Built as a container carrier under yard No1348 by Miho Zosensho K.K., Shimiza, Japan for the China Navigation Co. Pty Ltd. (Swire Shipping), Singapore.
02 November 1989 launched as the HIGHLAND CHIEF, four sisters.
Tonnage 7,908 grt, 4,238 net. 10,775 dwt, dim. dim 129.8 x 22.2 x 11m, length bpp.120.0m.
Powered by one 7-cyl B&W diesel engine manufactured by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Tamano, 8,120 bhp., on shaft, speed 16 knots.
Container capacity 725 TEU’s.
Two cargo cranes of 36 tonne each.
March 1990 delivered, Hong Kong flag and registry IMO No 8809189.
1999 Renamed in FORUM TONGA for a charter with the Forum Line.
2001 After charter finished again renamed for a short time HIGHLAND CHIEF before renamed the same year in KIRIBATI CHIEF.
Thereafter used by the Swire Shipping in the Pacific Islands service from Australia
2008 Again renamed HIGHLAND CHIEF.
Rescue at Sea
HIGHLAND CHIEF was leaving Honiara, Solomon Islands on 16th June 2013 when the bridge duty officer spotted the faint outline of a life raft on the water. The Man Overboard alarm was sounded and the rescue operation immediately swung into action.
The six people rescued were the crew of Global Lestary, a 146 GRT landing craft, operating under the Solomon Islands flag. Their vessel was carrying logs from Isabel Province to Honiara, when it got caught in bad weather, started taking in water and subsequently listed, with logs falling overboard. The crew had to abandon their vessel, which quickly capsized and sank, and take to the six-man life raft.
The survivors had been drifting at sea for seven days and ran out of drinking water two days before being rescued. Their attempts at attracting the attentions of a passing ferry and tanker using the vessel's distress flares failed and there was no other means of calling for help. Morale was extremely low and the crew were losing hope when they saw HIGHLAND CHIEF approaching. Once on board, the ship's crew took good care of the rescued seamen and they were returned safely to Honiara. Surprisingly, all six men survived the ordeal without any serious health issues and were extremely grateful to all on board HIGHLANDCHIEF for saving their lives
2013 In service, same name and owner.
Kiribati 2013 60c sg?, scott?
Source: http://www.wikiswire.com/wiki/Highland_Chief Equasis http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz