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Tanker ss.Limnea
Ships and Harbours
No: 569   Contributor: Kees Helder   Year: 1973   Manufacturer: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, United Kingdom   Country: The Netherlands
Tanker ss.Limnea

ss.Limnea, Imo 7329481, 269.069 ton, delivered in 1973 built by Harland & Wolff Ltd Belfast (bouwnr. 1686) as "Olympic Brilliance" for Olympic Maritime Greece. In 1990 Shell Tankers U.K. bought this vessel, and gave it her the name "Limnea".
In 1995 it was demolished in Cittagong. Sister ship; Latia ex. Olympic Banner.
Picture added on 03 December 2006
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I am a bit baffled by this photo. Is she beached here, or is she anchoring in extremely muddy waters?

Added by Marcel G. on 04 December 2006.
To me, she isn't anchored but simply alongside some pier. You can clearly see her mooring ropes....

Added by Capt.Bill Waldmeier on 07 December 2006.
Thanks Bill for keeping me right, time for new glasses. However, she does look pretty dirty too. Did you notice the wee blob of her bow (looks like a helicopter)?

Added by Marcel on 07 December 2006.
The Limnea was beached. You can see the wathet behind her and there is no anchorball. Regards,

Added by Kees Helder on 10 December 2006.
I think she is along side a jetty or pier as she has mooring lines fore and aft, there no anchor ball as both anchors are housed, and I sure you wouldn't run lines ashore if you were beached. Only my opion, the two starbourd lines are going to a bollard.

Added by Paul Mara on 10 December 2006.
The helicopter you see is a Chinook transporthelicopter.
Also you can see the gangway hanging along the ships side.

Added by Robin Japin on 24 December 2006.
The Olympic Banner and the Olympic Brilliance were the first ship's I surveyed as an ABS Survey during construction in Harland and Wolff's, Belfast. It took from 1969 to 1973 and they were the biggest ships built in Europe. I bought a nice house (20 Beverley Gardens)in Bangor Co. Down for 8, 000 pounds. On leaving Northern Ireland I sold it for 4, 000 pounds due to the ''troubles''. Apart from that Northen Ireland was a very nice place.

Added by Alan Conroy on 30 January 2007.
In 1977 October through too March 78 I was aboard this vessle and working for the Shell Corporation and thus far must ask why the text above emplicits that in the year 1990 Shell bought this vechile, where as I know they may have contracted this vessle, when did they but it/own it?

Added by Murray McLaren on 09 October 2007.
I too worked on Limnea - Jan-May 1977, Shell had it then. Although the above photo does have many differences from the one i was on, different bridge structure etc

Added by Dougie Hamilton on 09 January 2008.
Could someone please help me.
My father went to sea at the age of 16, back in 1927. He joined a ship 'Limnea' owned by the Shell co. ( ENG., or Dutch). She was an fuel carrier working from Europe to Asia, including Australia. He left the ship in 1931 when the depression hit. The CCaptain was a Captain Roberts. Can anyone supply more info, or know of anyone who worked on this ship or similar run at the time.

I am also looking for information on an ex train ferry from Southhampton that was taken to Borneo/Sumatra to be used as a shallow draft barge. Its name Limax.

It was very wide. My father had describrd it as being like a saucer.

Thank you, Craig Tebble.

Added by Craig Tebble on 21 March 2008.
olympic a and b class vlccs were regular visitors to the b.p terminal at milford haven, except of course olympic bravery which was a total loss on her maiden voyage

Added by Philip Witts on 30 April 2008.
I worked on SS Limnea, it was built in Denmark, different from this 'SS Limnea'

Added by Ted on 06 September 2008.
Thats not the same Limnea I sailed on. I was on her from July 1976 to May 1977 as 5th Engineer. She was the victim of a botched layup and this was her first voyage after - half the equipment on the ship was damaged. I remember having to change all the cargo valves in the tanks. Not my favourite ship.

Added by Ian Jones on 03 December 2008.
I was on this particular Limnea just after Shell bought her from Onassis, joined her at anchor in Singapore while she was waiting to drydock at Sembawang in Singapore. The hull was painted red in drydock, so I would say the picture above was taken between Shell buying the ship and drydocking and she is afloat.

Added by Duncan MacKinnon on 31 July 2009.
this isn't the same limnea that i was on as a first trip cadet in 1980. the one i was on was over 300000 tonnes, built in odense in 1974. she was visually different as she had no projecting bridge wings. le havre to kuwait, ras tanurra, lyme bay, anglesey, le havre, kuala lumpa for dd.

Added by Mark Perkin on 25 October 2009.
I worked for Shell on the SS Limnea as a catering boy in 1979! had a hard time actually but hey I still enjoyed it, I was seasick for days! and that was just in the Bay of Biscay lol!! we went from Kharg Island to South Africa, Los Palmas, then to Le Harve to Milford Have then up to Grangemouth, where I had enough and got off, left the MN and joined the Army!! Now at the grand age of 47 I am actually doing Security at Anti Piracy mostly on Bulk Carriers in Gulf of Aden. Oh the irony!! but certainly brings back memories!

Added by Mark Adams on 02 June 2010.
I was on the Limnea first between August & October 1977 as Catering Boy then returning for a second trip between August and December 1978 as 2nd Cook & Baker. Had a great time with, if my memory is right, a great crew

Added by Martin Dupee on 06 January 2011.
Yes, I can confirm that the picture of the vessel above was S/T Olympic Brilliance of Olympiic Maritime - Greece (Aristotle Onassis) cause I served on that vessel as deck cadet under a Greek Master, Capt. Nikolaus Petritis. We just left Al Kafji, Iraq before the Iran-Iraq war started on the early days of 1980.

Added by Eugenio B. Atuel, Jr. on 25 September 2013.
I have a feeling that this pic was taken around 1991 at Immingham. I joined her for three weeks to do a drydock spec and sailed around to Suez. She'd just done a cargo, I think her first, with Shell.

Added by Colin Leighton on 01 October 2013.
Dougie HAmilton - you were on the 1974 Odense version, as I was. THe ship in the picture was a "buy in"
Duncan MAckinnon - did you join in 1980, I left the ship in Malaysia the day before she went into Sembuwang

Added by Mark Perkin on 01 October 2013.
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