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Industry partners forge safety alliance at the Port of Esbjerg

Siemens Gamesa, MHI Vestas, Blue Water Shipping, the Dockers Union, and Port Esbjerg have come together to in an effort to improve safety within the Port of Esbjerg.

The industry partners at the Port of Esbjerg observed and reported near miss situations at one of the intersections, and the parties consequently agreed to asphalt the intersection with a layer of red asphalt to warn drivers. In addition, they also decided to call out for a pledge for safety in port operations and for increased awareness.

More than half of the offshore wind farms in Europe have been shipped via the Port of Esbjerg. Loading and unloading of major components is everyday business for the equipment manufacturers, stevedores and dock workers, while traffic with trailers, trucks, reach stackers and other handling equipment is busy and the aspect of road safety is added to the complexity of safety within the port.

The ports, where much of the operation is going on, are busy environments with numerous activities moving both conventional and specialized cargo. The pre-assembly and port operations for newer turbines are recognised to entail even more activity and much larger components.

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