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Felix - workboat

Good Day gents I am present still serving with BP and last year I was base manager for BP Shipcare at present they have a total of 35 ships layed up
I also remeber the days we had on the island which is now a nature reserve but still you can visit and have a BBQ
the work boats which there were five of only one still remains Felix, Purdey I had to sadly scrap due to many holes and patches on the hull I will try and post some pics when I locate them

Roger
Just returned from Labuan after visiting in view of a prospective lay up. Felix is (to my amazement) still alive and in service....
 

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Just returned from Labuan after visiting in view of a prospective lay up. Felix is (to my amazement) still alive and in service....
It would have been priceless, if i had only came across this forum earlier...

why didn't you highlight to me of this existent when we met?

all these memories is... (==D) so meaningful to younger generations like us...:sweat:

i could have write a book / novel on it...
 

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Another reminder of those long hot days in the Bay.

Found this while turfing out junk in the loft. It is from a charity cook book, not a menu from certain "establishments" in the town.
 

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I worked for LASSA (Labuan Shipcare Services & Agency Sdn Bhd) as third mate(marine technician) the company set up by Capt Sainty (owned by a local Chinese businessman) to take on BP. There were about 12 Brits working there, we lived ashore in houses owned by the parent company, a couple of miles out of town (known as Kampong Lassa to us). We went offshore Monday to friday and saturday morning was work on the launches in port.

Sainty was the MD, we had a couple of ex BP lads working there, Andy Smithers-electrician and a ex 2/E. Unfortunately Sainty wasnt held in great esteem, as the ex BP lads said he was like chalk and cheese compared to his BP days. Very tight fisted and petty, we couldnt use the company launches for jollies etc.
He was certainly single and based on what we saw, not a chance he would marry (though law changes here in the UK would now allow)
None the less I had a very enjoyable 12 months there from Oct 85, though a very expensive place to live.
We would meet some of the BP lads at the Island Club on a wednesday or Saturday, I remember the shock when the redundancy notices came through about Feb 86, some very upset people. During my time I cant remember the BP lads hashing much except the 333 hash on Pulau Kuriman. (the one time we used the lassa launches)BP came in there own boats.
At the end of my 12 months, I decided to move on for career purposes, plus we lost 4 ships (BT promoter-reactivated, Esso Genava reactivated Esso Saba to BP as their new Base ship(or vv) and One of the El Paso LNG to scrap) so future prospects were not good.
An interesting 12 months which changed my life considerably.
 

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I was on the crew that took Trident to Brunei Bay for lay up. We worked like trojans all day to tie her up with bullwires alongside another VLCC, whilst the BP Shipcare officers largely stood and watched us all day and made no move to help, as I recall. BP Shipcare, doddle of a job.
 

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I was on the crew that took Trident to Brunei Bay for lay up. We worked like trojans all day to tie her up with bullwires alongside another VLCC, whilst the BP Shipcare officers largely stood and watched us all day and made no move to help, as I recall. BP Shipcare, doddle of a job.
Trust me it was no doddle ! One of the first jobs I had was replacing all the crankshaft white metal bearings on the Tridents Emergency Generator engine as the sump was full of water and someone had tied the dipstick down to stop it blowing out of the sump ! Must add I was not there when the Trident arrived but shortly afterwards. I take it you never worked in the lay up unit before ? apart from taking a ship there !
 

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Trust me it was no doddle ! One of the first jobs I had was replacing all the crankshaft white metal bearings on the Tridents Emergency Generator engine as the sump was full of water and someone had tied the dipstick down to stop it blowing out of the sump ! Must add I was not there when the Trident arrived but shortly afterwards. I take it you never worked in the lay up unit before ? apart from taking a ship there !
Steve, were you there when the Trident broke free in a storm? That was a hectic night getting her re-secured to the mother ships.
 

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Cat/Off.

I was having a sort out and found a photo album from the lay up unit around Christmas 1983.I can only think that the buffet was a Xmas party for us and the shore based staff.I think the shoreside super is in the light blue shorts,called John from the Consett area?The 3/E in the fore ground was my team leader,Tom McQueen?,and I think he is talking to a Cat Off.The other gent in the group was a C/O called Massingham I think.I was out there from Nov 83 till March 84.Like some others when I had done my time I jumped on the BA flight to Sidney and spent a month touring Australia.On the flight home I joined up with the lads from the unit,including one Sam Thomson from Ayr.Not a pretty sight at the end.
The Cat /0ff is the late Dave Fothergill
 

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I was on the Gull in Brunei Bay from 2nd October 1979 to 27th January 1980, the tragic loss of the 4th Engineer occurred near the end of my trip, I was up in Kota Kinabalu playing rugby one weekend when this happened. He apparently missed his footing trying to step of the quay onto one of the launches and missed his footing. Does anyone remember the name of the 4th Engineer I have a record of the 7 that were there during my time on board. They were:
J.D. O'Shaughnessy, P.A. Heppel, R. McKenzie, J. Gambril, G. Hogg, D. Rooney and D. Allwood.
While I was there the LNG Aquarius left on 20.12.79, the D.L. Bower on the 23/12.79 and the mighty Casterbridge, ex GATX Oswego, newly renamed Amethyst for Greek owners left on 10.12.79 and the Mobil Raven arrived on 10.1.80.

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Hi Chris
Just stumbled on this site
I helped carry the young popular 4th Engineers coffin, back in the day
Sainty went up to Newcastle to speak with the parents, Phil’s twin brother opened house the door. Sainty had a turn.
I enjoyed every minute of my time on the Gull
George Hogg
 
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