Still have the plates but you don't auto clean, they clean when the sensors tell them to, the Westfalias are now belt driven. Sludge level tank lasts for ever.Did you have any trouble with these new puri's, failed sensors etc. Still had the plates I assume and auto cleaning like the A boats.
The RBS thing sounds a bit like the Greek/ Monrovian high jinks with their fleets. Mind you old Vestey was at it from way back, every ship a stand alone company, he had various companies round the world like Lion Shipping, Calmeda (sounds more of a social disease), Austasia, some South American outfit. Then the registered office in a back street in Paris.
There were no flies on him.
I have seen Harry since the Mandama, at our Duty Mess Lunch in the Sunderland area, it was just getting going when Covid put the blocks on it. Met up with Keith Gladman a couple of times and saw Keith Eade at a Liverpool reunion.
Have you ever come across a stern tube that has been piped up to a LOP?
Dudley was ok until he had a few drinks, then he would become a bit punchy from all accounts. I sailed with him after he had been promoted to Master for a few years on the America Star.
I believe you live in Oxfordshire, I am down in Newbury.
Wonder if those two engadets ever made anything of themselves, or became actors. They seem to like dressing up.
When we were in Freemantle they cut a road sign down in the docks and brought it to the ship, they couldn't even cut it straight perhaps far too much to drink. That didn't go down very well with all concerned. Not sure what happened afterwards, that was between Harry and the OM.
I am in touch with Dave Richards who took over the 2nds job after me. Both he and Keith Gladman got their redundancies after they got off. I resigned to get married and go ashore.
It was 1998 Mr Vestey sold Blue Star lock stock and barrell (Including the model BSL ships in Albion House) PONL owned the lot. RBS was a PONL subsiduary.
My last ship, was one of the big ones at that time, small ship now. A mere 8450teus, 12 Cylinder RT flex 92. Very impressive.