Marasia's ensigh by A. Mantilla


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She was built in Astilleros Españoles at Sevilla, with the yard number 211, and was the first new building of Marasia, few month later joined by her sister ship Emporda". She was delivered to Marasia on 25 October 1978.
Maresme - Collection E. Rodríguez Plá
This photo shows the reception after the delivery. The Spanish wine was served in the Officers Day and Mess Rooms. On it are: Josan (Radio Officer), maybe Juan Romero (2nd Engineer), not identified, not identified, Francisco Ferrer (3th. Engineer), Barreda (from the shipyard), Eusebio Rodríguez Plá (1st Engineer) and Javier Rodríguez Fuejo (Deck Officer).

Maresme by Fotoflite
Her main specifications were:
Length:: 147.4 mtr   -  Breadth: 22.8 mtr   -  Depth: 13.5 mtr
Maximum draft: 10.2 mtr  -  Shelter draft: 8.2 mtr
6,592 NRT   -   10,964 GRT  -   16,318 DWT
Propulsion: Diesel engine Sulzer 6RND68 - 9,900 HP - 6 Cylinders - 680 mm bore
Sea trial speed: 17.3 knots
Maresme by Fotoflite
Reinforced for heavy cargo  -  4 holds  -  6 tweendecks  -  4 hatchways
Cargo capacity:       21,370 cubic meters grain
                                 19,651 cubic meters bale
                                      298 teus (186 in holds and 122 on deck)
                                      558 cubic meters liquid cargo
                                      570 cubic meters reefer cargo
Loading equipment:         1 Stülcken derrick of 75 MT for holds 2 and 3
                                       10 derricks of 5 MT for holds 1, 2 and 3
                                         1 crane of 5 MT for hold 4

Collection J.J. Alcaraz
This triptych was the official advertisment in Chile during her inaugural trip

Maresme by J.M. Blanquez
During her first years her hull was painted grey and green, the Marasia's traditional colours, but later was painted black and red due to economical reasons.
Maresme by F. Estrañi

Maresme by A. Assiego
Berthed at Malaga, pier n. 7
Maresme by A. Assiego

Maresme - Collection M. Rodríguez Aguilar
Maybe this photo was shot at Buenaventura, or a similar place.

Maresme by V. Díez García
This and the next three were shot at Ilo (Peru) and is together with her sister Emporda. They were shot in the middle 80's, when the company had only these two vessels.
Maresme by V. Díez García
That coincided side by side in the Ilo's jetty, where only two ships can berth. There was at least once more time with such a coincidence.
Maresme por V. Díez García
Due to the swell, because the jetty was open to the Pacific, the shore supplied special gangways were going up and down hanging from a derrick. On the middle photo one of the gangways is several meters high.
Maresme by V. Díez García
The vessel on the right is the Maresme, much more loaded than the Emporda.
Maresme por V. Díez García
Other port coincidence happened at Buenaventura (Colombia). The Emporda was by the forward, and the Stülcken boom working.

Since 1984 joined the consortium Eurosal and changed her usual line, from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal to South America West Coast, sailing instead from Center and North Europe to South America West Coast.
Maipo por V. Díez García
Maipo, owned by Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores. The four container carriers built for the line had the same specifications.

Maresme by A. Mantilla
When in the 1987 summer was seized by the Banco de Credito Industrial was several months at anchor in Santander (Spain), where this photo was shot, and in November was delivered to the Sociedad de Gestión de Buques, when this company got the job of shattering the Spanish merchant fleet.
For a few months, starting on January 1988, she sailed under SGB control till she was undersold to Lexmar International on August same year.
Then changed her name to Lux Raven and on December changed again her name to Gill, what was kept to the scrapyard.
After sold was usually trading in Asia and Africa, but the last trip took her to ports where she frequently called with Marasia, as Bilbao (Spain) where was on August 2000, and Buenaventura (Colombia) where was on September same year.
As Lux Raven was registered in Vanautu and as Gill in Cyprus (from December 1988 to March 1992), Panama (March-June 1992) and Saint Vicent and Grenadines (since June 1992).
She arrived to Chittagong beaches, in Bangladesh, on January 2001 to be scrapped.

Maresme por V. García
In this photo can be seen arriving to Santander, several years before her last arrival. It was quite normal that it was the first port coming from America, so she used to enter fully loaded.

Maresme by V. García
Berthed at a indeterminated center or north European port. It was very common berthing at the cities downtown.

Maresme by M. Berger
During the years with Marasia she passed many times the Panama Canal. This photo was shot close to Balboa, that is at the inlet to the Canal from the Pacific.
Maresme by M. Berger
This is at the other end of the Canal, at Cristóbal, the inlet from the Caribe.
Maresme by M. Berger
And this is at other of the ports where she called now and again, the Puerto Marítimo de Guayaquil.

Maresme - Collection J. Martí Mallofré
After the integration in Eurosal one of the usual ports in Europe was Hamburg. On September 1985 the annual drydock was carried out there, and there was time for playing football matches. The upper photo was in a match against the Soviets, that we lost. On previous Saturday we played a minichampionship. Our adversaries were a Soviet and an Hindu teams. We finished in fifth place, I believe that there were only five teams.
Maresme - Collection  A. Mantilla

Maresme - Collection J. Martí Mallofré
Allision on 1984 with the pier at Valencia
Maresme - Collection J. Martí Mallofré

Maresme por V. Díez García
At Valparaíso (Chile) watching her sister ship Emporda departure.
Maresme por V. Díez García
Following the maneouver the Emporda was already speeding up, helped by a tug to get free of the breakwater.

Maresme por V. Díez García
She passed the Panama Canal each trip. Arriving from the Pacific, with the Bridge of the Americas on the background.
Maresme por V. Díez García
The Pedro Miguel lock view through the masts
Maresme por V. Díez García
Sailing through the Culebra Cut
Maresme por V. Díez García
Night view of a lock

Maresme - Collection J. Martí Mallofré
Enjoying a drink at Willemstad (Curaçao) whilst the ship was bunkering. Joan Martí Mallofré (Third Officer) - José María Iglesias (Donkeyman) - José Ramón Moragrega Deusdat (Electrician).

Maresme and Emporda - Watercolour by R. Hernández
The two sister vessels passing by in any port, what happenend several times in the real life.

Drawing by A. Mantilla
Access to the Emporda or Maresme very detailed drawing.

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