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    25-05-2016 17:56 Gillis Van Der Linden wrote:

    Can I ride de list off de crew from de Vitrea off de year 1963-1964

    23-05-2016 13:04 Alan Briggs wrote:

    Great first trip to sea on the Hemifusus 1959-1960.

    27-04-2016 17:06 Glenn Mellonius wrote:

    !!! Great internet site !!! Very well done Kees Helder !!!

    27-04-2016 14:06 Bob Strick wrote:

    I came from Union Castle passenger ships to STUK when I married my 1st wife (a passenger!). STUK was the only reputable Brit. flag company allowing wives to accompany. UCL sailed past Fawley and I swore I'd NEVER go on tankers; ah well "the best laid plans" etc. Had a wonderful career with Shell. Came ashore as Dk. Cdt. T/O, then Hong Kong as Chinese Crew Mgr. Stayed HK with Shell Coal. Then SIM (aarrgghh!). Then Shell UK as Public Affairs Mgr. Ended up in Aberdeen as Shell Expro PA Director. Retired 1995 after heart surgery. Married 2nd wonderful wife. Happy Bunny!

    26-04-2016 17:23 Bob Strick wrote:

    Stood by building in Odense for 2 months in the long, hot summer of \'76. Discovered blow-holes in pipelines on the quay and ended up crawling through 1.14 miles of 36\" pipelines including those already installed. Scrapped 60% returned to Stanton & Stavely. Pipes still leaked. I was 2/O with Masters. C/O was Roy Ezzard and although hard work, we had some fun at the hotel Windsor and Tordenskjold disco. 3/Eng saw topless sunbathers for the first time - interesting reaction!

    18-04-2016 15:28 Diane Earl wrote:

    Were you on Hemicardium in June 1965?

    11-04-2016 16:24 Barney Boylan (1) wrote:

    Hi to all my fellow crew members on MV Amastra 49 years ago. Still remember that night in Nha Trang when Viet Cong tried to do away with us.Still holding on to the anchor chain. Any more out there. Barney.

    07-04-2016 16:58 Frans Willemse wrote:

    In 1965 a promotion movie was made by Dutch Shelltankers.
    To be seen on YouTube:
    It includes shots of the Arca, Acila and Atys are to be seen in different locations.
    Pernis, Curacao, Kieler Channel, the Botnic and the Suez Canal.
    Enjoy it
    Frans Willemse

    03-04-2016 12:02 Joop Van Den Berg wrote:

    My father was the 4th engineer on board of the Letecia when she was attacked by the U47 on 27-6-1940. He was one of the persons who were picked up by this German submarine. He sailed during the war for the CSM. After the war he had his career as a successful engineer and died on 16-12-2012 at the age of 95 years.

    25-03-2016 01:04 Erne Barr wrote:

    Hi lads, l sailed on the Megara in 1970, joined in Singapore, did two trips, I'me more of a cargo boat man. All the best to any guys who remember me.

    10-03-2016 01:46 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy shipmates, Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd is on Facebook. Come and join the fun. All the best.

    08-03-2016 13:05 Hennie Petersen wrote:

    Hello. I am a collector and in search for launching
    (floating out) pictures of the Spectrum and Halia.Who was in Korea then and can help me out.

    02-03-2016 22:09 James Mc Evoy wrote:

    taking a trip down memory lane

    22-02-2016 14:14 John Frearson wrote:

    Looking for any ship mates who saled on the Verconella durring 1967 1968.

    Best Regards Jphn

    17-02-2016 14:03 Bep De Man wrote:

    Hallo,ik ben Bep de Man,en ik heb bij Shell tankers gevaren vanaf
    1958 tot 1968 en in die tijd ,zijn er tien schepen voorbij gekomen.
    Te weten.
    STS Kermia 1958-1959.
    STS Krebsia 1960-1961.
    MS Abida 1962-1962.
    STS Arca 1963-1963.
    STS Vasum 1963-1964.
    STS Kalydon 1964-1964.
    STS Kryptos 1964-1965.
    STS Vitrea 1966-1966.
    MS Acmaea 1966-1967.
    MS Dione 1967-1968.
    Dit was mijn loopbaan bij Shell tankers.

    20-01-2016 17:59 Bob wrote:

    In the early 1960's, I was a teenager living on the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay. Our home overlooked the shipping channel. One day the Thorshall lost its steering and struck a dredge in the middle of the harbor. My family witnessed the entire event. Several men drowned and the event was written up and photographed for Life Magazine, I think the magazine was. It was an amazing sight to see, with helicopters making rescues and Coast Guard boats trying to direct fishing boats that were out to help.

    Write me if you want to know more.

    17-01-2016 21:54 Maurice Halton wrote:

    Joined the San Gaspar in Wallsend circa 1961 as 1st trip 5th engineer. She was in dry dock.

    05-01-2016 11:45 Capt. John Peter Briand wrote:

    Message to Bernard Reynolds.

    Sorry to read of your loss. I still remember meeting you both for the first time on the 'Acavus' on the 23 Feb 1983, when I joined the vessel for my first trip in command.

    30-12-2015 16:50 Eduard Van Helden wrote:

    Happy New Year everyone and all th best.

    30-12-2015 12:48 Glyn Howell wrote:

    Happy New Year Everyone. I served on Velutina, Naninia, Tenagodus,Tagelus, Nuculana,Velletia, all in the early 1950's as a Deck Apprentice. I am still in touch with two mates, Dave Richardson and Jim Pemberton. I am 80 now, I wonder how many shipmates are still alive. Glyn Howell

    25-12-2015 23:19 Brian Lindo wrote:

    Wishing you all a Merry Festive Season and the very best of health and prosperity for 2016. Why not make a New Year resolution and check out the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd F/B site, nothing to lose but a lot to gain, you will have a great welcome

    25-12-2015 15:50 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Merry Christmas shipmates..
    IT'S ALL KICKING OFF on the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd Facebook page. Why don't you come and have a look..??
    All the best..


    24-12-2015 20:52 Stewart Mulvenna wrote:

    Hello Paul Ayers ,I remember you very well.l think it was on the Aulica.l was 2ndcook/baker.Hope your well.Happy xmas and all the best for 2016.Stewart

    24-12-2015 18:47 P.j.m. Van Der Ende wrote:

    I wish you a merry christmass and a happy newyear
    and remember the good old days fam pvdende

    24-12-2015 01:23 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Merry Christmas shipmates. Don't forget you can also find Shell tankers on Facebook. Just search for Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd on Facebook and request to join. All the best and good luck for 2016....Mick..

    17-12-2015 21:34 Paul Ayers wrote:

    Stewart Mulvenna did you sail as chief cook,I think I sailed with you on the Hanetia or Aluco, I think I've got a photo of you in the galley.

    17-12-2015 00:46 Roger Duke wrote:

    SS Helcion SS Vermetus SS Hinea Apprentice Engineer
    SS Vermetus one trip as 5th Engineer
    SS Hemicardium one trip 4th Engineer
    SS Palium one trip 5th Engineer
    SS Hadra one trip 3rd Engineer
    SS Acavus one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Hemitrochus one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Hydatina one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Haustellum one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Varicella one trip 2nd Engineer
    MV Daphnella one trip 2nd Engineer

    14-12-2015 18:23 Duurt Beukema wrote:

    i was radio officer on the ships
    ss rita
    ms kaluku
    ss mohammed reza shah
    ms dorestad
    ms cleodora
    from may 1957 till november 1961.

    10-12-2015 13:02 Jan Mensert wrote:

    When getting older, you think more about the past. I sailed on the Taria; Vasum and Kenia as a fifth eng. During my leave from the Keniia I studied with succes for my A and B1 certificate. After my leave a had to join another Shell Tanker as a fifth engineer. So no promotion. I left the Shell fleet and went to another oilcompany as a fourth ebgineer.
    That was a big mistake because Shell Tankers was a good company to join, and I never forgot the proverb:
    "Join the Shell and see the the world from jetty to jetty"

    07-12-2015 17:47 Stewart Mulvenna wrote:

    Joined Hemisinus in April 72 and was their until April 73.Was A/s and then 2nd steward.I remember a few of the names on board.Capt Thompson,Ray Mears ,ch steward,Graham Darling ch cook,Frank Blakley,Alex Dick,and Ernie Crowther.Sailing between Singapore and Saigon it was a very eventful year in a lot of ways,but I loved every minute of it.

    05-12-2015 07:23 Tom Edgar wrote:

    Niso (1944) Navicella, Neocardia, Empire Mc Mahon,

    01-12-2015 19:45 Brian Lindo wrote:

    Are you looking for your old Shipmates, do you want to re-live your memories of your life at sea, then why not join the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd Facebook site. You are invited to give it a go and are assured a warm welcome, you might just find some old forgotten pals. Nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Regards Brian

    29-11-2015 17:53 Ton Zuidema wrote:

    Hello, i sailed as OS and AB in1967 till 1969 on the Krebsia,Kelletia etc and later from 1974 till 1978 on the
    Koscisia, Kara, korovina,Marinula and 4th and 3rd Officer

    anybody out there who was like me on top of the KRAKATAU in 1976 with the Koscisia

    26-11-2015 20:27 Trevor Harris wrote:

    I too sailed with Mike Harding on this trip really strange job th we picked the limnea in brest . very short manned ship , we were to take it to loch striven near rothsay on the clyde. i was picked to go down on launch to connect fender to the ship so the other ship could come alongside, unfortunately i squshed my thumb in the process .only onboard for a month tried to finish of the huge stock of cases of lager left on board .spent the whole time aboard stripping the limnea of anything of any value and not nailed down into a barge in the loch. think we had double money to do this trip ,would of been rude to turn them down ha ha although the trip was short we had a ball

    21-11-2015 12:22 Linda Wright wrote:

    Doe's anybody remember Gordon Edwin Grinton

    27-10-2015 14:31 Vic Evans wrote:

    Hi everyone,
    Was a 5th Engineer on HYDATINA 1971/72.
    Went back to a shore based engineering career.
    Now aged 76(how time flies !)
    Retired in 2002 and still living in South Wales.
    No regrets about time spent at sea
    would be interested to hear from others around in that period
    What about my friend 'Micky Martin' who lived near me in Rumney ,Cardiff ?

    24-10-2015 10:58 Leonard Fox wrote:

    I served on Amoria(1) out of Singapore in 1968 and am now trying to build a scale model of the ship from scratch. It is beginning to look ok but I would really appreciate help from anyone with some detailed pictures of the ship so that I am able to make it more authentic.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    15-10-2015 15:37 William Hoey wrote:

    I was on various shell tankers but my favourite one was the Amastra

    13-10-2015 21:26 Brian Lindo wrote:

    You have seen the ships on this excellent site Helderline, why not catch up with some of your old Shipmates on Facebook. Our site is Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. More great pics, lots of great stories and banter. You are assured of a big welcome. We are waiting. Brian

    03-10-2015 19:46 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Hi, guys, come and join us on Facebook. Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. Can't wait to see you'. All the best...Mick..

    01-10-2015 09:04 Robert Donoghue wrote:

    G'day all, I was on SS Hemiplecta 1961 - 1963.
    Anyone know where I can find details of the trips around that time?
    Many thanks

    10-09-2015 17:31 Gordon Gill wrote:

    A great site listing all the ships. My short career with Shell ran from 1960 to 1964, as an deck apprentice and was a period of time that I look back on with great memories.
    I would love to hear from anyone who Joe Shell sent on MAR courses, particularly MAR6, which I was on in 1962. Alan Haynes, Mike Dennis,Steve Little Frank Todd etc.

    31-08-2015 22:07 Nick Mcvey wrote:

    Hello. My father Gerald Mcvey and he was in the merchant navy from around 69 to 71. He sailed on six shell tankers during that time. If anyone knows him please get in touch.

    31-08-2015 11:12 Gijs Van Der Starre wrote:

    Dear visitors, I was a 5th engineer on the tts "Kaap Hoorn" from 18/01/68 untill 28/12/1968.

    Good to see the pictures of the vessel. It was a good time, but also hard working in the tropics with the turbines of the cargopumps!!
    Many 5th engineers should know that!
    Regards, Gijs.

    29-08-2015 23:29 Souhabi Djamel Eddine wrote:


    I want information about attack of PETROBULK RULER in 1988.
    thank you

    20-08-2015 23:07 James Mc Evoy wrote:

    I sailed on shell tanker for about three years great memories
    the PLATIDA ashphalt tanker ,the lighting ships the DRUPA and DARINA,the HEMEPLECTA in the far east distant memories

    16-08-2015 09:04 Colin Wood wrote:

    I was on the CORAL RIVER ex KELLITIA (1) are my experiences acceptable.

    Colin Wood R594520

    16-08-2015 08:17 Derrick Benfell wrote:

    It was a great pleasure when acting as the Port Agent at Lyttelton for the Taiko and other Coastal Tankers.

    13-08-2015 22:31 Paul Nicholls wrote:

    I sailed on the Haminella in the late 1960's when it was owned by Shell. It would be great to make contact with any old shipmates.

    08-08-2015 13:09 Paul Van Wadenoijen wrote:

    I was 5 or 6 when my uncle told me about his trips working as a sailor,at that age i decided i wil be a sailor when i`m older so the day i selebrated my 18 th birthday i went to the Hofplein i Rotterdam there was the office of Shell,and 2 months later i was on my first ship called the Dionne in the Persian Gulf at that day my life starts for real and manny ships wil follow after that and had a great time,sometimes my thouhgts wonder off and i see myself sill as that jong sailor and ik wish that i could make one more trip

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