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SCARA update December 2019

posted by Mike Chapman   [ updated ]

(This message has been sent to all SCARA members)  

Dear SCARA Member,   

We hope this finds you all in good spirits and looking forward to the festive season.   

We have posted a  brief review together with photos taken at this years SCARA Reunion which can be found at and even if you were not able to attend perhaps you would like to take a look and see if you can spot a familiar face.   Our thanks go to Mike Chapman who maintains the ponlheritage website.

Following are dates for the 2020 diary.

  1. One Park Crescent (The Park Crescent Conference Centre) has been booked for the 2020 SCARA Reunion. The date for your diary is 19 November 2020.
  2. The next CJT (Chris Treloar) reunion, organised by Jean Treloar, will be at The Woodman, 50 Farnborough High Street, Farnborough (near Bromley) Kent BR6 7BA on Tuesday 7 January 2020.
  3. The annual golfing event, organised by Adrian Malupa and Roger Brown, will take place at BENTLEY GOLF CLUB, Brentwood, Essex on 19 May 2020.  If you were at the SCARA Reunion it was mistakenly notified as 14 May so please make sure that you have the correct date in your diary.

And If you have any events or news that you would like to share with members please inform the SCARA Membership Secretary.

In the meantime the SCARA Chairman and Committee would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary 

SCARA 14th Annual Reunion Lunch report

posted 4 Dec 2019, 04:16 by Mike Chapman

Thursday 7 November 2019   

This was our 14th annual reunion with attendance up on last year and a significant number of people attending for the first time including 3 new SCARA members, Graeme Clarke, John Harpur and Mark Howell.  Thank you to all those who took time out of their busy schedules to come along. 

And even if you were not able to attend, we hope that you will enjoy viewing the photos and perhaps recognise a few familiar faces.  

We were very pleased to welcome David Cross as our guest speaker who gave us a carefully chosen selection of anecdotes to entertain us during the lunch.

It was also lovely to see our two Vice Presidents Lady St Johnston and Bob Bowen, together with the Barking Mafia, present at the event.  And one member, Gordon Wright visiting from Australia, took time out to meet up with some old friends from the UK.

The full list of attendees is given below.  Sadly, due to either being unwell, having medical appointments or unexpected travel difficulties the 8 individuals with (*) next to their name did not manage to get to the event.  In particular we were hoping to congratulate Pat Boyle and Christine on their very recent marriage but a nasty virus unfortunately kept them from the event but I’m sure we would all like to send them our very best wishes.

John Adams 
Andy Allan
Clive Allan
Raymond  Andrews
Mary Anthony
Stephen Barraclough 

Mark Barrett
James Baxter
Terry Bethell
Dennis Black
Capt Stephen Bligh
Tony Blumer OBE
Mike Board
Tom Boardley
Robert Bowen
Pat Boyle *
Christine Boyle *
Jens Peder Braendeholm
Marilyn Braendeholm
Roger Brown
Wendy Carr
Rosemarie Cast
Sue Cessford *
Stanley Chalk
Joan Chapman
Mike Chapman
David  Charlesworth
Alison Charlesworth
Guy Cheeseman

Nigel Chew
Capt Bryan Chipperfield *
Graeme Clarke
Alan Collier
Malcolm Coomer
Tony Coughlin
David Cross
Jane Cross
Julie Curran
Gwynedd Davies
Peter Davies
Sandra Davy
Simon Dyer
Chris Evans *
Sue Evans
Phil Farrow
Eddie Filus 
Pam Garofalo *
Margaret Foley
Douglas Gates
Jane Gooch
Bob Gooch
Eleanor Grady
Ian Grant 
Priscilla Green *
Alistair Grote
Ann Guirey
John Hallahan
John Harpur
Alan Harries
Adam Hedges
Mick Helsby
Martin Hindley
Jackie Honour

Mark Howell
Mal Hurdidge
Sandra Isaacson
Brian Jeffery
Sharon Jeffery
Agnes King
Martin Lloyd
John Loftin
Peter Low
Ian Malcolm
Adrian Malupa
Philip Marks
Carol Marquis
Tony Mason
Belinda McCormack
Erica Merrifield-Harris
Michiel Messchaert
Clifford Miller
Todd Moore
Les Morris
Stewart Moult
Alan Newell
Sylvia Norton

Joe O’Brien
Tina Osborne
Capt Ken Owen
Frank Palmer
Debbie Paxton
Barbara Pease
Christine Phillippo
Mark Poulter
Zoeb Raniwala
Vicky Revill-Whelan
John Richardson
Debbie Risbridger
Daphne Roberts
John Roberts
Colin Rumble
Graham Russell
Fiona Ruxton
Trevor Ruxton
Dick Scott-Kerr
Lindy Seymour
Michael Seymour
Geoff Sharman 
Hazel Sharman
Stefan Sheriden
Mike Shoesmith

Stanley Smulders
Robert Steptoe
Lady St Johnston
David Sutton
Denise Tarrant
Ian Thomson
Adrian Tucker 
Edward van Dorp
John Ward
Capt Joe Welch
Jean Wheeler
Nigel Wilks
Barry Williams *
David Wilson
Richard Winch
Robert Woods CBE
Gordon Wright

2019 Golf Day report

posted 29 Sep 2019, 09:49 by Mike Chapman

Roger Brown has sent in his review of the 14 May 2019 golfing competition:   

Another very successful year was had at the Bentley golf club.

Adrian Malupa had booked the weather, the buggies and the bacon sandwiches, he unfortunately left his game in his broom cupboard under the stairs and could not hold onto last year’s success.

All the normal reprobates from SCARA turned up, apart from those who emailed in their apologies last minute, it is hoped to see them all next year.  The Guests section is now quickly outweighing the members, so would love to redress the balance and get those who think they have left the game well behind them, and to polish up their niblicks,  bring your own Sand Wedges,  if Tiger Woods can have a comeback beyond all comebacks, then so can you. ;-)

Take a leaf out of dear old Ian Malcolm’s diary,  I contacted him a week before and caught him pushing a Tesco’s trolley round his local superstore in Bicester, and before he had got to the Frozen Veg, he was in!!  That’s Commitment!

Wonderful course as usual as pictures will confirm.

This year Essex Boy and OCL legend “Big”  Paul Nixon took the coveted Rose Bowl with a score that showed Pablo was on a run of form- (Bentley is not an easy course )  Guests  Jim Dunn and Noel Mcavoy took the Longest Drive and Nearest Pin Spoils, with Steve Corner winning the overall  Guest prize.

Thanks to everyone that attended, without you I would be left with going round the course with just Adrian Malupa, moaning about the State of the country, the M25 and whether Leyton Orient have any chance of getting into Europe.


Roger Brown

Betty Rutherford

posted 18 Aug 2019, 12:22 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 18 Aug 2019, 12:22 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

It is with sadness that we have to announce the passing of another of our colleagues.  Betty Rutherford died 25 July 2019.  Betty was not a SCARA member but she was well known to many of you.   
Tom Fry tells us that Betty Rutherford was a member of his Scotland Sales and Sales Services team in Coatbridge looking after the Australia and New Zealand trades ensuring good contact with customers and HQ Trades for ANZ.   

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

SCARA Annual Reunion - Thursday 7 November 2019

posted 15 Aug 2019, 10:20 by Mike Chapman

Dear SCARA Member,

We do hope that you will be able to join us for the ANNUAL REUNION which this year will take place on Thursday 7 November at the Park Crescent, Conference Centre (International Students House) in London.

One Park Crescent


Please find attached,

a) News letter / Invitation
b) Invitation reply card

We are also very pleased to advise that David Cross will be our guest speaker. 

If you have any items of news that would be of interest to our membership please let us have them.  Now are looking  forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the reunion.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

See also:

Peter Morgan

posted 15 Aug 2019, 10:05 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 15 Aug 2019, 10:10 ]

Dear SCARA Member,   

Sadly I have to advise that Peter Morgan passed away 18 June.  The funeral was held on 12 July 2019.  Peter's son Dave has kindly provided the following information.   

Widowed in 2014 Peter leaves behind 2 sons, Dave and Andrew and their respective families. 

Following his Merchant Navy career with the Blue Funnel Line he came ashore working at Liverpool, London and Southampton docks.  In 1977 he became operations manager for the new container terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, staying there until 1986. He then moved back to the UK to work on a planned new container terminal at Falmouth.  Apart from another short stint in the Middle East in Fujairah in the late 80’s, he remained in the south west of England doing port consultancy work before setting up his own sail training and yacht chartering business, which he ran for c. 10-years from the mid-1990’s. 

During his time in Cornwall, he was also involved in the harbour commissioners office in Falmouth (as deputy harbourmaster) and more recently has heavily involved with the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth, as Honorary Secretary for several years, and becoming Commodore in April this year.

Belinda McCormack
SCARA Membership Secretary

See also:

Peter D'Arcy

posted 11 Aug 2019, 07:22 by Mike Chapman

We have received the sad news that SCARA member Peter D’Arcy passed away on 31 July, aged 67.

Peter started with Overseas Containers Limited (OCL) on the sea staff side of the company, sailing as a 2nd Officer Navigation (2ON) and gaining his Master Mariner’s certificate from Hull Nautical College.   He came ashore in the second half of the 1980s, initially as an ANZECS planner in Ilford.  He then moved to a similar role with TRIO.

In the years that followed Peter took on various operational management positions for P&O Containers and P&O Nedlloyd including a secondment to Australia. 

In his capacity as Operations Manager of the Australian/New Zealand and Latin American Services for P&O Nedlloyd in Australia, Peter wrote a letter to Marshall Meek, the Blue Funnel naval architect who had been responsible for the design of both the Encounter Bay and Liverpool Bay class container ships.  In the letter (which is published in Marshall Meek’s book “There Go The Ships”) Peter advised that the Encounter Bay would be coming out of service in January 1999.  He ended by saying “I would like to thank you on behalf of all those in P&O Nedlloyd who have had the pleasure of serving on and operating the Encounter Bay class ships”.

On his return to the UK Peter retired to Yorkshire.  He attended the annual SCARA Reunion lunches in London in 2012 and 2013.

A posting on the ex-sea staff Bay Boats Facebook page contained the news of Peter’s death (many thanks to John Stockdale for passing on this sad, but important information).  A large number of tributes have been paid on there to a former shipmate who will be much missed by his family and friends.

Peter’s funeral will be on Wednesday 21st August at 11.30am at the East Riding Crematorium, Cross Road, Octon, Driffield, YO25 3BL. Donations in lieu of flowers to the RNLI may be sent to the Funeral Directors, G M Sharp, Lance Grange, Cranwell Road, Driffield, YO25 6HU.

OCAL 50 Year Reunion - Sydney

posted 26 May 2019, 01:16 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 26 May 2019, 01:17 ]

The following write-up and photograph covering an an event in Sydney marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first 'Bay Boat' in Australia has been kindly provided by David Baker:

A very enjoyable reunion was held in Sydney on 03 April 2019 to mark the 50th anniversary of the maiden voyage arrival on ‘’Encounter Bay’’ at Sydney on 03 April 1969.  The reunion was held at the Fortune Village Chinese Restaurant in the city.  There were 40 attendees and the restaurant gave us the ground floor for our celebrations.  There were many apologies from people who would have liked to attend many unable to mobility limitations.


It was wonderful to renew friendships with many from the old days of 1966 and 1967.  Among them were Cec Partington who is now 90, John Webster who is 92, John Spurrett 86, Ken Baxter 88 (subsequently sadly deceased) and others including Michael Long and myself 82.  I well recall that with Ron Eaton and Bill Page, we sat down with a blank sheet of paper on 14 February 1966 to commence the feasibility study for the introduction of international containerisation into Australia with purpose built container ships.


In his welcoming speech David Baker said the development and introduction of containerisation was nothing short of a spectacular achievement by the teams in both UK and Australia.  As far as the Australian end is concerned David Baker said that when you consider in February 1966 there was nothing in Australia relevant to international containerisation, no terminals, no depots, no statutory body procedures, no land transport, no rail transport, no market experience by importers and exporters, no commercial procedures, no computers, absolutely nothing yet just 3 years later the first ship arrived in Australia to bed down the service.


We must never forget the immense contribution by Ron Eaton OBE MBE in heading up the Australian team.  Baker said London certainly selected the right man to do the job for them in Australia.  He doubts there would have been anyone else other than Eaton in Australia who could have done the job to timely completion.  Ron Eaton had many unique talents which led to the success.  He had a clear vision of what had to be done.  He had a clear vision of the personnel which would be required to get the job done and he had a clear vision of which personnel would be required to do each job.


David Baker said for his part he has never been involved with anyone with the talents of Ron Eaton who not only had an acute business brain, but also was an extraordinary people manager who knew how to get the best out of every person in the team, even when necessary to employ the KITA principle to people such as Baker.


Baker said everyone should never forget the part they played in the development and successful introduction of the OCL international container business, and also to remember that as such they were part of maritime history.


We all remember that day in April 1966 when ‘’Encounter Bay’’ steamed into Sydney Harbour, a beautiful autumn morning.  The ship seemed immense, but by today’s standards she was small by comparison.  Nevertheless ‘’Encounter Bay’’ and OCL/OCAL were the trailblazers and maritime history makers of international containerisation as we know it today.

Peter Snow raises £2,900 for the Mission to Seafarers

posted 12 May 2019, 12:53 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 12 May 2019, 12:59 ]

We have received the following report from Peter on his recent fundraising bike ride for the Mission to Seafarers:


On a cool but dry night, five cyclists representing International Maritime Organisation (and led by Captain Andy Winbow who is also a Mission to Seafarers London Trustee) plus our very own Prayer Diary Editor and former Regional Chair and Director for Oceania Region, Peter Snow participated in the annual London NightRider Challenge, a cycle ride through the middle of London during the night of Saturday 9 June.

For Peter, it was the culmination of restoring himself to good health following a horrendous 2017 when he had two spells in Carcassonne Hospital, first with surgery for abdominal problems followed four months later with heart-related problems including a spell in Intensive Care.

While the IMO team rode in the 100 kilometre challenge, Peter, who was almost 78 years old and had not ridden a bike for 57 years entered the 50 kilometre version.  The ride started at the Olympic Velodrome at Stratford, London at 2330 and took in sights such as the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal’s football ground), Regent’s Park, Oxford Street, Imperial War Museum where a mid-ride snack was served, Buckingham Palace, Shaftsbury Avenue, City, Tower Bridge and back to Stratford.

Through his various family and friends in United Kingdom, France (where he now lives in retirement except for his continuing voluntary work for the Mission), Australia and New Zealand, Peter managed to raise over £2,865 for the Mission, the Australian and New Zealand funds being retained for use in their respective countries.

(Note that this report was originally written for the Mission to Seafarers and the total raised since has increased to £2,900).

Dubai Reunion

posted 21 Mar 2019, 14:04 by Mike Chapman   [ updated 21 Mar 2019, 14:04 ]

We have received the following reunion report from Bill Wightman:   

On Thursday, 14 Mar 2019, there was a reunion of P&O Nedlloyd colleagues at the Seafarers Centre in Dubai.

We had a lovely evening together, sharing old memories.  Raj Vij was visiting Dubai, from India, and took the opportunity to meet old colleagues!!

Good to see that the camaraderie is still alive in Dubai!!

I am attaching a group photograph, taken on the evening.

Front Row... Left to Right
Sangeetha Sarath,  Hamza P, Raj Vij, Mithelsh Jah, Snehal , Lakshmi Shivshankaran

Back Row... Left to Right
Shaji Jacob, Maran, Manoj Baindur, Tarun Gulati, Nelson Martis, Bill Wightman, Ravi Medhekar, Binu Kurian, Maneesh,

rgds/Bill Wightman

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