Miedwie completes Great Lakes maiden voyage to load grain in Duluth-Superior

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Miedwie completes Great Lakes maiden voyage to load grain in Duluth-Superior

Duluth, Minn., U.S.A. - Members of the maritime community in the Port of Duluth-Superior celebrated with representatives from Polsteam USA, Inc., the arrival of the Miedwie, marking the completion of her maiden voyage on the Great Lakes and the launch of a fifth generation of Polish steamships serving the heartland of North America. Coupled with a dramatic increase in grain exports this year, Polsteam's ongoing commitment to Great Lakes service provided cause for celebration. The fleet's current Great Lakes flagship, the Isa, was also here in Port yesterday loading grain at CHS in Superior.  

Miedwie enters Port of Duluth-Superior beneath Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge     21:16  Saturday  11 September 2010   

Reception abaord Miedwie Photo (L-R): Bartosz Misztal, Operations Manager, Polsteam USA, Inc.; Adolph Ojard, Executive Director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority;  Piotr Cichocki, Posteam USA, Inc. president; Chuck Hilleren, Guthrie-Hubner; and Tamasz Molenda, Captain of the Miedwie.

BACKGROUND INFO about the Miedwie & Polsteam USA:  The Miedwie arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, marking the last leg of what had been her maiden voyage through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.  Several local maritime industry representatives attended a reception Monday on the bridge of the ship while she was docked/loading durum wheat at Gavilon Grain in Superior, Wis.

The event was hosted by two executives from Polsteam USA, Inc. (Piotr Cichocki, president, and Bartosz Misztal, Operations Manager) to celebrate the Miedwie's arrival and the steamship company's long-standing tradition of service on the Great Lakes. This new vessel will soon become its flagship, marking the start of a fifth generation of Polsteam vessels to serve this inland waterway over the past 40+ years.

Built in the Mingde shipyard in Nantong, China, near Shanghai, the Miedwie was launched in March 2010 and is the first ship in a series of eight (8) new vessels, ordered by Polsteam USA for Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway service. All eight will be named after lakes in Poland in recognition of their service on the Lakes here in North America.

Captained by Tamasz Molenda, the 623-foot, Bahamian-flag 30,000-ton vessel  entered the St. Lawrence Seaway at the end of August and has made stops to discharge steel at several ports along the Great Lakes (i.e. Cleveland, Indiana-Burns Harbor and Milwaukee) en route to the Port of Duluth-Superior. The ship loaded approximately 20,000 metric tons of durum wheat at Gavilon Grain and will top-off along the Seaway en route to Italy (for pasta-making). Local vessel agent is Guthrie Hubner.

Polsteam, the largest Polish ship owner and one of the largest in Europe, operates 75 ships, including 67 bulk carriers, four sulfur carriers and four ferries.  The company has announced plans to build 34 new bulk cargo carriers by 2015. 

Additional background provided below, in addition to links to stories that appeared in local media surrounding yesterday's event:  

New Ship Gives Grain Industry Hope

Maiden Voyage for the Miedwie

Ship Celebrates Maiden Voyage in the Twin Ports

Ship Traffic for Sept. 13



For more information:  Adele Yorde, PR Manager, Duluth Seaway Port Authority 218.727.8525





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