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The "Hakurei Maru" was commissioned in 1974 by a group of Japanese companies who formed the Metal Mining Agency of Japan . They were interested in exploiting possible mineral wealth on the Ocean floors around the world.  The "Hakurei Maru" takes floor bed samples by a variety of trawling and drilling means and has extensive analysing laboratories on board. She is ice-strengthened for work in Polar regions.

In January 1999 she called into Fremantle, Western Australia prior to working in the Great Southern  and Antarctic Oceans south of Australia.

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HAKUREI 1.   1999 Visit to Fremantle cover with 2 cachets and Fremantle dockers postmark.   US$5

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