Thursday, 29 March 2018

Indonesia purchased merchant ships from Japan in 1960

A letter dated The Hague, Netherlands 25 March 1960 was sent by the commanding officer of the intelligence service of the Royal Netherlands Navy to the intelligence officer in Netherlands New Guinea reporting that Indonesia received 3 landing crafts. The ships were handed by Japan to Indonesia at Singapore. Dimensions 26,5 x 6,4 x 2,20 metres and a deadweight of 140 tons. In the margin of the letter was with pencil written that it were merchant ships and not ALRI vessels. One was the Arakundo and another one the Dewi Sri, the name was unknown. With a letter was also a photo of the Arakundo sent.(1)

1. The former Araundo?, gross tonnage 170 tons, net tonnage 93 tons. deadweight 174 ton and as dimensions 29 x 6 metres or 86.11-97.9 x 21.0-21.2-7.2½-9.10 feet. Built by Usuki Iron Works, Saiki, Japan in 1959-1960. IMO 5021891, call sign YBDJ, ro-ro type. No longer in service.

Archive Marine Inlichtingendienst Nederlands Oost-Indib en Nieuw-Guinea (1905) 1945-1963 (1389) inventory number 591.