This product tanker is an improved version of the standard "Broz Tito" type tanker, built in shipyards in Split, Rijeka and Uljanik, Yugoslavia for the Soviet merchant navy and delivered to various shipping companies in the Black Sea and in the Far East (Nakhodka), all about 24 units.

This vessel was built under the name "AKADEMIK UZNADZE" by Brodogradiliste "Split", Split under the hull No. 354 for the Georgian Shipping Company of Batumi, Soviet Republic of Georgia. The keel was laid on 26.03.1987, the launching was on 17.10.1987 and the delivery to her owners was on 25.07.1988 (IMO / Lloyd's Register No: 8517035, official No: M-A43037, call sign: UPVW).

Its main dimensions were 151,3 m length overall, a beam of 22,4 m and a depth of 12,15 m. The carrying capacity was 16’231 metric tonnes DWT on a summer draught of 9,02 m. The hull had a double bottom over its entire length and was divided into 16 cargo tanks with a total capacity of 20’092 m3 (98 %), plus 2 slop tanks. Each tank had its own deep well cargo pump, made by Frank Mohn, Norway (type: Framo SD-150) and with a capacity of 250 m3/hr.

The main propulsion consisted of one 5-cylinder, slow speed diesel engine, MAN-B&W, built by TDM, type: 5L50MC, giving a total output of 7700 BHP, directly coupled to one CP-propeller. Electrical power was supplied by one shaft alternator of 720 kW, 2 diesel generators of 630 kW each and one emergency diesel generator. A bow thruster of 370 kW, made by Brunvoll, Norway was also installed.

In 1994 this vessel and her sister vessels "AKADEMIK VEKUA", "GRIGORIY ORDZHONIKIDZE" and "ILYA CHAVCHVADZE" were transferred to Anglo-Georgian Shipping Company Ltd., London and flagged out to the Maltese registry. The technical management was allocated to ABC Maritime AG in Nyon.

The "AKADEMIK UZNADZE" was taken over in Hamburg on 22.06.1994 and was renamed UZNADZE. She was registered in Valletta, owners: Uznadze Shipping Company Ltd., Valletta, official No: 4209, call sign: 9HLH4.

On 06.02.1998 the technical management was transferred to Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd., Glasgow and later in 1999 it was again transferred to Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus.

In August 2000 the vessel was sold to St. Mary Shipping Co., Ltd., Majuro, Marshall Islands and renamed "ST. MARY" (official No: 1473, call sign: V7CJ9). The management was given to Columbia Shipmanagement (Netherlands) B.V., Spijkenisse.