Friday, February 27, 2009

Freighters, Nauru

Date of Issue: October 11, 1982

This souvenir sheet issued on the occasion of ANPEX '82 National Stamp Exhibition at Brisbane, Australia celebrating 75 years of Phosphate Industry in Nauru, which is the primary economic activity since 1907 by exporting phosphate mined from the island.

Nauru was one of three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean (the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Makatea in French Polynesia); however, the phosphate reserves are nearly depleted.

MV. Eigamoiya: A bulk carrier named after Queen consort of Nauru, wife of King Aweida. Her current deployment is Melbourne-Nauru - Majuro - Tarawa – Nauru-Melbourne, where she delivers cargo on a monthly basis. This route provides Majuro (in the Marshall Islands, part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific) with its principal sea link with Australia.

MV. Kolle D: A bulk carrier, used in the phosphate trade from Nauru to Australia and New Zealand.

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