I was surfing some maritime sites, trying to find some pictures and articles of vessels I used to sail on. I found three pictures of the very first ship I sailed on as an apprentice engineer from 1982 till 1983. It’s the ss (steam ship) ‘Zafra’, which used to be in service for Shell Tankers BV in Rotterdam.
She was built at N.D.M. in Amsterdam in 1960. Main dimensions L x W x H x D: 213.42m x 28.58m x 14.63m x 11.57m and 42,500 dwt.
The steam turbine propulsion plant, 16,000 hp Pametrada turbines, gave her a speed of 16 knots. She went to the wreckers in Chittagong in 1988.
When I sailed on the ‘Zafra’, she was serving as a shuttle tanker between Teesport (near Middlesbrough) and Auk field, a production platform in the North Sea.