Category A Remembrance Book

Captain Ifor Owen – RIP

It is with deep regret that I must advise the sudden passing of Ifor this afternoon (1st February).  Ifor and Clare recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary and although he had been suffering from a shortness of breath, I did speak with him early this afternoon. I had made arrangements to visit him tomorrow morning so news of his death was a great shock.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Graham Poynter
Ex Blueport / BSL


Captain I B Owen     –       19 February 1930 – 1 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we learn of Captain Ifor Owen’s death yesterday afternoon at home after a very short illness. Our sincere condolences to Clare his wife of 60 years and their family.
Ifor, a very proud Welshman started his career as a cadet with Lamport & Holt Line back in 19...

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Phil Kelly – OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) – RIP

It is with great sadness to report the death this morning of Phil Kelly in Melbourne.
Phil was born in that City in 1928. Phil joined Port Line’s Melbourne Agents, Gibbs Bright, in 1947, and was appointed Assistant Manager of their Shipping Division in 1959. in 1967, Phil joined ACTA, (then known as Trans-Ocean Containers), as the Victorian State Manager and was responsible for the establishment of the Company’s activities in that State.
As well as his responsibilities as State Manager, Phil also served on the Board of the Melbourne Harbour Trust. Phil retired from ACTA in the late 1980s when he took on the role of Victorian Secretary of the Australian Chamber of Shipping, which became part of Shipping Australia at a later date. Phil served this role until July last year...
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Howel Williams Dies

Picture from The ACTA Connection
July 1978

So sad to have to tell you that Howel died last week (27th December). 

It was all very peaceful and really a relief to all of us. 

His funeral was on the 4th January down here in West Wales.  

Yours Nina Williams


Howel Williams joined ACT from  Port Line in September 1967 and was one of the original four Marketing people under Roy Davis who were tasked with the market survey of the Australian export trade, travelling throughout the UK explaining to shippers the new container service concept and how it would operate.

Before the service went live, Howel was given the responsibility of opening and managing the sales office in Bristol and was subsequently appointed Sales Mana...

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Len Fiddock Tribute

Len Fiddock, MBE – RIP

It is with great sadness that I have just heard from Len’s wife, Kathryn, that Len passed away on Wednesday, 28th December. Len was 93.

Len was an early employee of ACT, pre-1970, having transferred from conventional shipping operations with Blue Star Line. When ACT(A) left the initial AECS (Australia-Europe Container Service) and started an independent service with ANL in 1972, Len headed the European Trade Commercial Department. I was a lucky employee to work with Len in those years until his retirement in 1985. For his services to shipping, Len was awarded the MBE.

Len had for many years lived in Ilford before moving down to Barham, near Canterbury. Len’s beloved first wife died  during his residency there...

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Roy Davis

Below are the comments submitted from friends and colleagues of Roy:

“ I first came across the formidable Mr Roy L.  Davis early 1967 when I was working for a Bradford based Haulage Company.. I was 19 at the time

One of our Bradford wool importer clients had an experimental container of wool arriving on EMPIRE STAR due into Hull December 7th 1967

I spoke with him on the phone and asked him whether ACT would  employ the company I worked for to collect the container and deliver to our client

To be honest, I dont remember much about that conversation [other than the response I sent 20th November here] but little did I realise how important and influential he would be in my life going forward as in 1968, I joined ACT and in 1971 I joined ACTA as a    salesman working out of Leeds Containe...

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