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    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.
    Groet,
    Gerda.



    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:
    Gadila,
    Kabylia,
    Perna,
    Kabylia
    Abida
    Philidora
    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.

    Regards,

    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 Bute..lol

    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.
    Robin



    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 wrote:

    OPROEP
    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,
    Mick



    03-08-2014 12:21 Joop Leurs wrote:

    Het Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum zoekt vrijwilligers;

    Een specifiek vakgebied of specifieke vakkennis is niet altijd nodig. Wel is het makkelijk dat u 2 rechter handen heeft en u wilt inzetten op één van de volgende belangrijke gebieden in ons museum:

    1/ na een gedegen inwerkperiode het kunnen bedienen, smeren en schoonmaken/onderhouden van onze collectie stoommachines.

    2/ mensen die handig zijn met een zaag en schroevendraaier kortom timmermannen/vrouwen

    3/ mensen die goed met een schilders kwast kunnen omgaan en die onze machines er elke weer prachtig laten uitzien

    4/ modelbouwers die met veel liefde onze prachtige en ook vaak antieke modellen in topconditie houden

    5/Machine bankwerkers en draaiers die ook een lasapparaat kunnen bedienen. Vaak moeten wij onderdelen zelf herstellen omdat er geen vervangende onderdelen voorhanden zijn

    6/Technici die stoommachines kunnen repareren. Hiervoor is een echte technische achtergrond wel een pré.

    Spreekt één van de bovenstaande functies u aan, bel het museum op 0227-544732 / 0623884495



    02-08-2014 13:24 John Briton wrote:

    Hi Shaun,been a long time since the Paludina.I was in touch with Bob Warden a while back,but had to change my email after it was hacked into and i lost all contacts.if you could pass my email onto him id appreciate it.Hope youre well,Bob said you were doing Health and Safety?Get in touch mate.Take Care John



    30-07-2014 16:10 Shaun Heffernan wrote:

    Hemiplecta was my first trip as a very green 'shoreside' 5th Engineeer. Didnt help that I was the only 'fiver' on the ship. First few weeks passed in a heat filled haze (I joined in Singapore) but once I got the hang of things then started to settle down. Despite the hurdles placed in my path by some senior officers my time on the 'Plecta was a happy one and the start of a 10 year career with Shell. Many happy memories of trips ashore and also kindness and tolerance shown by experienced crew members (both deck,catering and engine room)



    29-07-2014 15:01 Nishi Malhotra wrote:

    Proud very proud of Mighty Methane Princess



    16-07-2014 08:33 Jan Van Der Ven wrote:

    ben op zoek naar sjeng wijnands uit limburg en huug v iperen uit zeeland .waar ik de stranding van de metula heb meegemaakt in 1974.



    16-07-2014 08:09 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Hi shipmates, come and join the group on Facebook, Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd...everyone welcome..great pics , stories and and with nearly 600 members there is bound to be someone aboard that you sailed with..
    all the best,,Mick Cardiff..



    16-07-2014 06:53 Geoff Akehurst wrote:

    Roy,

    Several goes at contacting you but here goes another one.



    15-07-2014 20:13 Jan C.D Thiermann wrote:

    Hi all,
    Does somebody know Arie Visser, 1st officer 1974 Kylix? Trying to locate him for quite some time. He was one of the finest sailors I have ever met in my life.
    Thank you, best regards,
    Jan



    15-07-2014 14:42 Joe Mally wrote:

    This is for a English visitor I'm trying to find by the name of Christopher Strawbridge please get in touch if you can
    Joe



    13-07-2014 11:49 Giel Van Der Linden wrote:

    I was sailing on de M.S Vitrea in 1964. i wan't to no, de crew on that time



    08-07-2014 21:52 Lawrence Hitchen wrote:

    Hello Michael - I remember you all those years past. Now the skin on our bones begin to sag. Time catches holds in an ocean, adrift...wandering forever in our thoughts... trying always to hold those moments in nature that at the time went mostly unappreciated...Then we look back....and recall the beauty of those majestic experiences that so few could ever hold.

    Best, Larry



    07-07-2014 17:19 Peter Tervoort Slammy Boy wrote:



    Wie o wie is die matroos, die samen met mij in
    Australie de laatste trein gemist hadden en toen
    tussen de schapen de laatste goederentrein hebben
    genomen richting boord. Ik zelf dacht de ACTEON.
    Maar zeker weten doe ik het niet meer.
    gr. uit Beverwijk SLAMMy



    23-06-2014 18:47 Chris Hallam wrote:

    Hi I was at sea thirty years someone may remember me I sailed tankers, cargo, & various other types of vessels
    It would be good to hear from old shipmates....



    20-06-2014 10:15 David Edwards wrote:

    New email address.



    16-06-2014 09:57 Brian Perry wrote:

    I sailed on the Asprella in 69, watched the Moon shot on TV at Swansea...I believe...we couldn't watch the landing as we were well out of TV range by that time. I remember the Saloon steward smuggling a 'lady' on board. She was soon discovered and put ashore in Ireland. The ship carried chemicals at that time. All the crew had to give blood sample and a whole armful on completion of a six month trip. We sailed between Curacao, Liverpool/Stanlow, Swansea. think we went to Rotterdam once as well I paid off in Liverpool when the ship was dry docked for repairs/refit



    07-06-2014 12:50 Pete Nicholson wrote:

    I sailed AB on British Shell tankers. Hyalina, Linga, Patella, T2 Theobaldius. All in the early 50s. That was when we were astounded when Shell introduced their 28,000 tonners. 28,000 tons! Surely that has to be the limit in tonnage? Little did we know eh.



    02-06-2014 17:15 Peter Tervoort Slammy Boy wrote:


    Sorry een foutje van mijn kant dus begin ik maar
    opnieuw.
    Zoals ik al noemde, was ik op zoek naar ene Arie
    of Adrie een blonde matroos uit de buurt van Arnhem?
    Hij had een donkere maat als o. g. Ik heb met hem
    gevaren in de periode tussen 63 tot 65 op de Acteon.
    gr. Slammy.



    26-05-2014 19:13 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    hi Phillip, join us on the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. Facebook group page..great pics and stories..there is bound to be someone in the group who sailed with your dad..
    best wishes,

    Mick Cardiff..



    24-05-2014 12:32 Philip Zahra Son Of Late Charlie Zahra wrote:

    hi my late father seen and worked with a lot of you god bless all those because they had a hard life away from family and friends he worked on felipes halia haminella helix mitra megara murex hi charlie don/t worry about to-morrow to-morrow never come used to tell me your son philip bye bye to all your shipmates and god please look after them



    18-05-2014 03:27 Len Mazza wrote:

    Hi Bob,

    Would you be from Aberdeen by any chance.

    Len Mazza.



    04-05-2014 18:19 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Don't forget shipmates, you can join us on the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. Facebook group page..great pics and stories..



    02-05-2014 13:31 Charles Rowbottom wrote:

    I sailed with Shell from 1954 till 1958, starting as 5th engineer on Capulus, finishing as 3rd on Fossularca. Good friend "Duncan",he lived in Oban. I would like to meet him again.



    01-05-2014 09:40 Kym Done wrote:

    Hi, I worked on shell Tankers from 1973-1979, I sailed on the Halia, Natacina, Latia, limmutula, Flammulina.
    Would like to hear from any old shipmate's who sail with me.
    I am also on Facebook group shell tankers UK ltd.
    Cheers shipmates.Kym.



    30-04-2014 17:10 Keith Emery. wrote:

    Hi I served as sos on the "Kelletia" when she was sold off after a long stay in dry dock at Singapore.
    I also sailedon the "Neathyris"



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