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The Rio de Janeiro, launched the 28th February 1957, was the first of a series of seven freighter ships built
by the Lindholmens Varv shipyards of Gothenburg for the Johnson Line of Stockholm. She was commissioned for
service in the trade route between Sweden and South America. The Rio de Janeiro had three decks, a poop-deck
and a long forecastle. Her hull was one of all-welding construction which had two longitudinal bulkheads
running from the second to the sixth cargo hatch, crossing the whole engine room. She had ten 5-ton and two
7.5-ton electric cranes and a stowage capacity of 14000 cubic meters, of which 2800 were refrigerated. She
had as well single and double cabins for accommodating eight passengers. The largest part of the crew cabins
were of individual type. All of the lodgings were fitted with air conditioning.
As originally built, the Rio de Janeiro and her sister ships could not handle containers. All of these ships
were rebuilt in 1968-69 to address this shortcoming. Their hulls were lengthened to 173.5 meters after
creating a new space between the fourth cargo hatch and the cranes adjacent to the bridge. This space was
occupied by containers and by a new crane installed between the container area and the fourth cargo hatch.
This new crane, which was one of similar design but of larger size than those already installed in the ships,
could lift the huge containers stored behind it and pick up cargo from the adjacent hold in front of it.
Instead of this crane, the two oldest ships (Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires) were fitted with a
100-ton crane installed in a derrick mast. In any case, one of the cranes adjacent to the bridge was removed,
whereas its counterpart was kept in its original place, now behind the container area.
After having operated with their original layout during the 1960s and with a modified one during the 1970s,
these ships were declared obsolescent and sent to the naval scrapyards during the 1980s, starting by the Rio
de Janeiro, which was sold to be scrapped in 1980.
Class: 7 units (Bahia Blanca, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Rosario, Santos)
Length: 149.50 meters
Beam: 19.20 meters
Draught: 8.53 meters
Gross tonnage: 10347 tonnes
Deadweight tonnage: 9000 tonnes
Propulsion: 2 x shaft, 2 x Diesel engine, 12000 horsepower
Speed: 19 knots (35.2 kilometers/hour)
Cargo: 14000 cubic meters