Sunday 24th Jun, 2018

AAL ships 45 giant windmill blades on a single sailing

Photo: AAL
Photo: AAL

WINDFARM components formed the basis of three AAL project cargo shipments into Adelaide, including one shipment with 45 giant windmill blades.

AAL Europe general manager Eike Muentz said not only were the 63-metre blades the longest to be shipped into Australia, the 45 blades on a single sailing was “a first too”.

“This enabled significant economies of scale for our customer and their stakeholders, due to the reduced number of total sailings needed. Safety, cost and time efficiency are primary concerns for our customers, and we’ve built a reputation for going the extra mile to deliver,” Mr Muentz said.

“The satisfaction of a job well done is even better when we can push the boundaries of what’s been possible before.”

The equipment and blades are ultimately destined for the AGL Silverton Windfarm in the New South Wales Barrier Ranges, a project comprising 58 turbines and is expected to produce enough power for 137,000 Australian homes.

Other components shipped into Adelaide included such things as turbine generators.

Yahaya Sanusi from AAL engineering division said they worked on the project for months, making and revising calculations and stowage plans.

“We almost exclusively employed 31,000-dwt A-Class vessels on this project,” Mr Sanusi said.

“Their exceptional cargo intake of nearly 40,000 cubic metres and weather deck space of 3000 cubic metres were instrumental in enabling us to safely transport this huge number of blades on each sailing.”

The Silverton Windfarm sailing was part of a larger series of renewable energy cargo shipments into Australia by AAL in partnership with COLI Schiffahrt & Transport GmbH (COLI) in Bremen.

According to AAL, the total series comprises seven sailings into the ports of Adelaide, Newcastle and Port Kembla, loading and transporting wind components from facilities in Germany, Spain and China.

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