MUSKEGON, MI – The first of dozens of shipments of huge wind turbine parts from the Mart Dock to a wind farm being built in mid-Michigan begins Monday at 9 a.m.
Sand Products Corp. officials said that the first special vehicles carrying wind turbine blades and tower sections will begin to make their way from the downtown Muskegon commercial dock to the Beebe Community Wind Farm near Ithaca between Mount Pleasant and Lansing.
The shipment of four tower sections and three blades Monday will be followed by eight or nine other daily shipments to the Beebe Community Wind Farm.
The movement of especially the blades will be a tricky logistics challenge for Trans-United Specialized Hauling vehicles from Burns Harbor, Ind. The special equipment haulers will go from Shoreline Drive First Street and south to Apple Avenue.
The turns at Shoreline and First and First and Apple will be the most interesting to watch. Sand Products’ Chief Financial Officer Scott Musselman said that the best viewing point will be on the bank of the Morris Street parking lot overlooking Shoreline Drive and the Mart Dock.
Meanwhile, port activity continues as parts for the 34, 2.4-megawatt commercial wind turbines arrive in Muskegon. The second of two ships – the Danish-owned Aggersborg – left Muskegon early Sunday after delivering 45 tower sections Tuesday.
As of early Sunday evening, the 452-foot Aggersborg was entering Lake Superior at Whitefish Point after making it through the Soo Locks earlier in the afternoon, according to ship-tracking websites.
The Aggersborg, which made its maiden voyage from South Korea to Muskegon with the wind turbine towers, is now heading for Duluth, Minn. to collect a shipment of grain headed to Venezuela.
Sand Products officials said the other five foreign vessels with more wind turbine blades from Germany and turbine tower sections from South Korea will be arriving in the coming weeks. The next three cargo ships will arrive at the Mart Dock from Sept. 26-Oct. 3, Musselman said.
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