Launched 19/12/1957 and completed 4/1958 at Gotaverken Shipyard, Gothenburg, Sweden. A sister ship to "VINNI" and "VARDA" (both 1957, built).
A shelter-deck vessel strengthened for bulk cargoes and ice, with five holds and four deep tanks.
Single screw diesel with service speed: 15 knots.
1957 - "VINGROM" - Skibs A/S Nordheim, Skibs A/S Kirkroy & Skibs A/S Vito (Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen & Co.), Oslo, Norway.
Her maiden voyage was to New Orleans and then with cargo to Japan.
Then she was on charter to British Phosphate Commissioners until 1966, bringing phosphate from Nauru and Ocean Island to Australia and New Zealand. Over one hundred voyages were completed on this charter carrying an average of 12,700 tons per voyage, and sailing something over 600,000 nm.
1963 - ownership transferred to Skibs A/S Nordheim (Ditlev-Simonsen), Oslo, Norway.
1966 - "EAST SEA" - Yick Fung Shipping and Enterprises Co. Ltd., Hong Kong
1972 - renamed "NEW EAST SEA" and registry changed to Mogadishu, Somalia.
1976 - "NING HUA" - China Ocean Shipping Co., Guangzhou, China
1992 - broken up in China.
"Evening Star", Dunedin - newspaper, 25/5/1966, article by Doug. Wright, Shipping Correspondent.