Hupeh III

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Hupeh III
ID /LMO No.5327099.
Type Cargo.
Gross Registered Tonnage 7,564 tons.

builder = C.Van der Giessen, Krimpen a/d Ijssel, Netherlands. Yard No. 805.

Delivery date May 1961.
Hull Steel.
Decks 2.
Length 472 ft. 144.1 m.
Width 61.25 ft. 18.7 m.
Depth 25.5 ft.
Engine Builder Gebrudder Stork, Hengelo.
Engine Type Stork HOTLo 75/160 Diesel, 2 stroke, single acting, direct reversing
Engine cylinders 6.
Engine Power Rated at 9,000 bhp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 17 kts.
Deadweight 8.050 tons,
Power Diesel.
Boiler Composite, exhaust gas/fuel oil.
Fuel Diesel/fuel oil.
Propeller Right hand.
Propeller blades 4
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Launched Feb.10th.1961.
Original owner Anchor Line.


June 3rd. 1961. Delivered to as "Sidonia" to Anchor Line, for the Glasgow-Liverpool-New York service. As built she was an good looking vessel with a clipper bow, three bi-pod masts for the for'd holds, streamlined rounded accommodation and funnel and one hold aft.

1967. The vessel proved to be too small for the North Atlantic trade, and was transferred to Walter Runciman of the Moor Line.

Sept 1967. Sold to CNCo. Renamed "Hupeh III".

Mid 1969. Converted by Taikoo Dockyard to side port loading for palletized cargo, and increased refrigerated cargo space, for the "parcels" trade on the New Zealand-Australia-Japan service.

June 1976. Lengthened by Hong Kong United Dockyards, an 18.5m section being inserted amidships to cater for 120 TEU's. Two new masts with large swinging derricks replaced the 2nd and 3rd bi-pod masts, to enable the handling of containers from barges. Grt now 9,353 tons. Length overall now 162.2m.

1978. Vessel employed on the service between Hong Kong, New Guinea and the Solomons via Taiwan and the Philippines.

Feb 1981. Sold to Dagana Shipping Inc. (Gulfeast Ship Management Ltd.) Liberia.. Renamed "Sun Opal".

Jan 1982. Sold to Hanson Shipping S.A. (Joint Maritime Co. Ltd.) Panama. Renamed "New United".

Aug 10th.1985. Arrived at Kaohsiung far scrspping, by Kao Feng Iron & Steel Co.


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