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1980 to 1991
|09/26/2016 - 23:04||Kenny Webb||
First OBO ship I was ever on scary when first loading in BRAZIL and seeing the way we just went down in the water as the iron ore was dropped from a height into the centre of the hatches think we loaded four hatches at time .was on her again in 85
|10/07/2014 - 11:36||Nick Roberts||
I joined her in the October 1981 as she came into NWE to discharge an oil cargo in Rotterdam, then tank clean for drydock in Brest (The sister vessel "Rimula" had just been found to have a huge problem with corrosion in the fore peak, and had taken on board a massive cement box in the focsle to get her to her discharge and subsequent emergency dry dock for repair - somebody thought they had better look at Rapana?). It was during this discharge at MOT in Rotterdam that the Bosun fell from the accommodation ladder as he was recovering it. I was the duty officer on deck, and found myself dropping into the water to try to rescue him (as he was face down in the water). I was quickly followed into the water by the 3/0 (who fell from the lifeboat as they endeavoured to launch it!). Eventually, the lifeboat was launched... and picked up the 3 off us from the very cold Rotterdam waters. I never heard the actual cause of the bosuns fall and subsequent death - but a "heart attack" before he fell was the most rumoured? I was never interviewed, and if I recall we only stopped cargo for a couple of hours... long enough for me to get dry...
Cleaning the ship was a nightmare as she had no bottom washers in the side tanks, and the mountains of sludge would not shift. Even when an old "M Class" tank cleaning heater was brought to the ship and temporarily plumbed in on deck. If I recall we arrived in Brest after several WEEKS trying to clean her - and the gas levels were only held down by continuous venting.... I seem to recall the sludge was eventually removed by cutting holes in the bottom of the ship...
She was not Shell's greatest success even before the explosion some years later...
|04/10/2010 - 19:05||Roy Halsall||
|01/05/2010 - 17:59||John Bishop||
was onboard with explosion
|11/23/2009 - 00:59||Stephen Povey||
2nd Officer during the explosion of 1990.
|11/23/2009 - 00:58||Stephen Povey||
2nd Mate on The Rapana during the ill fated incident of 1990.
|12/15/2008 - 18:31||John Connelly||
I beleive the chief officer who was killed on the Rapana explosion was Dave Camish.