Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Portland Terminal 6 Open for Breakbulk

By Karen Robes Meeks

Terminal 6 recently moved its first wind turbine tower parts, also known as “breakbulk” cargo, through its docks thanks to a partnership between Vestas, the Port of Portland and Portland-based Omega Morgan.

The sections for about 50 towers, which will be used on a wind project in Eastern Oregon, came from Korea. They were delivered over three separate ship calls. The last oversized shipment was handled on Friday, March 1 and later transported to its final destination by truck at night to minimize traffic issues.

“With our North American headquarters in Portland, we’re especially proud to be part of bringing the supply chain benefits of wind energy to the Port of Portland for a new wind project here in the state,” said Senior Manager of Transportation for Vestas North America, Arturus Espaillat. “The port’s ability to accommodate turbine components of this size was key to effectively and economically delivering the components to the project.”

“The port is focused on moving more breakbulk through Terminal 6 as we continue to serve shippers at our multi-use terminal,” said Port Chief Commercial Officer Keith Leavitt. “The local partnerships needed to complete this work complement a project that will bring renewable energy to the state.”.