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to exceed


market is e xpect ed $160 billion by


2026, up from $93 billion in 2019. The compound annual growth rate from this year to 2026 is forecast at 8.4%, the report said. The actual turbine itself growing,


is too. Blades are


stretching longer than 720 feet, up from their standard commercial length of nearly 300 feet in 2010, according to the Global Wind Energy Council; Chipolbrok Pacific’s Taiwan voyage ferried blades measuring about 203 feet long. Although the industry saw


a 12% decline from 2019 to this year, the drop is attributed to “project delays rather than cancellations,” with a recovery in wind-energy projects expected next year, the International Energy Agency said. And that’s l just a look


at wind energy’s power blowing through the brutally competitive breakbulk sector. Dan Cipolli, Senior


Manager, Breakbulk Sales for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean, anticipates an upswing in breakbulk, project cargo and ro/ro demand due, in part, to coronavirus-delayed projects. He added: “Activity from small project forwarders


Issue 7 2020 - FBJNA


“We’re back to where we were pre-COVID and optimistic in our viewgoing forward.” -- Robert J. Willman, ACL, North America.


was high throughout the COVID crisis, though some new projects may have been delayed, most projects currently in the pipeline continued throughout this period.” While Cipolli acknowledged


a dent in the upstream market, 4Q forecasts look “slightly better,” with the three-to-five- year outlook looking “very strong,” along with better- than-expected volumes in oil and gas-related supplies, he said. Paul Pathy, President and


CEO of FedNav Ltd., Canada’s largest bulk maritime shipping company, told a global webinar in September that he sees some sector stability ahead, as well—as long as the pandemic doesn’t sink global commodities’ supply and demand. “The good news is that, as


it turns out, bulk shipping is a pretty COVUD-friendly system because nobody really touches anything,” he said. “You have an industry


ACL handles it all, including ’copters. (ACL photo.)


where things get taken out of the ground by a machine and then put on a rail or a truck or something by a machine and then taken to a port by a machine and loaded by a machine.”


Vessels Take Wind


Transport machines change, too—sometimes evolving back to the future. Look at Oceanbird,


the sleek


13 new Wallenius


Wilhelmsen vessel that returns to centuries-old wind power. Unveiled in September, the ship boats five wing-sails that tower, coincidentally, the length of a standard wind- turbine


blade. The vessel,


with a capacity for some 7,000 vehicles, boasts 90% lower emissions than a diesel engine. Yet another new ship,


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