Federal Oshima

The Federal Oshima has been in port since Monday evening, loading soy beans and spring wheat at the AGP terminal in Duluth. It should depart sometime this afternoon, taking that cargo to Antwerp, Belgium. Built in 1999 in Japan, it is 629 feet long, a little over 77 feet wide and bright red. It is built for easier passage through ice, which will be helpful as it moves through the Seaway system in mid-December. The flared bow improves the performance on the ocean and the straight sides enable it to carry packaged cargo as well as the bulk cargo it is loading now.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-14-2006
Kenneth Newhams :