Completed 1955 as "ISANDA" for Shell France. 1966 jumboised (from 32.380 ton to 62.206 ton) at Le Havre. New forepart and cargo section. The old forepart left Le Havre to be joined at the afterpart of the T2 tanker Westfield. Renamed Vantage Horizon. The Isanda sold in 1973 to Thai Ocean Transport Co. (TOTCO) and renamed "SIAM". 1976 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.

Also known as
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
K 15
62.206 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1955 to 1973
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Lanson Daniel 4th engineer 1956
Jahan mate 1958 to 1959
Marlier Georges 3rd officer 1960
Le Bihan Yvon novice machine 1961
Le Bouder Jean Paul novice machine 1962 to 1963
Alain Ozaneaux mechanical engineer 1963
Coutin Jean Marie cadet 1965 cadet pont
Dominique Dupont pilotin radio 1966
Anonymous radio officer 1967 to 1969
Samzun Rene mechanical engineer 1968 to 1967 chef mecanicien
Henri Van Heffen radio officer 1968 to 1969
Andre Nicolas cadet 1968 to 1969
Pascal Blanchard cadet 1970 to 1972
Santais Didier cadet 1972 to 1973


Date Visitor Anecdote
10/01/2017 - 16:33 Michael Spencer

I sailed on both the Isanda and the Isocardia as 3rd Engineer. This was when they had been jumboised and sold to Thai Ocean and renamed Siam and Bangkok respectively. We had Thai ex navy engineers sailing with us and had to train them to run these ships. I had an ex Thai lieutenant commander as a trainee, I wrote him a four hour check sheet to cover the whole watch, big mistake. Check list example: 0800 put on kettle and make tea, 0820 make inspection rounds of engine room, 0900 report any defects to me etc. 0825 I walked round engine room and discovered duty boiler feed pump running nearly cherry red, changed over pumps and shouted on my trainee. Asked him why he hadn't come to me about the hot pump. His answer gobsmacked me, he pointed to his check sheet and said, it written to report defects at 0900, not 0900 yet. Taught me a lesson.
I sailed for Denholm Ship Management of Glasgow on these ships.
I cannot remember whether it was the Siam or Bangkok but on these ships the Engineers cabins were aft on the main deck. A rough crossing of the bay of Biscay saw us pooped by a huge wave which ripped the aft anchor winch off the deck and caused all sorts of other damage. It was just after mid-day and we were all in the electricians cabin, the fourth from aft on the Stbd side. We heard a great crash and rushing of water, the alleyway was full from deck to deck head with water, it started to fill the cabin and all we heard was the lekky shouting save the ******* fridge. There we were up to our waists in water holding a fridge full of beer above us, definitely beer more important than us drowning.
Hope I haven't been boring.