Al mashriq - The Levant

Captain Walther Ludvigsen's Logbook from Tapline's oil terminal port at Zahrani, Sidon in Lebanon - 1970


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No Date Berth Ship Bridge Nat. crew Tons D.W. Arrive All sec. Depart Ball. Load time Bunkers Total bbls Long tons Tug Captain Destination Master Remarks
1970
1210 2/1 3 Guernica S/S Mid SP 35446 1650* 1910 0755 3 7-17 None 252977 33626 Habib M. Balbaki Cartagena Luis Ormaechea* waiting berth. Boarded 1720.
1211 7/1 Escombreras M/S Mid SP 20550 2340 0105 1010 3 5-00 No 139486 18529 Sandy M. Kayal Cartagena C. Prieto
1212 13/1 3 Antonietta Fassio S/S Mid IT 58010 1200 1340 0555 5 9-30 No 424933 56448 Habib E. Kayal Ravenna E. Flezziani
1213 15/1 3 British Queen S/S Mid BRIT 53383 1630* 1830 1255 4 11-12 No 360942 47948 Sandy E. Kayal Antwerp J. Lomas At anchor, waiting berth. Børre arrived for school business.
1214 16/1 3 Pelion S/S Mid GR 44697 1245 1410 0635 5 8-25 None 326076 43445 Habib L. Gaby Trieste J. Kolydas V. G. Ship.
1215 24/1 4 Compostilla M/S Mid SP 20600 1105* 1215 0015 5 1/2 5-40 None 144418 19184 Sandy E. Deek Cartagena J. Uribarri P. c. 2230/21st. open 1130/24
1216 26/1 4 Vardis VI S/S Mid GR 31319 1510* 1655 No Loaded fuel oil Sandy M. Balbaki Alexandria E. Emiris Rd. 1230/27 by Hopen
1217 28/1 4 Esso Parentis S/S FR 40262 1800 1910 0805 3 8-24 None 294025 39069 Habib B. Barsha Livorno L. Cayol
1218 1/2 4 Sir Frederick S/S Mid GR 31460 0840 1145 0135 4 7-35 None 224298 29808 Sandy B. Assaly Fiummicino Miniatis
1219 4/2 3 Otto N. Miller S/S Mid IT 53741 0750* 0930 0155 3 11-02 None 383242 50941 Habib E. Deek Rotterdam M. Allocci Waiting for cargo. Loading delayed 2hrs Company order. Cargo ready Capt. Hooyer obs. Børre left on 2nd.
1220 8/2 4 Escombreras M/S Mid SP 20550 1740* 1910 0510 4 5-17 None 139438 18510 Habib M. Kayal Cartagena C. Prieto Waiting cargo ready 2200.
1221 13/2 3 Tindfonn S/S Mid NORW 51464 1535 1650 1035 4 11-00 None368331 48890 Sandy S. Kattra Rotterdam E. Nordaas
1222 20/2 2 Egmont S/S Mid GE 53550 0724 0845 2055 4 6-34 246 T. 385001 51156 Hibib M. Balbaki Trieste Schade P.O. 0730 Capt. Hooyer obs.
1223 24/2 2 Zaragossa M/S Aft SP 98810 2330* 0230 4 None Habib T. Sebrawi Ordered out bad weather forecast. Left berth 0925 on order from office.
1224 26/2 3 Ecole S/S Aft IT 58375 1942* 0005 1650 3 11-36 None 424893 56477 Sandy M. Kayal Savona G. Achille 2 runs. Dragged anchor. P.O. 2000/26.
1225 28/2 2 Egmont S/S Mid GE 53550 2345 0125 1230 4 6-10 None 386173 51298 Habib B. Baradi Genoa Schade Capt. Hooyer moored ship.
1226 6/3 2 Bjørn Ragne M/S Aft SWE 73140 0555 0830 1650 No 5-40 752 L.T. 304736 40513 Habib M. Kayal Ras Lanouf Waldstr┐m Capt. Hooyer moored ship. Part cargo.
1227 17/3 4 Dona Myrto M/S Mid GR 16730 1400 Relieved Capt. Jespersen Fuel cargo Habib Left berth Bad weather on order from office
1228 21/3 2 Zaragossa M/S Aft SP 98810 0050* 0305 2040 2 10-24 None 696055 92520 Sandy M. Balbaki Teneriffe J. Carcia wait berth cl. 0300
1229 25/3 2 Howard G. Vesper S/S Aft JAP crew 63163 0018 0320 2210 5 12-00 23450 / 5 1/2 hr 460188 61215 Habib Rotterdam Japanese Wait berth clear 0206
1230 27/3 3 Ercole S/S Aft IT 58375 1530 1654 0705 3 9-48 None 423565 56199 Swigarth M. Balbaki Saloniki J. Demeglio Brick[house] left Saturday 28/3-70
1231 2/4 3 T. K. Lenzen S/S Mid IT 43250 1942 2120 11404 9-02 None 311952 41417 Swigarth E. Deek Rotterdam A. Rena Supposed to be [was] picked up 2200/1 tor 'Santago'. Comn[sic]* stopped car. (*'Communists') Picked up 2nd for this ship.
1232 7/4 4 Guernica S/S Mid SP 35446 1705 1830 0710 4 7-33 None 255090 33886 Habib N. Baradi Cartagena Lormaechea Alice tonsils 30/3-70
1233 9/4 2 Almizar S/S Aft GE 59960 1945 2150 0815 No 6-20 11200 205498 27348 Habib S. Kattra Trieste Muller Part cargo from Ras Lanouf
1234 15/4 2 Loyola M/S Aft SP 99250 0248 0420 2120 5 11-26 704616 93770 Habib E. Deek Castellion Artadi
123521/4Ercole S/SAftIT583751342153006453 1/29-54None42254156153HorneH. TiriakiAugustaJ. DemeglioP.o. 0500 for Guernica engine trouble.
123625/4Dona Myrto M/SMidGR167300300Relieved F. Martin Load fuel50-12SandydiffNapoliSailed 2155
123729/42Stavros LivanosMidGR8080619452030131049-53nil56276774835HabibS. KattraAugustaVassilakasPipeline closed [in] Syria 3/5. 2/5
123823/53Oceanic UnityMidCHIN19500132014355400 TonsLoaded fuel oilHabibB. AssalyKittitrlmeniYu Lung KwanLoaded fuel oil
12396/63G. DavidsonMidITRelieved Hooyer at 0500 Disc. crude oil from Tripoli [Lebanon]. Sail[ed] 1545Relieved by Hooyer.
124025/63Chevron NaplesMidDUDisc. crude. Relieved Hoyer at 2130
12415/73AliothMidLIBLoad fuel. Rel. Jespersen 130039-4017000 TonsMullerRoss - Hoyer to Ras Tanura
124215/73LalibellaAftETIOPIDisc. crude. Rel. Jespersen 080033000 TonsTripoli
124318/74PamperoMidITLoad fuel oil. Rel. Jespersen 080018750 TonsRotterdam
124427/93Gino Lollighetti M/SAftITDisch. crude. Rel. M. Rutherford 0200Long leave 1/8 - 17/9
12454/103Dona Alexandria M/SMidGRDisch. crude. Rel. M. Rutherford 0800
124613/102ConsonanseMidCHINLoad fuel cargo. Lost anchor

Ed's note:

The logbook ends on a somewhat sad note. The pipeline, which had been sabotaged several times since the war of 1967, was blown up again May of 1970, when the Syrian authorities refused to let it be repaired. After that some crude was unloaded at Sidon to be refined at the MEDRECO refinery just south of the Zahrani Tapline terminal. The crude was mostly brought in from IPC's Tripoli, Lebanon terminal which was still operating. Most of the mooring masters left Sidon that year and Walther Ludvigsen took early retirement. Returned to Norway where he lived until his death in 1992.

Captain Walther Ludvigsen was my father. His job as a mooring master in Saida was the reason I grew up in Lebanon which was my home for almost 20 years. - Børre Ludvigsen 20020123


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