Swire Projects, the projects and heavy lift shipping services division of Swire Shipping, has successfully delivered a complete set of wind turbines from China to Bluff, New Zealand, for one of the world’s leading wind energy companies, Vestas.

Swire Projects Transports Complete Set Of Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm Turbines In Single Shipment

The wind energy cargo is intended for the Kaiwera Downs Wind Farm (Stage 1), which is being completed near the town of Gore in the South Island of New Zealand. It consists of a total of 10 V136 Vestas wind turbines.

Swire Projects has established itself as a reliable and experienced carrier of renewable energy cargo, and it has put together a world class transport engineering team who have the expertise to be able to identify innovative solutions for clients. In deploying its newly chartered vessel, Pacific Humility, for the transportation of this project shipment, Swire Projects was able to provide an efficient solution and ensured that all 10 wind turbines were loaded on one vessel in a single shipment.

One of three H-Class (28,500 DWT) vessels in Swire Projects’ fleet, Pacific Humility is very versatile. With three cranes of sufficient lifting strength, loading and discharge can be done efficiently, while having two or three decks to utilise allows stowage optimisation and makes it ideal for the shipment of wind turbines and other project cargoes. Complementing the dedicated planning and execution capabilities of the Swire Projects team, this showcases Swire Projects’ capability to seamlessly handle large and complex cargo requirements.

Namir Khanbabi, General Manager at Swire Projects, expressed his satisfaction with the success of this project, stating: “We are proud to have played a key role in this significant milestone project for the renewable energy industry in New Zealand and to deliver the full set of wind turbines on time and with the highest standards of safety and quality. This achievement is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our team within Swire Projects and the Swire Shipping network, who worked tirelessly to ensure the cargo’s safe delivery.”

Timo Bothmann, Senior Chartering Manager at Swire Projects, added: “We are pleased to have partnered with our key client, Vestas, in the delivery of this critical cargo. Our team’s experience and capabilities in handling large and complex renewable energy cargoes were crucial in ensuring the success of this project shipment.”

In addition to its proven track record in handling complex project cargo solutions innovatively and efficiently for its clients, Swire Projects is also committed to sustainability and safety. In March 2023, Swire Projects was awarded ABS Quality Evaluations certifications for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health Safety Management. With its commitment to delivering exceptional service with strong focus on sustainability and safety, the business continues to set the highest standard for project cargo and heavy lift solutions.