Completed 1967 as "HORAMA" for Eastmead Shipping. In time charter for STUK as a bitumen carrier. 1974 sold to STUK and renamed "POMELLA". 1988 sold to Rio Number 4 and renamed Rio Colorado. 1992 scrapped Gadini Beach.

Also known as
Rio Colorado
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
25.542 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1967 to 1988
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
Dave Murphy 5th engineer 1974
Barry Benjamin 2nd cook 1974 to 1975
Robin Buncombe extra 2nd engineer 1975 to 1976
Frank Robertson chief engineer 1975 to 1978
Howard James Morris radio officer 1975 to 1980
Richard O'neill radio officer 1975 to 1976
Alun Cole. 2nd cook and baker 1975 to 1976
David Nesom chief steward 1976
Raymond Williamson catering boy 1976
David Rayfield chief officer 1977 to 1978
Nick Wood catering rating 1977 to 1978
Brian Leverett junior ordinary seaman 1977
Frederick Paul ... 4th engineer 1977
Paul Blackman engineer cadet 1977 to 1978
Peter Stevens 2 3rd mate 1977
Adrian Taylor 2nd cook and baker 1977
James D. Jim Auton 2nd engineer 1978
Herbie Battye chief officer 1978 to 1979
Peter John Eastick chief steward 1978 to 1979
Martin Dupee assistant steward 1978
Steve Almond 3rd engineer 1978 to 1980
Paul Ayers able seaman 1978 to 1979
DanielBrown jos 1979
Paul Hagan able seaman 1979 to 1980
John Tarling 3rd mate 1979 to 1986
Ken Williamson able seaman 1979
James D. Jim Auton chief engineer 1979
Nigel Campbell 2nd mate 1979 to 1980
Robert T. Dunbar 2nd officer 1979
Brian Mcglinchey chef kok 1980 to 1981
John Horne deckhand 1980 to 1982
Brian Blythe 2nd mate 1980
Raymond Laws chief steward 1980 1st trip
Richard Paul Helliar 3rd mate 1980
Robert Mitchinson galley rat 1980 to 1981
Chris Blyth junior catering rating 1980
Stuart Gallaway chief officer 1981
Peter Kellow catering boy/galley boy 1981 to 1982
David R. Byrne 3 petty officer motorman 1981 to 1983
John Anthony Sweeney motorman 1981 to 1982
Richard Whing 2nd mate 1982
Fred Craig catering offficer 1982
Philip Taylor 3rd mate 1982
Nick Edney deck cadet 1982
Donald Macready 5th engineer 1982
Mark W. Dottin motorman 1983
Roger Roue chief engineer 1983 to 1985
Erick Weston Fourth Engineer 1983 Motor time. Joined Syros in drydock, left Brixham
Geoffrey Forster 2 chef kok 1983
Peter G. Furmston radio officer 1984
Nicholas Slater Fifth Engineer 1984 Last trip ever on a Shell Ship. Took the volunteer redundancy in Sept, 84
Peter Clark 3rd engineer 1984 motor time
Iain Maciver able seaman 1984 to 1985
Eric Cordiner mg 1 1984 to 1985
Michael Turnbull 5th engineer 1984
Michael O'keeffe steward 1984 to 1985
Tony Walker able seaman 1984 to 1985
Rob Robeznieks steward 1984
John Crackett motorman 1984
Mike Brown catering offficer 1984
Mark W. Dottin motorman 1984 to 1985
Steven Matthews 3rd mate, 2nd mate 1985
Colion Greenall pumpman 1985
Alan Cheese steward 1985
Bill Parker chief officer 1985 to 1986
David Nesom catering offficer 1985
Ian Bishop 2nd engineer 1986
Andy Eastbury 5th engineer, 4th engineer 1986 to 1987
Steve Lewis motorman 1986
Jonathan Rushton chief officer 1986
Robin Campbell-... 2nd engineer officer 1986 to 1987
Roger Beecroft 2nd engineer 1987 to 1988
David Wilson catering offficer 1987 to 1988


Date Visitor Anecdote
02/08/2015 - 22:42 Alun Cole.

We lost three of our anchors as I remember 1 bow anchor 1 spare anchor which fell off the deck mounting during the night and the rear river anchor in the Mississippi But when anchored in Santos (for repairs to the missing bulbous bow which had been removed by an ice flow sailing through the ice field to Botwood in Newfoundland) the last anchor had a problem being raised....only to find that it had picked up another in the harbour. Many more memories

06/11/2012 - 12:56 Roger Beecroft

Shell parted company with this ship not that long after I paid off on a stretcher. Hearsay has it that the Superintendent commented that 'she was no longer compatible with the companies safety policy'.