Isa was built in 1999, is 655 feet long and flies the flag of Cyprus

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The Isa was built in Chiba, Japan in 1999. The ship is largely operated by computers, such as an alarm system that checks parameters from over 800 points on the ship. It is impossible to miss the alarm when one of those parameters moves out of its intended range. There are six self-cleaning cargo holds. Like many lakers that come to Duluth, the ship has a bow thruster that allows the ship to be navigated to each side, a benefit when trying to bring the ship into a berth. (See bottom for detail about her launch and her first trip to Duluth.)
Above and below, the Isa comes under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge on June 25, 2013 to load grain at the CHS1 terminal in Superior.
Above, she arrives Duluth to load grain at CHS1.
She leaves Duluth on September 14, 2010 with grain loaded at CHS1
Above she arrives Duluth to load grain at AGP in Duluth; below, she departs Duluth on November 12, 2007 after also loading grain at AGP.
Above, she arrives on October 31, 2004
Arriving on November 19, 2002
Arriving April 16, 2001
The Isa arrived in Duluth in early August, 1999, the year she was launched. Below is a picture of Captain Bobrowski (left) talking to local officials during a party we had on board to celebrate their first arrival in Duluth. Just below the picture is a summary of her trip from her launch in Japan to Duluth.
After some launch festivities, they stopped first in Fukuyama, where they loaded steel slabs and headed out to the Pacific Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up to Detroit. After a quick trip up to Thunder Bay to pick up some grain, they left for Casablanca. There they discharged the grain before moving over to Tunisia to pick up phosphate that they took to Politza, Poland, only a few kilometers away from the homeport of the ship, Szczecin. That is also home to Captain Bobrowski and his wife and son. Happily, they were in port for five days before heading to another Polish port to load coal for Bremen, Germany. After a short trip to Holland, they loaded steel coils and took off across the Atlantic Ocean to discharge steel in Cleveland and Chicago before moving up to Duluth.


  1. I am looking into taking one of the PZM ships out of Amsterdam to Duluth in 2012 or 2013. I am doing my research and awaiting word from the Cruise People out of London on availble berths (6 are available on each of the 5 PZM ships). It is a bucket list item I have wanted to complete for quite a while. I would like to see the Great Lakes system from a ship’s perspective. As a amateur photographer it would be a great adventure for a country boy from Montana.
    Bill Erhardt Helena, Mt.

  2. that has got to be the tallest ship i have ever seen!

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