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