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HEMIPLECTA - IMO 5147449

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Photographer:
Malcolm Cranfield [ View profile ]
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Jul 10, 2024
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7,080 x 4,720

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The Shell tanker HEMIPLECTA, which was built by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead in 1955, inbound for Bell Bay, an industrial centre and port located on the eastern shore of the Tamar River, in northern Tasmania, Australia, on 10th October 1966.

She finally arrived at Pusan on 3rd March 1975 for scrapping.

scanned from a slide by Roger Martin - courtesy of the Nautical Association of Australia

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Current name:
HEMIPLECTA
Vessel Type:
Tanker
Gross tonnage:
12,192 tons
Summer DWT:
19,522 tons

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Many thanks for the clarification

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No probs Malcolm. Bit of a long story behind it. In 1963 the Australian government along with some Australian shipowners decided to stop foreign oil companies controlling the coastal oil trade.
Millers - best known for their '60 milers' and their beer led the push with the import of 'Millers Canopus' ex 'Merchant Knight' in 1963 . Some contemporary info on that here https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104270045
By the mid 60's Shell with the 2 H's and 'Solen', BP with one or maybe two 'birds', Caltex, and Mobil with the ex Stanvac Progress were operating ships on the coast with Australian crews.
That was the days of 'wages and overtime' on the coast and these ships - especially the two 'H' class Shell ships which spent a lot of time running from Westernport to Geelong - paid off a lot of mortgages.
By about 1970 they had nearly all been replaced by Australian built tonnage and wages and overtime replaced by flat rate pay scales.

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At the time this photo was taken she was - along with Hemiglypta - being managed by Associated Steamships, Melbourne with an Australian crew. The pair were on the Australian coast from 1964 to 1972. Flag was changed to Australian and registered home port was changed to Geelong during that period - you can see that if you enlarge the pic.

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