Hai Kwang

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Hai Kwang

Post by shipstamps » Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:30 am

Nationalist China commemorated the 90th anniversary of the China Merchants Steam Navigation Co., Ltd. by the issue of two stamps showing vessels of the company. The 80 cents stamp shows a bow-on aerial view of a vessel which, I am told, is the Hai Kwang, but I am a bit dubious about this identification. The Hai Kwang, a tanker of 18,161 gross tons on dimensions of 632 ft. 6 in. x 83 ft. 8 in. x 33 ft.4 in. was built in 1956 at the Kawasaki Dockyard, Japan, but the stamp designer has shown a ship having two tall masts and cargo derricks, unusual features for a tanker. SG461

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Re: Hai Kwang

Post by aukepalmhof » Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:25 pm

After a long search I found a photo of the tanker HAI KWANG belonging to the fleet of the China Merchants S.N. Co. Ltd., Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
She was built as a tanker under yard No 944 by the Kawasaki Dockyard, Kobe, Japan.
February 1956 launched as the HAI KWANG.
Tonnage 18,161 grt, 12,447 nrt, dim. 192.79 x 25.5m, length bpp 181.4m
Two steam engine, 11,000 shp, speed 15 knots.
June 1952 completed. IMO No 5139894.

She was the first tanker built for the CMSNC, and built for the transport of crude oil from the Middle East to Taiwan.

11 May 1977 was she seriously damaged in a collision in position 28 31N, 49 51 E when she collided with NEPTUNE on a voyage from Shuaiba to Keeling.
Sold by CMSNC to Taiwan shipbreakers, where after she sailed from Mena Abdulla 16 January 1978, arrived at Kaohsiung around 15 April 1978 where she was broken up.

Source: https://www.oldchinaships.com/ Old China Coast Ships https://www.miramarshipindex.nz
China Taiwan 1962 80c sg461, scott?
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1962 Hai Kwang Ship-and-Flag.jpg

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