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How’d We Do That: Shipping Wind Turbine Components [VIDEO]

We expect 2020 to be a big year for installing (and hauling) wind turbines. Watch this video to see how we managed logistics for one client.

Amidst the uncertainty of how the COVID-19 virus will impact not only our personal lives, but our business, Ascent Specialized is still business as usual and ready to take on your shipping needs.

When it comes to wind energy, the trends are clear. Year-over-year, renewable energy as a whole continues to grow, and wind energy occupies a significant portion of the market. With the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind being extended through 2020, there's no doubt these trends will continue to climb. 

With the PTC and the ITC offsetting the cost of investment and providing additional economic benefit, we expect 2020 to be a big year for installing (and hauling) wind turbines. And that’s where we come in.

Hauling Wind Turbines

Image of a truck driving a wind turbine in the winterFor developers looking to install wind turbines, there’s this tricky issue of transporting the components from where they’re manufactured to where they’re installed. Enter Specialized.

Hauling windmill blades and wind turbines is a big ordeal. If you’ve only seen this equipment post-install, you might not have a clear grasp of the size and scale of these components. But once you’ve seen a trailer loaded with a windmill blade rolling down the highway, you’re likely to remember it. 

Last spring, we managed a shipment of windmill blades that were 91 feet long, each. And when it came to the logistics of the shipment, the size of the cargo was only the beginning. Check out this video where I tell the story, including some of the obstacles we overcame:

We Love a Challenge

As you saw, this shipment was no easy feat. The amount of planning, coordinating, surveying and executing that went in to this shipment was a lot, but nothing we can’t handle.

  • The pickup was in the port of Baltimore, and we needed to get it to the top of a mountain in Massachusetts. As you can imagine, the road quality was poor at best, and the length was difficult to maneuver around the several tight corners and obstacles while climbing the mountain.
  • When the carrier dropped the load on us a week prior to when we were supposed to load, we had no other choice but to find another qualified carrier quickly, and we did just that.
  • In those difficult moments, when many would panic, we got to work and handled it.

At the end of the day, the windmill blades got where they needed to go, and we had a satisfied customer. 

The thing is, when you’re dealing in specialized freight, there is no such thing as problem-free. And solving those problems? That’s what we thrive on. The next time you need specialized logistics, let us help you

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