HR Maria


HR Maria was built in 1998, is 468 feet long and flies the flag of Gibraltar

Ikan Sepat
Previous names:
Maria Green: 1998-2004
BBC India: 2004-2008
Maria Green: 2008-2010
SE Viridian: 2010-2012
HR Maria: 2012-

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Above, the HR Maria is on her way to load grain at CHS in Superior on September 7, 2014.

As the BBC India

bbcindia260919-2-101Through the 2010 season,  BBC India has been to Duluth-Superior twice, once in August, 2006 when she discharged wind turbine blades and parts and again the next month when she first discharged wind turbine parts, then loaded grain. The BBC ships are managed by BBC Chartering & Logistics of Leer, Germany. The names of many ships in their fleet start with BBC. Others beside India are: Africa, Alabama, Asia, California, Denmark, Europe, Peru, North American and many more. I am sure it helps to get business in Peru if you send a ship there call the BBC Peru. It takes a little nerve, in my opinion, to name your ship after a whole continent, or even a whole state for that matter. They have them all covered, though. All, that is, except Duluth. Picture above taken Tuesday, September 19, 2006.
Picture above taken Monday, August 7, 2006: The BBC India discharges wind turbine parts
Picture above taken Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Picture above taken Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Pictures above taken in August, 2006: BBC India discharge of wind turbine parts in Duluth

As the Maria Green

The Maria Green was named after Maria Smits. Her father, Marinus Smits, who died a few years ago, was an important ship builder in Holland and one of his ships was called Maria Smits. When he sold the ship, the Maria Smits became the Maria Green. Below, she is loading grain at Harvest States II on August 2nd, 2000. Then, it was a new ship, so I took a lot of pictures.
When I boarded the Maria Green and talked with Captain P. A. Drent, on right below, he saw my camera and immediately introduced me to Chief Engineer Marcel Velner, sitting. Within seconds of meeting Marcel, he had my camera apart and was testing my memory chip in a device he had connected to his portable computer. Whatever I knew about cameras and computers, he knew twice as much, so I slowly adapted to the change and settled back and learned a lot about digital cameras. Since I had a very early digital camera, I was often explaining it to people on ships that came here. With Marcel, he did all the explaining while I tried to keep up, doing the learning.