Kriegstransporter KT 12


1941 was a bad year for the German supply capacity to the Deutsch Afrika Korps. Many of the ships that were present at the start of operations in North Africa, was lost. The tonnage losses amounted to almost 60 percent. To counter this a a joint program between Germany and Italy was launched to provide sufficient tonnage capacity. In Italian shipyards they started producing KT ships, or Kriegstransporter. KT 12 was built by OTO Werft in Livorno and was launched in February 1943, and commissioned three months later. Under her maiden voyage with military supplies to North Africa, she was spotted and torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Safari under command of Lieutenant Richard B. Lakin outside Sardinia 10. June 1943.  The wreck rest today on a depth of 32 meter outside Golfo di Orosei.

Former names:
Kriegstransporter KT 12

62,0 x 11,0 x 2,9 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1200 displ ( std )
Livorno ( IT ) 1943
( IT )

Picture: KT 1 after launch, Genoa 1942
Courtesy of Wilhelm M. Donko

Last updated: January 2021