Record Cargo received at the Port of Wilmington
Largest wind turbine discharged in record time
Wilmington, DE, August 5, 2019- Moving a wind turbine blade of more than 200 feet and 13.5 tons calls for patience and precision. GT USA Wilmington safely and successfully handled the largest wind turbine blades ever received at its Delaware terminal, recently unloading and transferring 39 blades over two days.
“This was a delicate operation as the slightest error could have resulted in damage to one blade, and that makes a group of three inoperable,” said Mike Hall, Chief Operations Officer.
The massive blades, headed for the GE Renewable Energy Beech Ridge II wind turbine project in West Virginia, were manufactured in Brazil and brought to Wilmington by the m/v BBC TOPAZ. A plaque to mark the occasion was given to Captain Yuriy Vovk in a ceremony on board the vessel.
“We are thrilled to be able to support mutual customer GE Renewable Energy by successfully receiving the largest wind turbine blades to cross our docks,” said GT USA-Wilmington CEO Eric Casey. “The efforts of the entire team led to providing quality service to GE Renewable Energy for whom we have handled hundreds of blades over many years.”
Casey said a second BBC Chartering vessel with 15 x 62.2 m blades from Suape, Brazil is due in August to complete the 54-blade shipment.
American Transport Systems of New Castle, DE provided the specialized blade trailers with steerable rear axles.
Photo caption: One of 39 wind turbine blades offloading at the Port of Wilmington. The 200-foot-plus blades were manufactured in Brazil and will be installed at the GE Renewable Energy Beech Ridge II wind turbine project in West Virginia.
About the Port of Wilmington, Delaware
Founded in 1923, the Port of Wilmington is a full service Mid-Atlantic seaport on the Delaware River strategically located to provide overnight access to 200 million North American consumers. Wilmington ranks as North America’s top banana port and the nation’s leading gateway for imports of fresh fruit and juice concentrates. The Port was one of the originally certified ‘360 Quality’ marine terminals in the United States, underscoring its high-quality handling standards for perishable cargo. An economic engine for the State of Delaware and the region, business activity at the Port creates over 5,900 family sustaining jobs and annually generates $436 million in business revenue, $409 million in personal income and $41 million in local taxes. The Port is operated by GT USA Wilmington, LLC. For further information, visit www.gulftainer.com/US
About GT USA
GT USA is the U.S. division of Gulftainer, the world’s largest privately-owned independent port operator and logistics company with operations and business interests in the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Brazil and the United States. GT’s presence in North America expanded in 2018 with the signing of a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to manage and operate the Port of Wilmington, a deep-water port and marine terminal serving the Eastern Seaboard. The company’s first venture into the USA came in 2014 with the signing of a 35-year agreement to operate Canaveral Cargo Terminal, a multi-purpose cargo and container terminal in Florida. For more information, visit www.gulftainer.com/US
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Head of Communications
GT USA Wilmington
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