Irma here for 17th trip

The Irma was launched from a shipyard in Japan on December 10, 1999. Above, she is arriving in Duluth 10 months later. I was so excited to visit the brand new ship that I took a lot of pictures, including this close-up of the ship’s new whistle (inset), complete with a green button to get it going. On her 2nd trip here, in August, 2000, she loaded steel coils in Europe that were discharged in Cleveland and Burns Harbor before coming to Duluth. Most cargo ships that come to Duluth to load grain have discharged another cargo in a couple Great Lakes port before arriving. Sometimes, Duluth is the port where the last piece of inbound cargo is discharged although not on the trip she is making to Duluth November, 2010. As she always has, she will load grain here.

Irma departs Duluth with grain

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The Polish operated Irma, seen above leaving port in May, 2002, came in at 8 am on Monday after spending a day or so at anchor off the Duluth piers. It is the 8th visit to the Twin Ports for the 655 foot long freighter that was built in 2000. It is now loading durum wheat most likely brought here from North Dakota. When they complete loading the wheat, probably later today, they will depart the port for Algeria where the wheat is often used to make couscous, a dish that can include a variety of other ingredients including lamb, beef and vegetables.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-09-2008

Polish flagged Irma here for 12th trip

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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

Irma

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The Irma was expected to arrive off the Duluth piers last night and drop anchor, waiting to come in Monday morning to load both spring and durum wheat. It will then take the cargo to Morocco. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it was built in 2000 and makes heavy use of computers. The ship uses an unmanned engine room, although an alarm will sound in the Chief Engineer’s room if a human is needed. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 07-23-2006

Irma has four sisters

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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

Irma exits Duluth canal

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The Irma will be here today for the 9th time since it was built in 2000 in Japan. This is the 2nd trip this year. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it carried a crew of 20 on a recent trip here, all from Poland. Picture above taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-07-2004

Irma loading grain today

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The Irma is here loading grain and should depart today. Owned and operated by the Polish Steamship Company, it was built in 2000 and makes heavy use of computers. The ship uses an unmanned engine room, although an alarm will sound in the Chief Engineer’s room if a human is needed. Photo taken May 29, 2002.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 05-28-2004