Kiyo Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler


Completed in 1930 as M/V VIGRID for the Norwegian firm Skibs-A/S Vigrid (Bruun & von der Lippe), she was sold to Japan in 1935 and renamed KIYO MARU. In November 1942, she was requisitioned by the IJN and converted to an auxiliary fleet oiler. In January 1944, KIYO MARU was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in the South China Sea.

Builder and
Year Completed:
Deutsche Werft, Finkenwarder, Germany.
Gross Tonnage: 7, 250-tons.
Dimensions: 417' x 57' x 27.6'
Propulsion: 1 diesel engine, 3,100 i.h.p., maximum speed 12 knots.
Oil Cargo Capacity: 70,000 barrels @42 gal/brl) or approx. 9,550-tons of crude oil @ 7.33 barrels per metric ton
Armament: Unknown.