Helix (2)

About

Completed 1953 as Helix for STUK. 1962 to Shell Tankers Rotterdam and renamed Kossmatella. 26-5-1972 arrived Hsin Kang China for scrap.

Information
Also known as
Kossmatella
IMO number
5194844
Call sign
MQKV
Construction number
1813
Tonnage
19.349 ton
Beam
21m
Length overall
169m
Year of construction
1953
Year of renaming/broken up
1972
Service for Shell
1953 to 1972
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
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Sailors

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
08/04/2009 - 03:08 Hugh M Macleod

The ship was trading mainly between Curacao and Lake Maracaibo. As the 'new' Apprentices we were given the job of repairing heating coils in the cargo tanks, a filthy job. After three months we returned to Cardiff where the hull of the vessel was cut longitudonally in 8 locations and doubler plates fitted to prevent hull cracking, as was happening on several T2 tankers, with catastrophic results. Back out to Maracaibo where we managed to run aground on the entrance to the channel and then washed an Esso 'mosquito' tanker out of the channel on our way out. We were barred from Maracaibo. We then saw a bit of the world as we headed from Curacao to Casablanca, Suez, Mena, Geelong, Singapore, Durban, Curacao, and then to Cherbourg for 'pay-off'. During our Maracaibo escapades I remember a trip to Buenes Aires and one to Newfoundland, where we spent Christmas Eve with a Black-out in the engine room and three icr breakers to get us out of port on Christmas Day. Happy days.