Marasia's ensigh by A. Mantilla


Maresme - Marasia Calendar
She was built in Astilleros Españoles at Sevilla, with the 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 - Photo supplied by 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 147.43 mtr      Beam 22.84 mtr      Depth 13.52 mtr
Upper draft 10.2mtr     Lower draft 8.2 mtr
6,592 NRT       10,964 GRT      16,000 DWT
Propulsion: Diesel engine Sulzer 6RND68 - 9,900 HP - 6 Cylinders - 680 mm bore
Sea trial speed: 17.25 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 121 on deck)
                                        570 cubic meters reefer cargo
                                        558 cubic meters liquid cargo
Loading devices:       1 Stulken derrick of 75 MT for holds 2 and 3
                                   10 derricks of 5 MT for holds 1, 2 y 3
                                     1 crane of 5 MT for hold 4

Supplied by 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 A. Assiego

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

Maresme by V. Díez García
This and the next two were shot at Ilo (Perú) 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".

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.

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

Maresme - Supplied by 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. This 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 on fifth place, I believe that there were only five teams.

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

Maresme - Supplied by J. Martí Mallofré

Maresme - Supplied by 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 y Emporda - Watercolour by R. Hernández
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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