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First foreign ship of the year docks at Port of Indiana

Cranes unload steel coils from MV IsadorPort Indian-Burns Harbor Tuesday April 10 2012. The Isardorcarrying approximately 10000 tons steel traveled

Cranes unload steel coils from the MV Isadora at the Port of Indiana -Burns Harbor Tuesday April 10, 2012. The Isardora, carrying approximately 10,000 tons of steel, traveled from Ijmuiden, Netherlands, to become Indiana's first international ship of 2012. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 12, 2012 8:13AM



The first ocean going ship of the year, MV Isadora, docked at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on Friday night with a load of steel coils. To commemorate the start of the 2012 shipping season, Port Director Peter Laman presented ship Capt. Zdzislaw Iwanowski with a steel stein.

According to a statement issued by the port, the steel stein symbolizes the steel industry of Northwest Indiana. Sixteen steel-related companies are located at the port.

“The first ship signifies the start of the international shipping season,” said Laman. “We are looking forward to a solid shipping season in 2012.” The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. projects a 3 percent increase in shipments for 2012.

The port is open year-round to river barges and Great Lakes shipments but winter ice generally closes the St. Lawrence Seaway and upper Great Lakes to international shipments. The St. Lawrence Seaway opened for international shipping this year on March 22.

The Isadora traveled from the port of Ijmuiden, Netherlands, and called at Cleveland prior to arriving in Northwest Indiana. Because of the Easter holiday, unloading of the approximately 10,000 tons of steel coils began on Monday and continued on Tuesday, said Federal Marine Terminals general manager Victor Klancer, the stevedoring company conducting the unloading operations.

After unloading its steel cargo, the Isadora will travel to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior and take on a load of 22,000 tons of wheat destined for Italy, according to Iwanowski. And after that, it’s anybody’s guess; “We travel the whole world,” said Iwanowski.

The 35,600-ton MV Isadora is owned and operated by PZM (Polska Zegluga Morska) Polish Steamship Co. of Szczecin, Poland, and flagged in the Republic of Cyprus.



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