Completed 1966 as "DAPHNELLA" for STUK. 1976 sold to United Philippine Lines and renamed Philippine Star. 1980 sold to Nav. Alisios and renamed Catalunya. 1982 sold to Fletamentos Maracaibo and renamed Palaima. 1984 sold Piraeus and renamed Arkay. 1985 renamed Kay. 1986 sold to Kazan Shipping and renamed Acqua Blu, converted into production tanker. 1989 moored Australie as a production and storage tanker. 1995 arrived Chittagong for scrap.

Also known as
Philippine Star
Acqua Blue
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
71.171 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1966 to 1976
Flag state
Home port




Date Visitor Anecdote
12/17/2015 - 03:34 Roger Duke

The Diesel Generator Engine failed while the Vessel was in Thailand. The Vessel sailed to Singapore with only the Turbo Generator and a deck Generator was fitted.
Repairs by the makers English Electric were carried out (New crankshaft and pistons etc. ) due to this engine type having various sub types the wrong pistons were fitted causing a synchronous vibration at full speed. This required the synchronous speed to be altered up to 62 HZ until correct parts were supplied. The ship spent time Miri as floating storage, during which the main Engine was given a full overhaul. Great for me as I was doing my Motor time. My last ship with Shell.

04/07/2012 - 01:13 Gordon Rich

Went down the engine room oc chow relief for the sec. His 5th went round the back of the boilers to get his grub and came running back saying there was smoke coming from the bilge under the boiler. We went to investigate an noticed fuel oil was leaking from the boiler casing onto a steam pipe, hence the smoke. when we pulled up the floor plates the oil was swilling back and fore in the bilge then it flashed up. We extinguished the fire quite quickly but we had shut the fuel off to the diesel alternator on the deck below thinking that was the source of the leak.
This led to a panic situation the main engine stopped, we were on waste heat so we started the diesel alternator as we were losing steam then the diesel alt ran down because we had shut the fuel off then the ship blacked out.
The cause of this incident was when the boiler was changed over to waste heat the fuel valve only partially closed but spinning cup stopped in the shut down sequence so the fire when out but the oil was pouring into the fire space then out of the casing into the bilge. I dread to think what would have happened if the fifth eng had gone up in the lift. The fire could have got a good hold if it had gone undetected.

03/05/2011 - 16:30 Chris Johnson

Did two trips on Daphnella (i)signed on as Navigating Cadet 18.7.1972 in Tenerife and off at Falmouth drydock 7.12.1972.(ii)signed on as 3rd Officer in Singapore 21.7.1975. and off in Dubai 1.12.1975.