Superfast Levante delivers first shipment of wind turbine components to Cuxport
This shipment of 12 wind turbine blades, among other cargo, is the first of several, which will be arriving at the German port of Cuxhaven from Tuticorin in India, aboard the RoRo vessel Superfast Levante.
The Superfast Levante, sailing under the Spanish flag, is 157.96 metres long and 25.2 metres wide, with a gross tonnage of 17,373 metric tonnes. It has been chartered by Nordex group on a long-term basis to sail as part of their south Asia liner service. From November on, the vessel will be regularly transporting wind turbine parts for onshore wind farms, manufactured abroad, to the Cuxport Terminal, in Cuxhaven, at the mouth of the Elbe River. Containers will be transported during the return journey to prevent empty journeys.
Cuxport terminal has been chosen for its heavy-duty infrastructure, multifunctional services in the areas of RoRo and crane operations, and storage, and its multimodal connections to barge and road. The 81-metre rotor blades and assorted cargo will be unloaded with shore cranes and stored at the Cuxport terminal until they are further transported by heavy-duty trucks or inland waterway vessels.
“A special heavy-duty road passes through the roundabout so that the heavy-bulky shipment can reach the A27 motorway junction quickly and without any problems,” explains Roland Schneider, Press Officer at Cuxport. Due to traffic lights that operate around the access route to the terminals, heavy-bulky transports enjoy priority access between the port and the motorway throughout the night. The vehicles can also make their way into the road network in Cuxhaven without the need for a police escort.