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ALS handles largest vessel for Baillie Wind Farm

Wind turbine project at Baillie wind farm near Thurso in Caithness at the Northern Port of Scrabster.

10th August 2012

ALS (International) Limited’s project port and marine services team has recently handled 63 x 43.5m blades destined for the 21 x  52.5MW N90/ 2500 wind turbine project at Baillie wind farm near Thurso in Caithness at the Northern Port of Scrabster.

The cargo arrived on 2 vessels, one of which “Happy Delta” (17,518 DWAT), travelled from Texas, USA and is reported to be the largest ever cargo ship to enter the Scottish port to date.

The project also entails a further 7 vessels, shipping 63 x tower sections from Avonmouth UK, and 21 hubs, 21 drive trains, and 21 nacelles from Rostock, Germany.

ALS senior project managers attend all loading and offloading activities at the UK Ports involved, providing a complete project port management service, including: engaging stevedores & cranes and providing cargo inspection surveys & ships agency services, using ALS’ own internal teams, as well as all handling, in and out of the intermediate storage areas prior to planned, staged deliveries to the wind farm site.

Due to limited access and working space at Scrabster Harbour a combination of ships cranes and shore mobile cranes to position the cargo correctly to trailers are being used for the shipments.

These are the first of 9 vessels for the project to continue throughout Summer 2012 for this project.

The turbines are to be installed at the Baillie wind farm during August & September 2012.  It is believed the turbines will generate approximately 180 gigawatt hours per annum, which is sufficient to meet the demands of 39,000 homes.

For further information please contact:

Mrs Jill Peacock – Group Marketing Manager

E-mail: jillian.peacock@als-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 1482 796214