Completed 1957 as "HIMA" for STUK. 1973 sold to John Latsis Greece and renamed Petrola XVI. 1977 renamed Petrola 16. 1979 waterstorage hulk at Jeddah. 12-2-1984 arrived Gadani Beach for scrapping.

Also known as
Petrola XVI
Petrola 16
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
19.359 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1957 to 1973
Flag state
Home port



Name Job Period Details
John J Mcdonald efficient deckhand 1957
Ronnie Deegan Sec 2nd cook and baker 1957 to 1958
Collin S Metcalf 3rd mate 1957 to 1958
Brian Crew apprentice engineer 1957
William Philip ... 3rd officer 1957
Juan E.shimmin able seaman 1957
Donald Jones No... chief and ships cook 1958 to 1959
James Hitch 5th engineer 1958 to 1959
Rostyn Eastment Hunt 2nd engineer 1958 to 1960
John P M Cusson deck apprentice 1958 to 1959
Mike Evans 5th engineer 1959 to 1960
David E.c. Read 3rd mate 1960
David Gareth Wh... 1st mate 1960
David Revis deck apprentice 1960 to 1961
Arthur R. Geake 2nd officer 1961 to 1962
John James Bewick catering boy/galley boy 1962 to 1963
Colin Mussell efficient deckhand 1962
Michael Thompson assistant steward 1962
Mel Henson fireman/watertender 1962 to 1963
Trevor Baker 5th engineer 1962 to 1963
Roger Mundell galley boy 1963 to 1964 1st trip
Alan Button efficient deckhand 1963
Ian Olver catering boy 1964 to 1965
Ian V. Olver catering boy 1964 to 1965
Malcolm Francis E.D.H 1964 to 1965 I joined the Hima in Cardif in July 1964 and paying off in Cardif in June 1965, I enjoyed my time on the Hima.
Robert Duncan deck cadet 1965
Warren James Scott apprentice engineer 1965 to 1966
Norman Woodhouse deck apprentice 1965
Colin Wood 2nd steward 1965 to 1966
David Edwards radio officer 1966 to 1967
Robin Ritchie 3rd engineer 1966 to 1967
Brinley Charles Ford 3rd engineer 1966
Alex Smith deck apprentice 1966
Geoff Delivett able seaman 1966
Ronald A Read junior engineer 1966
Neil Frederick ... 2nd cook 1966
Paul Garroch apprentice engineer 1966
Brian Bailey deck apprentice 1966
David Cumming apprentice engineer 1967 to 1968
Stuart Lord apprentice engineer 1967
Ted Waugh fireman 1967
Terry Savage able seaman 1967
Norman Williams chef kok 1967
Chris Feast deck apprentice 1968
John Bruce 3rd mate 1968
Ian Wilson unknown 1968 to 1969
Peter Robert Wade assistant steward 1968 to 1969
Graham Walden 2nd engineer 1968
James Macdonald able seaman 1968 to 1969
Peter Wade assistant steward 1968 to 1969
Thomas Tom Gibb 5th engineer 1968
John Hunt 5th engineer 1969 My last trip at sea
Ian Stretton Walker chief officer 1969 to 1970
William George ... steward 1969 to 1971
Robin Ritchie 2nd engineer 1969
Ken Heiser 3rd mate 1969
John Jones 5th engineer 1969
Michael F. Keenan 5th engineer 1969
Hugh Brown 5th engineer 1970 to 1974
Chris Ashley apprentice engineer 1970 to 1972 engine room apprentice
Michael Bannister engineering apprentice 1970 to 1971
Gordon Alexander engineer cadet 1970 to 1971
David Rayfield chief officer 1970
Michael James Shaw 5th engineer 1971 to 1972
Des Brookes 2nd cook 1971 to 1972
Mike G Failey efficient deckhand 1971
Herbie Battye 2nd officer 1971
Rogerpalmer engineer 1971 to 1973 eng. app. 2nd eng. twice 1966/71/73
Stuart Gallaway 3rd mate 1971 to 1972
William Denzil ... deckhand (d.h.u.) 1971 to 1972
Simon Hall deck cadet 1971
Mike Riley 2nd engineer 1971
John Ross 2 2nd mate 1971
David Taylor engineer cadet 1972
David Bell deck boy/junior ordinary seaman 1972 to 1973
Derek Simpson messman 1972
Thomas P. Hughes 2nd officer 1972
David Bunn chef kok 1972 to 1973
Gavin Hair 2nd steward 1972 to 1973
Mike Failey efficient deckhand 1972 to 1973
Timothy F. Porter 2nd mate 1973
Des Brookes 2nd cook 1973
David John Standring navigation cadet 1973
Robert G Dale 2nd cook and baker 1973


Date Visitor Anecdote
10/03/2016 - 22:12 David Bell

I was a deck boy although later promoted to the dizzy heights of junior seaman from 1972 to 1973. I remember we were anchored of East Africa for ages and the Chief mate took some of us on a motor launch up a river infested with insects and yelling monkeys in the jungle shoreline. What an adventure.. I was only bloody 16 or 17.. I`m 62 now !! Take care all you old Hima`s

03/21/2013 - 18:44 Rogerpalmer

Wonderful ship,sailed as Eng.App.1966.2nd. Eng.1971 and 73, ship sold to Greeks at Singapore 5/8/73 Ch. Eng. K.Watkins. Capt.Waddell.We stayed on the ship for 3 days with the Greeks.Day 1: dinner at the Ritz. Day 2: Salvation Army soup kitchen.

03/10/2012 - 21:03 Ken Heiser

Hima was both a very happy ship but had its very sad moments.
I got married on the 15th March 1969 on the 18th we flew out to Singapore on KLM combi from Schipol, great flight just twenty seats at the rear of the 707, the rest was Shell cargo. Food was 1st Class and plenty of seats to sleep across. Stayed in hotel before joining ship at Woodlands. Unfortunately the day we joined the Hima, there was a tragic accident, the Paramedics were arriving as we arrived.
The ship was discharging JP4 as I remember, the Pumpman and Engineer had gone down into the pump room to check the leak on one of the pump glands, as I understand, it was tightened to the point it overheated and there was a serious fire. Sadly I managed to get my wife away from the sight that was to be the Pumpman who should have died, but managed to get out of the Pumproom as I can only describe as just awful with burns that nobody should have survived from. Both casualties were taken to the naval hospital , but as expected both passed away before the end of the day. Just a horrible experience.
Captain Potts as I remember acted so admirally to bring all the crew together. The widow of the Pumpman requested that her husband be buried at sea. The body was returned and with the Padre from the Mission to Seaman at Connell House and sailed with us bound for Hong Kong.
The buriial was performed at sunset the following day in true Merchant Navy style at a noted Lat. Long. and coincided with a church service at the same time in North Wales. It was a very moving ceremony, the China Sea was calm as the body was committed to the deep and garlands of flowers were dropped into the sea. Quite a moment for myself and my new wife on her first voyage.
However, The solem occasion, was lightened and I hope if any relatives should read this they will not be offended, but I was married in uniform and someone had put confetti into my hat, as the body was slipped into the sea, the Captain said Off Hats and to my horror, confetti flew over the deck, fortunately this was not seen on the photographs sent back to the widow.
Three long blasts were sounded and we slowly steamed away from the burial site, the garlands of flowers gently moving in the low swell. A very moving occasion and thanks were given to David the Padre who conducted the Service and prayers.
Both my wife and I kept in touch with David for a few years before he moved down to Australia and we lost touch.

09/17/2011 - 18:16 Robert Duncan

At 16 years of age it was the adventure of a life-time. Left Hemisinus in Singapore along with three other cadets (T.G Dan - the brains of the outfit - from Dumbarton). A lad whose surname was Bailey and an engineering apprentice whose surname was Palmer. If memory serves the company even lodged us in the Raffles Hotel whilst awaiting transfer to the Hima. If any of the afore-mentioned read this anecdote: Hi guys.