BOREAS loading Wind Turbine Blades
On the 10th of August 2018, the MV Boreas set sail from Taranto, transporting 30 Wind Turbine blades. Having already loaded steel cargo in holds one and two in Livorno, the Boreas only had sufficient deck space to load 27 windmill blades, meaning substantial modifications had to be made in order to successfully transport all 30.
This was achieved by increasing the vessel's beam by securing five tween deck pontoons on the weather deck in off centre position, allowing an extra three blades to be loaded.
This was no easy feat. Extensive lashing and securing works were required for these modifications, as can be seen in the photos below. A total of 10 stanchions, 127 stopper and 181 d-rings had to be installed in order to complete this task.
The 30 blades arrived safe and sound at their destination, San Diego, on the 15th of September, and the Boreas continued on to Guayaquil to discharge the remaining steel cargo.
Below are a couple of photos showing the preparations prior to and during loading. The aerial photos and videos were taken on Cristobal Roads while the vessel was waiting for her canal transit.