“We want to establish ourselves as the go-to port for
wind energy assembly,” New Bedford Mayor Jonathan
F. Mitchell told The Boston Globe in August 2012.
In addition to Cape Wind, a number of other companies have lease areas off Southeastern Massachusetts.
Danish company DONG Energy is planning the
1,000-megawatt Bay State Wind wind farm about 15
miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod. The R/V
Ocean Researcher has been surveying the Bay State
Wind lease area to help determine how to build the
foundations for the turbines.
Almost everything involved with wind is big. Some
U.S. ports have adapted their facilities to be able to
transship the outsized wind generation equipment
components from ships to trucks or rail, or even other
ships or barges.
While some ports have successfully managed one-off projects such as the movement of large wind systems, some ports are building a niche market.
“We specialize in high-value, over-dimensional
break-bulk cargo such as wide-body aircraft components for Boeing, agricultural equipment and wind
energy components,” said Lisa Lefeber, chief of policy and communications for the Port of Everett in
Although Everett is an important rail terminus, the
busy container trains continue to Seattle and Tacoma.
“We’re not a consumer port — we don’t bring in con-
sumer goods for the big box stores,” she said. “We’re a
manufacturing and industrial port.”
Everett handles large-scale wind energy equip-
ment, which are then delivered to their destination by
truck, such as a recent shipment from Asia destined for
Vancouver, British Columbia.
“We have a quick and easy connection to the road
network, and we’re currently improving the grade and
turning radius for access to Interstate 5 from the port,”
She said the port has three inbound ships with wind
components for a project, and with the renewal of wind
energy tax credits, business is expected to pick up.
Other ports have seen their wind-related business
Steve Mickelson, sales director at the Port of Vancouver
USA, also in Washington, said some of the reasons shippers choose the Port of Vancouver USA to handle their
wind energy projects include a highly trained labor force,
equipment and other assets.
“We have two Liebherr mobile harbor cranes and
a labor force that’s specially trained to handle wind
components using the most productive and safe practices available.
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Twin mobile harbor cranes discharge wind turbine blades at the Port of Vancouver USA in Washington. The port, located
on the Columbia River, has been handling wind energy components for 15 years.