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First Ship Ceremony Welcomes the Federal Weser

First Ship Ceremony aboard the Federal Weser First Ship Ceremony aboard the Federal Weser |  Photo: Courtesy: Terry White

Updated: April 16, 2018 06:06 PM

Superior Mayor Jim Paine officially welcomed Captain Umesh Sharma and his crew aboard the Federal Weser on Monday, during the annual First Ship Ceremony.

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The Weser sailed in on Thursday evening. She's loading grain at the CHS Terminal in Superior. All 22 crew members are from India. The port authority said they left a port in Romania, and delivered a load of steel to Sault Ste. Marie before heading here.

Many were on board to recognize the first ocean-going vessel for the season, including: US Coast Guard - MSU Duluth, several local elected officials from both Duluth and Superior, the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Ceres Terminals, National Cargo Bureau, and Daniel's Shipping Services.

Also, Visit Duluth was part of the fun, with former WDIO anchor Maarja Hewitt welcoming the crew. The organization said that 2600 people entered the First Ship Contest, and the winner was Linda Hanby, from Middleton, Wisconsin! She was only off by 19 minutes, guessing 10:05pm. The Weser sailed in at 9:46pm.

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