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    26-03-2015 00:58 Marina Platts wrote:

    I'm looking for information on my late father , David Platts . He was an engineer for Shell in the late 60s and early 70s. He sailed on the Methane progress and SS arianta. He was born in 1947 and died in tragic circumstances whilst at sea at some point between Yokohama in Japan and Borneo, in March 1971.
    Thank you

    24-03-2015 18:59 Steve Hall wrote:

    Enjoyed visiting your site, was looking for a picture of the Shell tanker Hemidonax and found her on your site - as a small boy I watched her being broken for scrap at Briton Ferry. Thanks!

    16-03-2015 16:05 Jo Raats wrote:

    Ik heb een heel goede en fijne tijd aan boord beleefd, ik was toen 15 jaar oud en daarvoor nooit een zee gezien

    06-03-2015 16:15 David R. Byrne (1) wrote:

    been left shell for 10years,after 26 years service still waiting for long service awards,recieved nothing,so much for Shell,just thinking

    02-03-2015 23:00 Theo Schaaf wrote:

    I was an able seaman on ARCA 2(was not aware there was a number 1)After 6 years with Dutch Navy was not welcomed very friendly by bootsman ,he thought their nautic ability was so so.So he send me to the bridge to man the wheel on the nieuwe waterweg and other things to prove you was an AB!Still it was a long trip, about thirteen month,s and 1961 is a long time away now.

    01-03-2015 18:23 Colin Mclean wrote:

    Bernard, sincere condolences on the passing of your wife Shirley. Whilst I never met her, I have followed your adventures on helderline. So glad to hear Shell very much in touch. I often think back to the Achatina days.Look after yourself. Colin

    27-02-2015 22:02 Iain Wysner wrote:

    hi joe
    remember me have a old fleet news with you in it on the safty course down in southhampton hows things still at sea with stena

    26-02-2015 14:30 John Harding wrote:

    Just found this website and the Varicella, Megara and Laconica bring back such great memories of the 70s.
    I was on the Varicella in 1974 when we went from Shellhaven to Biloxi to clean her for 3 months to carry grain.

    08-02-2015 15:31 Richard Rackham wrote:

    Hi- I've just found acigar box presented to my grandfather, Claude Rackham, to mark the 'Technical Trial of M/V Trollskjell' on 26/04/1964, I believe he was an expert on marine diesel engines. Does anyone have any more information of the ship or my grandad - it would mean a lot to my father (his son). Best wishes Richard Rackham

    06-02-2015 20:47 Leo Van Batenburg wrote:

    Hey mates, Allready wrote anekdote for Daphne But missed to pinpoint timeframe :-) So here it comes;
    my anekdote is from period aprox 1979-1981, so feel free to respons.
    At the time we were young (sort off) wtb's ?
    So, still remembering the good times,
    TC, regards, Leo

    06-02-2015 19:18 Ronald Wortley wrote:

    Hello there fellow former shipmates.
    Only just found this website and was really excited to find my name listed here with all the shell tankers i had sailed on all those years ago.Im afraid my memory hasnt served me well as i cant recall any of the names listed but im sure i have crossed paths wih some of them.If anyone does recall sailing with me and would like to make contact please feel free to do so.

    take care shipmates

    04-02-2015 13:22 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    It is with sadness that I have to tell you that my wife Shirley crossed the Bar on the 22nd January. Many of you will have remembered us during the 30yrs I was with Shell. We had many adventures which I have recorded on this site. We met when Shirley was 16 and I was 19, we have 2 children, 5 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. We were married for 51 yrs.
    Shell still look after us and the a Shell Pension rep visits us regularly to see if we are OK. What a company to have worked for.
    The funeral is at Kings Lynn Crematorium on the 12th Feb.

    Rgs Bernard Reynolds

    03-02-2015 22:23 Bernard Sayer wrote:

    Hi Kees have spoken to Lucy Knight we both sailed on the Alinda in was good reading the fleet news again brought back happy memories so thank you for your help. I enjoy your site keep it going.B.Sayer ex 3rd eng.

    30-01-2015 20:21 Stuart Gallaway wrote:

    How could anyone forget you Steve!!

    I am still in (reasonably) regular with Phil Fox and I believe that Robin Cootes (Gook) left the sea and joined the clergy.

    Drop me a line as and when you can.


    17-01-2015 12:14 J.W. Cadovius wrote:

    Ik heb nooit gehoord dat je bij mijn vader bent langs geweest. Ik ken veel namen niet van de lijst.

    16-01-2015 20:47 Michael Bunn wrote:

    I joined Africa Shell towards the end the the Durban refit for African Coasters in 1973.
    Lionel Marker was the master, and Brian Linley the mate (as far as I recall).
    Coastal runs on an old school product carrier are hell. I have never worked so hard in my life, but non the less I have memories of it being a happy ship, with no antagonism between deck
    and engine departments

    13-01-2015 14:34 Noel Barrington wrote:

    Deck cadet 1985 - a great laugh, Singapore to N Australian coast

    13-01-2015 09:08 Steve Annis wrote:

    Hi All

    This was my first ever ship in a ten year career with Shell tankers as a navigating officer. I joined in May 1976 as a cadet and spent six months cleaning the decks every morning with my six fellow cadets. I also learnt much about how to use a 'dogs leg' and grit blasters. In the evenings the bosun would teach us how to become Able Bodied Seamen, the first stage of my five year cadet ship.
    I joined as a boy, learnt how to drink Tennants beer, play table tennis, and how to become a successful deck officer. So thank you for the great memories Limopsis.


    11-01-2015 16:36 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy....FACEBOOK has a Shell Tanker group. Go to Facebook and search for Shell Tankers (UK) LTD and put in a request to join...great site and there is bound to be someone there you have sailed with. British, Dutch, German and French Shell men/ women are all very welcome...all the best Mick Cardiff..

    05-01-2015 20:25 Brian Roorda wrote:

    Great site! My grandfather was on two Shell boats in WW1. He was Chief Engr on the Hestia (Sunk) and JUNO (Damaged by mine)....

    01-01-2015 15:50 Rob Dekker wrote:

    Happy new year to all my Indonesian/Dutch mates

    29-12-2014 10:13 Geoffrey Forster (1) wrote:

    Happy new year to all my ex ship mates

    29-12-2014 10:12 Geoffrey Forster (1) wrote:

    Happy new year to all my ex ship mates

    22-12-2014 23:19 Eduard Van Helden wrote:

    For all Merry Cristmas and a happy and healty 2015

    21-12-2014 19:16 Gerda Van Dam-van Velsen wrote:

    Dear Readers, Beste lezers,

    Ik ben voor mijn vader, Co van Velsen, op zoek naar Peet van Arkel (Vlaardingen). Zij hebben samen in de jaren 60 gevaren voor Shell Tankers op de Achmea (?).
    Het zou zo leuk zijn mijn vader te verrassen voor zijn 75-e verjaardag.
    Wie iets weet, mail me dan.

    21-12-2014 15:06 Ton (a.h.) Van Haaften wrote:

    Good afternoon Kees,

    What a a very nice Xmas present I received today!!
    While reading the today's Maritime Press Clippings 2014-355 I saw your website and off course I opened and enjoyed all the Shell Tankers news. I joined Shell Tankers B.V. as Deck Apprentice in 1961 (Kryptos). Being transferred to the flagship Ondina in 1962 and on duty the 8th May 1962 and having a large collision in the Strait of Gibraltar. When the Ondina arrived slow steaming in Rotterdam for drydocking I signed off and had to appear several times for the internal Shell enquiry team! Finally I completed my sailing time as Deck Apprentice on board the Kabylia in 1962.
    I retired early 1993 as a Master and since 1993 I am a free lance nautical adviser and simulator teacher within Marine Safety Rotterdam B.V. , STC BV simulator center in Rotterdam and UT STC in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and still going on in the simulation world! Certainly a lot of Shell fleet personnel might remember me working ashore for Shell as Ass. Marine Superintendent at Amlwch Port (Anglesey, Wales), Marine superintendent at Durban, Oil loss abatement team member In Curacao and Venezuela, Oil loss controller
    in Rotterdam deep sea terminals.
    I will sent U some pictures, anecdotes etc as soon as I have time available!! Wishing all of U a Merry Christmas and a Healthy Prosperous and Happy 2015.
    Also hope a lot of ex Shell Tankers personnel will be a member and making your website more known and improve all the information on your website too!!!
    Best regards Ton van Haaften

    12-12-2014 23:49 Ray Miller wrote:

    Was on the mactra when it's tank explode off of Mozambique

    28-11-2014 20:57 Thomas J. Davis wrote:

    Love the latest photo additions of some Shell tanker scale models. Makes the site even better!

    17-11-2014 21:54 Daren Edwards wrote:

    joined ship in syros june 1981 earthquake whilst at hotel in Athens before joining ship anyone remember

    17-11-2014 17:19 Jaap Polling wrote:

    I found your website by accident while looking for pictures of the sts Philidora
    I'm very glad with your initiative.
    I myself sailed for Shell Tankers on the following ships:
    between 1955 en 1963
    I could share some of my experiences from the letters I wrote at the time.
    Jaap Polling

    16-11-2014 21:24 Sylvie Seaden wrote:

    i remember when the arianta use to dock at stanlow we lived on the island then use to have a laugh with them

    06-11-2014 06:43 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    hi Phil, come and join us on Facebook at the Shell Tankers (UK) group page..bound to be someone you know.


    Mick Cardiff

    06-11-2014 06:40 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Hi Douglas, come and visit us on Facebook at the Shell Tankers (UK) group (put in a join request). Lots of us went to Ardrossan, especially those who sailed on the Halia..alas lots of us only got as far as the

    all the best,

    Mick Cardiff..

    03-11-2014 18:39 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    Hi Kees Helder, many thanks for the information and pictures of the Metula.
    Are you able to tell me which Dutch "M" boat had a rendevous with the Las Palmas helicopter. It arrived out of the blue an hour before contact was made with the ship. The helicopter landed on deck but not in the hellipad. The rota blades struck an obstruction and shattered. Part of a blade penetrated the accommodation bulkhead into a 5/E's cabin who fortunately was on watch. The ship had to put into Las Palmas to land the helicopter. Many thanks Bernard Reynolds

    28-10-2014 21:25 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy shipmates, I would like to remind you of our group on Facebook....Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. It would be great to see you so come on and join us...plenty of fun, great pics and great stories.
    There is bound to be someone you know...700+ members. There are lot of Dutch guys too...what are you waiting for..Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd, Facebook..
    all the best,
    Mick Cardiff..

    14-10-2014 12:40 Cor Kruse wrote:

    ik heb op de ;Ameland; gevaren 1957-1958 bij de rotterdamse lloyd als matroos is er nog iemand van die tijd

    13-10-2014 17:31 Martin Bouwkamp wrote:

    I've sailed with Shell Tankers from 1979 till 1988, As a steward and Beko. Hopefully someone will remember me from those day's.

    13-10-2014 15:57 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    Hi Derek, you are listed as having sailed with me, if so have you any idea which ship. All the ships I sailed on are listed under my name and the dates I was on them.

    Rgds Bernard Reynold

    07-10-2014 22:38 Derek J. McReynolds wrote:

    hi all you tanker men,, its been a while since been on here,, still looking for gary black (yank) are you out there,, get intouch,,, yeehaa,, derek

    01-10-2014 17:00 Robin Buncombe wrote:

    I am now approaching full retirement after about 49 years of employment - 23 years with Joe Shell. Always fond memories, except p'raps with the old Pomella, but that is a different story.
    May you all be well my friends.

    01-10-2014 06:49 Albert Wawolangi wrote:

    My name is Albert Wawolangi , joint SS Kalydon from 1974 to 1975 as apprentice engineer . any one who sail with SS Kalydon during that time please send me e mail . I am looking for my best friend Mr Ernst Arnold Rumeser and Mr Kuyper and Mr Malpad and many other officer was sail with me during that time . I am living in Indonesia. Thanks to you all and all the best , alles goed.
    Best Regards
    Albert Wawolangi

    30-09-2014 22:11 Ron Dixon wrote:

    Such good times on axina regards to all the lads I met

    30-09-2014 20:56 Allen Hawker wrote:

    Great site anybody out there on the ANADARA 1964-65

    30-09-2014 10:15 Bert Van Liempd wrote:

    Was werkzaam als pantry boy van 1960--61 de acila en vasum

    23-09-2014 21:46 Tony Day wrote:

    amazing site, brilliant archive of pictures, thank you

    17-09-2014 14:43 Kees Storm (1) wrote:

    Het is niet algemeen bekend dat al het ex Shell Tankers BV personeel van harte welkom is toe te treden tot de CNOOKS - Club van Nederlandse
    Oud-gezagvoerders en Oud-hoofdwerktuigkundigen der Koninklijke Shell.
    Het ledenbestand van de CNOOKS loopt gestaag terug, doordat er geen “vlootaanwas” meer is en het bestand vergrijst. Begin 2014 telde de Club nog ruim 340 leden.
    Reeds enige tientallen jaren staat het lidmaatschap open voor alle STBV gepensioneerden ex-bemanningsleden, -officieren, -radio officieren, -walpersoneel, weduwen en familieleden. Specifiek worden oud werknemers die hun carrière elders voortzetten en weduwen/partners (van leden) gezocht, die oude contacten via de CNOOKS willen hernieuwen.
    De CNOOKS komt 2x per jaar bij elkaar, 1x in het voorjaar voor de Algemene Ledenvergadering en 1x in het najaar (met de partners) voor de reünie om de onderlinge banden aan te halen en te versterken.
    Meer informatie en hoe lid te worden vindt u op de website van de CNOOKS.
    Kent u een mogelijk lid, maak hem of haar dan attent op onze website.
    Meldt u aan!!
    Met vriendelijke groet.
    Kees Storm
    Voorzitter CNOOKS

    16-09-2014 11:07 Hans Remeijn wrote:

    I am researching the Holtmann family. Henri Theodoor Holtmann (11-11-1917) was a machinist on the tanker Ceronia on its maiden voyage (May-Nov 1939). According to his children on his next trip he was torpedoed but the ship managed to reach Rotterdam. The Shell archives however say he was not on the crew list of the trip when Ceronia was torpedoed (5-2-1940). It could also have been the tanker Phobos which struck a mine on 18-03-1940, but Shell says they have no crew list anymore... Is there still somebody to find who knows more?

    05-09-2014 18:20 Marinus Van Beek wrote:

    Hi Johan, I have a question do you know a "Adrianus van Beek" either Aad.
    Aad is my father, he is no longer alive, he has sailed on Kabylia from June 3, 1956 to May 3, 19571I have a picture of him date August 30, 1956 Alexandrie Egypte

    You and my Father sail from Rotterdam to These are the dates of arrival in the port
    26-jun-56 Old Kilpatrick Schotland
    10-jul-56 Mamonal Columbia
    13-jul-56 Willenstad Curacao
    29-jul-56 Malta Malta
    31-jul-56 Piraeus Griekenland
    4-aug-56 Port Said Egypte
    15-aug-56 Abadan Iran
    27-aug-56 Suez Egypte
    30-aug-56 Alexandrie Egypte
    11-sep-56 Mena Koeweit
    23-sep-56 Singapore Malakka
    1-okt-56 Yokohama Japan
    14-okt-56 Singapore Malakka
    29-okt-56 Port Elizabeth Zuid Afrika

    greetings Marinus van Beek

    11-08-2014 20:46 Willem Engels wrote:

    Zijn er nog mensen die mij herkennen ik heb gevaren op de dahlia ,dahfne,acmea, abida ,metula.korevina. khasiella

    07-08-2014 06:38 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    hi shipmates, come and join us at the Shell Tankers group on Facebook, great pics, stories and there is bound to be someone in the group you have sailed with. All tanker men/ women welcome. We have members from Shell Tankers (UK), Netherlands, France, Germany who live all over the world. A very friendly group. Kees Helder is a member. Looking forward to seeing you all.
    And remember.....6 months slow steaming on a Shell tanker is better than !one 1 day in an office...
    All the best,

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