Time crunch, draft limit and three loading ports
Trans Global Projects’ (TGP) offices in China have recently turned to Swire Shipping to move wind turbines to Japan. TGP chartered MV Pacific Endeavour to move five wind turbine sets from China.
The short notice in which to arrange the fixture, just eight days prior to the first layday, was only one of the challenges faced by TGP team in China. Draft limitations at the destination port, Ishikari, necessitated a performing vessel that was within 25,000 dwt. And with three load ports – Dalian, Taicang and Tianjin – considerable pre-planning went into the stowage and loading sequence of the cargo given the vessel’s small relative capacity.
The total volume of the five sets was 21,067 cbm with each set comprising a hub, nacelle, five tower sections and three blades.
The Ishikari-Hachinosawa wind farm is being developed by J-Power will have a combined output of 21,000 kW once it starts commercial operations.