilots who are still at work every day moving cargo. In this challenging COVID-19 environment the port has been functioning well, and I am incredibly thankful for everyone’s dedication in making this possible,” she added.
“Our customers know we can handle this large cargo with our heavy lift cranes, acres of laydown space, highly-skilled workforce and dedication to renewable energy,” said Chief Commercial Officer Alex Strogen. “We also want to thank Jones Stevedoring, Totran Transportation Services and the ship MV Star
Source: Port of Vancouver USA