The Duluth Seaway Port Authority, located in Minnesota, reports that 60 wind turbine blades are being exported to Brazil for IMPSA Wind's CEARA II wind project.
According to the port authority, the 37-meter blades – manufactured at LM Wind Power's plant in North Dakota – began arriving two weeks ago and have been staged at the port's break-bulk terminal awaiting final delivery to Brazil.
The blades – traveling aboard the 469-foot Alamosborg, a Dutch-flagged vessel – will leave the port later today and are expected to arrive in Brazil in three weeks, notes the port.
When completed, the CEARA II project will include 141 1.5 MW wind turbines.
"This shipment is one of nearly 20 energy-related cargoes on the books for 2012 and our second shipment of blades from North Dakota to Brazil in recent years," notes Jonathan Lamb, vice president and general manager at Lake Superior Warehousing Co., the break-bulk terminal operator for the port authority. "Duluth has moved well over a million freight tons of wind turbine components from and to Europe and South America since the port first started handling wind turbines in 2005.’