A Steam Ship and the first ship I sailed on as Cadet. It was the lead ship at the 1977 Spithead review for the Queens Jubilee and considered to be the flag ship of the Merchant Navy. At the time she was well manned and maintained, other then nearly running our of bunkers ( we had to load 12000 tonne) pretty uneventful trip
SS British Respect
Second ship and first Motor Ship. On MOD charter we took accompanied a number of vessels to Falklands including Boxer, Brazen and Diomede. I still have a 4 1/2” shell casing in my hall from the latter
Can’t find a picture unfortunately. This was a very knackered ship run by a UK company for the Israeli Bulk Oil company. I was Fourth Engineer straight out of cadet on to a very tired vessel. Highlights included the third setting fire to the boiler front, a secondary steering system consisting or a duplex hand hydraulic pump ( like you use on jacks), No spares meaning I had to go begging other ships when in Port. It was truly, truly awful- but wouldn’t have missed it for the world
MV Jasmine B
Second Ship at Beta Maritime after MV Dahlia. This was a Brand new ship, without UMS . The owner of the company didn’t believe in UMS only watchkeeping apparently. When joined no engine unit had been to touched, cut a long story short we had to make a c-spanner and flog the nuts off as the jacking ring seals had perished.
Resplendent in Brunei Bumble bee colours. My first trip at shell. I was met by the Chief engineer explaining how standards had fallen and only the ‘crème de al Crème’ sailed on gas Carriers. Although a good age the boat run like clockwork. Had an Aft Loading Platform (ALP) which you would not be allowed bow but the cargo arm ESD lift off was certainly impressive
Second LNG ship after Bilis, The Aft Loading platform is absent in this photograph so must be a much more recent picture then when I sailed on it
A Canadian built product carrier renowned for two things
A bluff front meaning she pounded into waves and caused the Third Engineer to get whiplash when sat at the bar
The ‘Entalina Ghost’- who I actually saw as many others did. well as much as you could. You just saw something moving in your peripheral vision. Made for very quick night walkrounds.
An old lady when I sailed on her with front fired ESD type boilers. The manoeuvring was completely manu-matic with a wheel for the ahead and astern man’v valves. Even the gland steam was manual, I forgot to adjust it when slowing one day and lost the condenser vacuum before I realised what had happened. The burners had a control on the man’v panel but would stick so you had to move the lever then run to the boiler to pull out or push the burner in
Disgracefully managed by onshore the vessel was a death trap, and inevitably killed several persons following an explosion in the pump room.
I could write a book about what went on here but needless to say it was a major influence in my career and drove my determination to improve safety in my own small way.
First trip back to see after major incident on previous vessel and what a choice. Joined following repairs when a 30m section of shell plating had fallen off the side when crossing the Atlantic. Good fortune meant she had not sunk.
An Ore carrier, it was certainly an experience.
SS Tenaga Tiga
Super Ship, a steam powered LNG carrier extremely well manned and maintained.
Only major issue was boredom as nothing ever seemed to go particularly wrong
Shell employees where on secondment to MISC so we had a different set of rules.
SS Tenaga Empat
Second Tenaga boat and much like the first. Only real memory was of losing propulsion because of the annual crab infestation ain Tokyo bay. Before we new what it was be thought it may have been bags, the third engineer jumped in blind into the inlet side of the condenser and found himself waist deep in crabs. He was a little upset afterwards
The ‘Silly-what’ was the standard joke. Joined when in final phase of build and sailed with her for a total of nearly 8 months. I nearly cried when I got off. A wonderful vessel, on a wonderful tour with the best people ( and of course I wasn’t married at the time)
SS Tenaga Lima
After nearly a year off completing Chief Engineers certificate and leave owed back to the Tenaga boats for one last stint.
As always on these vessel the biggest problem was boredom
A Japanese built E class, although of good age worked pretty well. On wonderful Caribbean run island hopping.
Second engineer with my new wife. Biggest problem was stopping the guys getting her drunk up the road. Not for sensibility but more for the cost. The Following day had to walk round paying off various people for her bar bill
A real battle. Note the low funnel and mast designed for going over low bridges on planned route.
An LPG carried that leaked ODS’s like a sieve including the Air con units. Poor Maintenance had left her a bit of a mess.
Claim to fame was one of the original N2 generation units that had appears on Tomorrows World
After MV Isomeria my second LPG carrier and just as bad unfortunately mainly down to the senior Engineers taking their eye off the ball.
Sailing as Cadet Instructional Training Officer on a vessel which was about as knackered as you could not wish for. A learning experience as much for me as for the cadets.
During this period created a number of hand outs that where eventually morphed into the marineengineering.org.uk website
Second tour as Instructional Training Officer on another vessel that was well passed its sell by date.
Worst period was 48 hours of blackout following a tube failure and subsequent knock on effects- emergency generator would not run etc
After a run of 20 ships the first to sail for a second time. Other than fixing things I believed I had fixed previously can’t remember much
Another old lady. Most memory involved the Old man stuffing her into various object to the point he nearly sunk here. We sailed around south coast of Australia with a bow nearly submerged. Attempts to cover it up ,as we had a part cargo onboard, failed when we where spotted by the Aussie coast guard. We were then escorted to a safe anchorage by an Aussie war boat until she could be repaired
A dutch Shell boat whose crew where decimated when force to go on UK pay rates.
How the Dutch Senior officers hated us. A horrible voyage on a vessel which, you have to had it to the dutch, was very well maintained given her age. She had DP class one which allowed the next part of my career on Dive boats
Arrghh, the Khattaf’trophe. Wonderfully old lady so well built she just kept going despite best efforts of engineers including myself to break her.
Nearly 10 years backwards and forwards with a great bunch of guys form all parts of the world. Brilliantly supported by technical Superintendent Stuart Ayton who is on a well earned retirement
Only sailed as supernumerary, main involvement as Technical Superintendent and then Manager
DSV Well Enhancer
Main Involvement as Marine Manager although I did for a few weeks sail as Third Engineer covering a compassionate.
Ships I have sailed on
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Employed as Marine Technical Authority with CNOOC-Nexen in Aberdeen. In this role provides Marine Assurance for provision of Marine Services to Offshore Installations. Additionally act in the role of Lifting Technical Authority and Fishing Liaison Officer
My career started as a cadet with BP Shipping Ltd before being made redundant. A year spent with a Uk managed but Israeli owned shipping company brought a wealth of experience both engineering and Life.
Following several years with Shell Tankers moved into Diving Support with Halul Offshore, a Qatari company and stayed there for nearly 10 years.
Towards the end of time at Halul offshore had a one year sabbatical at James Fisher as Technical Superintendent running Coastal Product tankers.
After final stint with Halul offshore joined Helix Well Ops UK initially as Technical Superintendent then as Marine Manager before moving to Nexen after 7 years
Brian Beattie MIMarEST IMarEst IEng
First Class (Steam and Motor) Certificate Of Competency. Oil and Gas Tanker Endorsements
Higher Tech Diploma in Marine Engineering
ISPS Code Company Security Officer
IMO Designated Person Ashore
ISM/ISO Lead Auditor
ISO 22000 Lead Auditor
Food Safety Management Level 2
Lifting Tackle Inspector BS7121
Electricity at Work regulations
MCA4 Marine HV Electrical Systems Management
Lloyds Maritime Academy – Certificate in Shipping
Vibration Condition Based Monitoring and balancing –VCI, Altringhan, UK
Merchant Navy Defence
FCPA and Bribery Act Compliance Training
Code of Business Ethics
HAVS and WBV Awareness Training
Offshore Safety Systems- EEX/ATEX Management. Stahl, Aberdeen, 2012
Condition Monitoring and Control- Fluids . Hydrasun, Aberdeen, 2011
KP4 Asset Ageing and Life Extension, HSE/DNV Aberdeen 2011
KP3 Asset Integrity Management, HSE/DNV Aberdeen 2009
MAR4 HV electrical Equipment Operations Newcastle 2006
SIMOS Plant Management and Alarming System, Maintenance & Operation, Hamburg, Germany, 1996
MIST , 2012
Food Safety – Allergy Awareness
Permit To Work Systems
Working At Height
OSB- Fire Safety Interface
Fire Fighting – Command & Control
Working Safely –Environmental Awareness
Working Safely – Confined Space Entry
Working Safely - Pressure Testing
Working Safely – LSA- Normal Occurring Radioactive Material Awareness
Working Safely –Manual Handling Awareness
Working Safely - Asbestos Awareness
Working Safely – Task Risk Assessments
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