SS Badger extends season to transport wind turbines
Caroline MacGregor October 1, 2012 | WGVU
Badger transports passengers daily between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Ferry
services were scheduled to wrap up on October 14th but passengers can now travel
between Ludington and Manitowoc through November 2nd for a 40 percent
discount. On its website, the ferry line talks about the proliferation of wind
power in the Midwest that has resulted in economic opportunities including the
transportation of wind tower components.
Badger will transport 60 extra wind turbine tower sections this year as part of
an agreement with General Electric. The Badger has transported more than 300
over-sized wind turbine part loads this year. Ludington's mayor, John Henderson, calls the extension of the Badger's sailing season evidence
of its role in Michigan’s industrial economy and tourism industry.
And, as the
subject of renewable energy heats up, efforts to stop the Badger from dumping
coal ash into Lake Michigan continues with opponents calling for the EPA to ban the practice next year. The Badger is
considering alternatives including conversion of the ship to compressed natural
gas instead of coal.
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