Shell Tankers, ss ‘Zafra’

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.


About Stranded Mariner

Marine Engineer and passionate sailor and cruiser, working in the marine business in China.
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2 Responses to Shell Tankers, ss ‘Zafra’

  1. mohamed essam abass says:

    iam a cadet and i require to make a service on our company

  2. Graig says:

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on
    sites I stumbleupon every day. It’s always useful to read articles from other writers and practice something from other sites.

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