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Cux Rotra VenteSiemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has now fully implemented its offshore logistics concept announced in late 2015: After the establishment of a blade plant in the harbour of Hull, England in 2016 and the opening of a nacelle factory in Cuxhaven, Germany in 2017, the company eliminated road transportation of large and heavy wind turbine components from factories to installation harbours.

With the first load of nacelles shipped from Cuxhaven to the Belgian offshore wind power plant Rentel on the purpose-built transport ship Rotra Vente, SGRE’s rolled on and off (Ro/Ro) logistics concept is now fully functional.

The two special transport vessels, each with a length of approximately 140 meters, are operated by deugro Danmark exclusively for SGRE. The Rotra Vente, which has now been loaded in Cuxhaven can transport eight nacelles of the current Siemens Gamesa Direct Drive wind turbine at a time. The second vessel, the Rotra Mare, accommodates three complete wind turbine towers of three sections each or up to 12 rotor blades and transports them from the production facility in Hull, England, or from Aalborg, Denmark, to the respective installation port. Both vessels can also be unloaded by crane if required.

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