Clive Reed

Clive Reed
16th June 2009, 09:31
Hi,

I should really just do a brief introduction, however, it is very difficult to know what is brief and what isn't, so here goes.

I joined Stag Line in 1973 as a cadet and stayed with them through to 1978 and, with a freshly inked second mate's certificate I trotted off to get a second mate's job. I joined DART Containers in September 1978 as second mate and stayed with DART until 1981 when I moved sideways into Furness Withy as I was tired of seeing the same north Atlantic waves. By this time CY Tung, the owner of some of the DART ships, had bought Furness Withy so it was an easy move. In 1983 I quit sailing for a while and drew pictures for a living, however, Matty Clarke tempted me back to sea towards the end of that year and I joined Transocean Maritime Agencies (TMA) where I spent the rest of my seagoing career. TMA, or Travel Mystery and Adventure, was an interesting company based in Monaco that had not been long in ship management when I joined.

After a collision on my watch in the River Plate TMA promoted me to chief officer so obviously it wasn't my fault. I spent the next four years as chief officer before being given command of Astart. I spent the rest of my time with TMA enjoying being captain and seeing the world. Over the years I sailed with some really excellent shipmates and I believe that some of them frequent this site.

After a couple of stints in the office in Monaco it suddenly dawned on me that there was no need for me to go back to sea, in fact with a young daughter, there was every reason not to. In August 1997 I joined Ince & Co, a law firm specialising in shipping. The first six months of commuting from Colchester to the City was absolutely Purgatory and then I started designing bits and pieces for cars, specifically TVR and Lotus. So that solved the "what to do to three hours a day travelling back to London" problem. Apart from the initial massive pay cut the job was very interesting, basically all I deal with is collisions, groundings, sinkings, explosions, death, destruction and mayhem - great fun. People ask me what I do and I tell them "things that go bump in the night".

At the end of 2000 Ince asked me if I wanted to move to Singapore so I did. I am still here in collision city with my wife Debbie and my daughter Zoe is due to go to boarding school in Durham for her A-levels in September. I spent most of last year in South Korea playing my part in the defence of the "Hebei Spirit Two". This year I'm likely to spend a fair amount of time in Taiwan as the Master, Second Officer and helmsman of Tosa are facing up to life imprisonment for not actually hitting a fishing vessel.

I would love to hear from people I sailed with through the couple of decades I spent at sea.

Clive Reed

bert thompson
16th June 2009, 09:43
Welcome Clive . Wonderful introduction. Look forward to your postings
Best wishes
Bert.

non descript
16th June 2009, 10:44
Clive, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community and thank you for your first and most interesting posting; do enjoy the site and all it has to offer, and we very much look forward to your postings. Bon Voyage. (Thumb)

billyboy
16th June 2009, 11:19
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. enjoy all this great site has to offer

K urgess
16th June 2009, 12:59
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Clive.
An interested and varied career so you will probably find some ex shipmates in our crew.
Have a good trip.

Flixtonian
16th June 2009, 13:34
Hi Clive,
Good to hear from you after such a long time. You will indeed find some ex TMA people on here, and some interesting photos of you in the gallery.(*))
Catch you later,

Steve F.

GWB
16th June 2009, 13:46
Welcome aboard Clive great first posting enjoy the trip.

GWB

Clive Reed
16th June 2009, 13:52
Hi Clive,
Good to hear from you after such a long time. You will indeed find some ex TMA people on here, and some interesting photos of you in the gallery.(*))
Catch you later,

Steve F.

Hi Steve,

How are you? I must be getting old if I am being nostalgic!
Who else is here that you know of? Colin said you, John Glover, Paul Whittle and Nigel Wing. I'll have to have a hunt for the photos.

Take care.

Flixtonian
16th June 2009, 17:01
Hi Steve,

How are you? I must be getting old if I am being nostalgic!
Who else is here that you know of? Colin said you, John Glover, Paul Whittle and Nigel Wing. I'll have to have a hunt for the photos.

Take care.

Hi Clive,
Ian Huckin and Ray McCreery (Burned Toast) ex TMA men also post on here. Paul Whittle posts under the name Arkwright, the others under their own names.

Will PM you later with more info,

Regards, Steve.

R58484956
16th June 2009, 20:00
Greetings Clive and a warm welcome to SN. Your first post was most interesting, I expect you will have more stories to tell us in the future. Bon voyage.

John Glover
16th June 2009, 20:56
Hello and welcome to the site Clive, will pm you later. Please give my fondest regards to Debbie and Zoe, although i'm sure Zoe won't remember me now it's been so long.
regards
john glover

Nigel Wing
16th June 2009, 21:42
Clive,
Best wishes from Falmouth, UK.
Welcome to the site, I look forward to your contributions.
Cheers.
Nigel.

benjidog
16th June 2009, 23:10
Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you will enjoy the site.

Clive Reed
17th June 2009, 05:01
What a great welcome, thanks!

I had a great time with TMA as well.
Colin Hope (Fleet Manager) retired at the end of May but intends to stay busy.

These days this is the type of ship I go onboard:

Clive Reed
17th June 2009, 10:44
Greetings Clive and a warm welcome to SN. Your first post was most interesting, I expect you will have more stories to tell us in the future. Bon voyage.

Speaking of stories, download the movie files (with sound) from this link to see what happened to the Hebei Spirit:

https://www.yousendit.com/download/cmcwck96QzdOMUNGa1E9PQ

The link will expire in two weeks.

peter3807
17th June 2009, 20:16
Clive,

Hello and greetings. I was with Stag Line 1970 to 1977. Cadet, 3rd mate and 2nd mate. I don't think we sailed together, or did we ? Probably passed by at crew change, they didn't have many ships.

Regards

Peter.

waffle-sproket
26th July 2009, 11:48
Just a quick note I worked in the office with TMA for 4 and a bit years till mid 2006 and it was certainly different. Very much in touch with Colin will tell him you are on site and you never know.

best regards

(A)

billyboy
26th July 2009, 14:09
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer