Marasia's ensigh by A. Mantilla


Rio Umia by T. Diedrich
She was built as Rio Umia for Naviera Compostela, name that she had in this photo. She was the first vessel built by Astilleros y Talleres del Noroeste, ASTANO, at Fene-El Ferrol (Spain) with more than 100 meters lenght. She had two engines MAN M9V40/46, which were belonging before to the German submarine U-167 (type IX), sank by British planes on 05/04/1943 close to Canary Islands.

Made by J.J. Alcaraz
All the vessel data, consolidated by J.J. Alcaraz
Made by J.J. Alcaraz

Indico - Collection  M. Rodríguez Aguilar
On this photo she was in Port Said (Egypt), on August 1965, waiting for transiting the Suez Canal.

Indico by F. Estrañi
The ship was sailing during one year (1962) with these engines, but the perfomance was very poor and when was bought by Marasia and renamed Indico, on 1964, the main engine was already changed to one Burmeister & Wain engine with 2,870 HP, and the full loaded vessel was getting 12 knots in good sea conditions.

Indico by T. Diedrich

Indico by T. Diedrich
The three previous photos were shot at Santander

Her main specifications were:
Length: 110.0 mtr  -  Breadth: 14.8 mtr  -  Depth: 9.3 mtr  -  Máximum draft: 6.4 mtr
5,010 DWT  -  4,358 MT Load  -   7,165 MT Displacement  -  3,169 GRT  -  1,483 NRT
Propulsion: Diesel engine Burmeister & Wain 550-VBF-90 - 2,870 HP - 5 Cylinders x 500 mm bore x 900 mm stroke
Propulsion until 1963: 2 MAN M9V40/46 engines - 3,200 H.P. from the German submarine U-167
Consumption: 14 MT/day gasoil - Bunker capacity: 350 MT - Sea trial speed: 14 knots
2 Auxiliary engines MTM (Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima) - 200 kW + 1 Deutz - 220 VDC
The original auxiliary engines were ASTANO, but their performance and maintenance were very bad. On 1965 they were changed to MTM.

Indico - Collection J.B. Buades

Engine Room photos
On these photos can be seen the Engine Room

Indico - Collection J.J. Alcaraz

Indico - Collection J.B. Buades
This photo was shot in Durban (South Africa). Her usual trips were for many years to West and/or East Africa.

Indico - Collection A. Sánchez
This metope, property of Añaterve Sánchez who was Captain in Marasia, recalls the first circumnavigation of Africa by a vessel of Marasia, which the same ship repeated more times.

Indico - V. Díez García
And here we see the drafts of the excerpts from that voyage, which was clockwise.
Indico - V. Díez García
It can be seen that the average speed of each leg rarely exceeded 11 knots.

Indico by A. Mantilla
Here she is seen in Cape Town (South Africa) on the circumnavigation voyage 5-78-SA. She was sold in 1981 to a Turkish company that renamed her Dico under Panama flag. In 1984 she was sold and reflagged to the United Arab Emirates under the name of World Hope. She was scrapped that same year.

Indico - V. Díez García
The above photo was shot during the voyage 5-78-SA, to which correspond these drafts of the extracts of that trip, which was in this case counter-clockwise.
Indico - V. Díez García
It can be seen that in that voyage the average speed only in a few legs passed 10 knots. The Durban-Tamatave leg is remarkable, because the average speed was 7.7 knots. It was due to the strong wind passing Cape Santa Maria in southern Madagascar.

Indico - V. Díez García
That same year she made another voyage to Africa, the 7-78-SA only to East Africa, to which correspond these draft extracts.
Indico - V. Díez García
As can be seen, on this voyage the average speed of each leg only in few cases passed 10 knots.

Indico by A. Mantilla
This photo shows her at Capetown (South Africa) during a circumnavigation trip. In 1981 she was sold to a Turkish company and was renamed as Dico under Panamá flag. In 1984 was sold again and registered in United Arabs Emirates and renamed World Hope. She was scrapped in the same year.

Vulcano - Collection C. Kleiss
Many times she was at Vulcano shipyard, in Barcelona. After the coaster is the Ciudad de Barcelona, followed by the Campogris, and then the Maria Luisa Velasco. Behind her was the Indico. After there was one of the sister ships Almaden, Almazan, Alcala or Alberique. On the backgroung to the left is the Ciudad de Cadiz on a floating drydock, to the right the Ciudad de Algeciras or Ciudad de Ceuta on other.

Indico - Watercolor from R. Hernandez
This watercolor shows her made fast to bouys at an African river, with two barges at the side for loading/unloading.

Photos Indico (1)
To remember the old times, not too many years ago, when the life at sea was completely different I have included three pages with very interesting photos.

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