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Shell Tanker ss. Serenia
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No: 548   Contributor: Kees Helder   Year: 1961   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle, United Kingdom   Country: The Netherlands
Shell Tanker ss. Serenia

ss. Serenia, Imo 5320596, 72.382 ton, built in 1961 by Vickers & Armstrong Shipbuilding Newcastle Engeland (nr. 161) for Shell Tankers U.K. Scrapped in 1987 by Kaihsiung. Sisterships; Sepia, Sivella, Sitala and Solen.
Picture added on 01 December 2006
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my brother was on this ship and all so named it after is littel girl

Added by D. Downes on 06 December 2007.
did 3 weeks on this one, felt like 3 years. there was a certain captain....................

Added by Mark Perkin on 25 October 2009.
did 6 months on this one, brought her out of lay up from Brunei Bay. Beautiful ship for a tanker, not such a nice chief engineer I worked with.

Added by Chris Wallace on 03 November 2009.
They originally had green hulls and yellow funnels and I always think lost something when Shell changed them. However, still stylish ships in an age when ships still had looks.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 09 November 2009.
used to run into this ship all around uk ports being one of shells money ships [ north sea boom time ] along with drupa spent many a month at the brent on both of these along with all the usual lightening ships as well

Added by Mike Harding on 26 September 2010.
My time on her was when she was in North Sea on Brent Spar / sullom voe runs

1983 - what a heap she was. I suppose if you were on her when she was new then she would have been lovely.

having been on BP ships of same vintage they were technologically ahead and far better accommodation.

Trouble is they stayed with same technology for the next 30 years............

Could be worse I recall surveying a Rowbothams tanker that was described in nautical journals on launch in the 80s as "a ship that has put back British ship building 20 years" LOL

Added by Mark Perkin on 30 September 2010.
I was on the Serenia only for a month sailing out of Teesport to the Brent Oil Field. Not my best experience. This was the last trip I ever did.

Added by Martin Dupee on 06 January 2011.
I had a great four weeks on her over Christmas/New Year 1978/79. I think my liver has now recovered!

Added by Toby Hawkey on 05 January 2012.
First ship I sailed on as an engineering cadet joined in Kobe in August 1970 paid off in Genoa february 1971. Best time of my life still miss the sea now nearly 62yrs

Added by Diggory Stupart on 23 October 2012.
Joined the Serenia whilst she was in drydock in Falmouth Summer 1962. First trip junior sparks. Sailed 9 months on her mainly running between the Gulf and Singapore. Paid off in Kuwait and eventually joined another Shell tanker in Iran which returned me to the UK. Spent 10 years at sea , mainly with P and O, but have very good memories of the Serenia, great accommodation and food.

Added by John Westwood on 14 May 2013.
Joined the Serenia for 9 months on March 1970, and been released at Christmas. After fourty three years from my first day worked in Serenia, I'm so happy to find the picture of the tanker and have wonderful feeling about all my time for working in the ship.

Added by Danny Law on 12 November 2013.
Jolned the ship serenia for 9 months on March 1970, and been released at Christmas, after fourth three years from my first day worked in Serenia, I am so happy to find the pictures of the tanker and have wonderful feeling about all my time for working in the ship, that's my life memory.⏰

Added by on 14 April 2014.
Jolned the ship serenia for 9 months on March 1970, and been released at Christmas, after fourth three years from my first day worked in Serenia, I am so happy to find the pictures of the tanker and have wonderful feeling about all my time for working in the ship, that's my life memory.⏰

Added by Danny Law on 14 April 2014.
In April this year a bottlepost was found in Oslofiord. It was sent in 1982 from the English Channel. A person Glen Horsborough from North Shields Tyne & Wear had sent it. Can you help us with this.

Added by Anne Marit Kolbeinsen on 10 May 2016.
I was pumpman captain commandore nettleship all crew left the ship in Singapore

Added by R Churn on 19 February 2017.
I joined the Serenia in Hamburg dry-dock in October 1981. Six weeks in dock, critical path was the retro-fit of an IG system. Also "sailed" on one of the sister ships, the Solen which was permanently on a SBM as a storage tanker off Zaire - great food (Gulf Oil crew), 3 month trip, joined by helicopter from Banana.

Added by Keith Hancock on 14 October 2017.
My Grandfather was the Serenia's first Chief Engineer(Andrew Philips) in 1961 - it was his last ship - there is an amazing model of the ship in the Newcastle Discovery Museum.

Added by Andrew Hodder on 30 October 2017.
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