Marasia's ensigh by A. Mantilla


Emporda by J.M. Blanquez
She was built in Astilleros Españoles at Sevilla with the numer 212, following her sister ship Maresme, and was delivered to Marasia on 8 January 1979.
Emporda by A. Assiego
Her hull was grey and green, Marasia's traditional colours, but few years later was changed to black and red. This photo was shot at Málaga on 9 January 1984.

Emporda - Collection M. Rodríguez Aguilar

Emporda by A. Mantilla
On this and next photos we can see the Emporda rolling when coming in to Antofagasta (Chile).
Due to the swell, which is usual for some months, and that to get into the port is needed to take it from the side, is normal the heavy rolling until getting protection from the breakwater.
On the third photo, shot from the breakwater, the Emporda is berthed at Antofagasta with the town in the background, but the downtown is just to the left.

Emporda by A. Mantilla
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: 17.8 knots
Emporda by A. Mantilla
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
Maresme por V. Díez García
Leaving Valparaíso (Chile), in a photo shot from her sister ship Maresme.
Maresme por V. Díez García
Already speeding up, helped by a tug to get free of the breakwater.

Emporda por V. Díez García
At Ilo (Peru) together with the Maresme, what happened more than a time.
Emporda por V. Díez García
Both berthed to the Southern Peru Copper Corporation jetty, for loading copper. Some times also was discharged some containers or general cargo.
Emporda por V. Díez García
The jetty was fully opened to the Pacific, so when there was swell the ships were swinging.
Emporda por V. Díez García
This call the Emporda was to the right, opposite to the call viewed in the Maresme page.
Emporda por V. Díez García
Departure yet in the dawn, with the Maresme going astern leaving the pier.

Emporda by V. Díez García
During all her life in Marasia she was in the line from Italy, France, Spain and Portugal to the South America West Coast, except one trip to Africa and other to Nicaragua and scattered calls in another ports, as Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) or Mersin (Turkey).
Emporda by V. Díez García
On this and previous photo she was in the Pacific, sailing northbound along the South American coast. The photos were taken from her sister Maresme, that was sailing in opposite course.
When in 1987 summer was seized by the Banco de Crédito Industrial she was several months at San Carlos de la Rápita (Spain), and on November the Sociedad de Gestión de Buques took over her.
For a few months she sailed under SGB management until she was undersold to Lexmar International on August 1988.

Emporda by A. Mantilla
A bad weather day, from the First Engineer cabin.

Emporda by M Berger

Yacu Runa by O. Iturriaga
Then was renamed Lux Harrier, and registered in Vanautu. After she had many names, unlike her sister ship Maresme.
In February 1989 changed her name to Spire (Vanautu), and in Noviembre same year to Perla (Vanautu). In December 1990 changed to Perla One, and this time also the flag to Cyprus. In September 1994 changed the flag to Malta, on 3rd to Cyprus again, and on 4rd to Malta.
In March 1995 changed again her name, this time to Cosmos, registered in Cyprus.

Yacu Runa by O. Iturriaga
On April 1996 was bought by Peruvian owners and renamed Yacu Runa, registered in Bahamas, and on 1st/January/1997 changed her flag to Perú, without changing name.

Yacu Runa by O. Iturriaga
This and the two previous photos show her as Yacu Runa, anchored at Iquitos (Perú) loading and discharging.
She has been in the line between Iquitos and United States, sailing up and down the Amazon River for almost two weeks to reach this Peruvian port situated almost in the Pacific coast.

Yacu Runa by O. Iturriaga
She has also often called in the Peruvian ports in the Pacific coast, which were visited every three months in her Marasia's time.
On this photo, shot the same day at Iquitos, is shown what was my office when I was sailing on this ship, without big changes from that time.

Yacu Runa by O. Iturriaga
The map showing the Marasia's lines was yet in one of the office's walls.
On 2001 was registered in Panamá and changed her name to Huaylas, but her owners were also Peruvian. On 2003 was sold for scrapping in China.

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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