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Old 3rd August 2005, 16:28
ashley ashley is offline  
 
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Thumbs up shell tankers

is there anybody who served on shell tankers between 1978-1981,
my first tanker was the fusus, then lanistes and then the coal carrier
tectus,i was deck boy then j.o.s. s.o.s. and finally a.b. there must be someone else i cannot remember names, but if i see a name i am sure it will all come back to me, hope to find someone soon.
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Old 17th August 2005, 19:25
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Cool

I spent time on the Shell tanker "Drupa" during 1979. Engaged on taking crude from the Brent Spar to numerous UK ports ( Tranmere/Fawley/Teesmouth etc). Also equiped with Yokohama Fenders for Lightening in Lyme Bay. Good ship approx 75,000t if I remember correctly so not a bad size for a "Coaster". Sadly scrapped now I think.
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Old 18th August 2005, 23:01
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We used to sing a song about the drupa, it goes something like this.
I lost my a** on the shell ship drupa, to the tune of starship trooper.
Were you plagued with cockroaches onboard, i heard the D class tankers were full of them, what was life like onboard.
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Old 19th August 2005, 20:23
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Starship Drupa

Ashley

Cannot say she was infested at all, cannot remember seeing any. Good size double cabins for the GP3's, AB's didn't like keeping them tidy ( Too Big ). Do Not recall the food too brilliant, but used to catch plenty of fish at the spar so always fish/chip suppers. Always cold running to north of Shetlands even in summer, spending watch duties on the fo'sle looking at the strain gauge on the spar. Trying to dig out picture of us lightening the "Batillus", will post it when I find it.
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Old 19th August 2005, 21:54
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starship drupa

Have a look at new pictures today, i have found one of the drupa and sent it in, hope you like it.
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Old 21st August 2005, 21:25
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Drupa picture

Ashley

Good to see a picture of the Drupa at the spar, I remember the postcard as I was in posession of one myself. Shown your picture post to the kids, they think I must of been mad hanging off that thig for days at a time

Colin Butler ( Lifeboatman )
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Old 20th March 2007, 11:27
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Shell 'Sparky' from 70's & 80's

Hi there,

Came across this thread doing a Google on 'Lanistes'. I was a Sparky with Shell from '77 to '87 and the Lanistes was my first trip in '77, 6 and a half months as a junior r/o. Spent quite a bit of time around the North Sea, Brent Spar, Fulmar FSU etc. Would be good to catch up with anyone I sailed with. Sure you'll remember the name, John Dechant.
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Old 20th March 2007, 13:19
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Greetings John to the site and welcome.Plenty of ex shell people on here. Bon voyage.
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Old 22nd March 2007, 23:47
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i was serving with shell ships megara halia lanistes new from chiba lampas litiopa new from chiba felipes new from haugesund then again on curacao west africa run then naticina . couple names remeber well peddler palmer pacheco charlie zahra bob prichard d. healy harry brough junior walker terry o,niel
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Old 10th May 2007, 15:36
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Lanisites

I sailed on her for my first trip from le-havre to the gulf via douglas, isle of man.

I have seen the tectus on a number o f occasions. Once when i was on the lepeta and we broke down around the entrance to english channel, and the tectus played "we are sailing" by rod stewart as she went passed us. Thanks a lot Guys!!

Boots
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Old 11th April 2008, 00:44
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Hi, I worked on the Brent Spar 1978/79 and remember the Drupa well.
We also pumped to the Esso Aberdeen and the Warwickshire and I think another Shell tanker but can't remember what name... any idea's?
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Old 12th April 2008, 11:26
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John.

The other vessel would probably be the Darina.

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Old 12th April 2008, 23:03
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The other vessel was the Serenia
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Old 13th April 2008, 15:13
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Drupa

Spent a lot of time on Drupa over the years, late 60's to late 70's, as sparky, including the D/D in Falmouth when she converted to work the Brent Spa. Got a lot of very fond memories of that vessel and the people on her. Somebody asked for the picture of Drupa and Batillus, so I've attached the classic photo of that operation (sorry the quality of that pic isn't too great, but it was a press photo). Regards to all ex-Drupa men !
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File Type: jpg Drupa - 9- at Falmouth -for Brent Conversion.jpg (147.7 KB, 233 views)
File Type: jpg Drupa - 6- Disconnecting.jpg (68.4 KB, 189 views)
File Type: jpg Drupa - 12 - Approaching Brent Spar Rig.jpg (115.7 KB, 174 views)
File Type: jpg Drupa - 8- & Big Sister Batillus.jpg (317.2 KB, 262 views)

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Old 14th April 2008, 09:26
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There is a photo of Drupa and Batillus here :-

http://www.kiwited.com/images/Ship%2...SS%20Drupa.jpg

Dave.
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Old 14th April 2008, 19:42
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Great Picture, Thanks Dave ! Slightly different from the one I had, but obviously one from the same sequence.
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Old 25th April 2008, 00:38
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John.

The other vessel would probably be the Darina.

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I know that the Ms Northia also did a couple of brent cargos but am not sure how many, she normally loaded off the Fulmar field.
Wasn't the Darina just used for lightening
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Old 25th April 2008, 01:33
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I know that the Ms Northia also did a couple of brent cargos but am not sure how many, she normally loaded off the Fulmar field.
Wasn't the Darina just used for lightening
Mostly the MV Northia loaded from the Fulmar FSU (Floating Storage Unit). I was on her for two years (on & off) swapping trips the SRO/E Kevin Emmett. She was fitted with a specialised telemetry system between the FSU and the offtake tanker - incorporating an ESDS (Emergency Shut Down System) of the cargo transfer under extreme weather conditions. Happy times
Mike
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Old 25th April 2008, 05:42
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Commodore Johnny Davison

Hya all
My uncle served as Commodore in the mid 1970's.
I am very interested and would be very grateful if anybody who served under him could give me some stories or even tiny snippets?
regards
Paddy Chrisp
[one time Union Steam Ship Company shoreside worker] and
Son of Capt Peter Chrisp, Port Line and Lyttelton Harbour Board


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is there anybody who served on shell tankers between 1978-1981,
my first tanker was the fusus, then lanistes and then the coal carrier
tectus,i was deck boy then j.o.s. s.o.s. and finally a.b. there must be someone else i cannot remember names, but if i see a name i am sure it will all come back to me, hope to find someone soon.
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Old 29th April 2008, 11:02
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I sailed on Drupa (1st trip!), Northia and Norrisia and Loaded at the Spar on all of them, Also loaded from the fulmar FSU (even when she went walkabout 1 Year in December)
The Northia has been converted to an FPSO called IKdamn (or similar name)
Drupa was Scrapped some time ago
Don't know what became of the Norrisia (Shell 1st DP tanker)
I joined Shell in 1984 as an SST (for those who remember them) with Ian Baird, (huge Scouser) Mark Vowels, from Bristol area (I think) Craig Morrison (NE area) and Alan.....?(another scouser), I was the last to leave the company in 1994. So Hello to all and any who remember me...and no I do not want a job thank you. Cheers Carl
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Old 29th April 2008, 22:02
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The Norrisia is one of the knutsen tankers now. I don't know if Shell still have any shuttle tankers left. Does any one know? and if so are they British crewed?
I sailed with Ian Baird when he was third mate on the Northia in 1992, I also sailed with a guy called Mick Hurst who was a SST in 1992 and last time I sailed with him he was just going to join a dredger called City of Chichester as master. Nice to see SSt,s getting on.
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Old 24th May 2008, 12:11
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I know that the Ms Northia also did a couple of brent cargos but am not sure how many, she normally loaded off the Fulmar field.
Wasn't the Darina just used for lightening
i believe chris snuggs is 400 stone now!!
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Old 28th May 2008, 23:22
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i believe chris snuggs is 400 stone now!!
We must of sailed with shell at the same time if you know snuggsy, do you remember Mike Smith, and Nick chapman
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Old 1st June 2008, 16:35
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I don't know if Shell still have any shuttle tankers left. Does any one know? and if so are they British crewed?

David,

The last Shell shuttle tanker was the Cardissa, a previously Dutch manned ship that had ended up with Brit/Irish officers and filipino ratings. She was sold in 2004. A replacement ship was being sought for the F 3 field but it was not going to be managed by Shell.


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Old 9th June 2008, 00:23
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Sailed with shell from 76 till 86 when they went i.o.man manning and i bailed out then. Got a job locally working for whitaker tankers and still there today. Did the "L" class, joined lepeta when she was 3 months old in europort, still had dockworkers onboard finishing off the painting. Left in point tupper 6 months later, never seen so much snow!
Did all the north sea bits, best port for me was ardrossan then ended up on the "E" class out the far east.
My nick name was (still is ) fozzy deck boy to g1.
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