Supplying the UK’s largest onshore windfarm

Rod Palmer, Operations Director at Sea Route Port Services, explains how Clydeport is more than just a staging point in the import process. 

An important part of our business is the facilitation of import and export project cargoes globally. We’ve been working with the King George V (KGV) terminal on the Clyde in central Glasgow since starting business in 2001.

The team there have been critical to the success of the service we provide, working alongside shipping lines and forwarders to ensure our end customers’ cargo gets where it needs to be – safely, reliably and efficiently.

Scottish Power’s Whitelee development, is the UK's largest onshore windfarm, located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. Its 215 turbines generate up to 539 megawatts of electricity, enough to power just under 300,000 homes has created business opportunity for Sea Route using the deep-water port services at KGV.

With more than 130 kilometres of trails to explore, on foot, by cycle or by horse, the site has become a family destination in its own right.

We have handled wind turbine components from Brazil, via KGV, for onward transport to Eaglesham Moor in addition to a variety of other mainly export high value Power generating equipment units manufactured in Scotland as well as Project cargoes and Construction equipment from elsewhere in UK.

In one job in March this year, we imported a single wind turbine unit consisting of the hub (which connects the blades to the main shaft and drive train) and the nacelle (which is the housing unit for the components at the top of the tower). At a total of 130 tonnes, we need the good cranes at KGV to make handling such heavy and valuable loads safe and efficient.

The terminal’s location and deep water berth are also valuable to us, for example, in exporting structural steel for use in offshore energy construction in the Gulf Coast of America.

Although not that heavy, relatively speaking, the steel is bulky cargo with huge width and height. The manufacturer is quite close to Glasgow and using a west-facing port is ideal for transatlantic shipping of course.

But all of these benefits would mean nothing without the service we get from the team at KGV. Their excellent customer relations, flexibility and professionalism allows us to perform at our best.

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