Harwich International Port gets ‘Wings’
Harwich International Port welcomed the arrival of some unusual cargo to its Number 5 Berth this week. Turbine parts, destined for the Gunfleet Sands Windfarm, were delivered to the port whilst they await collection by the installation vessel, the Titan 2.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer for Hutchison Ports, which owns Harwich International Port, commented:
“As a company committed to monitoring and improving environmental issues we are pleased to be involved in the logistics chain for the construction of the Gunfleet Sands windfarm. Sustainable energy sources are of paramount importance, and this development will help with the country’s energy requirements, securing a ‘greener’ future for all.”
Barges containing parts for six complete turbines are set to be regular callers over the next few months, whilst the windfarm is erected. All of the parts for one complete turbine will be removed by the Titan 2 on each of its visits, to be installed at Gunfleet Sands. This process will be repeated until 48 turbines, some eight barges full, have been installed.
The developer for the Gunfleet Sands site is Dong Energy, who will be employing 48 x Siemens 3.6 MW turbines, totalling some 172.0 MW of power.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
HWH is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. HPH, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 300 berths in 49 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2007, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 66.3 million TEU worldwide.