The EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven got high-profile visitors from New Bedford in the US state of Massachusetts. The 26-strong delegation from this small port city on the East coast was led by mayor Jonathan Mitchell.
Most of the delegates work in urban and harbour development for the city of New Bedford and in research enterprises like the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The purpose of their two-day stay in the North Sea city of Bremerhaven was to find out from EUROGATE about the handling and storage of onshore and offshore wind turbine components. This came as New Bedford prepares for the construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm, seven nautical miles off the East coast of America. Here, 130 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 468 MW will be constructed in the coming years.
Bremerhaven’s good reputation has preceded it: the EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven is set to be the Best Practice model for the port of New Bedford as regards the handling and storage of wind turbines. New Bedford is planning a new port, which is to be used for the handling of wind turbines, among other things. The delegation is visiting several locations in Denmark and Germany, and one of their ports of call was Bremerhaven.
The EUROGRATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven has been a successful operator in the area of handling and storage of onshore and offshore wind turbines for three years now. Thanks to its areal extent, its optimal road and rail connections, and its powerful large equipment, oversize cargo like wind turbine components can be handled expertly without any problems. The energy group RWE Innogy, for example, uses 400 m of quayside at the southern end of the terminal for the handling of components for the construction of its North Sea wind farm.
Press release, April 24, 2013; Image: sarens