Marasia's ensigh by A. Mantilla


Rio Umia by T. Diedrich
She was built as Rio Umia for Naviera Compostela. 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 - Photo library of  M. Rodríguez Aguilar
On this photo she was in Port Said (Egypt), on August 1965, waiting for transiting the Suez Canal.

Indico by J.M. Blanquez
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
Her main specifications were:
Length 105.9 mtr      Beam 14.8 mtr      Depth 9.25 mtr     Draft 6.41 mtr
1,483 NRT       3,169 GRT      7,165 MT Displacement       4,358 MT Load      5,010 DWT

Indico - Photo supplied by J.B. Buades
Propulsion: Diesel engine Burmeister & Wain - 2,870 HP - 5 Cylinders x 500 mm bore x 900 mm stroke
Consumption: 14 MT/day gasoil
2 Auxiliary engines MTM (Maquinista Terrestre y Marítima) - 200 KW - 220 VCC
Bunker capacity: 350 MT
Sea trial speed: 14 knots
The original auxiliary engines were ASTANO, but their performance and maintenance were very bad. On 1965 they were changed to MTM.
On these photos can be seen the Engine Room

Indico - Photo library of J.J. Alcaraz

Indico - Photo supplied by J.B. Buades
This photo was shot in Durban (South Africa). Her usual trips were for many years to West and/or East Africa.
The three previous photos were shot at Santander, and the next at Capetown (South Africa).

Indico by A. Mantilla
On 1981 was sold to a Turkish company and was renamed as Dico under Panamá flag. On 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.

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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