From Trieste, Italy to L’Anse: Power plant generating engines on the way

HEADING TO L’ANSE–The 440-foot heavy-lift cargo ship “Palabora” left Italy May 1 for its ultimate destination, L’Anse. It is expected at the CertainTeed dock by the end of May. Palabora is bringing 10 generating engines for UMERC power plants in Pelkie and Negaunee. A major operation to truck three engines to Pelkie and seven to Negaunee will take place from L’Anse in July.

by Barry Drue
An international effort is underway to transport 10 huge natural gas electrical generating engines to L’Anse. The 440-foot international heavy lift cargo ship Palabora left Italy May 1, 2018, with the engines and is expected to land at the dredged CertainTeed dock by the end of May. The site marine.traffic. com showed the vessel’s most recent stop was Puerto de Vigo, Spain, last Friday, May 11, 2018. The Wartsila Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) are destined for two power plants under construction by Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp (UMERC). Three of the 325-ton engines will be delivered to the A.J. Mihn Generating Station on Sarya Road in Pelkie. The other seven will be trucked from L’Anse to a new UMERC power plant in Negaunee. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.