Kwangsi I

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Sister of the ship Kwangtung II

Kwangsi I
ID /IMO 5198711.
Type Cargo.
Gross Registered Tonnage 5,957 grt. 3,243 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.Ltd.
Delivery date March 1960.
Hull Steel, clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 422 ft. F'c'sle 36 ft. Poop 32 ft.
Width 56 ft.
Depth 33.5 ft.
Engine Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co.Ltd. Yard No. 437.
Engine Type Taikoo-Doxford, 2 stroke, single acting, opposed piston, direct reversing. 67LBD4.
Engine cylinders 4, 670 mm. dia.
Engine stroke 2,320 mm, combined.
Engine Power 4,500 bhp.
Propulsion mode Single screw.
Speed 14.5 kts.
Deadweight 6,521 tons.
Bale capacity 345,394 cu.ft.
Power Diesel
Aspiration Natural
Boiler Composite, exhaust gas/fuel oil.
Fuel Diesel/ heavy fuel oil.
Generator voltage 220V d.c.
Propeller Right hand.
Propeller blades 4.
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze.
Launched Oct 5th. 1959
Original owner China Navigation Co.


May 16th 1969. Grounded at Keelung. Refloated and repaired by Taikoo dockyard in Hong Kong.

1971. Converted by Taikoo Dockyard, Hong Kong to side door/port loading for the East Australia - New Guinea service. Renamed "New Guinea Chief"

1977. Sold to Halsbury Shipping LTD. Singapore. Renamed "Bangkok Star"

Feb 1978, Sold to Straits Shipping (Pte) Singapore. Renamed "Straits Star"

Dec 2nd. 1985. Broken up by National Shipbreakers (Pte), Jurong, Singapore.


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The image titled "Troublespot" which appeared in the IMarEST Marine Engineers Review of June 2001, is reproduced by the kind permission of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Tecnnology.