July 23 - Mortrans has coordinated the transport of 14 Vestas V39 wind turbine components from Werdum, Germany to Kola in the Murmansk region of Russia.

The consignment included the nacelle, hub, blades, tower sections and foundation rings, and weighed a total of 58.2 tonnes.

Initially the cargo was loaded and lashed onto specialised transport vehicles at the manufacturer's site in Werdum, before being delivered by road to the port of Lübeck.

On arrival at the north German port, the cargo was transferred onto 18 m long Mafi trailers and driven onto a ro-ro vessel for shipment to the port of St Petersburg, where Mortrans organised the bill of lading and Customs clearance.

At the Russian hub, the cargo was discharged from the vessel and loaded back onto specialised heavy-duty trailers for road transport to the installation site on Kola's Solovaraka hill. 

Oleg Prokoshev, deputy director of Mortrans, explained that this was a particularly important project for the company due to the limited number of wind farms in Russia and the lack of experience in transporting such cargoes.

"Nuclear power stations, as well as gas, coal and hydropower plants are still the most common here," said Prokoshev. "So this was a very interesting and useful project for us."

At the end of the summer, Mortrans will assist the installation of the V39 turbine at the Kola plant, using a 200-tonne lifting capacity mobile crane.