Irma has four sisters

Today, we will have twin sisters from Poland passing each other. The Iryda will be arriving to load spring wheat for Antwerp, Belgium while the Irma (above) will be departing Duluth with spring wheat and peas for Barcelona, Spain. Launched in 1999, the Iryda is one year older than the Irma. Both ships are 655 feet long, 77 feet wide and each can carry 34,949 tons of cargo. There are 3 more sisters, all the same size: the Isa, Isadora and the Isolda. Together, they have been to the Twin Ports a total of 46 times since 1999. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-14-2005
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