Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80 Welcomes Freighter Carrying Wind Turbines

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Contact:   Jim Maloney,
Port of San Francisco
San Francisco, August 2, 2011 - 
The Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80 Omni Terminal welcomed the M/V Star Hansa carrying wind turbine components for San Leandro, California-based Halus Power Systems.  Halus imported wind tower sections, blades, nacelles, hubs and other parts for three complete wind turbines, which were purchased from a windfarm in Germany.  The parts moved both breakbulk and containerized, in flatrack and open-top containers that  were offloaded using the Port’s gantry cranes.

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“The Port is pleased to assist with the logistical needs of Halus Power Systems,” stated Port Maritime Director Peter Dailey.
“It is good to see a company like Halus providing renewable energy manufacturing jobs right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

The wind turbines will be remanufactured at Halus Power Systems’ San Leandro plant near Oakland.  One has already been sold to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Ohio; another will be installed at a farm near Ellensburg, Washington.  Company founder and general director Louis Rigaud indicates the 0.5-megawatt windmills were considered state-of-the-art and the largest in the world in the mid-1990s.  “Today the standard is 2-3 megawatt wind turbines at the large industrial windfarms.  The older models are being cleared out of windfarms in Germany and Denmark to make way for the newer models, but the older models are still more than adequate for smaller-scale users such as businesses and large farms.”  Halus employs a staff of ten and recently relocated to a larger San Leandro plant after outgrowing their nearby Hayward facility.

METRO PORTSPier 80, operated by Metro Ports, is a 70-acre facility that includes over nine acres of covered storage.  The Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80 is the only marine terminal in Northern California able to handle containers, breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes simultaneously.  In addition to the Halus Power Systems cargoes, the Star Hansa also discharged sheet pile and other steel products.

Grieg Star Shipping, owner of the m/v Star Hansa, is engaged in breakbulk shipping trades serving North America, the Far East, Europe and South America.  They are headquartered in Bergen, Norway.

The Port of San Francisco, an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees a broad range of commercial, maritime and public access facilities along the City's waterfront that are held in public trust for the people of California.


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