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Name Official number Flag IMO
CENTAUR  303899  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1964  20/06/1963  01/1964 
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo   Steel Motor Vessel  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Brown & Co Ltd., Clydebank Clydebank  722 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
8262 grt / 4389 nrt / 2584 dwt 480 ft 9 in  66 ft 3 in  38 ft 9 in  26 ft 4 in 
Engine builder Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen
Engine detail
Two, 11-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (500 x 1100mm) 11-50VT2BF-110 type, reduction geared to twin propeller shafts. 16,500 BHP. 18 kts. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Ocean Steamship Co Ltd, Liverpool   Liverpool   
Other names
1985 HAI LONG - 1986 HAI DA 
Subsequent owner and registration history
1973 Ocean Transport & Trading Ltd., Liverpool
1973 China Mutual Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Liverpool
1975 Eastern Fleets Ltd., Singapore, (Straits Steamship Co. Ltd. managers, had a 64.5% holding).
1978 Blue Funnel (S.E. Asia) Private Ltd., (same managers), Singapore.
1985 Shanghai Hai Xing Shipping Co., China, and renamed HAI LONG.
1986 Hai Xing Shipping Co., COSCO SHANGHAI, and renamed HAI DA.
1987 Shanghai Hai Xing Shipping Co. Ltd.
1999 China Shipping Development Co. Ltd.
03/2001 Owners and managers deleted from Lloyds Register.
 
Vessel history
Blue Funnel ordered Centaur for their Australia to Singapore service. An innovative ship, she had a long forward deck and a high aft superstructure. This, combined with her tall streamlined funnel gave her an unusual but attractive profile. She had accommodation for 196 one class passengers and also carried up to 700 head of cattle or some 4,500 sheep in her 'tween decks. She was also built with a strengthened hull in order to cope having to sit on the bottom at an even keel at low tide at her loading ports in Western Australia.
Her maiden voyage commenced at Liverpool on January 20th 1964.
Her last voyage was on 15th September 1982 from Fremantle to Singapore. She then was chartered to the St Helena Shipping Company and operated the St Helena to the Falklands service for a year but was then laid up in Singapore where she stayed for about three years before being sold to Chinese interests. It is not clear if she ever carried the name Hai Long previous to being named Hai Da.
Her ultimate fate is not known precisely as she was deleted from Lloyds Register in 2001. 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
  Broken Up  
Disposal Detail
03/2006 Reported as having, sometime previous, been demolished by Xinhua Shangshui Shipbreaking. 
 

 



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