ABP Hull wins wind contract

Port of Hull storage site ABP’s Port of Hull is providing storage for Siemens Gamesa’s 75m, 30t wind turbine blades. Credit: ABP

Associated British Ports (ABP) has secured a 12-month contract with Siemens Gamesa for providing a storage site at the Port of Hull for 37 wind turbine blades destined for the Hornsea One Project offshore wind farm.

To accommodate the expanding business of the wind turbine blade manufacturer, a six-acre area located at the Port of Hull's Eastern Access, on King George Dock, is now being leased for the storage of the 75m, 30t blades.

David Morriss, ABP Humber head of property, said: "We're proud to be able to say that we have been an essential link in a major green project such as this, which will eventually see the blades powering one-million homes.  It’s also another example of our expertise in handling such large and specialist components.

“We have worked closely with Siemens Gamesa to offer solutions and to support their business growth, so that together as partners, we can keep Britain trading and provide the nation with environmentally-friendly power.”

Transportation in progress

A meticulous operation is underway to transport the fibreglass blades nearly two miles from the current site on Alexandra Dock in Hull.

The process involves a remote-controlled loader being guided by an operator to carefully transport the blades through the port to its new location at 5mph. Each blade takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to move during the early hours of the morning to cause minimal disruption to port traffic.

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