Tmac must have missed this one??Shell had a VLCC called the Lotorium built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast back in the the seventies. I joined her when she was six months old by chopper at Las Palmas. There was no paint left on the deck!! Shell said to leave everything for the Gaurentee Dry Dock!! The engine room was a nightmare - we spend countless hours fixing broken bits and pieces - it was the only vessel I sailed on that was built in that yard, thank god!!
On a general note the best ships I sailed on for overall good design and "workabilty " were all built in West Germany.
Umm, what can I say........they were a bit better but had their faults. Hand on my heart I must confess that during this time we (H&W) had lost our way a bit and the pride in the job just wasn't there anymore, sad really but you poor buggers had to sail in and operate them. My apologies to you all, we could and should have done better.(Sad) (Sad)I'm sure that ship was a problem ship due to her being partially built and abandoned at H&W, prior to Shell taking her over, it would be interesting to hear from anyone else who sailed on the subsequent L class vessels out of H&W.