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Hai Xing (ex-Randfontein)

Hai Xing (ex-Randfontein)

13,832 grt; 11,954 dwt; 297 passengers.
Operator: Shanghai Hai Xing Shipping Co, Shanghai, China.
Built: 1958 by Dok- en Werf Maatschappij Wilton-Fijenoord NV, Schiedam, Netherlands. Yard no 760. LR/IMO no 5289998.
Propulsion: twin-screw with 2 x seven-cylinder, two-stroke Wilton-Fijenoord-MAN K7Z 70/120 of 15,400 bhp (total). Speed: 18.5 knots.
Built for VNSM - Vereenigde Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij NV (United Netherlands Steamship Co Ltd), Den Haag, as RANDFONTEIN (Netherlands flag).
1970-to Koninklijke Nedlloyd NV, Rotterdam (name unchanged).
1971-to KJPCL – Koninklijke Java-China Paketvaart Lijnen BV, Amsterdam, renamed NIEUW HOLLAND.
1974-sold to Yick Fung Shipping + Enterprises Co, Hong Kong (a company controlled by the PRC govt).
1975-to China Ocean Shipping Co, Shanghai, renamed YU HUA (Chinese flag).
1981-renamed HUA XING.
1983-to Shanghai Hai Xing Shipping Co, Shanghai (as photo).
1996-renamed HERBERT (St Vincent + Grenadines flag) for voyage to breakers at Alang, India; arrived 17/6.
Photo: Hong Kong 1986.
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