Gulftainer USA delivers largest wind turbine blades in record time

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Aug 12, 2019: Third-party logistics services provider Gulftainer (GT) USA handled the largest wind turbine blades ever received at its Delaware terminal, recently unloading and transferring 39 blades over two days.

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. 

The wind turbine blade measured more than 200 feet and 13.5 tonnes.

“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.

“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 Eric Casey, CEO, GT USA-Wilmington. 

“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 informed that 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.

Gulftainer is a privately owned, independent port management and 3PL logistics company based in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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