In recent years, Sea-Cargo successfully have delivered valuable and vital parts to wind farms in UK, Sweden, Germany and Norway. The last project, Tonstad wind farm, was a delivery of 153 wind turbine blades which were 69 metres long and 21 tons each. They were all shipped without any damages. “Good for the client and good for the reputation,” Director Business Development, Erik Paulsen replies.
The whole story is much more than this. It has been a huge logistics operation. Loading blades in Poland, generators, hub and drive trains in Denmark and 306 tower sections from Husøy (Haugesund ). The wind turbine towers were brought from China by deep sea tonnage into Husøy, which was used as a storage hub. Then, Sea-Cargo delivered all the towers to the final port in Kvinesdal (see picture).
Through thorough planning, Sea-Cargo has managed to optimise its capacity in this industrial shipping operation.
“At Husøy we have access to large storage areas, making it possible to store all these very big parts before shipping them safely to the contractor´s port, for transportation by road to the final destination up in the mountains. We have been challenged on both creativity and capacity, and after 38 voyages without any incidents, we can safely say that we passed the test. The vessel SC Astrea is well suited for this type of operation, and together with the know-how of the vessels crew – the job gets done with perfection” says Erik Paulsen.