Welcome to Helderline

On this site you'll find over two thousand ships of Shell Tankers built between 1867 and 2017. As well as the ships of The Eagle Tanker Company Ltd, built between 1912 and 1959. Now the Oil- and Gas- fleet managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Comp. London.

Besides that, over nine thousand visitors have registered themselves here, and they added themselves as member of the crew for 29.000 times. No less than 1.500 guestbook messages and 1.200 anecdotes were shared at Helderline. The 5.700 photos and images show the 2.285 ships, which are classified in 79 classes, 17 types of cargo, 308 managing companies, 399 yards and 60 countries. We even have 600 ships of which we know the current location.

I sailed in the sixties on the Abida, Vitrea, Koratia and the Kosicia.

Please enjoy your visit here and send me a comment, Kees Helder

Eburna (2)

Completed 1979 as Eburna for STUK. 1982 chartered by British Government in Falkland war. 2000 sold to Golden Mill Singapore and renamed Virgo. 2004 renamed Eburna. 19.1.2007 arrived Chittagong for scrap. (Model Ian Milligan)


Completed 1979 as Ervilia for STUK. 2000 sold to Continent Marine Singapore and renamed Opal. 17.2.2007 beached Alang for scrap. (Model Ian Milligan)


Completed 1980 as Euplecta for STUK. 2001 sold to Golden Empire Maritime Singapore and renamed Accord. 11-2009 sold for scrapping Chittagong. (Model Ian Milligan)


Completed 1980 as Ebalina for STUK. 1998 sold to Lampedusa Shipping and renamed Lampedusa. 2003 sold to Minterne Inventers and renamed Aegean Trader. 2007 sold for scrap Bangladesh. (Model Ian Milligan)


Completed 1956 as Horomya for STUK. 28-3-1975 arrived Santander for scrap.


Completed 2008 as Clio for Zachello Group. 2009 to Marwave Shipmanagement. 2015 sold to TB Marine. 2015-2019 time-charter and managed by STASCo. 2019-2021 in charter by Trafigura.


Completed 1956 as Hinea for STUK. 22-9-1976 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.

Methane Princess (2)

Completed 2003 as Methane Princess for Golar LNG. 2003-2024 in charter for BG-Group. 2-2016 Shell takeover the BG-Group. Capacity 138.000 cubic metres of LNG.

Baltic Sunrise

Completed 11-2005 as Universal Queen for Haeyoung Maritime Services. 7-2015 to Sinokor and renamed Baltic Sunrise. 2015-2018 time-charter for STASCo. Picture(s) by Jan Oosterboer and Hans Esveldt.

Overseas Tampa

Completed 2010 as Overseas Tampa for OSG Shipmanagement. 2014 converted to a shuttle tanker and in time-charter for Shell Trading US in the Gulf of Mexico.

Silver Valerie

Completed 2014 as Silver Valerie for Sinokor. Number 2 from Shell Project Silver, a total of 50 newbuildings, including 34 for Sinokor. All the vessels will be chartered by STASCo.

Prelude FLNG

The 488 metres long, 74 metres wide, FLNG floating liquefied natural gas vessel will float in waters off the North-Western coast of Australia. The largest offshore facility ever constructed. Start building 2012. Completed 2017 for 25 years. Fully loaded a capacity of 600.000 tons. The Prelude left Samsung on 29-6-2017 and arrived 25-7-2017 at its location. 2018 cargo testing with the Gallina and Methane Mickie Harper. Started production on 25-12-2018. In June 2019 the Valencia Knutsen loaded the first cargo.

Tristar orders six tankers under Shell contract

UAE-based Tristar Group has placed an order for six new oil and chemical tankers at South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The company said that the 25,000 dwt carriers have been ordered on the back of long-term charter contracts with oil major Shell. Under the deal, unveiled on April 16, 2019, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the units starting from the middle of May 2020 until the first week of January 2021.

Zafra (2)

Completed 1990 as Zafra for Shell Tankers Rotterdam. 1995 end charter and renamed Burwain Adriatic. 1995 sold to Tschudi & Eitzen and renamed Northsea Chaser. 2001 sold to Difko Norway and renamed Difko Chaser. 2009 sold Greece and renamed Aeolos. 2-2013 sold as Floating Storage and renamed African Leader. Arrived Alang as Leader on 29-3-2018.

Methane Jane Elizabeth

Completed 2006 as Methane Jane Elizabeth for GasLog Partners. In charter for BG-Group. 2-2016 Shell takeover the BG-Group. 2016- 10-2019 on charter for STASCo. Capacity 145.000 cubic metres of LNG.