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July 27, 2005

Wind Power Benefits Port in Duluth, Minnesota

Photo of a large wind turbine blade being lowered onto a flatbed truck, which is somewhat shorter than the blade.

A crane lowers a wind turbine blade onto a truck in Duluth.
Credit: Kenneth Newhams/Duluth Shipping News

The old business adage holds true: success depends on location, location, location. A case in point is Duluth, Minnesota, the westernmost stop for oceangoing vessels on the St. Lawrence Seaway and now a key port for shipping wind turbines and components into the heartland of North America. As of this spring, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority expected five ships to deliver wind turbine components this year for destinations in Minnesota and Manitoba, and by mid-July all five had arrived. The first, the Bavaria, delivered 21 wind turbine blades on April 13th; the fifth, the Scan Arctic, arrived on July 17th to deliver wind turbine towers. The other three ships carried wind turbine hubs and nacelles as well as another 24 wind turbine blades. The port authority worked with Lake Superior Warehousing Company, Inc. (LSWCI) to market the port to wind power companies; LSWCI certainly did a fine job of documenting the shipments on its Web site. See the story from Duluth Seaway Port Authority, and the photos of the arrivals of the five ships—the Bavaria, the Ostkap, the BBC France, the BBC Shanghai, and the Scan Arctic—on the LSWCI Web site.