Welcome to Helderline

On this site you'll find over two thousand ships of Shell Tankers built from 1867 to ships that have not even been launched yet! 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


Completed 1962 as VITREA for Shell Tankers Rotterdam. Originally ordered as Violetta. The first Dutch Shell Tanker with all accommodation and bridge aft. 2-7-1985 arrived Pakistan for scrap. Sailed on here in 1962. 3D model 1:1250 from Kees Helder.


Completed 1945 as Stones River for U.S.M.C. 1947 purchased by STUK and renamed TRIBULUS. 5-1960 laid-up Lough Swilly. 9-5-1961 arrived Faslane for scrap.


Orgionally ordered by Shell Tankers (Violetta) but sold before completion as LLANISHEN to E.T.R. Tankers. 1958-1974 time-charter for STUK. 1974 sold and renamed Petrola XIX, 1976 renamed Petrola 19. 1981 sold and renamed Emouli. 1986 scrapped Aliaga.


Completed 1961 as KAYESON for Kaye Tanker Management. Originally ordered as ZONITES. In 20 year time-charter for STUK. 1981 sold and renamed Aounallah. 1983 scrapped Karachi.


Completed 1955 as FORTHFIELD for Hunting & Sons. In time-charter for STUK. 1975 scrapped Burriana.


Completed 1957 as EASTGATE for Turnbull Scott Shipping. Originally ordered by Anglo-Saxon as HIATULA. In time-charter for Anglo-Saxon. 1973 sold after collision. 30-6-1973 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.


Completed 24-11-2022 as PROTEUS BOHEMIA for CSSC Bocomm Leasing. Number 8 from 12 LNG dual-fuelled LR2 Tankers. In charter to Shell Tankers Singapore for 15 years.


Completed 1958 as HALIA for STUK. Originally ordered by Anglo-Saxon as HOREA. 1969 conversion into a lightening tanker. 28-8-1985 arrived San Sebastian for scrap. Model made by Tony Phipps.


Completed 1960 as CLYMENE for Hadley Shipping. Originally ordered by Anglo-Saxon as ANATINA. In time-charter for STUK. 8-1976 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.


Completed 1961 as STONEGATE for Turnbull Scott Shipping. Originally ordered as AMPULLARIA. In 20 year time-charter for STUK. 1981 sold to Troodos Shipping and renamed Sunny. 1985 scrapped Chittagong.


Completed 1954 as WESTERTOREN for NTPM. Orgionally ordered by Shell Tankers KABYLIA. Long time-charter for Shell Tankers UK. 1967 to Stolt Tankers and renamed Stolt Westertoren. 1972 scrapped Shanghai.


Completed 1956 as AMELAND for Stoomvaart Mij. Rotterdam. Orgionally ordered by Shell Tankers KRAUSSINA. 20 year charter for Shell Tankers. 1970 sold to Kon. Nedlloyd. 1976 scrapped Bilbao


Completed 1959 as VLIELAND for Holland Bulk Transport Rotterdam. Originally ordered as ABRA. In charter for Shell Tankers Rotterdam. 1973 to Shell Tankers Rotterdam. 21-6-1978 arrived Hong Kong for scrapping

NISO (2)

Completed 1966 as NISO for C.S.M. Originally ordered as DAPHNE. 1974 fitted with fenders and began lightening work around UK. 1987 as NISO under Dutch flag. 15-3-1994 arrived Chittagong for scrap.


Completed 1961 as RHOMBUS but contract transferred from Shell Tankers to Stevinson Hardy Tankers. Renamed EDWARD STEVINSON. 1963 ownership became Stevinson Hardy Tankers. In time-charter for STUK. 1981 scrapped Kaohsiung Taiwan.