Port Seeing Diversity in Cargo

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Windfarm equipment leaving Port Kembla

With the completion of the development of the ports Inner Harbour in 2008, work began on preparing the port for the future?readying it for the many opportunities that lay ahead as a result of its expanded capabilities.

In taking full advantage of its increased capabilities, the diversity in trade has seen the port handle numerous new and unique cargos through its facilities.

One such example came during January, with the transportation of 60 giant wind turbine blades. The blades were transported from the port via Goulburn to be installed on a wind farm currently being built in Bungendore (near Lake George).

With each prime mover transporting two 44m turbine blades at a time, 8 - 10 people were involved in the transportation of each load of 32 tonnes for which (due to their size) a police escort was required.

With such a large logistical project such as this, a large amount of planning and preparation is involved. Several people from the transport company worked virtually working full time in the lead up sourcing permits and organising time allocations and police escorts.

The equipment used by the transport company is similar to what was used to transport hundreds of pile sections (up to 32.5m long) for the berth expansion in the Inner Harbour.

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