Federal Oshima looks nice with South Pier Light

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The Federal Oshima came into port last Friday (above) and is expected to depart today taking wheat to Naples. The Ziemia Cieszynska may also depart, taking soy beans to Northern Europe. The Ypermachos is expected to finally come into port this morning from the outside anchorage, probably around 8 am. This is the former Socrates so if you are down by the ship canal when it comes in, look closely at the name plate on the side of the ship. The raised letters of Socrates are visible. Three thousand footers will be loading coal at Midwest Energy Resources, but there may be a line since only one can load at a time. Photo taken on November 24, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2007

Federal Oshima

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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

Federal Oshima here to load grain

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The Federal Oshima will be here today to load grain. 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. The ship’s straight sides also enable it to carry packaged cargo.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/18/2005