Collett Begins Turbine Transport for Solwaybank

(Europe) Specialized Equipment to Serve Wind Turbine Components Transport from Glasgow

With an array of its own specialized transport equipment, Collett has begun turbine component deliveries from King George V Dock, Glasgow, to Solwaybank Wind Farm in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

Consisting of 15 Vestas V100 wind turbines, each featuring 49-meter-long blades and 75-meter towers, the Collett team began the transport of each of the 120 main components and ancillary items from the King George V Dock.

With space at a premium at the Glasgow dockside, and the fact that this is the first of two wind farm projects scheduled for Collett from King George V (with the cargo of a third project already securely stored there), the Port of Grangemouth and the company’s portside location are also being employed for 24 of the tower sections destined for Solwaybank.

Using its own four-axle extendable flat trailers and its specialist Scheuerle clamp trailers, designed specifically for the transport of wind turbine towers, each component has begun the journey from the port to the construction site.

“Alongside these specialist trailers, Collett has also used its three Nooteboom Super Wing Carriers to facilitate the movement of the 49-meter-long blades. Quadruple extendable from 18.65 meters to 64.3 meters, these trailers offered the ideal solution for the blades, providing a 60-degree steering angle and significantly more suspension travel (lift/lower) for extra ground clearance and added platform stability,” a spokesperson for Collett said. “Added to this, the Vestas gyro-static frames were fitted to accommodate the tip frames of the Vestas blades with optimum maneuverability on the trailer to reduces stress on the blade during transport.”

Beginning in July and working to a 9-week schedule, the Collett team will cover a total of 11,500 miles, delivering each of the cargoes to the waiting 750-tonne main installation crane onsite.

Based in Halifax, England, Collett & Sons operates a fleet of heavy-lift trucks, trailers and SPMTs and provides breakbulk logistics throughout the UK and Europe. The firm is a long-time exhibitor at Breakbulk Europe.
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