Wind Turbines Move Through Port

Sep 9, 2004

Vestas Americas, headquartered in Portland, Ore., recently received its first shipment of wind turbines through the Alabama State Port Authority. The turbines were manufactured and transported from Denmark on the ship PANCALDO, arriving at the Port of Mobile on June 28. The turbines were off-loaded at Pier North C Number 2 by Tri-State Maritime Services utilizing the ship’s gear.

Vestas Americas Marketing Director, Michelle Montague said the primary reason the Port of Mobile was selected was based on the recommendation of Barnhart Crane & Rigging. “They (Barnhart Crane) have operated a terminal at this port in the past and have found it very easy to conduct business there,” Montague said.

“Vestas has developed an excellent working relationship with port officials and operations personnel alike,” Montague said. “This is an advantage to Vestas when projects are coordinated from Portland, Ore., and our success is dependent upon reliable information and honest representation.”

According to Port Authority representatives, the 15 wind turbines, totaling 3,500 gross tons, were shipped as individual units, including nacelles, hubs and blades. Upon arrival in Mobile, the cargo was transported via CSX Transportation to its final destination, Buffalo Mountain in Anderson County, Tenn.

The wind turbines are being employed as part of the Buffalo Mountain Wind Power Project. This project was created in an effort to produce electricity from cleaner, greener sources. The project initially began with just three 660 killowatt Vestas V47 wind turbines. These turbines have 154-ft diameter, three-blade rotors and are mounted on 213-ft tubular towers. The newest turbines are 1.8 megawatt Vestas V80s and will be erected on 257.4-ft tubular towers.

The Buffalo Mountain Wind Power Project made history when it became the first commercial-scale wind plant in the Southeastern United States in October 2000. The project provides wind energy to the Tennessee Valley Association’s customers through its Green Power Switch program. The Buffalo Mountain Wind Power Project joined the U.S. Department of Energy-EPRI Wind Turbine Verification Program as an associate project in June 2001.

Vestas began wind turbine manufacturing in 1979 and continues to produce sustainable energy for customers worldwide.

Lott Ship Agency Inc. served as steamship agents, and Transera handled freight forwarding.

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