Built 1970 as Hoegh Robin for A/S Alliance, Oslo (Manager Leif Hoegh & Co A/S), 1978 Sold to Vega Seal Shipping Co, Ltd, London Renamed Vega Seal. 1981 Sold to Treadwind Shipping Ltd, Hong Kong & renamed Treadwind. (Manager Tanker Fleet Services). 1985 Sold to Gentle Breeze Ltd & renamed Gentle Breeze. (Manager Wallem Shipmanagement Ltd). 1987On the 21/09/87 severely damaged by an Iranian gunboat when in position 27.50N, 49.48E during a voyage from Salaam to Mina Saud. Two crew members killed, ship taken in tow for Bahrain. Subsequently towed to Singapore. Sold to Taiwan breakers and towed to Kaohsiung arriving there on 26/12/87.

Also known as
Hoegh Robin
Gentle Breeze
IMO number
Call sign
Construction number
101.176 ton
Length overall
Year of construction
Year of renaming/broken up
Service for Shell
1978 to 1985
Flag state
Home port




Date Visitor Anecdote
03/12/2017 - 04:08 Stewart A. Wood

I joined the Hoegh Robin with the Chief, Second (Adam Manson) and myself as 3rd in Gibraltar to take over from the Norwegian officers after a short period of familiarization. The ship was then re-named Vega Seal and the rest of the Shell crew joined some time later. I then had a number of subsequent trips all as 2nd Engineer and managed through most of that time to operate it under UMS conditions. It was however, a very difficult ship to operate, requiring a huge amount of effort and time repairing the badly maintained vessel, after years of neglect by its former owners and operators. it was also a dog in difficult sea conditions and we had our fair share of these over the years, however, I fondly remember my very ample accommodation which my wife and I enjoyed for our out time on board.

03/21/2014 - 23:23 Eric Scott

My Mother was the Godmother of the new building Hoegh Robin
Hope all who sailed with her and trod her decks faired well under Mom's watchful eye!

07/23/2009 - 15:59 Nigel Taff Hughes

I was a first tripper on the VEGA SEAL. Joining the ship in Gijon on 24th of June 81 myself and the other crew members about to sign on watched her glide into harbour from a breakfast bar overlooking the dock. My heart pounding at the thought of what was to be. I was shown to my cabin by the galley boy who pointed out i had a fridge in which to keep my drinks cold. Next door was and old AB from Swansea Aden Norris his son also signed on that day.
Within a short time the whole crew had settled and my first journey with my new famiy began.
Three hot meals a day, clean sheets and a tot on sunday.
8mm Movies projected onto the bulkhead included shout at the devil with Lee Marvin.
In the crew mess i sat listening to stories of old, gladly shared by ancient mariners rolling cigarettes with one hand and tin in the other.
I can see the crew now each going about his daily task.
Take care lads.
Regards Taff

06/28/2009 - 17:01 Gary Holland Dutchy

on the beer in japan with all the lads