Maersk wins heavy lift contract from Vestas

Danish shipping and logistics group Maersk has secured a heavy lift contract from Danish renewable energy company Vestas for transporting the extra heavy powertrains of its largest ever built wind turbine V236.

This heart-piece of the 15 MW turbine weighs 260 tons alone and will be installed in the nacelle in Vesta’s factory in Lindø, Denmark.

Under the contract, Maersk will manage the transport with special equipment from the assembly site in Lommel, Belgium via Antwerp to the port of Lindø. The powertrain is one of a number of large components of the nacelle. The final V236 nacelle has a total weight of more than 630 tons including the powertrain.

At a later stage, Maersk will also move the V236 powertrains to a new Vestas factory in Poland. The company is building a full supply chain solution for all cargo flows inbound manufacturing into both production sites in Denmark and Poland.

Apart from heavy lift transports, Maersk is also taking care of Vesta’s containerized cargo as well as air freight, customs services, intermodal and warehousing as part of a fully integrated logistics solution on a global scale.

“For more than two years, we have been working for Vestas in a close partnership, developing exciting heavy lift projects as well as normal containerized cargo. We are extremely honoured about being the preferred and trusted partner for Vestas. The transport requires complex logistics capabilities and experience, which makes us even more proud to be selected by the world’s leading renewable energy company,” said Claus Svane Schmidt, global head of Maersk project logistics.