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Shell tanker steam ship Medora
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No: 901   Contributor: Kees Helder   Year: 1968   Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan   Country: United Kingdom
Shell tanker steam ship Medora

Shell Tanker ss. Medora, Imo 6823090, 210.658 ton, callsign GXKN, built in 1968 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Japan (buildingnumber 1655) for Shell Tankers UK. In 1979 sold and renamed to "Fulmar FSU" and was rebuild to a Floating Storage Unit. In 1998 the name changed into "Red Fulmar 1". Sister vessel buildingnumber 1656 "Mysia".
Picture added on 28 January 2007
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the callsign was GYKN I was junior radio officer on her 1969

Added by Ian Fears on 27 March 2007.
This is my first ship as a Deck Cadet in September 1975

Added by Joseph Zerafa on 12 April 2007.
My father served on the Fulmar FSU in the eighties, does anyone have a picture of it in this guise?

Added by Michael Pearce on 15 November 2007.
used to load from her on the serenia and the northia in the late 80s, 85-6.

Added by Gary Bradley on 28 November 2009.
This was my first job in the Offshore Oil & Gas industry. the Fulmar FSU

Added by Eddie Gair on 16 November 2010.
i spent 12 months on fulmar fsu (shell tanker medora) as radio operator around 1986/87, she would offload her crude onto the two slightly smaller tankers the Zafra and the Zaria. happy days.

Added by Carl Hardin on 24 June 2011.
Was a junior engineer on her in 1969 , she was a good ship, Chinese crew and British officers. Running between Europe and the Persian gulf with one trip to Japan, did six months on her

Added by Chris Grindle on 04 October 2011.
I worked on Medora at the Chantier Navals de la Ciotat Boatyard France 1985, I worked for Marconi Communication Systems Ltd and we installed the communication equipment on the bridge and the aerial mast at the top of the chimney

Added by Steve Metson on 09 October 2012.
Great sight , I sailed on her as a junior sparks back in 1973 . GYKN , thats it . Captain Eric Brown . Regards to you all .

Added by Peter Kuchenbecker on 31 March 2013.
I worked on her in the 90's when she was the Fulmar FSU; we did some FMEA studies for Shell on certain on board equipments.

Added by Frank Mugford on 24 December 2014.
First supertanker I sailed on as 3rd Engineer a tribute to Japanese Shipbuilding

Added by Jim Glover on 10 March 2016.
I was first involved with the Fulmar FSU in 1980 in Chantier Naval de la Ciotat installing and preliminary commissioning of the oil import / export boom system which was manufactured by Ashlow. The FSU was then taken to Rotterdam where the bow cradle was fitted prior to being towed out to the Fulmar field later in the same year where the final commissioning was undertaken initially with seawater as the transfer medium culminating in crude being exported to a shuttle tanker while simultaneously importing diesel. Particularly concerned with the risk of spillage giving rise to adverse publicity.

Added by Roger Harrold on 01 July 2017.
Yes, the Ashlow Unit; I did quite a bit of work on that. Also the tethering system. Seems probable that the tethering 'rope' wears out from the inside with all the steam rising and pops and what appears to be small explosions emanating from the core. Slightly disconcerting too often waking up to a different view from the cabin window, certainly after coming from a 'fixed' rig

Added by Frank Mugford on 05 July 2017.
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