Polish flagged Irma here for 12th trip

The Polish owned and operated Irma will be here today for the 12th time since it was built in 2000 in Japan. It only made one trip in 2005 and only one in 2006. The ship has 6 regular cargo holds and it will be filling each hold with a different grain on this trip. Usually a ship will load only one type of grain, or perhaps two. The Irma is a modern ship with a lot of computer controlled activities. The engine room is unmanned, although an alarm system will activate when a computer detects a problem needing human intervention. It usually carries a crew of 20, on past trips, all from Poland. Above, it is departing Duluth after loading grain in May, 2002. You can see 3 onboard cranes that are used for handling cargo, although they are not usually used when the ship is in the Twin Ports.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-23-2007
Kenneth Newhams :