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End of the 1960thies. Suisse-Atlantique Société d'Armement Maritime S.A. Lausanne ordered from the Japanese shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, two identical general cargo vessels, the IGUAPE and the YGUAZU. The YGUAZU was the second vessel and was delivered on 27.09.1969 to the shipping company, that is to say four months later.

The YGUAZU was baptised by Mrs. N. André on 31.07.1969 during the launching ceremony. She sailed for Suisse-Atlantique under the flag of Liberia (registered owner: Manora Corporation, Monrovia, L/R No. 6923010, official No. 3344, call sign: 5LIA).

The company's staff magazine "Bulletin" published some interesting construction details. For each vessel a total of 3'300 tonnes of steel were used, built up with 170 kilometers of welding seams, using 90 tonnes of welding electrodes. A total of 29 kilometers of electrical cables were laid. The entire piping system measured 11.5 kilometers and 1'100 valves were fitted.

After eight years of service, Suisse-Atlantique sold the YGUAZU to China Ocean Shipping Co. Shanghai and on 04.10.1977 she was handed-over to her buyers in the port of Rotterdam. Her name changed to LIAN HUA CHENG and she was registered under Chinese flag with home port Shanghai (call sign: BOZV).

On a voyage with general cargo from Rotterdam to Shanghai, when laying in the port of Singapore on 26.09.1981 a fire broke out in the engine room, which quickly spread over the entire aft part of the ship. During fire fighting, the vessel was deliberately grounded on a stretch of shallow water to prevent her from capsizing, due to the large amounts of water pumped into the hull. After a thorough examination the freighter was declared as a total loss.

After the wreck was refloated, it was anchored on the Western Anchorage of Singapore, to be sold later to a local demolition company. On 26.05.1982 the wrecked LIAN HUA CHENG was towed to National Shipbreakers Pte. Ltd. Jurong, in the western part of Singapore.

SwissShips HPS, MB, December 2016

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