Danish wind turbine OEM Vestas has contracted its compatriot Maersk Project Logistics (MPL) to move an extra-heavy powertrain for the largest wind turbine in its range, the V236.

The powertrain, built by ZF Group, is an integral part of the 15 MW turbine’s nacelle and tips the scales at 260 tonnes. MPL will manage the transport of the powertrain from the assembly site in Lommel, Belgium via Antwerp to the port of Lindø, Denmark, where it will be installed to the nacelle. Each V236 nacelle has a total weight of more than 630 tonnes.

In the future, MPL will also move V236 powertrains to a new Vestas factory in Poland. It said it is building a full supply chain solution for all cargo flows inbound manufacturing into both production sites in Denmark and Poland. “An integrated supply chain solution which is being designed and built together with a strategic partner adds visibility and thus resilience to our logistics operations as well as a lot of ease while executing our complex logistics business. It has been an exciting joint journey which we will continue and expand,” said Damien Lhors, group senior vice president of global supply chain and transport at Vestas.

MPL is also taking care of Vesta’s containerised cargo as well as air freight, Customs services, intermodal and warehousing as part of a fully integrated logistics solution.

In April 2024, Maersk signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Vestas to build a nacelle manufacturing plant and logistical base for offshore wind turbines at the Mokpo New Port Hinterland Complex in South Korea.