Welcome to Helderline

On this site you'll find over two thousand ships of Shell Tankers built between 1867 and 2017. As well as the ships of The Eagle Tanker Company Ltd, built between 1912 and 1959. Now the Oil- and Gas- fleet managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Comp. London.

Besides that, over nine thousand visitors have registered themselves here, and they added themselves as member of the crew for 29.000 times. No less than 1.500 guestbook messages and 1.200 anecdotes were shared at Helderline. The 5.700 photos and images show the 2.285 ships, which are classified in 79 classes, 17 types of cargo, 308 managing companies, 399 yards and 60 countries. We even have 600 ships of which we know the current location.

I sailed in the sixties on the Abida, Vitrea, Koratia and the Kosicia.

Please enjoy your visit here and send me a comment, Kees Helder


Completed 1926 as Frasca for C.S.M. 5-8-1961 arrived Bremerhaven for scrapping.


Completed 1924 as Conchita for Anglo-Saxon. 1926 transferred to C.S.M. 1954 sold Island Tugs & Barge Canada and renamed Island Hemlock. 1971 renamed Seaspan 922. 1986 lost.


Completed 1918 as War African for The Shipping Controller 1919 purchased by Anglo-Saxon and renamed Absia. 1926 as Absia for La Corona. 1928 sold Skibs AS Norway and renamed Salsaas. 1937 sold to Finchley Steamship and renamed Oakfield. 1940 taken over by MOWT. 1951 back to Finchley Steamship. 9-4-1955 arrived Emden for scrap.

Oliva (2)

Completed 1963 as Oliva for Deutsche Shell. 11-1-1983 arrived Karachi for scrap.

Miralda (2)

Completed 1969 as Miralda for Shell France. 1982 sold Cyttaro Maritime Greece and renamed Urania. 9-9-1985 arrived Kaohsiung for scrap.


Completed 1975 as Lanistes for STUK. 1982-1985 laid-up in Loch Striven. 1988 as Lanistes for Shell France. 1999 returned to STASCo. 2000 rebuilt as Floating Storage Vessel FSU Soorena for Shell Iran Offshore. 2016 demolition sale Iran.

Dolabella (2)

Completed 1966 as Dolabella for Shell France. 25-1-1978 arrived at Kaohsiung for scrap.


Completed 1966 as Diadema for Shell Tankers Rotterdam. 24-1-1985 arrived Shanghai for scrap.

Omala (2)

Completed 1999 as New Circassia for Frontline. 2004 in charter for STASCo. and renamed Omala. 2006 returned to Frontline and renamed Front Circassia. 2016-2016 time charter STASCo. 2018 sold to Tenby Shipping and renamed Agra. Picture(s) by Boris Paulien.

Amastra (2)

Completed 1958 as Amastra for STUK. The Amastra mined and sunk in the harbour of Nhatrang Vietnam in 1967. Later repaired. 30-4-1985 arrived Chittagong for scrap.

Achatina (2)

Completed 1958 as Achatina for STUK. 29-8-1984 arrived Chittagong for scrap.


Completed 1938 as Davila for Anglo-Saxon. 25-1-1964 arrived Bilbao for scrapping.


Completed 1904 as Perlak for Koninklijke Shell. 1907 transferred to B.P.M. 1926 purchased by Anglo-Saxon. 12-1931 scrapped Yokohama.


Completed 1926 as Neithea for Shell Sweden. 1958 sold Rederi Karin and renamed Tarnsjo. 1963 sold Rederi Anders and renamed Malaro. 1973 sold to Skarhamms Oil and renamed Tunis. 1977 sold to Smonsson and renamed Elgo. 1995 scrapped.


Completed 1926 as Melusine for Shell France. 1934 sold Marocaine Transport Maritimes. 1957 deleted register.