East Asiatic Line



Danish sea captain Hans Neil Andersen settled in Bangkok in 1884 and set up Andersen & Company which engaged in trading and shipping. In 1894 a branch office was founded in Copenhagen and this lead to the formation of the East Asiatic Company (EAC) three years later. The Andersen & Company barquentine 'Ragnhild' was transferred to the new company which took delivery of its first new ship, the steamer 'Siam', the following year.

The EAC became famous for owning the first large sea-going motorship ever built, the 'Selandia' of 1912, and for the funnel-less profile of its early motorships. By 1939 it had 28 deep-sea ships totalling 208,110 GRT. It was the largest Danish shipping company (by tonnage) with services spanning much of the world.

The German occupation of Denmark completely disrupted the activities of EAC but the company rebuilt after WW2 and by the end of the 1950s it was operating 36 vessels including its first tankers.

In 1967 the fleet strength was 37 cargo liners and 3 tankers, but with the beginning of containerisation EAC entered into a number of consortia. These were mainly Scandanavian groupings and most operated under names beginning with “Scan”, although EAC also began to work in partnership with Ben Line.

The last EAC cargo liners were sold in 1980 and the fleet then consisted of 6 container ships, 7 container/bulkers, 7 bulkers and 3 tankers. Its last container ships went to Maersk in 1993 and the company then operated tankers and bulk carriers until 1999 when ship-owning ceased.


Vessel Type Launched/Completed Tonnage DWT Builder
Andorra No Info 1964?
Ayuthia Cargo / Passenger 740,100 G. 15/01/1960 Yard No: 156 Gross: 10083 Net: 6400 13550 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Azuma No Info 1966?
Basra Cargo / Passenger 740,100 G. April 1959 Yard No: 760 Gross: 8802 Net: 5388 10200 Burmeister & Wain Skibs A/S. Copenhagen
Beira No Info 1958?
Boma Cargo 615,400 G. Oct 1957 Yard No: 147 Gross: 8744 Net: 5123 10400 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Falstria No Info
India Cargo 771,330 G. Dec 1930 Yard No: 39 Gross: 9749 Net: 5981 13550 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Java No Info
Jutlandia Cargo / Passenger 531,270 G. 1934 Yard No: 60 Gross: 8457 Net: 5204 7950 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Kambodia No Info 1947?
Kina No Info 1938?
Korea No Info 1939?
Lalandia No Info 1927
Magdala Cargo / Passenger 594,300 G. March 1951 Yard No: 126 Gross: 8648 Net: 5082 10200 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Mombasa Cargo 591,800 G. May 1950 Yard No: 124 Gross: 8628 Net: 5069 10200 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Morelia No Info 1948?
Pasadena Cargo 602,190 G. March 1953 Yard No: 648 Gross: 8607 Net: 5042 10200 Deutsche Werft A/G. Hamburg
Sargodha Cargo 596,300 G. Jan 1956 Yard No: 724 Gross: 8585 Net: 4979 10300 Burmeister & Wain Skibs A/S. Copenhagen
Selandia No Info
Sibonga Cargo 592,800 G. 1953 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Siena Cargo / Passenger 602,700 G. 1954. Yard No: 136 Gross: 8854 Net: 1528 10560 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Simba Cargo 596,300 G. 10/12/1954 Yard No: 723 Gross: 8562 Net: 4977 10300 Burmeister & Wain Skibs A/S. Copenhagen
Sinaloa Cargo 601,700 G. June 1956 Yard No: 139 Gross: 8812 Net: 5160 10600 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.
Sumbawa Cargo 602,400 G. 1954 Yard No: 134 Gross: 8830 Net: 5230 10550 A/S Nakskov Skibsvuerft. Nakskov.

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