Wind turbine blades could be beginning of Saginaw River as a cargo port

BAY CITY, MI — When the 450-foot Happy Ranger freighter made its way into the Saginaw River on May 6, it marked the ninth vessel passage for this year's shipping season.

But the freighter's voyage that day was more than just a number. It marked the first time in a couple of years that cargo — wind turbine blades from the Netherlands slated for installation in the Thumb in the coming month — was shipped on the river.  A majority of the river's shipping traffic has traditionally been dominated by the delivery of domestic construction and housing industry bulk materials.

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