MS Kota Singapora & Kota Bali, ex MS Tjiwangi & Tjiluwah of Royal Interocean Lloyd

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MS Tjiwangi & Tjiluwah

Sold to become … Pacific International Lines


MS Kota Singapura & Kota Bali

Kota Singapura still looking a fine yacht like liner

Having been purchased by Pacific International Lines of Singapore, Tjiluwah was delivered to her new owners in January 1972 and was renamed MS Kota Singapura. Tjiwangi was renamed Kota Bali and she arrived in Singapore some time later. Both ships were placed on the Singapore / Fremantle and Singapore / Malaysia services. Having received interior renovations their outward appearance remained unaltered. Two new public venues were added on C deck just aft of the main Dinning Room; 1: The Dragon Chinese Restaurant. 2. The Hibiscus Lounge and Bar.

Many Australians enjoyed cruising on them, whilst others undertook a one way voyage combined with a flight to or from the UK. One such passenger was Sharon Lambert who with her family sailed on Kota Singapura from Singapore on April 9, 1972 to Fremantle. She recalls being excited of going on an ocean voyage. The ship was a delight and during the voyage she, her Mother and younger sister enjoyed the crew’s hospitality and remember with fondness Mr. Tang Hong Tay one of the ships officers. Their cabin was located on C Deck and at times sailing in heavy swells along the West Australian coast the family suffered from seasickness.

All images on this page (except where marked otherwise) were kindly provided by Sharon and we are very grateful!

10 year old Sharon (in stripped blouse) and her 7 year old sister seen on the Bridge seen with a Bridge crew member


Sharon, sister and Tang Hong Tay seen on a windy day out on deck


Front cover of a PIL brochure



Above and below: The brochure shows the ships interiors as well as the main pool



The cabin plan shows the three main passenger deck’s. Topside there was boat (sports) deck, which is not shown



Above and below: A postcard from crew member Tang Hong Tay to Sharon




Built by: Van Der Giessen & Zonen. Krimpen, Netherlands

Tonnage: 9,020 GRT

Length: 479 ft – 146m

Beam: 63 ft – 19.2m

Draught: 23.7 ft – 7m

Power: Werkspoor diesels

Screws: two

Speed: 16 knots

Passengers: 230 One Class

Passenger Decks: Four

Crew: 200

Livery: White Superstructure, Black Funnel with red boot-topping


Although aging, Kota Singapura still looked an attractive ship

From the authors private collection

In 1979, Kota Singapura was withdrawn, sold, and broken up in Taiwan early 1980, whilst Kota Bali was sold to Malaysia and was broken up in Shanghai China in April 1984.

Kota Bali also seen towards the end of her career with PIC

From the authors private collection

Page One: Tjiluwah – Tjiwangi History Page.

. Tjiluwah – Tjiwangi - RIL - Deck Plan.

Page Two: Kota Singapura, ex Tjiluwah – Kota Bali, ex Tjiwangi. This page.

Page Three: RIL Memorabilia – A host of RIL memorabilia items.


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