Port Wings News Network:
V.O. Chidambaranar Port on 21 September 2020 handled wind blades of length 74.90 metres, the longest of its kind handled through Indian Ports.
The Panama flagged vessel ‘M.V. Ginkgo Arrow’ was berthed at 23.30 Hrs on 15 September 2020 and loaded the 50 windmill towers and 33 windmill blades.
The loading of the 74.90 metre long wind blades were carried out diligently using Ship’s Hydraulic cranes with utmost care to the safety of the cargo and cargo handling workers. The Vessel completed loading and sailed from the Port on 21 September 2020 to the Port of New Orleans, USA.
M/s. Vestas Wind System A/S, the Shippers and M/s. DSV Air & Sea Pvt Ltd, their Global Logistics Partners, expressed their appreciation towards VOC Port’s capability and efficiency in handling such over dimensional Cargo.
The Stevedore and Ship Agents for the above vessel was M/s. Pearl Shipping Agencies, Tuticorin. The wind mill blades and towers were safely transported by M/s. Gangothri freight carriers, using specialized wind blade and tower transportation trucks all the way from Oragadam, Chennai, to Tuticorin.
V.O. Chidambaranar Port is witnessing a remarkable surge in handling of wind blades and wind blade towers. The Port has handled 881 wind blades and 397 Wind blade towers during this Financial year upto 21st September. During the last financial year, the Port had handled 1667 wind blades and 648 wind blade towers making V.O. Chidambaranar Port, a premier gateway Port for export of Wind blades
Shri T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, congratulated the Port officials, Agents, Transporters and exporters for their commendable feat, which proves VOC Port is the preferred destination for export of wind mill blades and towers and wished them all success in future shipments.
In a message conveyed by Shri T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust , he stated that “in recent years, there has been significant increase in wind power generation capacity in India and the wind energy equipment supply chain is already localised in India to a great extent and major components being imported are limited to castings and power electronics. The Port is committed to ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative of the Government of India and has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Port’s ‘Tuticorin SPEEDZ’ (Smart Port Employment & Economic Development Zone), a Sagarmala initiative for providing an integrated Industrial Park with around 1680 acres of land from all manufacturing sectors, particularly the Wind blade manufacturing companies, for starting Industries at ‘Tuticorin SPEEDZ’. This would be a win-win proposition considering the mature industrial climate & culture, least transportation cost for manufactured products and global reach provided by the VOC Port”.