Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.
To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.
The cargo vessel KONINI was ordered by the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand this was another ship from one of the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb's best customers. The M.V.KONINI was the second ship of the USSCo, Ltd to carry the name. Slightly bigger than the twin sister ships being built at the same time (KUMALLA and KOONYA)
She was yet another in the long line of ships to operate from New Zealands ports and to test herself against some of the worst weather that the long coastline could throw at a ship.
The M.V.KONINI was part of the large USSCo Ltd's fleet until sold in 1971 to Singapore shipping interests and re-named King Tower.
We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.