Shinkoku Maru Class Auxiliary Oiler


(SHINKOKU MARU as a Kobe Sanbashi tanker)


SHINKOKU MARU was the only ship of her class. In Aug '41, she was requisitioned by the IJN and ordered converted to an auxiliary oiler. SHINKOKU MARU was sunk at Truk by Task Force 38's carrier aircraft in Feb'44.

Builder and Year Completed: Kawasaki Dockyard, Kobe, 1940
Displacement: 10,020-tons.
Dimensions: 503.3' x 65 x 29.6
Propulsion: 1 Kawasaki MAN-Type diesel engine, 8,611 hp, maximum speed 19.5 knots
Oil Cargo Capacity: 93,300
barrels @ 42 gals/barrel
or approx. 12,728-tons of crude oil
@7.33 barrels per metric ton.
Armament: 1 x 4.7-inch (120-mm) LA gun.