GT USA Wilmington welcomed the MV Pottersgracht, a general cargo ship and its load of 78 wind turbine blades. The blades, manufactured in Canada, are destined for a GE project in West Virginia
The Port of Wilmington carefully and successfully unloaded the wind turbine blades that are over 200 feet in length and weigh more than 13.5 tons each and transported them the short distance to the on-port storage area.
“We have handled wind blades many times now at the Port of Wilmington, but we never take anything for granted. It is always a delicate operation when handling cargo of this size and weight, so we work diligently with our International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) partners, the vessel’s crew, and the trucking company, American Transport Systems,” said Joe Cruise, CEO at GT USA Wilmington.
The ship is returning to the Port of Gaspe, Quebec, Canada, where she will take on another 75 wind turbine blades destined for Wilmington in late May/early June.
The main cargo at Port of Wilmington is fresh fruit. Its 2021-2022 winter fruit season is well underway and imports are arriving from Morocco and Chile. The port reports an increase in freight such as juices, rice, lumber and plywood, and now wind blades.