Would that be Steve Beckett? I sailed with him in "Oriental Bay" around 1993-4 when he was CEO. Believe he passed on shortly after from cancer. One of lifes gentlemen.Dear VTR,
yes it was Kowloon Bay that ran aground.
I sailed on her Voyage 2 from Southampton, as 4th engineer.
I think I was the only steam man in the Engine room. All others were Elder Dempster Diesel Chiefs who were seeking their combined tickets. That and of course there was a shortage of ships. Needless to say we had a bad accident. One lad Steve..... can't remember his last name was badly burnt sadly through lack of knowledge of steam. Drains tank pump was not isolated and started on high level switch whilst he was looking for leaks at the end of the Condenser Vacuum maker. Nasty, and It has been with me to this day. One golden rule on steam ships. do not hurry maintenace jobs.
Hope you are keeping well mate.
Yes, P&OCL had a rank structure that ran (traditional equivalents in brackets):Chief Engineer???
KOWLOON BAYOne of the German built 1970s series of large container ships built for Overseas Containers taken from QE2 in Southampton Water in 1979 inbound.
The Class was known as the Bremen Express class, the design was Bremer Vulcan, they built two or three, whilst HDW also built two. There was a block order of eight engines from Stahl Laval and eight screws from Lips Drunen,(just up the road from where I live. I was on board Bremen Express just after trials, as Cockburns had supplied all the engine room and ballast system Butterfly valves. They were supposed to be the second generation Boxers, then Sea Land built the S7s.I worked at HOVALDSWERKE Shipyard in Kiel in 72. the Kowloon Bay was just getting built then. The thickness of her hull was larger than British built ships.
The wages and conditions were a lot better than back home, hence the inrush of British workers!