Completed 1984 as "NIVOSA" for Shell Australia. 2008 sold Partankers Norway and renamed Ballina. Laid up 2010 at Labuan. 2012 sold to Indian recyclers.

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124.754 ton
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Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1984 to 2008
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Brian Bacon pumpman 1984 to 1989
Brett Whiteoak 3rd officer 1984 to 1985
Ian Mackenzie chief steward 1986 to 1999
Stephen Gentles able seaman 1988
John Rose superintendent 1990 to 1993
Sam Bearda 2 master 1991
Ross Marsden Ab able seaman 1995 to 1998
Ross Marsden Ab deck 1995 to 1998 on deck watch keeping..pirate lookout
Jamie Proudlock intergrated rating 1996 to 2000
Adrian Cazaly 5th engineer 1996 to 1998
Peter Hernando engineer 1998 to 2009
Noel Newton chief steward 1999 to 2004
Verner Haidak electro technical officer 2002
Christopher Seen t.i.r 2007


Date Visitor Anecdote
08/08/2017 - 12:26 Stephen Gentles

At anchor off one of the Persian Gulf states during Iran / Iraq war. Lifeboat drill held. 2nd mate in charge of boat. Decides to pull nearby Fish trap.
2 nice big fat cod inside. In his wisdom decided they had to be taken onboard.
When error of his ways pointed out he decided compensation was in order.
So believe it or not went back to Ship, with Cod. Ran up to his Bar, grabbed 24 pack of plastic wrapped Coke cans, repulled Fish traps, replaces Cod with Coke.
He was quite content with himself until back on board it was pointed out in large letters on can, Product of Australia, and then we reminded him that we are a 140,000 ton Australian Tanker anchored 600m from a plundered Arab Fish trap and they would probably remove his hands if possible.
He seemed very eager to leave that area.

03/29/2014 - 07:44 Shannon Banks

I had the greatest time of my sea going career on the Nivosa. I was a trainee engineer onboard. She shaped my life that ole girl. She will always be remembered.
Shannon Banks
Class 1 Marine Engineer.

08/19/2011 - 01:00 Harold Davies

Shell Tanker NIVOSA/BALLINA: In June 1989 I found a bottle with a note in it on a desolate beach on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. The note said it had been thrown overboard in mid-Atlantic on 18 Aug 1987. It was signed "The Master" I wrote a note to the address listed on the message and recieved a letter from a Capt Spooner who confirmed that the ship was at that position on the specified date but he never threw the bottle over. One of the crew must have signed "The Master" and and thrown the bottle over. So crew member you know who you are. It's time to come forward and set the record straight! lol. I still have the bottle and it has never been opened. I can still read the note from outside the bottle.