TMA Logistics, Van der Vlist and Port of Amsterdam work together on large wind turbine blade transport – VIDEO

In July 2023, with the help of a convoy of trucks, wind turbine blades with a total transport length of about 95 meters per truck were transported in the Amsterdam port area. A collaboration between TMA Logistics, Van der Vlist and Port of Amsterdam ensured a succesful operation.

For Port of Amsterdam, good logistical accessibility ensures quick processing of existing activities, as well as cargo flows of the future, such as wind turbine components.

Allard Klinkers, Commercial manager at Port of Amsterdam: “The longest wind turbine blades that are being used in this country at this moment, had to be transported to the Flevopolder. These blades are almost 85m long, and to be able to transport them, a 95m long convoy of trucks was necessary. It was quite the undertaking to go on the road with these trucks, as well as making bends and going over roundabouts. Thankfully, we are prepared for these types of special transports. Roads and roundabouts are strategically designed, so the transport of long objects is made possible.

Unfortunately, the lamp posts at the entryway to the highway had to be moved to be able to make the bend. Van der Vlist made this possible, in cooperation with TMA Logistics and Port of Amsterdam.”

Allard: “Very important. The Amsterdam port are is positioned strategically for wind at sea, as well as wind on land, and wind in the Ijsselmeer. Because of the excellent logistical accessibility (through water, railroads, and roads), I see huge possibilities for the growth of on- and off-shore wind industry within the Amsterdam port area.”

Pieter Boer, Managing Director at Van der Vlist: “What makes it special is the length of the blades. Also, they act as part of the trailer during the transportation. Every turbine consists of about 13 special transports. Some parts are so big we have to transport them multimodally, because of the restrictions of the road network. We ship them to the Flevokusthaven, where we unload them with our own Reach Stackers and transport them with special trailers to the site. The past one and a half years, we have transported some 200 big wind turbine generators that way, through the port of Amsterdam and through our own terminal in Moerdijk to the Flevopolder.

These turbine blades were destined for Windplan Groen in the Flevopolder. But we also transport a lot of turbines to multiple destinations in the Benelux, Germany, and France.”

Willem Mantel, General Manager at TMA Logistics: ”The collaboration with Port of Amsterdam was excellent. Mainly because they see the importance of making or keeping the port accessible through all modalities. Through the adjustments we have made together, TMA Logistics is the current terminal for land turbines.” Source: Port of Amsterdam

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